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Afterschool Program: Origami

Do your school-aged children 5-12 years old like to work with their hands or do artwork?  If so, they will enjoy our afterschool program this Monday, April 7 at 4:30 pm.  Students from Clear Lake High School will be here to show children how to do some fun origami creations.  This program require tickets.  The tickets are free and given out 30 minutes before the program at the Kids Information Desk.

Here are some upcoming afterschool programs for children 5-12 years old at 4:30 pm:

Monday, April 21 - Swim Jim will be here to demonstrate water safety tips.

Monday, May 5 - Jr. Gardeners - children will learn about seeds and how to plant some herbs and care for them.

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1,001 Books Before Kindergarten

Are you looking for a way to prepare your young child for Kindergarten?  Here's a fun way to get your child off to a good start.  Participate in the 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten program at Freeman Library.  This program is free and it allows you to work at your own pace.

  Here's 3 easy steps to get started:

1) Pick up a reading log at the Kids Information Desk or download one from our website: http://kids.hcpl.net/pandt/1001BooksBeforeKindergarten.htm

2) Start reading!  Simply color one star each time you read a book.  Read it twice - count it twice and color a star for each time you read.  You can count library books, yo...

April Programs in the Children's Department

    Join us in the Children's Department for fun and educational programs in April.  For babies, toddlers and preschoolers, we have our regular storytimes.  Babies (infants to 18 months old) have Book Babies on Wednesdays at 10:15 & 11:15 AM; Toddlers (18 months to 3 years old) have Toddler Time on Mondays at 11:15 and Tuesdays at 10:15 & 11:15 AM; and Preschoolers (3-5 years old) have Preschool Storytime on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.  Each of these programs requires tickets.  They are free and given out 30 minutes before the program except for programs beginning at 10:15 am (those tickets are given out as soon as we open at 10:00 am).

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Books Alive! Week - Day 4

 Join us Thursday, March 13 from 2:30-4 pm for face painting and balloon animals on Day 4 of Books Alive! Week at Freeman Library.  Our friends from Party Animals will be here to do face painting and balloon animals.  No tickets are needed for these events - just a little patience as you wait in line for a bit to get your turn.

Also, we'll have a Para Los Ninos/Raise a Reader storytime at 2:30 pm.  This program is a storytime for preschool age children and their families.  There will be a story and activities to encourage a love of reading.  This program requires tickets.  They are free and given out 30 minutes before the program.  Just a reminder - the library is open 1-9 pm on Thursdays.

 

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Books Alive! Week - Touch a Truck

     Join us today for Day 2 of Books Alive! Week at Freeman Library.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of Freeman Library.  Today we have Rush Truck Center bringing in a truck at 2:30 pm.  The truck will be in the parking lot on the Diana Lane side of the library.  Ms. Jeanie Achtermann of Rush Truck Center will talk about trucking and then children will have a chance to see the truck up close and take pictures with it.

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February Programs for Children @ Freeman Library

February is the shortest month, but we won't be short of events to celebrate this month in the Children's Department.   Here are our special programs this month:

Thursday, February 13 @ 4:30 pm - Black History Month  - celebrate Black History Month with a fun weaving craft inspired by the colorful Kente cloth of Africa, music, a short movie, and a treat.  This program requires tickets.  They are free and available at the Kids Information Desk starting 30 minutes before the program.

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Chinese New Year Celebration at Freeman on Friday, January 31 @ 4:30 pm

The whole family is invited to celebrate Chinese New Year at Freeman Library this Friday, January 31 at 4:30 pm.  We will start with a lion dance on the Diana Lane side of the library.  Students from Clear Lake High School's Chinese National Honor Society will perform the lion dance promptly at 4:30 pm.  Festivities then will move into the Community Room where we will have crafts, music, and food.  Please join us for this fun program as we celebrate 2014 - The Year of the Horse.

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Afterschool Program Today: LEGO Free Play @ 4:30 PM

If your school aged children can't get enough fun with LEGOs, join us this afternoon for LEGO Free Play.   This afterschool program begins at 4:30 pm.  It is designed for children 5-12 years old.  The children will get to work with a LEGO kit to create a project.  Parents are encouraged to bring a camera or other device to take a picture of your child's creation.

Tickets are required for this program.  They are free and available at the Kids Information Desk starting 30 minutes before the program.

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Homeschoolers: Cast a vote for your favorite Texas Bluebonnet Award book on Monday, January 27

Homeschooled children who would be in grades 3-6 are invited to come to Freeman Library on Monday, January 27 to cast a vote for their favorite book nominated for Texas Bluebonnet Award.  We'll have a ballot box at the Kids Information Desk all day on Monday.   The winning book will be announced by the Texas Library Association in April.  We will keep you posted on the winner.

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Calling all babies for Baby Playtime on Friday, January 17@10:00 am

 Join us this Friday morning 1/17 for Baby Playtime in the Children's Activity Space from 10:00-11:00 am.   This program is designed for children from infants through 18 months old along with a parent or other caregiver.

We will have board books, toys, music, and bubbles!  This  program does not require tickets, so just drop in with your baby.  You'll get to meet other parents and their babies.

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