Children's Area Changes 1.1

Much like Apple does with Iphones and computers, we’ll be sending you updates as we continue to make the upgrades/changes to the Children’s Area.  The most recent and recognizable one is that we have moved all the books previously shelved in the “series” section into Fiction.  The reason: there are so many fabulous books that are part of a “series” that we simply don’t have the room to highlight all of them in that area.  As of today, all series books are now shelved by author. We have pulled a few of the more popular series and they are located on one side of the 2x2 pyramid shelf near the center of the children’s area.  On this shelf, you will find favorites such as Disney, Star Wars and Superheroes. On the shelves at the front of the fiction section (the former series shelves) you will find our Spanish collection, which consists of biographies, fiction, non-fiction and picture books as well as a small selection of Chinese language books. As always, please ask at the reference desk if you need help finding or requesting a book.  More great changes ahead…we’ll keep you posted! 

Art Explorers go to the Lascaux Caves

On Tuesday, September 13th, children 8-12 can learn about the famous prehistoric Lascaux Caves in France and create cave art.  We will turn our tables on their sides and tape brown paper to them to re-create cave walls. The lights will be turned off except for two spotlights and children will create whatever they want as if they were in an actual cave. Does that sound like fun?

That's Tuesday, September 13th at 4:30 pm.  Registration is open now.

Children's Area Changes!

   We are in the beginning phases of a complete Children’s Area overhaul.  Similar to Spring cleaning your house - this type of "cleaning" will be done Library style!   What that means is a shift in the collection, new programming being added and current programming being re-vamped!
One of the most obvious changes to the collection is the location of the Graphic Novels.  They have been moved from the far corner of the children’s area to the shelving unit directly to the left of the Children’s Activity Room.  The Juv. Ref, Country and State books have been shifted down one shelving unit and the current Blue Bonnet books can now be found on the top of the magazine section.
So, bear with us as the changes evolve – we’ll keep you posted as they happen!

We are Closed Saturday

Hi Everyone: please plan your Labor Day weekend library acquisitions around the fact that we'll be open Friday, September 2nd, but we will be closed Saturday, September 3rd. Unlike other HCPL branches that will be open Saturday, because we're located on the Lone Star College campus, when the campus closes, we close as well. So we will not be open this Saturday. 

See you Tuesday? Meantime, have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, from the staff of Tomball Community Library.

What is the Right Story Time for my Child?

   We get asked this question all the time in the Children's Area.  Which story time should I bring my child to? The answer is:  bring your child to the story time that best fits their age and ability.  Children grow and develop at different paces.  No child is the same when it comes to what they learn or how they learn.  With that in mind, we have done our best to create story times to fit every age and stage of your child’s development.  We offer 6 story time sessions each week that are planned with these developmental stages in mind.
Baby Bookworms for the newborn – walker-in-training. This is a special time for you to spend and enjoy with your baby.  It is a chance to hear familiar nursery rhymes and songs, enjoy bubbles, listen to music and do basic fine motor coordination activities. And yes, we will read 1 simple board book because it is important for [even] the youngest of children to hear stories!  Read and Play is for the walker – 18 month old.  At this story time you and your child will enjoy listening to a story (sometimes 2), fingerplays, songs, bubbles, play time with other babies and beginning fine motor activities.  Toddler Time is for the 18 month – 3 year old.  At Toddler Time, your child will attend a themed story time where they’ll listen to at least 2 stories along with lots of  fingerplays, songs, rhythm stick fun, parachute play, complete a simple craft (with parental help) and have play time with other children.  Preschool story time is for the 3 – 5 year old who is able to sit and listen to at least 3 stories and actively participate in fingerplays, songs and group activities along with rhythm stick fun, parachute play and an age appropriate craft completed with minimal help from their parent.   You are encouraged and welcome to attend any story time that is offered during the week, however, it is recommended that you attend the age appropriate story time for your child (based on the above guidelines) so that they have the best overall experience for their stage of development.   For specific days and times, please access our online calendar of events.  See you at Story Time!