Children's Department

Name the Children's Department Bear!

The Children's Department recently received a new bear courtesy of the Friends of the Tomball Library.  The new bear takes the place of our long time friend Cody Bear, who has retired to Florida after 11 years of service and friendship to thousands of children.  As much as we love our new bear, we have a problem.  We can't decide on a name!  We've narrowed it down to our 4 favorites:  Basel, Bubsy, Freddy and Theodore  and we'd like the children to help us make the final decision.  Starting on Tuesday, January 17th through Friday, January 27th the children can fill out a "name the bear" ballot located on the children's reference desk (in front of the new bear) for their favorite choice. The bears name will be announced on Monday, January 30th. Thanks for helping us!  

Merry Grinchmas!

 Even the Grinch can’t ruin the fun that is planned for Wednesday, December 14th in the Children’s area!   Join us for a special showing of the 1966 version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 4:30 pm.  After the movie, make a “grinchy” craft that is guaranteed to make your heart grow 3 times larger!  This program is limited to 30 children of all ages (and their parents).  Call the library at 832-559-4235 to register!  *Bring a drink with a lid and we’ll provide the popcorn!

Being Thankful and December!

  Hard to believe Thanksgiving is a week away and with it comes the start of the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  We hope that while you are busy shopping, planning and enjoying time with  family and friends, that you continue to visit the Library and enjoy all the special events and programs that are planned.  It all starts on Saturday, December 3rd with our annual Holiday open house.  Families are invited to join us from 10am - 2:00pm on the first floor of the llbrary for  holiday activities, crafts, music, snacks, a Friends of the Library book sale and a visit from Santa (bring your camera!). During the month of December In the Children's Area, the following special programs* will be offered:  gingerbread house decorating, ornament making, a special showing of a holiday classic movie about a "grinchy" creature who discovers the true meaning of the holidays and a noon years eve party to ring in 2017!  Starting  in December, all after school programs (with the exception of the R.E.A.D. program) will start at 5:00 pm - this will allow for more children to attend after getting home from school.  And finally, the Children's Department Staff (Kimberly, Genova, Ann, Allison, Paige, Jennifer and Amanda) would like to say THANK YOU to our wonderful children and parents for coming to the library, attending our programs and filling our days with so much fun!  For all December events, please access our online calendar or stop by any library service desk for a hard copy.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING! *these programs require pre-registration

LEGO Create for Kids!

Calling all master builders...Do you love LEGO?  Come build with us and complete a creative challenge on Tuesday, November 15th at 4:30 pm, in the children's area of the library!  This program is limited to 25 children (ages 5 - 12). Call 832-559-4235 to hold your spot!.

Slumber Stories!

   Put on your pajamas, bring a teddy bear and your favorite blanket and join us on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00 pm for Slumber Stories!  Children ages 18 months - 5 years* will enjoy bed time stories, quiet play time, singing and a light snack.   This new story time will be held every 3rd   Tuesday of the month! Call the Library at 832-559-4235 for more information! *all ages are welcome, but, the stories will be geared for this age range.
 

Caravaggio and Chiaroscuro

   Come to Art Explorers in the Children's area on Tuesday, October 11th at 4:30 pm!  Learn about the artist Caravaggio and create a simple face sketch using the technique known as Chiaroscuro.  This program is limited to 20 children (ages 8 - 12).  Call 832-559-4235 to hold your spot! 

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!

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