Theodore's Toy Box!

   No doubt you have met our Children's Department bear, Theodore!  He is very large and cuddly, so, chances are your child has pounced on him and enjoyed sitting on him many times.  Did you know that Theodore has a big box of literacy toys and activities for you and your child to work on together?  A total of 13 early learning toys and 3 busy bags are available for in house use any time you visit the Children's area.  Look at the large poster and decide what number activity you want, come to the desk for it, have fun using it, return it and choose another!  Activities include:  puzzles, magnetic gears, shape sorting, alphabet letters and themed busy bags which contain themed early literacy manipulatives

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. 

Book Buddies

book buddies We are now accepting applications for Big and Little Buddies for the Spring session of Book Buddies! Harris County Public Library's Book Buddies program pairs trained teen volunteers in 7th through 12th grade (Big Buddies) with children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade (Little Buddies). For 10 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.

This session of Book Buddies will run from February 12 to April 23, 2017 at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library. The Buddy pairs will meet together once a week on Monday from 5:00 to 5:45 PM.

If you have a child or teen interested in being a Big Buddy or a Little Buddy, please contact Kimberly Clutter (Kimberly.clutter@hcpl.net) for an application. Applications are also available in the Children’s Area. Applications must be turned in by Friday, January 26th at the LSC-Tomball Community Library. 

For more information, please call the library at 832-559-4200.

Art Explorers!

Hey kids!  Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 9th at 5 pm, come to Art Explorers!  Have fun learning about dinosaurs and draw one using fossil pictures. This program is for ages 8 - 12 and requires advanced registration by calling 832-559-4235.

Tournament of Books Teen Competition: Will you be LSC-Tomball Library's Winning Team?

Tournament of Books LogoCalling all teens! Do you want a chance to win a free Kindle Fire or an Amazon gift card? Do you want to read more, spend more time with friends, and enjoy friendly competition in 2018? The Tournament of Books program is a perfect way to meet all of these goals.
Lone Star College Tomball Community Library is one of the 12 locations hosting this FREE program. Gather up three friends, read 15 books among you, come to monthly book parties, and compete for a chance to become Harris County’s Tournament of Books championship team!