Library News

Fort Bend County Libraries’ new summer schedule will begin June 5 and continue through August 25.

The new hours of operation will be as follows:

  • George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond

Mon, Thu – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Tue, Wed – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Fri, Sat – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sun – 1:00 to 5:00 pm

  • Albert George Branch Library, 9230 Gene Street, Needville

Mon – 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm

Tue – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Wed, Thu – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Fri – 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Sat – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sun – Closed

  • Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South, Fulshear

Mon – 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm

Tue-Thu – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Fri – 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Sat – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sun — Closed

  • Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy

Mon – 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm

Tue – 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Wed, Thu – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Fri – 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Sat – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sun – Closed

  • First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land

Mon – 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm

Tue – 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Wed, Thu – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Fri – 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Sat – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sun – Closed

  • Fort Bend County Law Library, 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Room 30298, Richmond

Mon-Fri – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sat, Sun – Closed

  • Mamie George Branch Library, 320 Dulles Ave, Stafford

Mon – 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm

Tue-Thu – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Fri – 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Sat – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sun – Closed

  • Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway

Mon – 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm

Tue, Thu – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wed – 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Fri – 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Sat – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sun – Closed

  • Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd, Missouri City

Mon – 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm

Tue-Thu – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Fri – 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Sat – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sun – 1:00 to 5:00 pm

  • Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge

Mon – 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm

Tue, Wed – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Thu – 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Fri – 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Sat – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sun – Closed

  • University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd, Sugar Land

Mon, Tue, Thu – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wed – 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Fri, Sat – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sun – Closed

 

For more information, call the branch libraries or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

 Libraries, which includes the Cinco Ranch Branch and the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch libraries, Fort Bend County resents special reading clubs during the summer to encourage reading among children from birth and up, as well as teens and adults. “Build a Better World™” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club. Registration for the 2017 Summer Reading Clubs will begin on Monday, May 29, and continue through August 31, at all Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) locations. Library programs and activities for children begin during the week of June 5, and continue through July 29.

Children from infancy through school-age are invited to come to the library to read a lot of great books, see some exciting programs, and join in some fun activities to kick off a great summer! Younger children will enjoy the “Summer Reading Club for Children,” while students in grades 6-8 can participate in activities for older kids in the “Middle School Summer Challenge.” Teens in high school can participate with adults in the “YA/Adult Summer Reading Club” to complete individual online challenges and win prizes.

There is no charge to join the Summer Reading Clubs, and they are open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or they may register online by going to the FBCL website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image, which will become available on May 29. When the online registration form has been completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their books and reading time.

Reading rewards can be redeemed beginning Monday, June 5. The last day to pick up awards is August 31. Prizes must be collected from the “primary library of use” that the reader indicated on the registration form.

Summer Reading Club for Children 

Younger children are encouraged to read or listen to as many books as they can and they will earn rewards based on the total number of books they read or have read to them. For the first five books read, the child will receive a bookmark. The rewards continue with a certificate for 10 books, a pencil for 15 books, and a reading trophy for the first 20 books read. For every 20 books read, the participant’s name will also be written on a picture of a builder’s block to be displayed in that branch library.

The names of readers who complete the goal of reading 20 books or more will be entered into a drawing for gift cards — donated by the Friends of the Library organizations — from area stores. One winner from each library location will be selected in a drawing that will take place in August. 

Middle School Summer Challenge

Exciting free activities are planned, while area readers in grades 6-8 participate in the Middle School Summer Challenge by logging online the time they spend reading.

For the first 10 hours (600 minutes) of reading, each student will receive a mystery prize. Upon completion of 20 hours (1200 minutes) of reading, they will receive a trophy. The names of participants who complete 20 or more hours of reading will be entered into a drawing for a $25-gift card – donated by the Friends of the library — that will be awarded to one lucky reader at each branch library in a drawing that will take place in August. 

YA/Adult Summer Reading Club

Adults of all ages, including young adults in high school, may participate in the YA/Adult SRC by reading books and participating in optional weekly “challenges” that can be completed individually at home online. Completing the weekly challenges will gain readers additional entries for the monthly drawings for an FBCL stainless steel insulated bottle. The monthly drawings will take place at the ends of June and July at each branch library for readers who log in and record their reading each week.

All YA and adult readers who complete the goal of reading five books will earn a dual highlighter/pen. In addition, the names of participants who complete at least five books will be entered into a drawing for a $25-gift card – donated by the Friends of the library — that will be awarded to one lucky reader at each branch library in a drawing that will take place at the end of July. An ultimate grand prize will be awarded to one lucky reader in the library system. Participants in the YA/Adult Summer Reading Club who complete the program by reading five books will be entered into a drawing for a 16 GB Fire HD 8 tablet with a red case, which will be awarded to one winner in the library system on July 31. The last day to pick up awards is August 5. 

