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Houston: We have a butterfly...

  Introducing one of Freeman Library's newest members...we now have a butterfly in the butterfly pavilion located near the Children's Desk.  The butterfly pavilion is part of an exhibit that Harris County Public Library has to celebrate Citizenship Month.  We hope to have more butterflies to report about .  They will be a temporary exhibit and they will be released into the wild a the appropriate moment.

Tween Craft - Make a Gift & Gift Tag!

Looking for something for your tween-aged child (8-12 years old) to do during Thanksgiving Break.  We'll have a craft for them at 1;30 pm on Monday, November 23.  They will make a picture frame and a gift tag.  This program requires tickets.  They are free and given out 30 minutes before the program.  Also, on Monday November 23 - our Maker Monday program at 4:30 pm features a craft.  This program is for children 5-12 years old.  They will be making a leaf stenciled burlap placemat.  Tickets are required.  They are free and give out 30 minutes before the program.

Check out our butterfly exhibit in the Children's Department

  Harris County Public Library celebrates Citizenship Month with a display of information on how to become a U.S. citizen.  Included with this display, we also have a neat butterfly exhibit that parents as well as children can enjoy.  The displays are on a table right before you get to the Children's Department.

Right now, we're in the chrysalis phase with the butterflies.  We'll have updates through the stage when we have colorful butterflies.

If you have a chance, please drop by the Children's Department to see how the exhibit is developing.

2015 Project Pumpkin Votes Are In!

The votes are counted for Freeman Library's 2015 Project Pumpkin.  Children and grown-ups cast 433 votes over the past week for 9 pumpkins.  The pumpkins were generously donated by the Bay Forest Kroger and they were decorated by staff and their relatives.   This year's winners: First Place - "Shaun the Sheep", Second Place - "Minion", and Third Place - "Mario".     Thank you for all the pumpkin decorators who helped make the Children's Department more festive and for all the children and adults who excitedly talked about their favorite pumpkin (if they could choose just one...).

Fall Crafts are Fun!

Looking for some festive crafts for the children to do in October?  Join us this Thursday, October 8 at 4:30 for some fun fall crafts.  We'll be making a 3-D pumpkin, a clothespin bat, and a cute owl mask.  This program is recommended for children ages 3-12. years old.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available starting 30 minutes before the program.   The Friends of Freeman Library generously donated the funds to purchase the supplies for the crafts.

Monday Maker: Celebrate Autumn by making yarn apples!

On Monday September 28 at 4:30 pm, school-age children are invited to our weekly afterschool program -  Monday Maker.  The children will be making colorful yarn apples to celebrate the change in seasons!  This program is recommended for children 5-12 years old.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available at the Kids Information Desk starting 30 minutes before the program.

Preschool Book Party on Friday, September 25 @ 10:15 am

   Preschoolers are invited to a preschool book party this Friday, September 25 at 10:15 am.  This program will feature "Pete the Cat" books.  The children also will enjoy crafts and activities during the program.

Tickets are required.  They are free and available when the library opens at 10:00 am.  This program is recommended for children 3-5 years old.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration this Thursday, September 24 @ 4:30 pm

The Children's Department will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month this Thursday, September 24 at 4:30 pm.  We'll be making a Guatemalan bird and decorating a Mexican paper bag serape.   We''ll also have books and decorations from many other Latin American countries.

To top off the fun, we'll have refreshments and a piñata!  Tickets are required.  They are free and available starting 30 minutes before the program.  This program is recommended for children of all ages.

LEGO Robotics Camp returns to Freeman Library in October

The USA LEGO Robotics Camp returns to Freeman Library for four Saturdays in October (10/10,10/17,10/24 & 10/31).  The camp is for children 7-11 years old.  It began at Freeman Library in 2009 with donations from United Space Alliance  and the Friends of Freeman Library.  Each of the four Saturdays, children build LEGO projects using a programmed laptop and a LEGO kit.   Teen and adult volunteers assist the children with the projects if needed.  A middle school teacher oversees the camp each week to introduce the children to some of the science and math concepts they'll observe.

Due to the popularity of the camp, we will have a drawing for spots in this free camp.  The registration for the drawing runs from Saturday, September 19 through September 26.  We will have a registration form and registration box at the Kids Information Desk.  Drawing registration slips are limited to 1 per child.

Baby Playtime returns this Friday, September 18 @ 10:00 am

Babies and their grown-up are invited to hang out in the Children's Activity Space this Friday, September 18 from 10:00-11:00 am.  We'll have cute board books, cool toys, and amazing bubbles!  To top off the fun, babies can show off their budding artistic talents by creating "mess-free" art!  No tickets are needed for this program.  It is recommended for babies from infancy through 18 months old.

Some of the fun toys and books have been purchased through the generous donations of the Friends of Freeman Library.  They have a great bookstore to the right as you enter the library. 

Also, September is Library Card Sign-up Month.  Babies are welcome to get a library card.

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