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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:

  • Magical Balloon Show
  • Crocodile Encounter
  • World of Magical Bubbles
  • Julian Franklin
  • Juggler Matt Tardy
  • Nasa @ your library
  • Art Programs for all ages
  • Space Camp
  • Turtles and Tortoises
  • Little Learners STEM Studio
  • Movie Days

Best of all, it's FREE!  For more information, please access our online calendar at hcpl.net or call 832-559-4235.

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!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the Staff of Tomball Library! 

We are open this week with modified hours and closures:

  • Tuesday - Thursday (12/18 - 12/20) 8 am - 8 pm
  • Friday (12/21)  8 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday - Tuesday (12/22 - 12/25)  CLOSED
  • Wednesday and Thursday (12/26 - 12/27) 8 am - 8 pm
  • Friday (12/28) 8 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday - Tuesday (12/29 - 1/1) CLOSED
  • Wednesday (1/2) 8 am - 8 pm

Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2019!

 

Annual Holiday Open House!

Mark your calendar for the Library’s annual Holiday Open House

  • When:  Saturday, December 15th from 11 am – 1 pm. 
  • Where:  The Community Engagement Area of the Library. 
  • What to expect:  Fun, fun and more fun with family friendly activities, including:  crafts, games, snacks and a visit from Santa and pictures. 

At 2 pm, the Children’s Dept. will have Saturday stories for children of all ages!  

We hope you can join us!

Star Wars Reads Day this Saturday!

This Saturday, October 27th, join us from 1 - 3:30 pm in the Community Engagement Area of the Library and celebrate Star Wars Reads Day!  Come dressed as your favorite character (if you want) and enjoy crafts, photo booth fun, snacks, trivia, and enter your name in a drawing for a chance to win cool Star Wars stuff!  At 2pm, we will have Saturday Stories which will [of course] include a Star Wars book!  All ages welcome!  

SSSSSnakes in the Children's Library!

  This Monday, July 2nd at 3pm, Snakes will be at the Library! Texas Snakes & More will be in the Children's Area with snakes and other small reptiles found in Texas! Kids young and old (along with their parents) will have an opportunity to learn all about these slithery creatures. This program requires tickets to attend. They are FREE and available 45 minutes prior to the start time in the Children's Area. Ssssssee you then!

Help us Celebrate National Library Week!

  Next week (April 8 - 14) we are celebrating National Library Week!  Please help us by telling us why you love your library.  Did you attend an amazing program?  Do you appreciate  that all services, programs and events are free?  Was there a staff member or multiple staff members that gave you exceptional service?  Do you come to use the computers?  There are so many reasons to love your library and we want to hear them all!  Write us a note (you can respond to this blog), film a short video with your phone and send it to us via FB, Twitter or Instagram (@TomballLibrary).  Don't forget to tag us -  #harriscountypl, #libraries, #ilovemylibrary, #tomballlibrary,#libraryweek.   Every day we'll share a few of our favorites. Thanks for loving our Library!

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