The Summer Reading Clubs are sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries, the Friends organizations that support the county library system, and by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality children’s summer-reading program materials for public libraries.

For more information, call the branch library nearest you, or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

 

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present an introductory demonstration of Tai Chi techniques on Saturday, May 20, beginning at 2:30 p.m., in the meeting room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

YooSoo Shin, an instructor at Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, will present a demonstration of Tai Chi-Qigong. After warming up, participants will learn simple forms of Tai Chi and Qigong. Those attending the class are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing.

YooSoo Shin has been teaching Tai Chi, Qigong, yoga, and meditation for more than 20 years.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311.

All branches of Fort Bend County Libraries, which includes the Cinco Ranch Branch Library and the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, will be closed on Sunday, May 28, and Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30.

Your online library is always open at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, streaming movies, downloading e-books or music, or using the research databases.
For more information, contact the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

All branches of Fort Bend County Libraries, which includes the Cinco Ranch Branch Library and the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, will be closed on Friday, May 19, for Staff Development Day. Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, May 20.
Your online library is always open at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, streaming movies, downloading e-books or music, or using the research databases.
For additional information, contact the Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

Kinder Korner — a time for kindergartners to enjoy stories, movies, crafts and other activities – normally takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Kinder Korner will not take place in May. The program will resume in September.
The After-School Breaks — crafts, movies, stories, and more for school-aged children entering grades 1 through 3 – normally begin at 4:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The After-School Breaks will take place on May 3 ONLY. The program will begin its special summer schedule as School-Age Programs in June.
The Creative Connection, which begins at 2:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, is designed for youth in grades 4 through 8. This activity will NOT take place in May.
Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library is located at 2620 Commercial Center Boulevard in Katy. For more information, please call the branch library at 281-395-1311 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

Graphic Novel Day Houston Hero Headquarters.

Fort Bend County Libraries will celebrate the art and authors of the graphic-novel literary world on Sunday, May 7, from 1:30 to 4:00 pm, at George Memorial Library in Richmond. The “Graphic Novel Day” family event will feature special guest appearances and book signings by popular graphic novelists Falynn Koch, Dave Roman, and Ru Xu.

Families are welcome to dress up as their favorite superheroes for the event. There will be opportunities for photographs with Batman and Wonder Woman, who will be visiting from Houston Hero Headquarters. In addition, each child will receive a free comic book as part of the National Free Comic Book Day celebration.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the George Memorial Library and Bedrock City Comics, the event is a great opportunity for fans of children’s graphic novels to interact with a variety of literary creators. Books will be available for sale and signing in the Bohachevsky Gallery, on the lower level of the library, throughout the afternoon. A portion of the sales will benefit the Friends of the Library organization.

 The novelists will also make appearances in the Meeting Room of the library to talk about their individual experiences as graphic-novel creators. Hear about their love of the genre, how they began writing graphic novels, and how their characters came into being.

Falynn Koch will talk about and sign copies of her graphic novel Science Comics – Bats: Learning to Fly. An illustrator, comic-book artist, and storyteller, Koch received her Master’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design, and is a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York City. She is a former food-truck owner and is the writer and illustrator for two books in First Second Books’ Science Comics series.

First Second Books created the Science Comics series to introduce particular topics, such as dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, and flying machines. Bats: Learning to Fly is Koch’s first graphic novel with First Second Books.

Dave Roman

Dave Roman will talk about and sign copies of his book Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry, published by First Second Books for ages 10 to 14. With a sprawling cast of unforgettable characters, this fun graphic novel is a high-octane, hilarious follow-up to Roman’s quirky Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity.

 Roman worked as a comics editor for the groundbreaking Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009, and is the editor of First Second’s Science Comics series. He also co-authored two New York Times bestselling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story.

 

“Ru Xu Author Photo”
Photographer: Casey Gardner

Ru Xu will talk about and sign copies of her debut graphic novel NewsPrints, a story about the power of friendship and finding the courage to be one’s true self. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Sequential Art, Ru Xu is the creator of the popular webcomic Saint for Rent. NewsPrints is published by Scholastic for children from 8 to 12 years of age.

 Those attending this event will also be treated to a display of artwork created by local youth who participate in the library’s bi-monthly Creative Connections program for grades 4 through 8. This exhibit will be available for viewing in the library’s Bohachevsky Gallery.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

 George Memorial Library is located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.