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Become a Book Buddies Volunteer!

Are you an adult who is looking to turn over a new leaf this fall?  If you'd like to help a child discover the wonder of books, please consider becoming a Book Buddy.  This program pairs an adult with a child to explore the fun of books.  The program is held on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-5:15 pm starting August 30 through November 15.  You can apply for this volunteer opportunity in person or online http://www.hcpl.net/form/book-buddies-volunteer-application-and-agreemen... Volunteers for the fall session will be notified by the end of the first week in August.

July Events in the Children's Department

We're now about half way through the Summer Reading Program.  It will end on Saturday, August 6.  We have about 1,000 Freeman children signed up and over 200 have completed the program and received a certificate and a book.

LEGO Robotics Camp returns for four Saturdays in July

The USA LEGO Robotics Camp returns to Freeman Library on Saturdays July 9, 16, 23, and 30.  This fun camp is for children 7-11 years old.  The children work in pairs to put LEGO projects together using a program on a laptop.  They learn math, science, and engineering concepts.  They also practice social skills such as sharing and cooperation. 

  Due to the popularity of this camp, we hold a drawing for spots in the camp.  The registration for the drawing will be at the Kids Information Desk through Wednesday, June 22.  Children whose names are drawn for the camp will be notified by Friday, July 1.  For questions, please contact the Children's Dept. at 281-488-1906.

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Crocodile Encounter brings amazing snakes, alligators and other animals to Freeman on Thursday, June 9 @2:30 pm

Crocodile Encounter of Angleton brings snakes, alligators and other amazing animals to Freeman Library on Thursday, June 9 at 2:30 and 3:30 pm.   This fun program is recommended for children 5 years and older.   Tickets are required.  They are free and available starting 30 minutes before the program.   Due to the popularity of this program, we recommend that children and their grown up arrive about 15-20 minutes before tickets are scheduled to be given out.  Freeman Library opens at 1 pm on Thursdays.   Thank you to the Friends of Freeman Library for supporting this and other programs.

Magician Julian Franklin kicks off summer programs on Thursday, June 2 @ 2:30 pm

Magician Julian Franklin kicks off Freeman's summer programs for children on this Thursday, June 2 with shows at 2:30 and 3:30 pm.   Julian combines magic, jokes, puppets and even reading suggestions for the summer.  This program is recommended for children 5 years and older.  Tickets are free and available in the Children's Department starting 30 minutes before the program.  Due to the popularity of summer programs, we recommend that children and their grown up arrive 15-20 minutes before the tickets are given out.   Freeman Library opens at 1 pm on Thursdays.   Thanks to the Friends of Freeman Library for supporting this program and many others throughout the year.

Teen Summer Volunteer Open House on Saturday, May 21 @ 2 pm

Teens - are you starting to plan what you'll do for summer?  Stop by the Children's Activity Space this Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 pm to find out about what volunteer opportunities we have for teens in the Children's Department.   We'll have a brief talk about volunteer guidelines and then volunteers can put their name down for specific volunteer shifts for the summer.  We'll be open in the room until 3:30 pm to answer your questions about volunteering.  Parents are welcome to attend.

Maker Monday celebrates the red, white and blue this Monday,May 23 at 4:30 pm

On Monday, May 23 at 4:30 pm, children 5-12 years old can make a craft stick American flag to display for upcoming patriotic events.   This program will be the last of the Maker Monday sessions until the new school year in September.   Tickets are required.  They are free and available starting 30 minutes before the program.   Thank you to the Friends of Freeman Library for their financial support for this program and others throughout the year.

Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month at Freeman Library

Children ages 5-12 years old can celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month at Freeman Library on Thursday, May 12 at 4:30 pm.  We'll be featuring crafts and foods from Japan.  We'll be making a ninja, creating a Japanese cherry blossom picture, decorating a ceremonial drum, and tasting treats inspired by Japan.  We'll also have books, activities, and music from other Asian-Pacific countries.

Tickets are required for this program.  They are free and available in the Children's Department starting 30 minutes before the program.  Thanks to the Friends of Freeman Library for their generous support for this program and others throughout the year.

May Activities in the Children's Department

The Children's Department has several fun programs planned to get children ready for summer fun!  Children 3 years and older can make several colorful crafts (a ladybug, a basket of flowers, and a Memorial Day star) on Thursday, May 5 at 4:30 pm.  Tickets are required.  They'll be given out at 4:00 pm.

On Friday, May 6 - babies from infants through 18 months old will enjoy Baby Playtime from 10:00-11:00 am in the Children's Activity Space.  This program does not require tickets.

On Thursday, May 12 at 4:30 pm - children 5 years and older will enjoy celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with crafts and treats inspired by Japan.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available starting 30 minutes before the program.

Teens: Open House for Summer Volunteering Opportunities in Freeman's Children's Department

The Children's Department hosts an open house on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 am-11:30 am in the Children's Activity Space for teens interested in volunteering this summer.  We'll have information about the guidelines for volunteering and the volunteer opportunities available this summer.  

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, we'll have an additional session of the open house on Saturday, May 21 from 2:00-3:30 pm.   Teens and parents are welcome to attend either date to find out more about our volunteer opportunities this summer.

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