Children's Department

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!

Art Explorers!

  Learn about Dutch painter Piet Mondrian and create a grid painting!  This program meets in the Children’s Area on Monday, November 9th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, November 10th at 4:30 pm!  Each session is limited to 20 children (ages 8 – 12).  Call 832-559-4235 to hold your spot!

Texas Bluebonnet Books Announced!

At the Texas Book Festival in Austin this past weekend, the 2016-2017 master list of Bluebonnet Award Books was announced.  Chosen by a selection committee, the list includes both fiction and non-fiction titles, taking into account student interests, relevant content, reviews and literacy quality.  HCPL owns numerous copies of every book on the list and will be adding more copies in the next few months.  The Children's Department has a Bluebonnet Book Club for children in grades 3-5 that meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 1:30 pm from September through January.  In January, all club members and other homeschool children (who have listened to or read at least 5 of the titles) cast ballots for their favorite book.  Their votes along with other participating groups are tabulated and the Author is given the Bluebonnet Award at the Texas Library Association's annual meeting held in April - quite an honor as you can imagine!  Next time you are in the library, check out one of these fabulous books for your child to enjoy!  **public school children vote at their school library. 

Art Explorers!

  If you love learning about artists and want to have fun creating art projects, we have a fabulous Children's program called Art Explorers!  This FREE program is for children ages 8 - 12 and meets on the 2nd Monday and Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm (respectively).  Learn about a different artist and their art form via  ppt. presentation and create an art project with instruction on proper technique.  This month, we will be meeting on Monday, October 12th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, October 13th at 4:30 pm and learning about sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux . Call 832-559-4235 to register!  *each session is limited to 20 children and all supplies are provided!

1001 Books Before Kindergarten!

 This adorable little girl, Emberlynn,  is the first child to receive her completion certificate for the 1001 Books  Before Kindergarten program at the LSC-Tomball Community Library!  This early literacy reading initiative encourages you to read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler or preschooler and keep track using specially designed reading logs.  It’s a simple concept with priceless rewards!  And, while the goal to read 1001 books may seem like a lot, if you read only 1 book a day, in 1 year that is 365 books, 730 books in 2 years and 1095 books in 3 years! The logs can be downloaded  and printed out at home, or, you can ask for one at the children’s reference desk the next time you visit.  When you complete each log, we’ll stamp it, date it and give you the next one to continue until you’ve completed the program!  Congratulations to Emberlynn for a job well done!

Heroes Without Capes Children's Program!

 Summer Reading Program fun continues this Monday, June 22nd at 3:00 pm in the Children's Area!  Amazing puppeteer, storyteller and magician Julian Franklin, will be here to present his Heroes without Capes show!  This FREE program is for children and adults (of all ages).  Come learn in a very fun way, that anyone (not just those that wear capes) can be heroes too! 

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