Children's Department

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!         

Carranza Puppets!

  Hey kids!  Come to the Children's Area on  Monday, July 18th at 3:00 pm, and enjoy the amazing marionette puppetry of Carranza Puppets as they present the classic Brothers Grimm story of Hansel and Gretel!  This program is FREE and fun for children and adults of all ages.  Sign up here for Summer Reading (if you haven't already) and do 10, read 10 and log it for a pin, certificate and FREE* book!  *FREE book while supplies last

Mad Science - Mission Nutrition!

   Come to the Children's area on Monday, June 20th at 3:00 pm for Mad Science!  Learn the basics of nutrition from some of the wackiest scientists you'll ever meet!  If you come a bit early, you'll have a chance to meet the Chick-fil-A cow.  He'll be here at 2:00 pm  to meet, take pictures and have fun!  And, don't forget to register for the Summer Reading Program "On Your Mark, Get Set...Read" and receive a pin, certificate, medal and *FREE book by reading and completing activities!  *FREE book while supplies last!

READING IS FOR WINNERS!

  On Your Mark, Get Set...it's time for more fun in the Children's Area!  On Monday, June 13th  at 2:00 pm, Andy the Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse will be wandering around to meet, greet and take pictures.  At 3:00 pm Mick Corley will entertain children and adults (of all ages) with his Reading is for Winners Show!  Enjoy magic, puppetry, mime, juggling and more!  This program is FREE and guaranteed fun!  See you then!

Houston Astros Mascot Orbit Visit!

 Hey Kids...The Houston Astros Mascot Orbit is coming to the Children's library on Thursday, June 9th at 3:00pm!  Enjoy a reading rally, be entertained, take pictures and have lots of fun!  This program is FREE and for children (and adults) of all ages.  And, while your here, don't forget to join this year's Summer Reading Program "on your mark, get set...read!"  Call 832-559-4235 for more information! ps: Astros attire optional!  

April Art Explorers!

  Learn about English book author and illustrator Arthur Rackham and sketch and paint a simple drawing at Art Explorers.  This program meets Monday, April 11th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, April 12th at 4:30 pm in the Children’s Activity Room.   Registration is required and begins on Monday, April 4th by calling the children’s reference desk at 832-559-4235.  Each session is limited to 20 children (ages 8 - 12).

Farewell, dear Lynn Flanigan

Today, sadly, we say farewell to our Assistant Branch Librarian Children’s Services, Lynn Flanigan. Lynn has been with the Harris County Public Library system for sixteen years and with Tomball Library since the current building opened in 2005. Before that she worked for Houston Public Library. And before that, she was a paralegal. But her first love is children, and she left the legal profession because she felt called to be with kids to share her love of reading, storytelling, and literacy. She’ll be remembered by her staff for allowing them to try out and implement new programs, for reaching out to schools and daycares, and for the way she happily jumped in to help whenever needed. Lynn, we wish you and your husband every good thing in the years ahead, and thank you for your service to the children of Tomball.

 

 

Happy Spring!

  Hard to believe, based on the current temperatures we've been having, but, it is still Winter!  That's all about to change this Saturday, March 20th - the first day of Spring!  Or as we refer to it at the Library - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day!  This classic children's book written by Eric Carle is now in it's 47th year of publication!  A favorite of children and adults of all ages, it is the perfect story about the changes the season of Spring can bring!  A very hungry little caterpillar eats his way through a variety of foods, becomes a very big caterpillar, forms his cocoon, sleeps for 2 weeks and emerges a beautiful butterfly!  After enjoying this book with your child, have fun on the official Eric Carle website with games and book related activities!  Happy Spring!

Art Explorers!

   Children ages 8 - 12 can learn about Author / Illustrator Beatrix Potter and sketch and paint a bunny at Art Explorers!  This FREE program will meet on Monday, March 14th at 1:30 pm in the Children's Area.  Call 832-559-4235 to register!

and the Awards go to...

  The Golden Globes weren’t the only awards given out recently!  The Newberry Medal, Caldecott Medal and other youth media awards were announced last week by the American Library Association and the list is quite impressive!
John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
"Last Stop on Market Street," written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson.

There were 3 Newberry Honor Books also named: “The War that Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley “Roller Girl,” written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and “Echo,” written by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
"Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear," illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick. 

4 Caldecott Honor Books were named: “Trombone Short,” illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Troy Andrews, “Waiting,” illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes,  “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Carole Boston Weatherford  and “Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de le Peña.
Congratulations to the winners of these wonderful books!  For the complete list of winners in all the categories honored please visit the ALA website!

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