BOO...IT'S CRAFT TIME!

Have fun making a candy corn luminary at Craft Time on Tuesday, October 4th at 4:30 pm in the Children's Dept!  This program is limited to 20 children (2nd - 6th grade) and registration is required!  Call 832-559-4235 or stop by the Children's Reference Desk to reserve your spot!

Reliable searching using Google

Children want to search the web to do homework; teachers are rightly skeptical about the reliability of information they will find. In my last post about homework I wrote about the public library’s databases. You can trust those. You can also trust websites created by reliable organizations.

You'll know them by their domain name--that part at the end of their web address after the dot. You can usually trust educational sites (.edu), government sites (.gov), and organizations (.org). Texas A & M University's website, for example, is www.tamu.edu. The portal for all federal government sites is www.usa.gov . The United Nations website is un.org.

Google’s 'advanced' search will let you limit your search to only those domain names you want and trust. Put your search term in the usual Google search box. When it comes up with a page of results, look at the search box at the top of that screen. At the right you'll see 'Advanced Search'. Click on that. (See 2nd image.)  It will open another page (see 3rd image) that will give you options for setting the domain name.  Type in .edu, .gov, .org

This screen will also let you set the Reading level to beginning, intermediate, or advanced, address copyright licensing restrictions, and make other choices.

 

CHOO CHOO CLUB is back!

All Aboard!
 
Children ages 2-6 and their parents are invited to register for the Choo Choo Club early literacy program!  Each week, enjoy a special story time with books, discovery, music, movement and crafts.  Using basic language, math and science concepts, you will play, learn and have fun together, discovering the early literacy skills which will help your child become ready to read.  The "club" meets every Thursday at 1:30 pm from Sept. 29th thru Dec. 15th (registration for each session is one week in advance).  Don't miss the fun!  Call 832-559-4235 or stop by the Children's Reference desk.
 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Come and see our Hispanic Heritage Month book displays! The Adult fiction and non-fiction display is on the round wall near the front door and the Children's display is by the reference desk in the Children's department.

Every year from September 15 to October 15, we recognize and celebrate the heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans and recognize their contributions to the United States. Every year we remember how much richer we are for them. Gracias a ustedes, nuestros amigos hispanos!

Crafty Teens: Tissue Paper Flowers

pompomsHey teens! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and make beautiful tissue paper flowers! All supplies provided. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, September 20th from 5:00-6:00pm.

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

Flickr CC: Blue Hanging PomPoms Photo by: Barb Watson