Kingwood

Support the Friends of the Library, Kingwood (FOLK)

Thank you for your interest in supporting lifelong literacy and learning. There are many ways you can support the Kingwood Branch Library by donating to FOLK. We can put your donation to work right away!

Supporting the Friends of the Library Kingwood gives you the opportunity to make a local and lasting impact on the Kingwood community. When you support FOLK with your time or with a financial donation, you are making a statement about the importance of the Library in your life and the lives of others.

If you are interested in collaborating with FOLK by making an individual donation, please see information below:

Please make all checks out to Friends of the Library, Kingwood or FOLK.

 

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Children Reading

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Kingwood Branch Library Update

Kingwood Garden Club StatueThe Kingwood Branch Library lost this bout against nature.  While we survived Hurricane Ike and were open to the public providing computer access, air conditioning, electrical outlets to recharge phones and other devices Harvey stayed far too long.  As a result the library was flooded with 3 ½ feet of water.  We suffered the loss of the entire first floor, including the FOLK Norris Pelham Used Book Store.  This book store is operated by the Friends of the Library-Kingwood (FOLK) and is our primary supporter for programs, craft supplies, and other incidentals to supplement the services Harris County Public Library provides.  Books, furniture, technology, craft supplies are all gone.

Since we are now in a two story building, the rest of the collection (approximately 60,000 volumes) was left high and dry.  We were able to get in soon after and rescue that collection; it is being held offsite until we can rebuild and again operate as the great library you have come to expect, know and love.

Demo of the first floor should be done by the end of the week with construction set to begin soon after.  While there is no ETA for completion at this time, the county is operating with the goal of rebuilding as fast as possible while producing a finished product that will provide excellent service for the community. 

We are looking into the possibility of bringing the library back into Kingwood in some form while we prepare for the branch to reopen. What that will be exactly is still being assessed. Until then, library staff is working on recovery efforts for the library system and the communities it serves. 

Meanwhile, Kingwood residents love their library and we are fortunate that we have two libraries relatively close to us – the Atascocita Library and the Octavia Fields Library.  To answer your many questions about returning items, holds and whatnot, please follow this link for answers:

http://www.hcpl.net/content/now-rain-has-stopped-faqs

We have been contacted by many generous people who are offering book donations. At this time we cannot accept book donations.  In addition to other reasons, climate-controlled storage is a major issue, we just don’t have a place that is staffed.  Monetary donations can be accepted and will be much appreciated. Please donate through FOLK. All donations will go towards those items the community had access to prior to the storm - extra books, craft and programming supplies, furniture, and equipment - giving all of us back our great library. We will keep you up to date through the library’s web site and social media. Kingwood Branch Library – Facebook, Kingwood Library – Twitter

After Harvey: Frequently Asked Questions

HCPL Harvey FAQs

I could not return my library materials because I could not reach the library due to high water. Am I still responsible for the late fees? 

If you return your books by September 15, you will not accrue late fees.

UPDATE: Most HCPL Branches Resume Normal Business Hours & Programming, Monday, Sept. 11.

DUE TO FLOOD DAMAGE, KINGWOOD BRANCH LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

The Kingwood  Branch Library took on about four feet of water during the storm. We will be closed for the foreseeable future. Please do not return your library books to the Kingwood Brandh Library. They are much safer at your homes. No late fees will be assessed for the books. At this time Harris County Public Library System is assessing all branches and will issue updates on where you can return library books.

 

Harvey

A big storm named Harvey is headed to the Texas Gulf coast. The Houston area is poised for heavy rain and flooding. Make sure you are prepared with an emergeny kit. Also, stop by the Kingwood Library and stock up on some books! Inclement weather can be a good time to catch up on some reading. Here are some book recommendations from Penguin India blog.

We'll keep you posted about any library closures if they are needed. Stay safe everyone!

(image courtesy of Hansueli Krapf via WikiCommons)

Children's Weekly Run-Down

CHILDREN’S WEEKLY RUN-DOWN! We will be taking a break for the rest of this month from special programming.

Our Story times continue as normal! Be here for Toddler Time** on Tuesday @ 10 AM and @ 10:30 AM, Infant Lapsit Storytime @ 11:15 AM on Tuesday and @ 11 AM on Thursday, and Preschool Storytime on Wednesday @ 11 AM.
We also have KINDERMUSIK, a music and movement program for all ages, Aug. 26th @ 10:30 AM in place of family storytime! Come join us for all the fun!

**Tickets required upon entry. Pick up your free ticket at the Children's Reference Desk before entering your story time. Tickets will be given to the first 30 children and their caregivers the day of the scheduled event.

(Image courtesy of www.Pixabay.com)

Book Discussion: Mon. 8/21 @ 7 p.m.

Stop by the library on Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 7 p.m. for a lively book discussion on "The Dressmaker" by Kate Alcott.

The book is about Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. On board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor, and the other, an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes  

Refereshments are generously provided by Friends of the Library Kingwood (F.O.L.K).

FREE Citizenship Classes @ Kingwood Library

The Kingwood Library is offering free citizenship classes beginning September 9th, 2017. The series of classes is 11 weeks long (Sept. 9th to Nov. 18th). The student commits to the entire 11 weeks and must register within the first three weeks of the class. The classes prepare the student to take the citizenship exam on their own. Register at the adult reference desk or by calling 281-360-6804.

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