Children's Department

Open House for Teen Volunteers on Monday, January 6 @ 2 pm

      Did you or your teen make a New Year's resolution for the teen to volunteer more in the community?  If so, we have a great chance for teens to get started.  On Monday, January 6 from 2-3 pm, teens and parents are invited to an Open House for teen volunteers.  The Open House is for teens who are interested in volunteering in the Children's Department over the next few months. 

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January Programs for Children

     Start out 2014 by attending one of our Children's programs.  We have programs for children from infants to 92!   We will continue our regular storytime programs on Mondays-Wednesdays: Toddler Time (children 18 months-3 years) on Mondays at 11:15 am and Tuesdays at 10:15 and 11:15 am; Preschool Storytime (children 3-5 years) on Tuesday and Wednesdays at 1:30 pm and Book Babies (children infants to 18 months) on Wednesdays at 10:15 am and 11:15 am.  Tickets are required for these and most other programs.  They are free and available starting 30 minutes before the program.  For programs starting at 10:15 am, we start giving out tickets as soon as we open at 10:00 am.

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There's a mystery in the Children's Department...

     Psst...there's some books in the Children's Department that some people may not want you to see.  They're covered completely in brown paper.  If you'd like to solve this mystery, stop by our  Banned Books display and find out what's going on out there. 

 Elizabeth Hunt, a Children's librarian, does a display each year in observance of Banned Books Week (this year it's September 22-28).  The display is to inform parents, children and other adults about books that have been banned or challenged in libraries around the country.  The books are wrapped in brown paper, but there's a red flap you can pull up to find out about the book and the story behind the challenge or banning.

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The blocks are back in town...

    May is block month around the Children's Department at Freeman Library.  Children are invited to build something with our wooden blocks.  We have a shelf filled with blocks of all shapes and sizes.  They will be out through the month of May.  In June, we will bring back a puppet stage with hand puppets.   Each month we rotate the puppet stage and the blocks.  These two creative outlets have been a great hit at Freeman Library.    They are two of the many fun and educational items made possible through the generous donations of the Friends of Freeman Library.

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May Activities for Children

  While school-aged children are winding down the school year, we have several programs this month to get them ready for the library's busy season --- summer!!!

Monday, May 6 (4:30 pm) - Lucky Ladybugs - Ellen Hutto from Saltgrass Science will talk to children aged 5-12 years old about ladybugs and she will give them some ladybugs to release around their home.

Monday, May 13 (4:30 pm) - Maze of Bones Book Party - Children aged 8-11 years old will learn about this 39 Clues book and participate in some fun activities.

Monday, May 20 (4:30 pm) - Bricks4Kidz - Spin Art - Children 5-11 years old will use Lego bricks to make a project.

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Teens: Volunteer @ Freeman Library this summer!

       Teens: Are you 14 years or older?  Do you like to read?  Do you like being around younger children and encouraging them?  Do you like working on a computer?  If you said yes to all these questions, then please fill out an application to volunteer in the Children's Department this summer.

You can print out this application http://www.hcpl.net/sites/default/files/volapp.pdf or pick one up at the Kids Information Desk.   Just be sure to get your application back to us by Tuesday, April 30.  We'll then contact you about attending a volunteer orientation to be held in May.

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The Building Blocks of Fun at Freeman Library!

     Looking for a chance for your child to have fun creating and interacting with other children?  The Children's Department at  Freeman Library has just what you're looking for and it's free... We recently put out a set of wooden building blocks and they are a big hit with children as well as grown-ups.  At almost any time of the day, you're likely to see children working together on a grand building project.   

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Storyteller Tracey Wheat appears on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 pm

    Join us in celebrating Black History Month as storyteller Tracey Wheat performs several African-American folktales on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 pm in the Children's Activity Space.  Ms. Wheat will retell tales such as The Clever Turtle and The People Could Fly.  The whole family will enjoy the magic and humor of these stories.

Tickets are required.  They are free and available at the Kids Information Desk starting 30 minutes before the program.  For questions, please call the Children's Department at 281-488-1906.

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Afterschool Ancient Art Program coming for children 10 years and older in February

   For four Mondays in February (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th), children ages 10 and above will explore and create artwork in the style of several ancient cultures.  This afterschool program will start at 4:30 pm and last for an hour.  Children should be able to attend each of the four weeks.   They will need a smock or old shirt to protect their clothing while doing the art projects.

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Afterschool Ancient Art Program coming for children 10 years and older in February

   For four Mondays in February (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th), children ages 10 and above will explore and create artwork in the style of several ancient cultures.  This afterschool program will start at 4:30 pm and last for an hour.  Children should be able to attend each of the four weeks.   They will need a smock or old shirt to protect their clothing while doing the art projects.

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