Children's Department

The Amazing, Magical Balloon Show!

Magic and Balloons...sounds like a winning combination!  Join us Monday, July 24th at 3:00 pm in the Children's Area, as we present the "The Amazing, Magical Balloon Show".  Enjoy a wild and wacky mix of side splitting comedy, mind boggling magic,and the most amazing balloon twisting you have ever seen!This program is FREE and appropriate for all ages! 

Orbit is Coming to the Library!

Don't miss the fun on Monday, July 17th at 1:00 pm* when the Houston Astro's Mascot Orbit visits the Childlren's Area!  Enjoy audience participation, interactive games and high-energy storytelling at this FREE program that is appropriate for sports fans of all ages!  Don't forget to wear your Astros gear (t-shirts and hats) for pictures and autographs!   *due to an Astros home game Monday night, the time of this program is 1:00 pm.

 

Captain Book is Coming!

 Aye Matey's!  Come to ye Children's Department on Monday, July 10th at 3:00 pm and unlock story treasures with Captain Book and her 1st Mate Kitty!  Enjoy a unique story telling experience with puppetry, songs and audience participation! This FREE program is appropriate for children and adults of all ages!  If you are registered for the Summer Reading Program, you will be able to add the stories from this program to your child's reading log and earn 10 points for each one!  If you haven't signed up yet, there's still time to register and earn points and prizes until August 5th.  See you on Monday! 

Summer Reading Magic Begins!

 The 2017 Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World" kicks off this Monday, June 5th with the amazing magic of Ted Schwank and his ballistic blast themed show!  Be dazzled, amazed and have fun at this FREE program that is appropriate for all ages!  The show begins at 3:00 pm and we are asking that you meet in the Children's Area prior to that time. And, for a little extra added fun, the Chick-fil-A cow will be roaming the library between 2 and 3 pm for you to meet and take pictures.   Don't forget to register, read and log books, complete activites, attend programs, earn prizes and most importantly, have fun at special programs all Summer long! 

 

2x2 BOOKS!

   Each year, the 2x2 commitee for the Texas Library Association (TLA) is tasked with reading well over 500 children's books.  From these 500 + books, they choose 20 that they consider to be the best of the bunch for children ages 2 months to 2 years - hence 2x2.  The 20 chosen are comprised of picture books, non-fiction, Spanish and this year even a graphic novel is on the list.  In the Children's Area here at Tomball, this special collection of books are grouped and shelved after the Early Readers under the large bulletin board.. Previous years books are shelved in this area as well and all the books are designated by a spine label with the year they were named to the list.  On the TLA website you can find a complete list of this years books, previous years list, resources and activities to work on with your child.  Let us know what you think of these special books the next time you are in the Library! Happy Reading!  

Passport to the World Program!

  Pack your bags and travel around the world library style!  The Children's Department will be celebrating Día on Wednesday, April 26th at 5:00 pm!   Get your passport stamped, learn about Native Americans and "travel" to  Australia, Brazil, India, Italy and Kenya.  Explore these diverse cultures through music, snacks, crafts and activities!  This program is FREE and for children ages 6 - 12 and their familes!  Call 832-559-4235 to register!

Children's Garden Club!

   We are fortunate to have a beautiful garden area outside of the Children’s Activity Room where children can learn about gardening, plant seeds and then enjoy the yummy fruits and vegetables that they've grown!  New Leaf Gardeners is a club for children ages 7 – 12 and meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:00 pm.  This Thursday, March 23rd, kids will learn all about roots and discover what is growing under the soil!  Call 832-559-4235 to register for this FREE program!

Spring Break Week at the Children's Department!

  •    The Children's Department is the perfect destination for a week of Spring Break fun! 
  • Grab and Go crafts will be availabel (while supplies last) at the Children's Reference Desk.  On Monday, March 13th pick up a rainbow sun craft and  on Wednesday, March 15th you can pick up a cookie monster bookmark.                    
  • Story Times:  Monday – Thursday (please access the calendar for specific days, ages and times)
  • Art Explorers: Tuesday, March 14th at 5:00 pm.  Learn about Pop Art and create a butterfly canvas. This program is for children ages 8 – 12 and requires registration by calling 832-559-4235.
  • Yeah for Spring Break!  See you then!

Roller Girl and Roller Derby at the Library!

 At the Monday, February 20th meeting of the Children's book club Chapter Chats at 5 pm, the Newbery honor book "Roller Girl" is being discussed.  As an extra added surprise, members of the Houston Roller Derby team, The Psych Ward Sirens, will be here in person!  Learn [first hand] about the sport of roller derby, take pictures and see a [library style] roller derby demonstration!  All are welcome to attend!  If you would like to read the book and participate in the discussion, please stop by the children's reference desk to check out your copy!  For more information, call 832-559-4235. *The John Newbery award is presented annually to authors of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for Children.

 

Cody Bear Checks In!

Recently our long time Children's Department bear - Cody Bear - retired to Florida and we received a new bear named Theodore!  Theodore has settled in nicely and has been enjoying getting to know all of the children here at the library.  The other day we received a postcard from Cody Bear and while he misses the library and all the children, he wants us to know that he is thoroughly enjoying his retirement.  Here is the postcard for you to read for yourself! *click on blog entry to enlarge postcard

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