Library News

Get Practice At Cinco Ranch Branch Library’s Conversation Circles

Are you learning to speak English? Would you like some practice in a casual, informal atmosphere? Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program for individuals of all nationalities who would like a place to practice their English language and conversation skills. The “ESL Conversation Circles” provide an opportunity for non-English-speaking people to gather in a relaxed setting, and discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing their English skills.

The Conversation Circles will take place at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library on Fridays, March 10 and 24, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., in the Conference Classroom.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311. The Cinco Ranch Branch Library is located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

 

 

 

Fort Bend County Libraries will again host representatives from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), who will provide free income-tax-preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers at several locations in the Fort Bend County library system through April 18.

Income-tax forms will no longer be available at the libraries, but patrons may use the libraries’ computers and printers to download and print out the forms from the IRS website, www.irs.gov, during regular library hours. A library card is needed to use the printers, and the cost to print is 10¢ per black-and-white page.

Patrons should bring the following information to the session if possible: a photo ID; Social Security card(s) for self, spouse, and all dependents; last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s, and any other compensation received in 2016; unemployment compensation statements; and any other documents that are necessary to complete your return.

March’s schedules are as follows:

  • George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond:
    • Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
    • Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Boulevard, Katy; Meeting Room 1:
    • Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
  • Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge; Meeting Room:
    • Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:00 to 4:00 pm
    • Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
  • First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land; Conference Room:
    • Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    • Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

 

  • Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway; Meeting Room:
    • Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28; 12:30 to 3:30 pm.
    • Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 12:30 to 3:30 pm.

 

  • Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South, Fulshear; Meeting Room:
    • Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

 

  • University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd, Sugar Land; Conference Room 1:
    • Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

The income-tax-preparation assistance is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

 

 

Fort Bend County Libraries invites book lovers to attend the next meeting of the Cinco Ranch Night Readers book club, on Thursday, March 16, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Conference Classroom, at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd. in Katy. The book to be discussed is Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, written by Erik Larson.

The Cinco Ranch Night Readers meet on the third Thursday of every month. Copies of the book are available at the checkout desk. Anyone interested in joining this literary-review club is invited to attend. 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 will present a special program, “From Employee to Business Owner,” on Saturday, March 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

SCORE mentor Kali Cole will talk about what a new business owner should know when hiring and training employees. Get tips on best practices for hiring and learn how to train and empower staff to become a successful customer-oriented team. New entrepreneurs will learn how to rapidly transition from the employee mindset to that of small-business owner.

Cole is a Sales and Recruiting Strategist and owner of Sales Fix LLC. She is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in psychology.

This program is presented in partnership with SCORE, the non-profit mentoring arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Those attending this program will learn about resources that are available through SCORE and how to draw on the experience of other SCORE members.

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.

 

 

 

 

            Explore a new form of creative expression when Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library presents an “Adult Coloring Hour” on Thursday, March 16, beginning at 10:00 a.m., and on Wednesday, March 29, beginning at 2:00 p.m., in the lobby of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

 

During this fun activity, learn more about adult coloring — the latest trend in relaxation and stress-reduction techniques. Coloring has been shown to lower heart rates and is thought to lower blood pressure as well. The creative process of coloring can also be a way to exercise the brain. Unwind and relax while re-discovering this favorite childhood activity and demonstrating strokes of creative genius. All coloring materials will be provided.

 

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. 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.

 

 

 

 

Financial Basics-Saving for Your Future
Monday, February 20 2:00 p.m.
Come to this educational seminar to learn basic strategies on how to save for your future. This program is taught by Danny Lu, Marketing Director, World Financial Group.

Teen Time
Monday, February 20 4:00 p.m.
Teens, come to the library and have some fun. Watch a movie, make a craft, game, and more.

Computer Class: Beginning Word
Tuesday, February 21 10:00 a.m.
Learn more about Microsoft Word in this basic computer class. The first six students will be accommodated. First come, first serve. Please be sure to arrive on time.

Free Tax Help with the AARP
Tuesday, February 21 and Friday, February 24 at 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Get free tax help from the AARP. Please bring copy of last year’s return, W-2 forms from each employer, all 1099s, and receipts or cancelled checks for itemizing. You must have Social Security card for self and dependents. First come, first served. Sign up at the
Information Desk beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and on the sign up sheet posted to the front doors after noon on Fridays.

Middle School Spot
Tuesday, February 21 4:30 p.m.
Come join the fun of Middle School Spot, a rotating program for ages 10-12. Activities include Gaming, Writing Workshop, and Maker Programs.

ESL Reading
Wednesday, February 22 6:00 p.m.
Open to individuals whose first language is not English. This free class will help ESL students learn to improve their reading skills. Open to people at all reading levels. No registration required.

Savvy Stitchers
Thursday, February 23 4:00 p.m.
Savvy Stitchers is a place to share ideas, to learn new knitting and crochet techniques or to teach someone else a new skill. Don’t miss out on the weekly fun. Make sure to bring your needles and yarn. All ages welcome.

Computer Class: Using Google Drive
Friday, February 24 1:30 p.m.
Learn to upload files to your own Google Drive account. Take advantage of free cloud storage space. Create documents and other common file types. Learn techniques on how to organize and access your own documents, images, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.

