Children's Program

Houston Zoo Sprouts

Tomorrow, Wednesday July 17 at 10:30 am the Baldwin Boettcher Library inside Mercer Botanic Gardens will have Zoo Sprouts.  It is a program geared toward children 18 months to 5 years old, and the Houston Zoo will be coming to us with a program to connect kids to the natural world.  It will take place under the Tree House.  For more information on this wonderful event please call Victoria at 832-927-5480.  No registration is necessary and like all other library programs, it is free.  We hope you will bring your little ones and join us! 

Garden Wind Chimes

Today is Monday, April 22 and the Baldwin Boettcher Library has a wonderful children’s program in store for you.  We will be making wind chimes for your garden out of clay pots, beads, keys, bells, and anything else you can find that makes fun noises.  It will take place at 4 pm under the Tree House.  No registration is necessary and it is for ages 6 to 11 years. We hope you will join us!

Family Storytime on Saturday, January 19 @ 11:00 am

   Looking for a family outing this Saturday morning?  Join us at 11:00 am for Family Storytime.  This storytime features books, songs, and fingerplays.   It is recommended for children of all ages.  No tickets are needed for this fun storytime.   Thank you to the Friends of Freeman Library for supporting this program throuogh the years.

Santa Claus is coming to town...Freeman Library tonight at 5:30 pm

Santa Claus will be making his annual stop at Freeman Library tonight from 5:30-7:00 pm.   He'll greet the children and then sit down for them to meet him in person.  Grown-ups are welcome to snap a picture of the meeting.   This program is recommended for children from infants through twelve years old.  Free tickets will be given out starting at 5:00 pm.  The tickets will be numbered so that Santa Claus can see the children in number order.  Thank you to the Friends of Freeman Library for supporting this program through the years.

Monday at The Little Blue Library

Yesterday was a busy day at the Little Blue Library.  At 10:30 am we had Story Time in the Gardens.  It is for ages 2 to 6 years and takes place under the Tree House.  This week’s theme was Glaciers.  Then at 4 pm we had our Tween Readers Club for ages 9 to 12 years.  Each month we read a book and then meet to talk about it and eat some wonderful treats.  Next month the book will be, “The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl” by Stacy McAnulty.  If you can survive a bolt of lightning, you can survive middle school right?

Crosby Library Accepting Applications for Book Buddies Reading Program

Teen and kid reading togetherDo you have a child in Kindergarten – 3rd grades? Do you want to help them develop a love of reading? Then stop by the Crosby Branch Library and fill out an application for our Book Buddies program!

Harris County Public Library's Book Buddies program pairs trained volunteers (Big Buddies) with children in Kindergarten through 3rd grades (Little Buddies). For 10 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading. 

This next session will run from September 11 to November 13 2018 at the Crosby Branch Library. Your child will meet with their Big Buddy once a week on Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:15 PM. 

We are also still accepting applications for Teen Volunteers (Big Buddies)! Mandatory training for Big Buddies will be Tuesday, August 28, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

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.

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