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Houston Museum of Natural Science Native Americans Docent Presentation

Come and celebrate National Native American Heritage Month with Northwest Branch Library and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Saturday, November 11th at 3:00 PM join a docent from the museum and discover the inventive and resourceful lifestyles of North America's earilest human residents.  Come to see real museum artifacts and specimens!  The 45-minute session is a hands-on interactive experience.  This program is for children 7-12 years old.  Space is limited, so get a free ticket at the desk 30 minutes before the program starts.

High-5 Club

Watermelon SeedSaturday, November 11th at 1:00 PM join the High Five Science Club presented by the University of Houston Be a Teacher Club to learn about plants. We will be reading the book The Watermelon Seed. The kids will be creating mini greenhouses out of plastic cups and planting a plant inside. Their take-home activity will be growing grass seeds in different shaped sponges. They will also each get to take home a copy of the book that we are reading that day. Come to the desk 30 minutes before the program to get a free ticket. Space is limited.  For ages 1st-3rd grade.

Halloween Hoopla

halloweenThis Saturday, October 28th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm join us for some spooky fun and halloweengames at Halloween Hoopla!  Come in costume and play Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin, Swamp Fishing, Graveyard Golf, Spider Ring Toss, Monster Photo Area, Treat or Treat Toss, Dem Bones, Bats and Ghosty Crafts. Go Trick or Treat around the library at the bookdrop and front desk for some goodies.  This party is for all ages. We are accepting treat donations. Please bring them to the desk before this Saturday.  pumpkin

Summer Is Not Over Yet

Sand CraftJoin the fun this week as we wrap up another great children's summer reading storytellerprogram.  Remember to come and pick up your prizes for reading and join us for some of these wonderful programs. Thursday, August 3rd at 4:00 pm is the last Indian dance class.  Come and learn about Indian dances, stories, culture and activities.  Friday, August 4th at 2:00 pm first make a sand bottle with eye catching layers of multi-colored sand then at 4:00 pm watch Disney's Moana. Saturday, August 5th at 2:00 pm come listen to storyteller Leona Hoegsberg tell exciting stories from near and far.

Work Smarter Not Harder Show

Julian FranklinSaturday, July 22nd at 2:00 pm join us for the Work Smarter not Harder Show presented by Julian Franklin. This hands-on workshop allows learners to handle wheels, pulleys, levers, wedges, incline planes and screws in a way that makes abstract concepts "concrete" (yes, the pun was intended!).

Julian comes in dressed as a construction worker, but the children from the audience are the ones who do the work.

Tactile learners will come to life as they help figure out how to lift a 50 pound bucket of rocks with a 5 pound weight, and why a wedge is such a handy tool. Using levers your youngest students will be able to easily accomplish feats that NO human being can accomplish bare handed. This is a presentation that will be remembered and talked about for a VERY long time.

Princess Belle Visted the Library

Princess BelleToday we had a special vistor, Princess Belle came and read her story the Beauty and the Beast, sang songs and danced with the children.  Everyone had an enchanted time.  Belle took a tour of the library and reminded everyone how important it is to read, invent and have adventures. Be sure to check the calendar for more fun at the library.   

Saturday Wild Things Zoofari

Wild Things ZoofariSaturday, July 8th at 2:00 pm come to the library to see Wild Things Zoofari. They will be bringing a variety of exotic animals to learn about, see, hear, smell and touch. The aim is to inspire the children to learn about these wonderful animals and in the process be inspired to do great things for the protection of exotic animals and their native habitats as adults. Be sure to check out some books about animals, which will be on display during the program. Come 30 minutes early to get a free ticket at the desk.  This program is for children 5-11 years old and is limited.

Discover and Build Bots with Meccano

RobotsMondays, June 26th, July 10th and July 24th from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm come and build a robotrobot at the library.  Build one of three different robots by Meccano using tools, then learn how to program and play with them.  Must have the assistance of one adult. This is a great summer family project to do with your child. We are limited to 15 at each 2 hour session.  Please come 30 minutes early to get a free ticket at the desk. This program for for ages 8-11. If you are older ages 12 and up, we have a program called Bot Build on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 pm.  You will group build the large 4 foot robot pictured.

Last week to enter the Tournament of Books 4th-6th graders

BooksHarris County Public Library Tournament of Books includes 4 library branches, 7 books your team reads over 6 weeks and will have 1 winning team.  It is for kids going into 4th-6th grade this fall.  Register at the library as a team or as an individual no later than June 27th.  Northwest Branch will have up to 5 teams and 4-5 kids make up a team.  We will meet Tuesdays at 2:00 pm starting June 20th to read, play book games and make book ralated crafts to prepare for the semi-finals Tuesday, August 1st at 2:00pm. The winning team of the semi-finals will go on to the finals at our Administrative Offices downtown on Saturday, August 5th at 10:30 am. The Grand prize winners will receive a $25 gift card and some fun swag and books. Call or come in if you have questions.

Saturday Bugs on Wheels

Houston Museum of Natural ScienceSaturday, June 24th at 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm come and meet amazing arthropods presented by Houston Museum of Natural Science and Cockrell Butterfly Center Bugs on Wheels.  See live giant millipedes, docile hissing cockroaches, stunning walking sticks and much more will amaze children in this hands-on, interactive presentation.

For children ages 5-11, this presentation gives the audience a chance to meet some of the most unusual members of the insect world, while learning about their native habitats and unique adaptations for survival.

Giant millipedes, hissing cockroaches, amazingly camouflaged walking sticks, furry tarantulas and more will fascinate children as they learn all about the incredible world of arthropods.

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