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Teen Open Mic Summer Series

Open MicLibraries Rock will feature an open mic segment for local teens to come and express themselves. We will provide the audio equipment and light snacks for performers and artists. Feel free to share a poem reading, an acoustic guitar solo, or even some dance moves. Everyone wishing to perform is encouraged to contact Naomi Macias at gp@hcpl.net for more information. During this time we will also offer Karaoke in between performers, so everyone can participate. Teen Open Mic is scheduled for Tuesday's at 6 pm during our Summer Reading Program.

Mental Health and Teens

May is Mental Health Awareness month, started in 1949 in order to raise awareness and educate the public about mental health, what it’s like to live with these conditions and strategies for getting help. Talking about mental health can be scary; there's a stigma around it that makes people want to shy away from the subject, but here's the thing: it's important. One way that stigma can be erased is by representation. We all want to see ourselves in the books we read, and some authors have worked hard to create compelling, rich characters that happen to suffer from mental illness. From depression, to schizophrenia, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, agoraphobia and more, here are thier stories:
 

Teen Typing Classes

In an increasingly computerized world, sharpen up your keyboarding skills. Learn techniques for typing and compose yourself a brightened future.

Classes happening at 4pm on Wednesday, May 16 & 23; and are continuing during the summer at 2pm on Friday, June 8 & 22 and July 6 & 20.

fingers on computer keyboard

Photo courtesy of Kiran Foster

May Activities

May activities are up on the library's event calendar. Check out the many programs and services that are available to you here. Proudly serving the community of Cypress since 1984, Northwest Branch Library strives to provide innovative services, programs, and activities for customers of all ages. If you would like to ask a question about a particular service or program, please contact the Northwest Branch Library at 832-927-5460 or via email at nw@hcpl.net. 

Financial Literacy

piggy bankI know, I know...financial literacy. Not the most exciting of topics I agree, but it is a worthwhile one. It's also Houston Money Week, an initiative designed to provide individuals and familes with financial knowledge.

Theater Sketches for Teens

The South Houston Branch Library will be having a Theater Sketches program for teens ages 12 and older who are interested in theater and have a passion for acting. No experience is required! Teens will have fun challenging their acting skills while at the same time exploring literature. Registration is required and is open until Wednesday April 11th, and the program is Thursday, April 12 at 4:30 pm.

To register, please contact the branch at 832-927-5530 or register at the front desk when you stop by the library. 

Reading for Glory: The 2nd Annual Tournament of Books Is Huge Success!

Harris County Public Library held the 2nd Annual Tournament of Books on Saturday in which teams of local high school students tested their knowledge of a set of fourteen books compiled by HCPL literacy staff. Saturday's teams were the winners of preliminary competitions to determine the team that would represent each of the eight participating schools.

The tournament consists of two parts. The first is a short answer Jeopardy-style round that tests competitors' factual knowledge of the books they read. The top three finishers advance to the championship round which consists of long form answers in which participants' interpretive, critical thinking and communication skills are showcased. 

Kids and Teen Typing Class

Do you like learning with computer games?  Join us for a fun and interactive hour of typing games.

We will meet in the Katy Computer Lab.

Kids Schedule
4/9, 4/23
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Teen Schedule
4/2, 4/16, 4/30
4:30 - 5:30 pm

African American History Month Celebration

February is African American History Month, and we invite you to celebrate the importance of African American culture and history with us. The South Houston Branch Library will be having an African American History Month Celebration on Monday, February 19 at 5:00 pm. All ages are welcome to join us for fun and activities during this celebration. 

You can find a wide variety of historical and biographical books and resources in our library catalog, and if you would like more information about this program, please contact the branch at 832-927-5530.

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