Tomball

What is the Right Story Time for my Child?

   We get asked this question all the time in the Children's Area.  Which story time should I bring my child to? The answer is:  bring your child to the story time that best fits their age and ability.  Children grow and develop at different paces.  No child is the same when it comes to what they learn or how they learn.  With that in mind, we have done our best to create story times to fit every age and stage of your child’s development.  We offer 6 story time sessions each week that are planned with these developmental stages in mind.
Baby Bookworms for the newborn – walking unassisted. This is a special time for you to spend and enjoy with your baby.  It is a chance to hear familiar nursery rhymes and songs, enjoy bubbles, listen to music and do basic fine motor coordination activities.  Read and Play is for the walker – 18 month old.  At this story time you and your child will enjoy listening to a story (sometimes 2), fingerplays, songs, bubbles, play time with other babies and beginning fine motor activities.  Toddler Time is for the 18 month – 3 year old.  At Toddler Time, your child will attend a themed story time where they’ll listen to at least 2 stories along with fingerplays, songs, rhythm stick fun, parachute play, complete a simple craft and have play time with other children.  Preschool story time is for the 3 – 5 year old who is able to sit and listen to at least 3 stories and actively participate in fingerplays, songs and group activities along with rhythm stick fun, parachute play and an age appropriate craft completed with minimal help from their  parent.   You are encouraged and welcome to attend any story time that is offered during the week, however, it is recommended that you attend the age appropriate story time for your child (based on the above guidelines) so that they have the best overall experience for their stage of development.   For specific days and times, please access our online calendar of events.  See you at Story Time!

Have a Great School Year!

To all of our daycare friends, 

our public school students, 

our private school students, 

our homeschool students, 

our online students, 

our Lone Star College students, 

our college and university students, 

our lifelong learners, 

teachers, librarians, coaches, advisors, nurses, support staff, bus drivers, board members, parents, siblings, aunts and uncles and grandparents, and neighbors nearby:

Have a Great School Year!

Where's Orbit?

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If you visited the library over the summer, you might have noticed our ongoing scavenger hunt to find Orbit. Each week, we hid a paper Orbit, the green alien mascot of the Houston Astros, somewhere in the library, then gave two clues to his location. Those who found Orbit, could report his location to a librarian and put their name in a drawing for a plush Orbit.

On August 6th, Summer Reading came to a close, and with it, the weekly scavenger hunt for Orbit. We had a huge response throughout the summer but, in the end, Luke was our big winner. These are just a few of the pictures from his mini photo shoot with Orbit!

Congrats to Luke, and thanks to everyone who found Orbit each week and helped make this summer so much fun!

Children’s Fall Programming to Resume!

   Starting in September, the Children’s Department will offer After School Programming on Mondays and Tuesdays at 4:30 pm. Here is our current line-up with more to be added in the coming months!
Mondays at 4:30 pm:
  Chapter Chats  Bring a book to life! Read and explore the best of children’s literature with crafts, food and drama. This program meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month and is limited to 15 children (3rd - 5th grade).  Required registration starts on September 6th and is for September – December.
Tuesdays at 4:30 pm:
  Art Explorers
 Learn about artists and create an art project on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  This program is limited to 20 children (ages 8 - 12).  Required registration begins 1 week in advance.
 Lego Create   Use your imagination to build theme based creations using LEGO on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  This program is limited to 25 children (ages 5 - 12).   Required registration begins 1 week in advance.
 R.E.A.D Reading Education Assistance Dogs.  Choose a book and share it one-on-one with a furry friend! This program meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month (ages 4 - 12).    
*For a complete listing of our weekly story times, please refer to our online calendar of events!  See you at the Library!         

Summer Reading Program now Complete

A big “Thank You!” to everyone who participated in any way in our Summer Reading Program, which wrapped up this Saturday with an exuberant Sock Hop. For those of you who are wondering, you can finish up your reading lists and come in for prizes for the rest of this week. 

Watch for our fall programs, about to begin!

End Of Summer Celebration!

Get ready to "shake, rattle and roll" at our end of Summer Reading Sock Hop!  Put on your poodle skirt, roll up your jeans and join us Saturday, August 6th on the first floor of the Library from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.  We'll  have games, food, 50's music with DJ Twinkle Toes and a whole lotta' fun for the whole family! 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came to Tomball Library

Today the magical world of Harry Potter came to Tomball Community Library. Two live screech owls appeared and were discussed in the Children’s Department; Platform 93/4 emerged and people made snapshots of themselves in front of it; staff wore Hogwarts costumes, and the entire first book of the Harry Potter series was read. Although it may not be appropriate to blow our own horns, the staff involved did a magically wonderful job!

 

Teens: Marble Roller Coasters

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Summer Reading is coming to a close. (Have you registered? There’s still time!) We know you won’t want to miss the last program of the summer! On Tuesday, bring your friends and work together to build a roller coaster out of foam tubing. Then use marbles to take all the coasters for a test run! For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, August 2 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Summer Reading Homestretch Fun!

The Library has a big [and fun] day planned for Monday, August 1st. Celebrate Harry Potter all day with a reading of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!  Staff will begin reading at 8:15 am in the main foyer of the 1st floor of the Library and continue "until the very end" (quote from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).  Feel free to come dressed in your favorite Hogwarts attire, take pictures at the 9 ¾ platform, follow clues to find the golden snitch and learn about and visit with a live owl at 2:00 pmAt 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm, Marsha’s Petting Zoo will be here for children (and adults) of all ages to meet farm and exotic animals (and take pictures).  **This is an outdoor program (weather permitting), so please dress for extreme heat and wear a hat, apply sunscreen and bring water. If you haven't registered for the Summer Reading Program, there is still time to register and read 10, do 10 and log it, for a *FREE book, pin and a medal!  It's going to be a great start to the final week of the Summer Reading Program - we hope you can join us! *FREE book while supplies last.

We need Tutors! Are YOU interested?

At LSC-Tomball Community Library, requests for help in mastering the English language are ongoing. We get requests from people attempting English for the first time and from veterans who want to improve their grammar, reading, writing, or accent. We try to match these eager adult learners with a volunteer tutor.

We have also started classes for those hoping to become U.S. citizens and for those classes we also need tutors.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer tutor? You don’t need skills in another language and you don’t need to be an expert in either our language or our civics. We have several training days for you to choose from, below. So now would be a good time to sign up! Call us at 832-559-4200.

ESL Tutor Training                                                                                                                                                                                        Friday, July 29th 9:00 am - 11:00 am, or                                                                                                                                   Thursday, August 11th 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Citizenship Tutor Training
Saturday, August 13th 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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