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Change in today's (May 6) ladybug program in Children's Department

         The "Lucky Ladybugs"  program scheduled for 4:30 pm has been postponed.  However, we will have a ladybug craft program in its place.  This afterschool program is recommended for children from 5-12 years old.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available at the Kids Information Desk  starting 30 minutes before the program.  For questions, please call 281-488-1906.

Lucky Ladybugs Program on Monday, May 6 at 4:30 pm

    Ellen Hutto of Saltgrass Science will talk about ladybugs on Monday, May 6 at 4:30 pm.  This program is recommended for children 5-12 years old.  The children will learn about ladybugs and how to spot them in the yard.  Each child will get a few ladybugs to release in their neighborhood.  Space is limited and tickets are required.  They are free and available at the Kids Information Desk starting 30 minutes before the program.

The blocks are back in town...

    May is block month around the Children's Department at Freeman Library.  Children are invited to build something with our wooden blocks.  We have a shelf filled with blocks of all shapes and sizes.  They will be out through the month of May.  In June, we will bring back a puppet stage with hand puppets.   Each month we rotate the puppet stage and the blocks.  These two creative outlets have been a great hit at Freeman Library.    They are two of the many fun and educational items made possible through the generous donations of the Friends of Freeman Library.

May Activities for Children

  While school-aged children are winding down the school year, we have several programs this month to get them ready for the library's busy season --- summer!!!

Monday, May 6 (4:30 pm) - Lucky Ladybugs - Ellen Hutto from Saltgrass Science will talk to children aged 5-12 years old about ladybugs and she will give them some ladybugs to release around their home.

Monday, May 13 (4:30 pm) - Maze of Bones Book Party - Children aged 8-11 years old will learn about this 39 Clues book and participate in some fun activities.

Monday, May 20 (4:30 pm) - Bricks4Kidz - Spin Art - Children 5-11 years old will use Lego bricks to make a project.

Celebrate Earth Day with Recycled Crafts!

        The Children's Department will be celebrating Earth Day on Monday, April 22 at 4:30 pm with some fun crafts made from recycled materials: egg cartons, stickers, beads and lots of other items.  Children ages 5 and above are encouraged to come and let their imagination lead them in making fun items.

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

Teens: Volunteer @ Freeman Library this summer!

       Teens: Are you 14 years or older?  Do you like to read?  Do you like being around younger children and encouraging them?  Do you like working on a computer?  If you said yes to all these questions, then please fill out an application to volunteer in the Children's Department this summer.

You can print out this application http://www.hcpl.net/sites/default/files/volapp.pdf or pick one up at the Kids Information Desk.   Just be sure to get your application back to us by Tuesday, April 30.  We'll then contact you about attending a volunteer orientation to be held in May.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile stops at Freeman Library on Tuesday, April 23 @ 10:00 am

      Hot diggity dog!...the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile visits Freeman Library on Tuesday, April 23 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.  This colorful and tasty vehicle will be on the Diana Lane side of the building for kids of all ages to enjoy. 

For toddlers, we'll have our regular storytimes at 10:15 and 11:15 am.  The storytimes will be brief and feature a hot dog theme.  Then we'll go out to check out the wienermobile.  Tickets are required for the storytimes.  They are free and available from the Kids Information Desk right when we open at 10:00 am for the 10:15 storytime and at 10:45 am for the 11:15 storytime. 

For questions, call the Children's Department at 281-488-1906.

 

Join us for a special Curious George Storytime on Thursday, April 18 at 1:30 pm

       Join us Thursday, April 18 at 1:30 pm for a special storytime featuring the adventures of Curious George.  We will have a story, a coloring sheet and a viewing of a Curious George DVD. 

This program is designed for children ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available at the Kids Information Desk when we open at 1:00 pm on Thursday.

Fire Truck Visits Freeman on Friday, April 12 @ 10:00 am

      Kids of all ages are invited to see firefighters and a fire engine from the Houston Fire Department's Station No.  72 on Friday, April 12 at 10:00 am.   The firefighters will show off the fire truck and let children see how it works.

No tickets are required for this program.  The fire truck and firefighters will be on the Diana Lane side of the library.

To learn a bit more about fire safety, step inside the library into the Children's Department.  We have a display of books about firefighters.  Also, the firefighters from Station No. 72 have brought a fun display of fire trucks and firefighter equipment that we have put up behind the Kids Information Desk.  Please stop by and take a look at it.

Fire Truck is coming to Freeman Library on Friday, April 12

      A fire truck with the Houston Fire Department's Station No. 72 will be at  Freeman on Friday, April 12 at 10:00 am.  Firefighters will talk about fire safety and show the fire truck to children and their families.

  To learn more about fire safety, children are encouraged to visit the Children's Department where we have a display of books on the topic.  We also have a fun display of items from Fire Station No. 72's collection: toy fire trucks and fire equipment such as boots and a fire hose.

No tickets are needed for this program.  The fire truck will be on the Diana Lane side of the building.

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