Children's Program

Art Camp at Katy Library

This summer, the Katy Library is thrilled to present Art Camp in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston this summer!

Art Camp is a partnership between the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Harris County Public Library.   Art Camp is for children ages 6 to 12 and will be held at the Katy Branch Library June 11-15, 2018 from 10:00 am to noon. This is a free program that is open to 25 applicants. Participants must be able to attend all five days of the camp. A waiting list will be kept for those who still wish to sign up after the intial 25.

Celebrate Día in the Children's Area!

 Come to the Children’s Area on Friday, April 27 at 10:30 am and celebrate Día!  Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children from all backgrounds.  The common goals of all Día programming are:

  • • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • • Nurture literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • • Introduce children to cultures, heritage and language through stories.

We have selected 3 awesome picture books to share with your children along with songs and crafts.  Join us for a fun morning!   *Recommended for children ages 3 – 6 and their families.

Recycled Crafts on Thursday, April 19 at 4:30 pm

   Children can celebrate Earth Day by attending the Recycled Crafts program on Thursday, April 19 at 4:30 pm.   We'll have lots of leftover craft supplies that children can use to create whatever inspires them.  We'll also by cleaning out our craft supply closet, so we'll have some leftover craft pieces to give away.  This program is recommended for children 3-12 years old.  Tickets will be given out at 4;00 pm.   Thank you to the Friends of Freeman Library for supporting this program.

April Events in the Children's Department

Looking for some fun activities for the children in April?  Here are some events we will have in the Children's Department.

Maker Monday - 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23 and 4/30 at 4:30 pm.  This weekly afterschool program for children 5-12 years old features a craft or activity.  Tickets given out at 4:00 pm.

Tween Afternoon Art - 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, and 4/25 at 4:30 pm.  This weekly art history program is for children 8-12 years old.  It will feature historical information and an art activity each week in April..  Tickets given out at 4:00 pm.

Family Storytime - Saturdays 4/7 and 4/21 at 11:00 am.  These storytimes features stories, songs, and fingerplays for the whole family.  No tickets are needed for this program.

Choo Choo Club Early Literacy Program!

 Choo Choo Club Early Literacy Program is in it's 9th year at the Library!  This popular children's program meets on Thursdays at 1:30 pm from September through May and is for children ages 3-5 (and their parents). Early literacy is everything children know about reading before they can actually read.  The program is designed to help your child learn all of the necessary pre-reading skills. 

There are 7 early literacy skills: 

  • Reading Readiness - learning to use books
  • Print Awareness - understanding that words on a page have meaning
  • Vocabulary - knowing the names of things
  • Phonological Awareness - hearing the smaller sounds that make up words (songs and nursery rhymes are a wonderful example of this skill)
  • Narrative Skills - understanding that stories have a beginning, middle and end, being able to "re-tell" a story
  • Letter Knowledge - learning the name of each letter and it's sound
  • Print Motivation - an interest and enjoyment in books!

Each week, the focus is on 1 letter of the alphabet with all activities related to that letter and 1 or more of the above mentioned skills.  The children will learn correct pronunciation, practice writing the letter, complete art projects, hands on literacy activities and STEM activities.  Children will learn by "doing" in a fun, creative environment at their own pace with you, their parent, guiding them.  After all, you are your childs first teacher!  If you would like to have your child join us, please call 832-559-4235 to hold your spot! 

Living History - Ancient Egypt in the Children's Area!

  Did you know that in ancient Egypt, servants smeared honey on their bodies to attract flies away from the Pharaoh?  Did we get your attention?  If so, join us to learn more interesting facts as you journey back in time to ancient Egypt at Living History - Ancient Egypt on Thursday, March 15th at 5pm in the Children's area!  Learn about culture, art and history with hands on activities and crafts.  This program is FREE and for children ages 8 - 12 (and an accompanying adult).  Please call 832-559-4235 to register for this program.

Astronaut Stephanie D. Wilson visits Freeman Library on Thursday, February 1 @ 6pm

  The Children's Department of Freeman Library celebrates African American Heritage Month with a visit by Astronaut Stephanie D. Wilson on Thursday, February 1 at 6:00 pm.  Ms. Wilson will talk about her journey to becoming an astronaut.  She has an inspiring story - she has been on 3 space missions that have put her in space for 42 days.  After Ms. Wilson's talk, we'll have a rocket craft and a matching game as well as a book display and activity sheets.  This program is recommended for children 3-12 years old along with their caregiver.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available in the Children's Department starting at 5:30 pm. 

Thank you to the Friends of Freeman Library for supporting this program with craft supplies.

STEM based learning at Choo Choo Club!

  No doubt you’ve heard about the importance of STEM based learning for children.  STEM focuses on 4 disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These are all areas of learning that kids need to be comfortable with to excel in the future.  Exposing children at a young age to simple STEM concepts and activities sets the foundation for later higher learning.  At Choo Choo Club, the Library’s early literacy program for 3 - 5 year olds, children will participate in STEM based learning each week in addition to the weekly focus on 1 letter of the alphabet and literacy activities related to that letter.  Using specially designed kits children (with help from their parents) will complete scaled down, age appropriate lessons to introduce them to each of the 4 disciplines.  This past Thursday, the children completed activities using the balance scale.  They predicted which of 2 items would weigh the most and then placed them on the scale to see if they were correct.  They also used weights to balance objects and filled in a graph based on the color of the weight and amount they used.  Each activity concluded with answering some basic questions, such as:  which object was the heaviest?  or, which object did you have to use the most weights for? Choo Choo Club meets every Thursday at 1:30 pm.  Required registration begins 1 week in advance of each session by calling 832-559-4235. 

Ornament Making Program for Kids!

  Hey Kids!  Come to the Children's Area on Monday, December 11th at 5 pm and make ornaments for your tree or to give as gifts!  All supplies will be provided for each participant to make 4 ornaments!  This program is for children ages 7 - 12Call 832-559-4235 to hold your spot for this fun, holiday activity!

Fall Crafts Fun on Thursday, November 16 at 4:30 pm

   Looking for some fun holiday decorating ideas for the children this Thanksgiving?  Join us on Thursday, November 16 at 4:30 pm for crafts for the 3-12 year old decorators in your home.  We'll be decorating a picture frame with glittery leaves, creating a colorful corn decoration, and crafting festive napkin rings that can be used at the table.   We'll also have some fun coloring sheets and activity sheets to take home.     Tickets are required.  They are free and available at the Kids Information Desk at 4:00 pm.

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