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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.

Airplane Adventure

Paper AirplanesFriday, June 23rd at 2:00pm join us for an airplane adventure.  Come and learn how to make two different paper airplanes, decorate and improve the design then take them through different challenges for prizes. This adventure will start in the meeting room where we will learn to fold the airplanes and make modifications. Then we will head outside to the front of the library to see how they do with a distance challenge and accuracy challenges.  This program is for children ages 5-11 and limited to 40.  Come 30 minutes before the program to get a free ticket at the desk.

Babies Love Books

It is time to get your baby off to a great start this summer at the library.  Sign them up for their first summer reading program to earn a free board book and certificate. We will have special guests Little Gym and Gymboree Play and Music this summer. We have a Baby Giggles class for children birth to 11 months, Babiesgeared for babies not yet walking. It meets every Wednesday at 1:00 pm for 45 minutes.

Saturday Dinosaurs Rock

Dinosaurs RockSaturday, June 10th at 2:00 pm we will have Dinosaurs Rock.  Do you love dinosuars?  Come to the library and learn about incredible, museum quality fossils and minerals that you can actually see up close and touch. Each child will get a geode to break and take home.  This program is for ages 5-11 and is limited to the first 40.  Get a ticket 30 minutes early at the desk. Also, remember to sign up for the summer reading program and earn great prizes!

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