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Board games, manga & anime!

Calling all teens! Summer is almost over, but we've still got lots of great things happening at your library! If you're feeling "board," come to Tuesday's (20th) Vintage board games at 4:30.  If you're the more artistic type, then join us on Thursday, the 22nd, for Anime/Manga day. We'll have a chance to practice drawing manga and anime and watch some anime videos at 4:30.  And don't forget, there's still time to read your 5 books and receive a free book! All you have to do is sign up for the teen reading program! We'll see YOU at the library!
 

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LEED Silver Certification!

If you visit the library anytime soon, you may notice halfway up the stairs a new wall decoration:  our brand-new LEED Silver Certification emblem!  LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a recognized green building certification which focuses on five areas of sustainability, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.  Kingwood Branch Library officially received this certification two months ago, and now we have evidence of it proudly on display! 

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Summer is winding down!

Hey, teens, summer is winding down, so if you haven't signed up for SRP, do so fast! If you have, you only need to finish 5 books or 600 minutes to qualify for a certificate and a free book! Be sure to pick up a flyer because we've still got some fun summer programs just for teens!  This week, join us in the meeting room on Tuesday, July 13th, for a 80s themed Teen Movie at 3:00 PM.  On Thursday, July 15th, come to the Childrens Activity Room at 4:30 PM for black light games.  What kind of games, you ask?  Well, you'll just have to come and find out.  Don't miss it!


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Congratulations to a Library ESL student

Kingwood Branch Library congratulates Ut Nguyen (pictured second from left), a library ESL/literacy student, on recently being granted U.S. citizenship!  Ut, like many other students, meets on a regular basis with volunteer library ESL tutors in order to improve his use of the English language.  If you know someone who would benefit from receiving one-on-one help with an English tutor here at the library, let us know!  It's easy getting connected.  Just visit the staff on the second-floor, complete a quick application, and then allow the library to move you or someone you know closer to your goals with English!  (Photo, from left to right: tutor Karen Menke, tutor Archie Kaul (back), student Ut Nguyen (front), student Nana Rolita, tutor Susie Day).

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Summer Reading Program Fun!

It's not too late to get involved with the Summer Reading Program at the library!  There's plenty of summer left!  Check out the slide show below showing plenty of the fun activities so far!

80's Movies and Henna tattoos!

Teens, it's shaping up to be a great summer so far!  Last week was the duct tape and sharpie tie-dye activities, which were a blast.  If you missed them, no problem.  Ms. Sunni has plenty of fun stuff for the rest of the summer here!  Be sure to stop by The Hideout and pick up a schedule.  This week, we plan on an 80s movie flashback on Tuesday at 3:00 PM and Henna on Thursday also at 3:00 PM, which requires a signed permission form from a parent or guardian.  Join us for more teen-only activities here at the library! 

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Duct Tape & Tie-Dye!

Hey, teens, this Tuesday, June 8th, make yourself a new wallet using just duct tape! Or if tape wallets aren't your thing, on Thursday, June 10th,  bring a plain white t-shirt and try your hand at sharpie tie-dye! It's fun and easy! Both crafts start at 4:30 PM in the downstairs meeting room. And don't forget next week! We've got a movie on Tuesday and Henna on Thursday (permission slip needed for Henna).  Check with Ms. Sunni in the teen room for a program flyer. And be on the lookout for our gaming competitions! There will be several over the summer months.

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Summer is Here, Teens!

Summer is here, teens, and have we got plans for you!  If you haven't already, stop by The Hideout upstairs and sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program.  Also, pick up a flyer while you're at it!  Ms. Sunni has plenty of stuff for you to do, so there's no reason for you to be bored here at the library!  If you're between 12-18, join us Tuesday, June 8th, for Duct Tape Crafts and Thursday, June 10th, for Sharpie tie-dye.  Both programs start at 4:30 PM. Sharpie tie-dye requires you to bring your own white t-shirt (and no, you can't use the one you are wearing). Both programs will be held in the large meeting room downstairs.  Don't miss out on the fun! 

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Video of the Library's Grand Opening

Did you miss the Grand Opening ceremony for the library on April 19th?  No problem!  We've got it on video right here for you.  The first part is below, and the rest of the ceremony videos are at our YouTube channel here!

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Adult Summer Reading Program!

If you thought the summer reading program was only for kids and teens, think again!  Adults, if you're looking forward to catching up on your reading this summer, then be sure to register for ReaderNation, our adult summer reading program!  Registration begins on Friday, June 4th, and ends Saturday, August 7th.  Visit us in person or register online at www.hcpl.net and read and log at least four titles before Saturday, August 14th.  After that, besides having enjoyed the reward of reading a good novel or two, you've made yourself eligible for a bookstore gift card as a prize!  Make the most of your love of reading this summer and register for ReaderNation!

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