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Summer Reading Program now Complete

A big “Thank You!” to everyone who participated in any way in our Summer Reading Program, which wrapped up this Saturday with an exuberant Sock Hop. For those of you who are wondering, you can finish up your reading lists and come in for prizes for the rest of this week. 

Watch for our fall programs, about to begin!

Celebrate Summer Reading!

On Your Mark! Get Set! READ!

Come and join in our Tomball Summer Reading Program! We are now into our third week. Yesterday children enjoyed a wonderful Mad Science program about nutrition; next week they can enjoy Texas Snakes and More (with live examples). In July come and participate in  the Hansel and Gretel marionette puppet show and a live performance of the Wizard of Oz. And that's only a sampling of the free programs we're offering here at the children's level.

For teens, we offer free programs every Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm. They include board games, crafts, and henna skin design creation. We are also offering one teen art camp and two LEGO Robotics Camps! One day soon we'll read an entire Harry Potter book. Stay tuned for that! Come and find the Astros Orbit mascot hidden in the library and put your name into a drawing to win one.

And then there's the summer-long reading and activity program. Read ten books or do ten activities and win a prize. We have a baby level, and children's, teens, and adult level programs. Join us!

Our pole vault standards on the perimeter of the entrance display shown in the photo is a celebration of the number of people who have joined and the number of people who have completed the reading and activity challenges so far. As of the middle of last week, we had 352 people signed up and 42 people have completed their challenge already. Our hope is to top that standard on the left with 1200 participants and to get as many people to the top of the completion standard on the right as we can. 

Children’s Summer Reading is Coming!

Hard to believe but, in 3 weeks, the 2016 Children’s Summer Reading Program "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!begins!  This year’s program is shaping up to be one of our best yet!  The fun starts on Monday, June 6th by registering at www.hcpl.net.    This year, the program has been updated to be both book and activity based.  What this means is, children will read or complete 10 activities to earn their certificate, pin and *FREE book.  They can continue on to be a Super Library Learner and complete up to 20 activities and earn a medal.  The 20 activities must include at least 10 reads.  Activities can include but are not limited to:  going to a museum, completing a puzzle, attending a library program, riding a bicycle and the list goes on.  Every Monday at 3:00 pm children can enjoy FREE performer programs such as magic shows, animal shows, science and puppet shows and every Thursday at 3:00 pm there will either be movies or a participation program such as cupcake decorating or Lego Create.  Come in to the library for a Summer calendar or access onlineOn Your Mark, Get Set - and get ready to enjoy a whole Summer of fun! *FREE book while supplies last

Summer Reading is Here! Be your own Super Hero!

Yes! Rain or shine, it’s Summer Reading time again, and we’re celebrating super heroes—like you! If reading is your superpower (or the superpower to which you aspire), check out our fun programs here, then sign on to one of our various reading programs and win prizes for doing what you love.

Adults who read or listen to 5 books or log 600 minutes of listening will receive a ‘Reading is My Superpower’ water bottle. They will also be eligible at the end of the summer for a grand prize drawing of a Kindle Fire.

As this week goes on our YA librarian and Children’s Department Reference Assistant will blog about teen and children’s programs coming up. Meantime, let me tell you how to document having become your own super hero by taking a super-selfie at our Photo Booth. You can borrow a super hero mask at the 1st floor reference desk and a selfie-stick for a long focus picture.

Have a great summer—reading!

Tween Time Program: Make a Liquid Rainbow!

rainbowTweens, it may be rainy this week, but you know what comes after the rain---rainbows!  Join us for our June Tween Time as we will be experimenting with liquid density and creating Liquid Rainbows.  Free tickets are required for this program and are available at the front desk. So come down to North Channel Library on Wednesday, June 25th @ 4:30 pm.  This program is geared towards tweens age 10-12.

 

 

Tomball's Summer Reading Program Draw Winners

“Better luck next year!” she mused when, at the end of last summer, she discovered that she hadn’t won any HCPL Summer Reading Program prizes. Better luck indeed: LSC-Tomball Community Library customer Brandi Henri’s name was randomly drawn as one of the e-reader winners in this year’s Summer Reading Program prize draw. The Harris County Friends Council awarded her with a Kindle Paperwhite.  She is delighted that she won’t have to borrow her husband’s iPad anymore; now she has an e-reader of her own—which ironically, we presented to her on her wedding anniversary. Good fortune all round.
Brandi and her 3 year old daughter, Olivia, are prolific readers. They were thrilled that during one visit to the library this summer they hit the 75-item HCPL checkout ceiling. Brandi keeps track of what she reads on Goodreads and checks their book ratings for recommendations. Her personal summer favorites? The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, There’s No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern, and Elizabeth Joy Arnold’s The Book of Secrets.
Our Tomball branch prize, a $30 Amazon.com gift card, was won by Carolyn Austin of Lufkin, TX. Ms. Austin has a personal tie with this library branch in that her daughter Jennifer is one of the librarians here. Her summer favorite was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. 

Have Book Will Travel

If you've been in the library this summer you have probably noticed the travel theme for our Summer Reading programs. Along the Round Wall display are Adult fiction and non-fiction books from every continent. Help yourself to a good exotic summer read!

Summer Reading is for Adults, too!

Our Summer Reading Program got off to an uproarious start Monday, June 4th, with a puppet show for children. Tuesday, June 5th, the teen program kicks off with a Hunger Games party that references the book by Suzanne Collins that has teens reading vociferously this summer.

For adults, we're taking on the Summer Reading Program theme 'Get a Clue' by featuring mysteries by Texas authors and/or with Texas settings. Our book display on the round wall has been up for two days and in that time we've stocked it twice, so enjoy Texas mysteries this summer and keep our librarians running to keep you supplied!

Summer Programs - Not Just for Kids!

Summer time at the library is jam-packed with activities and special programming, but it's not just for kids! We have some special programs lined up for adults including computer classes, guest speakers, creative writing and book clubs, and more!

Kick off the summer with us as we celebrate the beginning of Adult Summer Reading program with a party on Wed, June 6th at 1:00 pm! Bring your A-game as teams go head to head in friendly competition playing group board games, enjoy refreshments, and try your luck at winning door prizes. 

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