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The Hideout - Teens only!

Hey, teens, in case you haven't heard, we've carved out a space just for you in the new library building.  It's called "The Hideout," and that's just what it's meant to be!  We've got everything from your favorite authors to your favorite series titles, not to mention graphic novels, study areas, teen computer stations, and even a room for videogaming!  Ms. Sunni has lined up a bunch of programs and activities for you also on weekday afternoons, including the Know-It-Alls book club for LoneStar books on the first and third Mondays of the month, The Lady and Her Green Knights Chess Club every Tuesday, and a free-style Lego building activity on Thursdays.  So, get up here as soon as you can!  There's way too much fun to be had up here!

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Computer Classes Now Available!

Just as we promised, computer training classes are now here!  In our brand new building is a computer training lab on the second floor.  We've begun scheduling classes for May and are offering instruction on basic topics between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM on Tuesdays:  Introduction to Computers on the 4th, Introduction to the Internet on the 11th, Library Catalog Searching on the 18th, and Facebook/Social Networking on the 25th.  We will also offer an introductory course on Microsoft Word on Monday, May 17th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  To sign up, just give us a call at 281-360-6804 or visit the staff on the second-floor Adult Services area.  If you don't find yourself interested in any of these courses, stay tuned!  There are plenty more to come in the following months!

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Opening day!

It was a very busy but exciting day on Monday, April 19th, for our Grand Opening at our new location.  If you didn't get a chance to visit, we'd definitely love to see you here in our brand new library built just for you, the public.  Take a look at our slide show below to see some of the day's activities and distinguished guests!

Moving Week 4 - Almost Finished!

The staff has been working hard this week to get everything ready, and it has certainly paid off!  We're all exhausted but pleased by what has been accomplished.  In just a little over a week, the community will be able to enjoy a brand new, spacious library building full of new and exciting services.  Take a look at the pictures below to see the progress that has been made!

Declutter and Décor for Spring

Did you miss Ellen Delap, CPO, and Leslie Sarmiento's program "Declutter and Decor for Spring" hosted here at the library a few weeks ago?  If so, we caught it all on video for you.  Catch the first part below and be sure to take a look at the rest on our YouTube channel here!

Moving Week 2 - From the old to the new

Last week, the library's collection was moved from the old to the new building in three days time and furniture was installed.  This week, the staff will sort the new collection and begin to put what remains in place on the shelves.  Take a look at the pics above to see what's been going on and to get a glance at the progress of some of the new areas of the library!

Moving Week 1 - Moving right along!

The second floor shelving for the adult services area is in place in the new building, and now the shelving for the children's area is being installed!  This week, the staff anticipates to begin moving the library's collection from the old building to the new building.  Take a look at the slide show above to see what's in place, and stay tuned right here each week for updates on our progress!

Almost ready to move!

Take a look above at the latest progress going on at the new library building!  Shelving for the collection has been delivered and is currently being assembled for the second floor adult services area.  After that, the children's shelving will be installed and then the moving will begin! 

Video Game Tournament!

Hey, teens!  Did you know that the new library building here in Kingwood will have a video gaming room just for you guys and girls?  We'll have four Sony PS3s and a Nintendo Wii plus four 32-inch HDTVs available anytime you feel like playing!  While we're not scheduled to open the new building until Monday, April 19th, we plan on kicking off our grand opening that day with our first Gaming Tournament, complete with prizes and plenty of games to choose from.  We'll open at 10:00 AM that day, but if you find yourself at school, no problem.  You can come anytime, but we expect to get things going between 3:00 and 4:00 PM that day and plan to play till we close at 9:00 PM.  Tell all your friends about it!  Don't miss this fun, free activity at the new Kingwood Branch Library building!

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Downloadable Books and Audio!

This week I did something for the very first time.  I read a book . . . entirely on my computer!  That's right, I traded the pleasure of turning pages between my fingers for the convenience of advancing digital pages on my laptop.  And, to my surprise, I enjoyed it almost every bit as much as the real thing!  Did you know that the library offers access to downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, not to mention videos and music?  Well, we do! 

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