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Be that One in a Million

Project Mill-E LogoThis weekend is the perfect time to bring your tablet or smartphone to our eMedia class and learn how to download free content with your library card. The Harris County Public Library just announced its latest project know as, Project Mill-E. One million checkouts is nothing to sneeze at and you could be a part of it!

The class begins on Saturday, April 02, at 10:00 AM. Just visit our information desk and we'll show you where to go. Bring your devices!

Special Holiday Hours Next Week

Easter LilyFor the Easter holiday the Northwest Branch Library will be closing at 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 24. The branch will remain closed until 1:00 PM on Monday, March 28.

Don't forget you can always access our eMedia, even when we are closed. Just visit our eBranch.

Spring Break is Coming!

Plate of Candy SushiWhat will you be doing during Spring Break this year? Why not join us for some special programming.

Teens will be gathering to watch some new and classic Anime, while working on Japanese themed crafts and projects. Candy sushi, anyone?

Kids can enjoy a special movie event (Hint: It has a cool dog and his best bird pal) or be entertained by Carranza Puppets. Babies will get a special visit from Gymboree.

Adults, drop in on our book club and pick up the title for next month. Stop by for some knitting, drawing, and coloring too.

Visit our calendar to get details about dates and times. Some events are ticketed and have age limits. You’ll want to check that too.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover new things and meet new people. Spend Spring Break at the library with so much to do!

Teen Tech Week Continues with Bristle Bots

Teen Tech Week continues today with Bristle Bots, small robots made from a toothbrush. Learn simple engineering skills and then race the bots, winning prizes. You'll also customize the bots and take them home with you. For ages 12 and up. No registration is required. We'll start at 4:00 PM.

Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week 2016 LogoThis year’s Teen Tech Week is all about making! The rise of new technologies means kids can 3D print, repurpose, and craft from all kinds of materials. Knowledge of coding and technology is becoming more and more important, but so is problem-solving, creativity, and flexibility. 

On Tuesday, March 8, teens can use the LEGO WeDo kits to make their own bots. They’ll be given instructions to create a LEGO bot of their own, and they’ll use the WeDo software to program it. They’ll also get to play with Scratch, a programming language designed by MIT, to interface with the bots, allowing them to step into a broader field of programming.

The program starts at 4:00 PM and is for ages 12 and up. No registration is required for the events. For more information, contact Ellen at 281-890-2665.

Updates at the Northwest Branch Library

Library Parking Lot

We are happy to report the completion of some updates at the branch. Not only did the parking lot get some fresh paint, but an additional entrance from the lot to the park next door was installed. We're really enjoying the improvements and we hope you will as well. The next time you visit the library make sure you take a stroll on the new path leading to the park and enjoy one of these beautiful days we've been having.

Rodeo Reads for Little Buckaroos

JCartoon of Child Cowboyoin us for our Pre-school Rodeo Storytime Tuesday, March 8 at 10:30 AM in the meeting room. We will sing cowboy songs, read stories and make a bluebonnet craft. Come dressed in your western wear and bring and camera. Space is limited. Come thirty minutes early to get a ticket at the Information Desk.

What Color is Your Coloring Book?

Adults ColoringOur coloring for adults program has become extremely popular. Apparently not only is it meditative and relaxing, but it is quite the social event. Every other Friday customers have been filling up our teen area, but there's always more room! If you have been missing out, then you are more than welcome to join in. The next coloring session will take place on March 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM. Feel free to bring your own supplies if you wish, but we'll have plenty for you to use as well. 

Library Partners with the Children's Museum of Houston

Children Doing a Science ActivityThe Northwest Branch Library has partnered with the Children's Museum of Houston to present the program For the Children. Designed for children ages 3-7, the program is a fun-filled, family-friendly parent workshop. The workshop encourages families to use library resources and teaches simple inexpensive activities that parents and children can do together to help children learn. Receive a free pass to the Children's Museum per family when you attend. 

The next workshop is Monday, February 15, at 4:30 PM. Space is limited and a ticket is required. Tickets are issued at our information desk 30 minutes before the start of the workshop.

Teen Upcycling Programs in February

Starting today, the Northwest Branch will host an upcycling craft series for teens and tweens in the month of February. Upcycling is a fancy way to say "recycle materials into something cool." They will get the chance to take old materials, such as shirts, magazines, books, or other things they'd have lying around, and they'll make something more out of it. There will be four different things they can make:

Feb 4
T-Shirt Tote Bag: Make a fashionable bag out of old t-shirts.

Feb 11
Matchbox Valentines: Take mini matchboxes or tins to decorate and give away as valentines.

Feb 18
Magazine Cut Up: Take apart magazines and learn to make jewelry and things out of magazines.

Feb 25
​Book Bag: See how to take apart covers of old books and make purses and bags out of them.

All crafts will be taking place in the Teen Area from 4pm - 5pm. It's recommended people bring materials to use, but materials will also be available at the time of craft.

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