Library News

Does your pre-schooler enjoy a good story and a chance to mingle with other children his or her own age? The Maud Smith Marks Branch Library offers a variety of fun, educational programs to take children from babyhood to kindergarten and beyond. There is no registration for any storytime. For more information call the library at 281-492-8592.

Infant Storytime

This program will meet each Tuesday morning at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 am.  This is an interactive program for children ages 0 to 12 months and their caregivers.  Each session will last about 20 minutes, featuring nursery rhymes, songs, and finger plays.

Storytime

Storytime for preschool-aged children is held each Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. Stories, fingerplays, and songs are featured.  This is ideal for children ages 3 to 5, but all children and their caregivers are welcome.

Pre School Explorers

Is your pre-schooler ready to explore the world?  Children ages 2 ½ to 5 are invited to come to the Maud Marks Library on Wednesdays at 11:15 AM as we explore the world.  There will be plenty of stations for science and sensory exploration as we learn about the world.  No registration is required.

Totally Toddler Storytime

Toddlers aged 18 to 36 months are invited to participate in our Totally Toddler Storytime which is held on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.  This program is designed with “little wrigglers” in mind. Together the children and their caregivers participate in songs, games, fingerplays and hear some good stories.  Tickets are required for Toddler Storytime.  Tickets are given to the first 30 toddlers on the day of the event.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library presents a variety of free children’s programs — Mother Goose Time, Toddler Time, Story Time, Pajama Night Story Time, Kinder Korner, and After-School Breaks — every month. These programs are free and open to the public. The library is unable to accommodate daycares and school groups at these activities. The schedule for April is as follows:

Mother Goose Time — Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. — provides caregiver/infant multisensory circle-time activities — including simple sign language, folksongs and lullabies, and finger plays

— that are especially designed to stimulate babies’ social, emotional, and physical

development through rhythm and music. Mother Goose Time is intended for infants from age 1 month to 12 months. Mother Goose Time will take place on April 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Toddler Time – Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m., and Thursdays at 10:15 am and 11:30 a.m. – is a structured program of caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 12 to 36 months of age. Program dates are April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27.

Stories & Play – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. — for children from 1 to 3 years of age. Children will be treated to a story and then have open play time. Stories & Play will take place on April 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Pre-school children, 3 to 6 years of age, will enjoy Preschool Story Time, where they hear stories, watch movies, and participate in age-appropriate craft activities, beginning at 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday. Program dates are April 5, 12, 19, and 26. 

Pajama Night Story Time — Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. — gives families an evening option for the activities presented during the daytime.  Program dates are April 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Family Story Time takes place on the 1st Saturday of the month, beginning at 10:15 a.m. Families with children of all ages are invited to attend.

Kinder Korner — a time for kindergartners to enjoy stories, movies, crafts and other activities – takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Program dates are April 12 and 26.

The After-School Breaks — crafts, movies, stories, and more for school-aged children entering grades 1 through 3 – begin at 4:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Program dates are April 5 and 19.

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. Program dates are April 8 and 22. 

Minecraft MondayApril 24, 4:30 p.m. Minecraft challenge for students in grades 4 through 8. Reservations required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-395-1311, or by visiting the library.

For more information, please call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734. The Cinco Ranch Branch library is located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear, presents a variety of free children’s programs — Toddler Time, Story Time, and After-School Breaks — every month. These programs are free and open to the public. The schedule for April is as follows:

Toddler Time — Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. — offers caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 12 to 36 months of age. The program dates are April 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Pre-school children, 3 to 6 years of age, will enjoy Story Time, where they hear stories, watch movies, and participate in age-appropriate craft activities, beginning at 10:15 a.m. each Wednesday. The program dates are April 5, 12, 19, and 26.

The After-School Break — crafts, movies, stories, and more for school-aged children in grades 1 through 5 – begin at 4:30 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday.  The After-School Break on April 13 will be “Welcome, Spring Chickens!” Make a “Spring Chicken” complete with nest and egg.

For more information, please call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

At the Maud Marks Library, we love everything about our Katy community… including our local artists.  This April, we have decided it is time to celebrate them!  The entire month of April, local artists will be exhibiting their work throughout the Maud Marks Library.  Come view their paintings and sculptures and get an idea of the viewpoints of our local fine artists.  Also, come learn from them and all about them.  Local artists will be teaching their crafts at our adult DIY workshop, Wednesday Wonders, and Teen Makers.  They will also teach family art classes throughout the month.  Check out our online calendar for dates and times!  Thank you for supporting our local artists!

The decision to pursue a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle may be made for health reasons or as an ecological choice. Fort Bend County Libraries will have an informational program for people who would like to learn more about these lifestyle choices on Saturday, April 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

In the program, “Vegetarian or Vegan Curious?,” hear from Katy/West Houston Vegan Meetup member Cathy Plato, who will provide an overview of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Learn the difference between vegan and vegetarian diets, reasons people make these dietary decisions, and how to find healthy and delicious alternative foods.

Those attending the program will get ideas on how to create meals that are tasty and easy to make, and that provide the nutrients and protein one needs for a healthy diet. A sample menu of a week’s worth of meals and recipes, as well as local grocery resources, will be available. Hear suggestions on how to get started with this new alternative diet, gradually eliminating dairy and meat from one’s diet. Learn about support networks in the area and how to maintain the diet while dining out.

