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Weekly Story Times and Choosing the Right One for Your Child!

Story Times at the Library are fun, engaging and most importantly, carefully planned and geared for specific age groups.  With that in mind, we offer story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  To assist you in choosing the right story time,  please see the below guidelines for ages, times and what to expect at each one:  

  • Baby Bookworms - Mondays @ 9:30 am  (recommended for newborn - walker in training).  This first story time experience is for you and your baby to enjoy songs that include rocking, tummy-time, bouncing, tickling and scarf-time.  
  • Read and Play - Mondays @ 10:30 am (recommend for walkers - 18 months).  This story time will include more complex motor-skills and activities related to standing and walking.  It will be accompanied by bubble-time (where the children can chase the bubbles and pop them) as well as singing songs while shaking a small parachute. 
  • Toddler Time - Tuesdays @ 10:30 and Wednesdays @ 9:30 (18 months - 3 years).  This story time will include at least 2 stories, fingerplays, songs, fine motor activities, parachute play, an occasional craft and play time with other children.
  • Preschool Story Time - Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 10:30 am (ages 3 - 5 years).  This story time is themed and geared for the child who is preschool or kindergarten bound.  The expectation is that children in attendance are able to quietly sit and listen to 3 books and participate in songs, fingerplays and other activities led by the librarian with little to no assistance from their parent or caregiver. Parachute play and an age appropriate craft is included each week.

With these guidelines in mind, please choose the story time that is right for the age and stage of your child so that they are able to have the best overall experience.  If in doubt, please ask a librarian for assistance!

*all Toddler Times and Preschool Story Times require tickets to attend.  They are FREE and available 30 minutes prior to the start time at the Children's Reference Desk.

Story Times @ LSC-Creekside Center

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Beginning on January 28, 2019, the Library will offer two new weekly story times at the LSC-Creekside Center, in partnership with Harris County Precinct 4 and Lone Star College. Led by the friendly Children’s librarians of the LSC-Tomball Community Library, these story times will consist of stories, songs, finger plays, and parachute play. The story time schedule is as follows:

Toddler Time
(For kids ages 18 months to 3 years)
Mondays @ 9:30 AM

Preschool Story Time
(For kids ages 3-5 years)
Mondays @ 10:30 AM

Tickets are needed for all participating children. Thirty tickets will be handed out starting 15 minutes prior to each story time.

We are very excited to start these new story times on January 28th, and hope to see some of you there!

As always, the regular story time schedule at the LSC-Tomball Community Library will continue unchanged. For more information on the story times at either the Tomball Library or the LSC-Creekside Center, please call the Tomball Library at 832-559-4235.

Book Buddies Program Returns!

Do you have a child in Kindergarten – 3rd grades who you want to develop a love of reading? Do you have a teenager in 7th – 12th grades who needs service hours and wants to share their love of reading? Then stop by the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library and fill out an application for our Book Buddies program!

Harris County Public Library's Book Buddies program pairs trained teen volunteers (Big Buddies) with children (Little Buddies). For 10 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.

This next session will run from February 11th through April 22, 2019 at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library. Book Buddies will meet once a week on Mondays from 5:00 to 5:45 PM.

Applications are available at the Children’s Reference Desk of the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library and are due by February 2nd. For more information, contact Kimberly Clutter at Kimberly.clutter@hcpl.net.

New Year + New Programs = More Fun!

Happy New Year!  Change always happens in the New Year and the Library is no exception.  Starting this month, the Children’s Department will be adding new programs for kids of all ages!  Every 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm, “Discover:___” will be offered for kids ages 4 – 7.  Just as the name implies, kids will be discovering “something” new each month.  On January 23rd, they’ll have fun learning and discovering the process of creating Winter themed art.  Every 4th Thursday of the month at 5pm, we’ll be offering a program called Nature Explorers!  Kids ages 7 – 12 will experiment, observe and explore the wonders of the natural world!  On January 25th, they'll have fun learning about what happens to wildlife in Winter! Learn more about these [or any of our] programs here!   *registration begins online one week prior to the program date!

Passport Services at HCPL To Be Suspended

yellow exclamationAs of January 1, 2019, the Harris County District Clerk's Office will no longer provide Passport Services at Harris County Public Library locations.

The affected branches are Barbara Bush Branch Library, Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library, Katherine Tyra Branch Library at Bear Creek, Octavia Fields Branch Library & Lone Star College - Tomball Community Library.

HCPL hopes to renew our partnership with the District Clerk's Office in the future to resume this popular service. In the meantime, please visit Travel.State.Gov for any questions you may have about the application process.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the Staff of Tomball Library! 

We are open this week with modified hours and closures:

  • Tuesday - Thursday (12/18 - 12/20) 8 am - 8 pm
  • Friday (12/21)  8 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday - Tuesday (12/22 - 12/25)  CLOSED
  • Wednesday and Thursday (12/26 - 12/27) 8 am - 8 pm
  • Friday (12/28) 8 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday - Tuesday (12/29 - 1/1) CLOSED
  • Wednesday (1/2) 8 am - 8 pm

Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2019!

 

Annual Holiday Open House!

Mark your calendar for the Library’s annual Holiday Open House

  • When:  Saturday, December 15th from 11 am – 1 pm. 
  • Where:  The Community Engagement Area of the Library. 
  • What to expect:  Fun, fun and more fun with family friendly activities, including:  crafts, games, snacks and a visit from Santa and pictures. 

At 2 pm, the Children’s Dept. will have Saturday stories for children of all ages!  

We hope you can join us!

Storytimes and More Coming Soon to Lone Star College - Creekside Center

In January 2019, as part of its long-standing partnership with Harris County Precinct 4 and Lone Star College - Tomball, Harris County Public Library will begin to introduce some public library services to the Creekside community at the LSC – Creekside Center campus. To meet community demand, the project’s initial focus will be early literacy. Along with a small collection of children’s books, there will be two story times each Monday at Creekside Center. One for toddlers and one for preschool-age children. Each session will feature stories, songs, rhymes and an occasional craft activity.

Story times will begin Monday, January 28, 2019. Additional public library services will be phased in over time.

Library Hours this Thanksgiving Holiday

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Turkeys are defrosting, pies are cooling, and Thanksgiving is almost here! In observance of the holiday, the Tomball Library will close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 20 and remain closed through Sunday, November 25. The library will reopen for business on Monday, November 26 at 8:00 am.

Even though the library will be closed, our online resources will still be open for business. Check out this page for links to our catalogs for eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, magazines, and more!

However you might be celebrating, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and extend gratitude to all our wonderful library customers.

Santa Claus Is Coming to LSC - Creekside Center (and So Are Storytimes in January).

Santa Visit to Creekside Center Flier

Join us on December 5 at 6:30 for a free, fun family event featuring Santa, refreshments and an exciting announcement for families with small children in the Creekside community. Admission is Free. Register here.

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