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Welcome to the New Kingwood Branch Library!

Mark this date and time on your calendars – Monday, April 19th at 10 AM at 4400 Bens View Lane. This is the day that we are back in business. We welcome back all our regular library customers and the new visitors we hope will become repeat customers. 
The day will open with a bang with Congressman Ted Poe, Mayor Annise Parker, City Councilmember Mike Sullivan, County Commissioner Eversole, Dr. Lawson, Director of Houston Public Library and last, but certainly not least our own Rhoda Goldberg, Director of the Harris County Public Library offering short remarks. 
FOLK – Friends of the Library-Kingwood have planned a day of activities with storytimes and face painting throughout the day. Sparky the Fire Dog will make a special appearance at 3 PM in the Children’s Activity room; there will be gaming demonstrations from 11 AM – 3 PM in the Teen Media Room. A teen gaming tournament will be held from 3 – 9 PM and a Technology Petting Zoo will be set up in the Training Lab that will demonstrate Kindles and Sony eReaders and other interesting tech gadgets throughout the day.
The Bear Branch Elementary Honor Choir will perform at 5 PM and the Kingwood HS Choir will perform at 7 PM.
And the best of all – we are back to business as usual with new books, DVDs, CDs – books and music. Please come see us, we’ve missed you all!

The Countdown Begins - One Week to Go!

One week until the Grand Opening.  We're down to the connecting and testing of the PCs.  We're shifting and refining the collections.  We're moving furniture here, there and back to here again.  It's just like moving into a new house, only about 10 times larger, with a really out of proportion office, and no kitchen.  With company coming in one week when we open on April 19th at 10 AM.  We can’t wait to see all the familiar faces and meet many more. Come join us for the celebration! 

Closing Day, Opening Day and Important HOLDS Information!

The Kingwood Branch Library will close at its current location at 5 PM on March 13. We will reopen at the new location, 4400 Bens View Lane, on April 19th at 10 AM. Join us in celebrating our Grand Opening starting with an official opening and continuing until 9 PM. Watch this site for more information regarding this big event in our library life!

Moving! Moving! Moving!

Wednesday, March 17. Four eighteen wheelers of furniture and 3 panel vans, 20 carts each, several runs per van all on one day, plus the shelving installers finishing the install of shelves and you have the beginnings of chaos. 
Throw in the library staff helping move supplies and loading the books from carts to the shelves and the furniture installers starting right in with install almost before the trucks were unloaded and I believe it went from beginning chaos to a full-blown whirl-wind of activity.
Thursday, March 18. Looking at yesterday after a good night’s sleep I can see that we had the very good fortune of excellent workmen and library staff. All waited their turn patiently for elevator rides to move their furniture or books; everyone helped each other, no matter which crew they belonged to or which job

Garden Beauty at the Library!

Kingwood Branch Library has been blessed with angels – the Kingwood Garden Club plants and maintains the gardens in front of the library and has for years now. Beautiful gardens beckon all those who enter the library and entice customers to check out garden books so they may duplicate the lovely scenery at their homes. We have many garden books that are perfect for Kingwood gardeners including Howard Garrett’s Plants for Houston and the Gulf Coast Area, Sally Wasowski’s

AARP Tax Help - Different Location for 2010

For the first time in more years than I care to remember Kingwood Branch is not the location for the AARP Tax Help in the Kingwood area.  Due to our move to the new location during the tax preparation time period, AARP will be at the Kingwood First Baptist Church located at 3500 Woodland Hills this year.  The date and times will be the same - each Wednesday from now until April 14th, from 10 AM until 1:30 PM. 

Many of these volunteers have been coming to the Kingwood Branch Library with the AARP Tax Help group for more than a dozen years.  I feel like a part of the family didn't come for the annual visit!

We do still have some tax forms and publications available; they are in the foyer of the library right by the meeting room entrance. 

The Hideout! Just for Teens!

Teens will rule in their new YA area, "The Hideout".  In addition to YA books and books on CD there will be computers and tables for teens to spread out and work on projects. 

New to the Harris County Public Library system will be a Teen Media room with gaming consoles - PS3s and a WII - and 4 HDTVs on which to play these games!  Oh my!  This is going to be so exciting!

Children's Activity Room in the new Library!

Quiet Room: Where "Shhhhh" is Appropriate!

A feature in the new Kingwood Branch Library that many of our customers will appreciate is the Quiet Room. Its function will be exactly what the name implies - a quiet place to work or study.

As our world has changed, so has the public library. Gone are the days when you could hear a pin drop. Libraries are now vibrant, active places, where ESL classes, children's programming, meetings of a local community associations and teenagers working on a school project might be happening all at the same time. Traffic in libraries has increased, as well, with more and more people not only picking up books, DVDs, CDs and audio books or searching for something interesting to check out, but also socializing with friends and neighbors.

Santa Claus is Coming to the Kingwood Branch Library!

The word is out that Santa Claus is coming to the Kingwood Branch Library on December 9th.  We've been told that he will arrive around 7 PM.

Please join us at the Kingwood Library Annual Holiday Open House.  Continual holiday movies will run all day with light refreshments being offered starting at 6 PM.  Everyone is invited!


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