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American pioneer, John Chapman, was better known as?

 

Hint: He is as American as apple pie.

 

Houston's Garden Hot Spots

         

The financial downfall caused everyone in America to be more cautious of how they spend money. Like many other families, I decided to stay in Houston for my vacation.
I started gardening as a child, and I still adore digging in the dirt. When looking for something to do, it was perfectly natural for me to spend time at Mercer Arboretum.  Best of all, my visit to the arboretum was FREE!

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month @ The Atascocita Branch Library

In September, many children and their families enjoyed the puppet show and craft celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.  We wanted to inform you of another great program that you will not want to miss!

The Houston Grand Opera will present the story "How Nanita Learned to Make Flan."
Nanita makes a pair of shoes that magically transport her far away from home. With the help of an Old Woman and parrot she returns home and learns the secret of making delicious flan.
This program is best suited for school aged children.  Registration is not required.

When: Wednesday, October 14th @ 3:30 pm
 

Happy Birthday to Paul Fleischman

Birthdays are a time to celebrate. Since, Paul Fleischman's birthday was this month, I thought that it would be a great time to share a few of my favorite books by this author.

Paul Fleischman was awarded the Newbery Medal for his book: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices in 1989Undoubtedly, this is his most famous work. I admire this book, but it may surprise you that it is not one of my personal favorites. 

Leap into Learning @ The Atascocita Branch Library!

 

 

Do you know that the library has several resources which support children in the basic skills needed for school readiness? Come and see what we have to offer! 

Shiver Me Timbers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 19th is "Talk like a Pirate Day."

Ahoy, Me Hearties! Have you ever wanted to be a pirate?  If so, take note that September 19th is "Talk Like a Pirate Day!"  You will not want to miss this opportunity to express your inner Cap'n, buccaneer or privateer. To get you in the spirit I have complied a list of fun books to enjoy.

This Week in Twilight Tales: School Days

Many children started school this week with first-day jitters. So, during family storytime,  we read fun books about school days. One of my favorites, is The Three Silly Girls Grubb by John and Ann Hassett. The children adore this fractured fairytale, which is loosely based off of the classic Three Billy Goats Gruff.  Everyone was laughing themselves silly, and we had a wonderful time. Afterwards, children enjoyed making storyboards of the classic fairytale. 

This Week in History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin's big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by  Doreen Rappaport

 I love reading books about history, but that was not always the case.  As a child, most of my history lessons came from textbooks which I found utterly boring. It was not until my Mother took me to the local library that I realized "history" was not just about facts and dates. 

Attention Pokemon Fans

Pokemon Club meets next week! Thursday, August 27th @ 4:00pm

Children 7 to 10 years old are invited to join our Pokemon club. This will be a great opportunity to meet new friends, play games and share ideas. Be sure to bring your DS, games, trading cards, and anything else you would like to discuss.

* Space is limited but registration is not required.

Kids Celebrate National Aviation Week

As many of you know, we provide a special storytime for families. Twilight Tales is held every Monday night @ 7:00 p.m. and all ages are welcome. It has been my experience that children have a fascination with airplanes. So, this week we will be celebrating National Aviation Week.  Below are few ideas to extend your child's storytime experience.

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