Cathy Plato has been a vegetarian “on and off” for many years, and made the decision to commit to a vegan diet three years ago at the encouragement of her adult daughter. She also teaches yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Law Librarian, Andrew Bennett, will present demonstrations of the informational legal resources that are available to the public at the Fort Bend County Law Library. Brief, introductory classes will take place on Thursdays April 6, 20, and 27, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, in 15-minute increments, or by appointment.

Non-lawyers who want to find out how to begin legal research can learn basic database-searching tips and the use of form-finder tools. The material that will be discussed is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Librarians cannot provide legal advice or recommend specific forms.

Individuals may sign up to receive free one-on-one instruction on any one of these legal resources at the library: WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, HeinOnline, O’ Connor’s Online, and Legal Resources. These “express” classes last about 10-15 minutes each, and there are four class-options to choose from for each resource.

WestlawNext is a legal resource that includes federal and state cases, United States legal code, state statutes and code, briefs, legislative history and citators, forms, practice guides, legal encyclopedias, and treatises. The Law Library’s subscription to Westlaw Next focuses on Texas Law. The Texas Form Finder in this resource is particularly helpful for those who are unsure of what form they need since it has a natural-language search tool that does not require legal terminology to perform a search.

The four class-options to choose from for WestlawNext instruction include “Introduction to WestlawNext,” “Document Retrieval,” “Keyword Searching,” and “Advanced Template Searching.”

Like WestlawNext, the Lexis Advance resource provides information on federal and state cases, U.S. code, state statues and codes, legislative history, and practice guides. In addition, it includes secondary sources like the Matthew Bender practice-guide series of publications.

The four class-options to choose from for the Lexis Advance resource include “Introduction to LexisOnline,” “Document Retrieval,” “Searching Multiple Sources,” and “Access Guided-Search Form.”

HeinOnline is a database that includes a more complete law-journal collection than the other two resources. It also includes the Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. and United Nations Treaties, and Fastcase (a case database).

The four class-options to choose from for the HeinOnline resource include “Introduction to HeinOnline,” “Document Retrieval,” “Browsing Collections,” and “Advanced Searching.”

The classes are free and open to the public. Registration for these one-on-one classes is required, and will open 2 weeks prior to each class date. To register, call the Law Library at 281-341-3718.

The Law Library is located in the Fort Bend County Justice Center at 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Room 30298, in Richmond.

 

 

Fort Bend County Libraries is launching new programs specifically designed for high school-age teens in grades 9 through 12. The programs provide fun and challenging opportunities for these young adults, who are also encouraged to become active participants in designing and orchestrating new activities for teens in the library system.

In April, the Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present the following programs for the Young Adult community.

  • Cupcake Decorating – Wednesday, April 5, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Conference Classroom.

Learn how to dress up your cupcakes with easy, festive, decorative touches. Library staff will demonstrate basic decorating methods as well as tips and tricks to make cupcake-decorating hassle-free.

  • Young Adult Book Club – Wednesday, April 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Conference Classroom. Teen readers will have the opportunity to meet with others who share the same love for great books, and have a lively discussion on the reasons a book or its characters were liked or disliked. The book to be discussed is Shadowshaper, written by Daniel José Older.
  • Young Adult Advisory Council – Wednesday, April 26, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Conference Classroom. At this monthly meeting, teens are invited to express ideas, organize upcoming activities, and suggest new programs that would be of interest to young adults at the library. Earn volunteer/service hours and meet new friends while helping to shape the future of library services for teens!

These programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

The Cinco Ranch Branch Library is located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

 

 

            Gardeners and landscapers who would like to learn more about conserving resources and protecting the environment while still maintaining beautiful lawns and gardens are invited to attend a special program, “Earth-Kind® Landscaping,” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library on Saturday, April 8, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

Fort Bend County Master Gardener and Earth-Kind® Specialist Peggy d’Hemecourt will provide an overview of Earth-Kind® gardening practices. She will introduce the seven Earth-Kind® landscaping principles: planning and design, practical turf areas, appropriate plant selection, soil improvement, efficient irrigation and rainwater catchment, effective use of mulches, and appropriate maintenance.

Earth-Kind® principles and practices enable gardeners to conserve water and protect the environment, while creating beautiful, easy-care landscapes. These organic methods also reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy, will present a variety of free, introductory computer classes this month. The classes will consist of a hands-on introduction to basic skills for people who would like to learn more about using these computer programs. All computer classes will take place in the Computer Lab of the library.

  • MS Word 2010 Survival Basics” will take place on Tuesday, April 11, beginning at 10:00 a.m.. Learn the basics of using this word-processing software program to create letters, resumés, forms, and other types of documents.
  • MS Excel 2010 Survival Basics” will take place on Thursday, April 20, beginning at 10:00 a.m.. Learn the basics of using this spreadsheet software program, which features calculation tools that are helpful for financial and statistical needs.
  • Intro to Google Docs” will take place on Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Learn how to set up a Google account and how to create and store documents online using the Google Docs application. If you already have a Google account, bring the related information with you.

The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-395-1311, or by visiting the library.

 

 

Senior citizens and their family members are invited to join us for a new series at the Maud Marks Library. Every 3rd Friday of the month, experts will be here to discuss various topics pertinent to senior living. On March 17 at 3 p.m., we will be discussing power of attorney and designation of guardianship. Learn what happens when you are incapacitated and why it is important to have power of attorney and guardianship in place ahead of time. Come discover what kind of life is best for you or your loved one.
Pre-registration is required. Please call the library at 281-492-8592 for more information.