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Summer Reading Program Registration Continues!

Haven't registered for the Summer Reading Program yet?  It's not too late!  The program runs until August 3rd and registration is ongoing.  There is plenty of time to log your books, minutes and activities to earn cool prizes and other incentives.  We have programs, prizes and fun for all ages:  babies, kids, teens and adults.  Click here to get started!    

Jedi Academy - June 6th to August 1st

Join us for our Jedi Academy, June 6th – August 1st. The kids had lots of fun making pool noodle lightsabers and also they enjoyed some beginners Jedi training. We hope to see you there. May the force be with you. 

Program Registrations are Online!

Did you know that you don't have to call the Library to register for any of our amazing programs?  All registrations are now online!  Here's the lowdown:

Go to our Tomball Library Events Calendar:   

  1. Find the program you want to register for
  2. Click on that program
  3. Fill in the form

Summer Reading Kickoff Event this Saturday, June 1st!

  10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - Blast off into a Universe of Stories at the Harris County Precinct 4 and Harris County Public Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff Event this Saturday, June 1st at Burroughs Park!  The fun begins at 10 am and continues until 2 pm.  All ages are invited to this FREE and fun event! 

Save the Date - Summer Reading is Coming!

          A Universe of Stories, this year's Summer Reading Program starts June 3rd!  Everyone at the Library has been very busy the past few months planning shows, activities, programs and special events for Kids, Teens and Adults. Stayed tuned for more info on all 3 program levels, but, for now, here's a sneak peek of just a few of the shows and programs we'll be offering in the Children's Area:

Weekly Story Times and Choosing the Right One for Your Child!

Story Times at the Library are fun, engaging and most importantly, carefully planned and geared for specific age groups.  With that in mind, we offer story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  To assist you in choosing the right story time,  please see the below guidelines for ages, times and what to expect at each one:  

  • Baby Bookworms - Mondays @ 9:30 am  (recommended for newborn - walker in training).  This first story time experience is for you and your baby to enjoy songs that include rocking, tummy-time, bouncing, tickling and scarf-time.  
  • Read and Play - Mondays @ 10:30 am (recommend for walkers - 18 months).  This story time will include more complex motor-skills and activities related to standing and walking.  It will be accompanied by bubble-time (where the children can chase the bubbles and pop them) as well as singing songs while shaking a small parachute. 
  • Toddler Time - Tuesdays @ 10:30 and Wednesdays @ 9:30 (18 months - 3 years).  This story time will include at least 2 stories, fingerplays, songs, fine motor activities, parachute play, an occasional craft and play time with other children.
  • Preschool Story Time - Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 10:30 am (ages 3 - 5 years).  This story time is themed and geared for the child who is preschool or kindergarten bound.  The expectation is that children in attendance are able to quietly sit and listen to 3 books and participate in songs, fingerplays and other activities led by the librarian with little to no assistance from their parent or caregiver. Parachute play and an age appropriate craft is included each week.

With these guidelines in mind, please choose the story time that is right for the age and stage of your child so that they are able to have the best overall experience.  If in doubt, please ask a librarian for assistance!

*all Toddler Times and Preschool Story Times require tickets to attend.  They are FREE and available 30 minutes prior to the start time at the Children's Reference Desk.

Book Buddies Program Returns!

Do you have a child in Kindergarten – 3rd grades who you want to develop a love of reading? Do you have a teenager in 7th – 12th grades who needs service hours and wants to share their love of reading? Then stop by the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library and fill out an application for our Book Buddies program!

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

This next session will run from February 11th through April 22, 2019 at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library. Book Buddies will meet once a week on Mondays from 5:00 to 5:45 PM.

Applications are available at the Children’s Reference Desk of the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library and are due by February 2nd. For more information, contact Kimberly Clutter at Kimberly.clutter@hcpl.net.

New Year + New Programs = More Fun!

Happy New Year!  Change always happens in the New Year and the Library is no exception.  Starting this month, the Children’s Department will be adding new programs for kids of all ages!  Every 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm, “Discover:___” will be offered for kids ages 4 – 7.  Just as the name implies, kids will be discovering “something” new each month.  On January 23rd, they’ll have fun learning and discovering the process of creating Winter themed art.  Every 4th Thursday of the month at 5pm, we’ll be offering a program called Nature Explorers!  Kids ages 7 – 12 will experiment, observe and explore the wonders of the natural world!  On January 25th, they'll have fun learning about what happens to wildlife in Winter! Learn more about these [or any of our] programs here!   *registration begins online one week prior to the program date!

After-School Programming in the Children's Area!

The children's area will resume after-school programming in September.  Along with our weekly story times we will also have the following programs at 5 pm:

  1. Tuesdays
  2. 1st week - Chapter Chats*
  3. 2nd week - Crafternoon*
  4. 3rd week - STEM Studio*
  5. 4th week - R.E.A.D.
  • Thursdays:
  • 3rd week - The Story of America

Sensory Story Time* is a new program that will meet every 3rd Tuesday at 1:30 pm.  Designed to promote an inclusive environment while engaging kids ages 3 - 6  through movement, stories and sensory play.

Choo Choo Club* early literacy program for children ages 3 - 5 will continue to meet every Thursday at 1:30 pm.  Work with your child as they create, discover, and become ready readers!

*these programs require online registration which begins 1 week prior to the program date. Click on the specific program you would like to register for and fill in the required information.  Please access our online calendar for specific information about each program. 

Marsha's Petting Zoo in the Children's Area!

Can you believe we are ready for the last big Monday program of the Summer in the Children's Area?  This coming Monday, July 30th between the hours of 3 - 5 pm, all ages are invited to come and meet the amazing animals from Marsha's Petting Zoo!  The animals will be in a shaded area near the South side of the Library, or, just come into the Children's Area and we will point you in the right direction!  This is a FREE program - you do not need tickets to attend.    Please note, becaue this is an outdoor program you are encouraged to dress for extreme heat, apply sunscreen and bring a cool drink!  **in case of rain, please call ahead for the status of the program at 832-559-4235.

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