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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.

AARP Returns with Tax Services

Tax SignTax season is here and AARP has returned to the Northwest Branch to assist you. Starting Friday, February 05, you can visit our meeting room, where AARP will be available to help you e-file or answer your questions. This is a walk-in service and appointments are not necessary. AARP will be here on certain dates and times, so please check our calendar.

Make sure you know what you documents you will need to bring with you by visiting here. If you can’t make it to the library, then there are other host locations in the area.

Book Sale Tomorrow!

Female Holding BooksThe Friends of the Northwest Branch Library are having a book sale this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Come and find gently used titles, while helping The Friends. Money raised goes towards supporting library programs and purchasing materials. 

The library can't thank The Friends enough for all that it does. The group was instrumental in getting the library built back in 1983 and have supported us every step of the way since. If joining The Friends of the Northwest Branch Library sounds intriguing, then stop to visit with a member. They can share more information about what they do and assist you with becoming a member as well.

Photo courtesy of Vital Images 2016

Adult Coloring Coming

Coloring PencilsColoring has proven to be meditative and relaxing, so why stop when you grow up? Starting this Friday at 2:00 PM we will host coloring for adults. We will provide all of the materials. All you need to do is bring your creativity. Bring a friend too and catch up while you color. 

Winter Break DIY - Arm Knittng

Ball of YarnTeens, looking for something to do while out of school? Then join us for Winter Break DIY. During the holidays we will host a series of projects you can do yourself. Our first project will be Tuesday, December 22, at 3:00 PM where you'll learn to make your own knit blanket or scarf with no tools required but your own hands.

Not only are no tools require, but no experience is needed either. Come, learn, have fun and walk away with a one-of-a-kind creation that will impress everyone.

A Creative Time for Adults

Adults DrawingAre you looking to flex your creativity, but can't find the time? Join us for Creative Art on Wednesdays at 1:30 PM. At Creative Art you can squeeze in an hour of practice, while you visit with others who are eager to express themselves. No talent is needed. If you like activities like coloring, zentangle and drawing, then stop by and join the fun.

Precinct 3 Collecting Toys

Santa OrnamentPrecinct 3, in a partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps, is collecting toys for Toys for Tots. Currently new, unwrapped toys for girls and boys are being collected, and the Northwest Branch Library is serving as one of the collection sites. Donations will be accepted through Friday, December 18.  

Travel Back to Cypress 100 Years

Cypress "business district" in 1907

If you think the Cypress area is busy now, then you should have seen it a hundred years ago! The Cypress Historical Society will do just that with its informative and entertaining presentation on the area way back when.

Come and be surprised by all that has changed. Be even more surprised by what hasn't changed. The program is on Saturday, October 31, at 1:00 PM. We'll be done well before your trick-or-treating kicks off.

This presentation is in conjunction with this year's Gulf Coast Reads selection, The Promise, by Ann Weisgarber.

Photo: Cypress "business district" in 1907, taken by Houston photographer F.J. Schlueter. Courtesy of the Cypress Historical Society.

Come Make a Movie with Microsoft

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Have you ever wanted to make a great movie, but thought it was too complicated? That's about to all change!

Join us as the Microsoft Store teaches how to make your very own movies on a Surface Pro 3™ tablets. They'll give you the skills you need to entertain the masses.

We will gather in the meeting room at 4:30 PM on Monday, October 19. We hope to see you there!

Space is limited. A ticket is required. Tickets will be given out starting 30 minutes before the program.

Computer Programming, Anyone?

Teens! As technology becomes a bigger part in our daily lives, more and more people are learning computer programming. Doing so not only prepares you for the future, but strengthens your problem solving abilities. And the best part? It is not as hard to learn as you think.

Starting Friday, October 2, at 4:30 PM join us in the meeting room to learn the programming language of Java and how to use it. The group plans to meet ever Friday. BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) is encouraged, but not required. 

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