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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.

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.

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