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Houston Astros Mascot Orbit is Coming to the Library!

  Hey Astros fans -  Orbit is coming to the Library!   Wear your Astros gear and meet the World Champion Houston Astros mascot on Monday, June 11th at 3:00 pm!  Fans of all ages will enjoy skits, stories and fun along with pictures, autographs and a chance to see Orbit's very own World Series ring!  Tickets are required to attend this program.  They are FREE and available at the Children's Area of the library beginning 45 minutes prior to the start time. 

Reading Magic Show in the Children's Department!

Summer Reading Fun begins!  This coming Monday, June 4th at 3:00 pm join us for John O’Bryant’s Reading Magic Show!  Be dazzled and amazed with magic, illusions and more!    This program is FREE and appropriate for families of all ages.  Tickets are required - they are FREE and  available 45 minutes prior to the start time in the Children’s Area of the Library.  Don’t forget to register for Summer Reading at www.hcpl.net.  And, share all of your Summer reading fun with us: #hcplsummer. 

Save the Date! Summer Reading is Coming!

  Look no further than your Library for a Summer filled with fun!  Libraries Rock is this years theme for all Summer Reading Programs: Babies, Kids, Teens and Adults.  Each week, enjoy shows, activities, special programs, movies, story times, book clubs and more!  Mark your calendar because the fun starts on Monday, June 4th right here at your Tomball Library!

Super Tom Con Happening TODAY!

  That's right - today (Saturday, 5/12),Super Tom Con is happening! This is a "don't miss" event taking place from 12 - 4 in the Beckendorf Conference Center!  All ages are invited to dress up and join the fun at the Library's very first Comic Convention!  Featuring:  speaker panels, fan trivia, makerspace activities, tabletop games, crafts, giveaways, concessions and an all ages costume contest (pick up a required registration form at any Library reference desk).  Local Comic book store, Dragon's Lair will be in attendance to lead contestants through a trivia style game with prizes for the winners!  If you are age 14 and older sign up at the event for a cosplay workshop.  Thank you to the Friends of the Tomball Library for their generous support of this awesome event!  For more information, call the Library at 832-559-4230!

Indian Dance Performance and Class in the Children's Area!

 Join us Saturday, May 5th at 10:30 am in the Children's Area as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month with a special Indian Dance Performance followed by a dance class!  This is a FREE program recommended for children ages 6 - 12.  And, later that day at 2:00 pm. pull up a bean bag and join us for Saturday Stories!  What a great way to spend your Saturday, don't you think?  For more information about either program, please call 832-559-4235.

Celebrate Día in the Children's Area!

 Come to the Children’s Area on Friday, April 27 at 10:30 am and celebrate Día!  Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children from all backgrounds.  The common goals of all Día programming are:

  • • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • • Nurture literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • • Introduce children to cultures, heritage and language through stories.

We have selected 3 awesome picture books to share with your children along with songs and crafts.  Join us for a fun morning!   *Recommended for children ages 3 – 6 and their families.

2 Upcoming Kid Friendly Events!

 Join us tomorrow, Friday, April 20th from 10:30 - noon for Wolf Pack Friday!   As part of the Better Together Day of Service, the event is provided by the Lone Star College faculty, staff & students as a way of giving back to the community.  Families are invited to stop by and enjoy games, crafts, activities, coloring and more in the Community Engagment area of the Library (1st floor lobby). On Saturday , April 21st at 2pm, come to the Childlren's area of the library, pull up a bean bag and join us for Saturday Stories!  This FREE weekly program  is for children and their families!

Help us Celebrate National Library Week!

  Next week (April 8 - 14) we are celebrating National Library Week!  Please help us by telling us why you love your library.  Did you attend an amazing program?  Do you appreciate  that all services, programs and events are free?  Was there a staff member or multiple staff members that gave you exceptional service?  Do you come to use the computers?  There are so many reasons to love your library and we want to hear them all!  Write us a note (you can respond to this blog), film a short video with your phone and send it to us via FB, Twitter or Instagram (@TomballLibrary).  Don't forget to tag us -  #harriscountypl, #libraries, #ilovemylibrary, #tomballlibrary,#libraryweek.   Every day we'll share a few of our favorites. Thanks for loving our Library!

Choo Choo Club Early Literacy Program!

 Choo Choo Club Early Literacy Program is in it's 9th year at the Library!  This popular children's program meets on Thursdays at 1:30 pm from September through May and is for children ages 3-5 (and their parents). Early literacy is everything children know about reading before they can actually read.  The program is designed to help your child learn all of the necessary pre-reading skills. 

There are 7 early literacy skills: 

  • Reading Readiness - learning to use books
  • Print Awareness - understanding that words on a page have meaning
  • Vocabulary - knowing the names of things
  • Phonological Awareness - hearing the smaller sounds that make up words (songs and nursery rhymes are a wonderful example of this skill)
  • Narrative Skills - understanding that stories have a beginning, middle and end, being able to "re-tell" a story
  • Letter Knowledge - learning the name of each letter and it's sound
  • Print Motivation - an interest and enjoyment in books!

Each week, the focus is on 1 letter of the alphabet with all activities related to that letter and 1 or more of the above mentioned skills.  The children will learn correct pronunciation, practice writing the letter, complete art projects, hands on literacy activities and STEM activities.  Children will learn by "doing" in a fun, creative environment at their own pace with you, their parent, guiding them.  After all, you are your childs first teacher!  If you would like to have your child join us, please call 832-559-4235 to hold your spot! 

The Art of Story Time!

Anyone can “read” a story...but planning and presenting a story time is truly an art form!  Each week, your Tomball Children’s stafff chooses fun, age appropriate themes and books as well as songs, fingerplays, activities and crafts.  The number one goal for a storyteller is for your child to have a wonderful experience and leave with a big smile on their face!  With that in mind, we are happy to offer story times for all ages and stages:

  1. Baby Bookworms - newborn - walker in training - every Monday at 9:30 am - enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, mother goose rhymes, fine motor coordination activities, parachute play and interraction with other moms and babies.
  2. Read and Play - Walkers through 18 months - every Monday at 10:30 am - enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, small game play, fine motor activities, sensory play and interraction with other moms and babies.
  3. Toddler Time - 18 months to 3 years - every Tuesday at 10:30 am and every Wednesday at 9:30 am - enjoy a themed story time with at least 2 books, songs, fingerplays, movement activities, parachute play, an age appropriate craft and play time with other children.
  4. Preschool Story Time - 3 - 5 years - every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 am - enjoy a themed story time with at least 3 books, songs, fingerplays, participation activities, parachute play and an age appropriate craft.

Toddler Times and Preschool Story times do require tickets.  They are FREE and handed out 30 minutes prior to the start time at the children's reference desk for 30 particpating children and a parent or caregiver.

For more information about story times or any of our programs, call 832-559-4235. 

We'll see you at the Library!

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