Chess

Friday, February 24 3:00 p.m.
Adults can come to the library to play chess. Join us for an afternoon of strategy and fun. Come alone or bring a friend. Also, bring a chess board if you wish. The library will have two tournament boards to use.

Computer Class: Job Applicant Assistance (Bilingual) Asistencia con Aplicaciones
Friday, February 24 4:00 p.m.
This workshop is for adults who are in need of assistance with the online employment application process. Please call us to book this time slot.
The first person to call will be booked, others will be placed on a wait list. Please cancel within 24 to 48 hours if unable to attend. Please bring any relevant documents with you.
Spanish Description: Asistencia con aplicaciones de trabajo en la web–Este taller es para personas que necesiten ayuda para solicitar un trabajo en un sitio de la red. Lla.m.enos para apartar este horario. La primera persona sera considerada; las demas personas seran puestas en una lista por si hay aberturas. Favor de cancelar dentro de 24 a 48 horas si no puede atender. Por favor traer sus referencias y otros documentos importantes.

Computer Class: Android Phones
Saturday, February 25 11:00 a.m.
Come to the library to learn something new about your Android phone. Whether you already have one, or you are thinking about purchasing one, bring your questions to find out more.

ESL Conversation
Saturday, February 25 12:30 p.m.
Join our Conversational ESL class on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.. Emphasis will be placed on verb tenses. New attendees will need to fill out an application. Everyone is welcome.

Yoga
Saturday, February 25 1:00 p.m.
Learn more about yoga, the ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for mind, body, and spirit. Gain a sense of well-being, learn more about the origins of yoga, and learn some new poses.

All programs are free and open to the public.  The Katherine Tyra Library is located at 16719 Clay Rd, Houston, TX 77084 For more information call 281-550-0885 or visit www.hcpl.net.

Baby Time
Monday, February 20, 10:15 a.m.
A fun program for children 3 months to 17 months.

Gmail Basics
Monday, February 20, 10:30 a.m.
Learn how to create and use your Gmail account. You must have a valid mobile phone to sign up for a free Gmail account for verification purposes.

Genealogy Squad
Monday, February 20, 2:00 p.m.
Join the Genealogy Squad! Learn how to do your own genealogy with other fellow researchers. The last Monday of the month will include a lesson or special speaker.

Toddler Time
Tuesday, February 21, 10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
A fun program for children 18 months to 3 years old.

AARP Tax Aide
Tuesday, February 21, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
AARP volunteers will help file taxes. Be prepared to wait and come in by 3:00 p.m. to ensure you get on the list for the day.

Knotty & Nice Club
Wednesday, February 22, 1:00 p.m.
The Knotty & Nice Club is the place for you if you want to learn new techniques, teach someone else, or just hang out with other crafters. Come & join the club!

Goggle Drive
Wednesday, February 22, 4:30 p.m.
Learn how to create an account or use an existing account to learn the ins and outs of Google Drive!

Preschool Storytime
Thursday, February 23, 10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
A fun program for children 3 to 6 years old.

Spanish Computer Class/Clases de Computacion en Espanol
Friday, February 24, 4:30 p.m.
A basic computer class taught in Spanish.

All programs are free and open to the public. The Katy Library is located at 5414 Franz Road.   For more information, call (281)391-3509 or log on to www.hcpl.net.

Saturday, February 18 1:00 p.m. Come celebrate Black History Month with us at the Katherine Tyra Branch Library @ Bear Creek. We are having a party to educate and display the importance of the Harlem Renaissance to our American culture.
Many great writers, artists, and musicians made wonderful contributions to our country due to the Harlem Renaissance, all good reasons to celebrate with music, videos, food and fun.
All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 281-550-0885 or visit www.hcpl.net.

 

Do you enjoy eating Mexican food that is delicious as well as healthy? Find out about ways to modify your favorite Mexican food recipe so it is even healthier at a special program, “Making Mexican Food Healthy,” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library on Monday, March 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

Registered and Licensed Dietician Dianne Gertson will conduct a live cooking demonstration and sampling of Mexican dishes made healthier by substituting a few basic ingredients.

Gertson is the County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Fort Bend County.

Materials for this program are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of University Branch Library. Proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales and annual membership dues help to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural events at the library.

The program is 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 “Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-4675, or by visiting the library.

 

 

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present a program on “Bonsai Basics,” on Saturday, February 25, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.
Pete Parker, a member of the Houston Bonsai Society, will discuss fundamentals of the ancient art of bonsai. Get tips on how to get started with this Asian gardening technique, where to buy materials in the Houston area, and what resources are available for information on creating and maintaining bonsai.
According to the Houston Bonsai Society’s website, the word “bonsai” (bone-sigh) means “plant in a pot.” This ancient, living, art form began thousands of years ago in Asia, and it involves nurturing a tree in miniature by pruning and shaping the branches and roots until it takes on the appearance of an old tree in nature.
Parker began studying the art of bonsai in 1997. He is a graduate of the Futago Tropical Bonsai school, and he is currently studying under professional bonsai artist Boon Manakitivipart.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311 or library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.