Library News

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 May, the Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present the following programs for the Young Adult community.
The Cinco Ranch Branch Library is located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

Young Adult Book Club

Wednesday, May 10, 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. Those attending the book-club meeting in May are invited to talk about their favorite graphic novel.

Young Adult Advisory Council

Wednesday, May 24, 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.

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, May 9, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Learn the basics of using this word-processing software program to create letters, résumés, forms, and other types of documents.

• “MS Excel 2010 Survival Basics” will take place on Thursday, May 11, 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.

• “MS Word: Intermediate” will take place on Tuesday, May 23, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This class is for people who already have a basic understanding of MS Word, but would like to learn more advanced functions and tools in this word-processing software program.
• “Web-Development Basics” will take place on Wednesday, May 31, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Learn how to design and publish your own customized website using online tools that are free and simple to use. Those attending this class should have a basic, working knowledge of computers.

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.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library will present the program “Creating a Mindful Life for Families” on Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.
In this workshop, Bill M. Wooten, PhD, will present a basic introduction to the practice and healthful benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction for families. Those attending the program will learn how to incorporate elements of mindfulness into their parenting role and family life to increase the entire family’s ability to relax, focus, improve cognitive functioning, handle stress more easily, decrease an anxious child’s fears, and promote family happiness. Dr. Wooten will also share tips on fostering a healthy sense of teamwork and reducing sibling squabbles.
“Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when you bring open-hearted, non-judgmental awareness to your experience,” explains Dr. Wooten. “Through mindfulness, we can see clearly, accept, and gain freedom from the suffering brought on by our automatic thoughts and assumptions. We can experience the joy of being fully present in our lives, learn from difficult times, and be open to compassion for ourselves and others.”
Dr. Wooten is the Executive Director of the Office of Business Transformation at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He has a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and a doctorate in Organizational Psychology. He has more than 40 years of executive leadership experience in healthcare organizations, and has conducted many workshops integrating mindfulness and leadership.
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.

Grand Marshals of the Parade: Cat in the Hat (Kiara Stewart), Thing 1 (Emily Adams) & Thing 2 (Elliott Houghton)

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy, will be closed on Saturday, April 29, for the 4th Annual FBC Precinct 3 Literary & Fine Arts Festival & Parade, which is free and open to the public. Regular library hours will resume on Monday, May 1.
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 using the research databases.
For more information, contact the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Local History and Genealogy department will present a special Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room at George Memorial Library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

Professional genealogist, author, speaker, and family-history blogger Devon Noel Lee will share her knowledge, experience, and insight on topics designed to help family-history buffs explore different avenues of genealogical research.

At 9:30 a.m., Lee will begin the workshop with a talk on “Using FamilySearch.org More Effectively.” The largest genealogy collection in the world, FamilySearch.org is an online resource that contains extensive genealogical records compiled by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints worldwide for more than 100 years. It also offers access to the Ancestral File and the International Genealogical Index. Lee will explain how to use this collaborative resource more effectively using indexed and unindexed records and leaving a trail of documented research decisions along the way.

At 10:45 a.m., Lee will present “Self-Publishing Your Family History.” According to Lee, the best way to preserve family history is to publish a book. Once the manuscript is finished, how does one prepare it for publication? What services are available? Lee will explain the process of self-publishing a book, so that family history can be preserved in a way that is efficient as well as affordable.

A graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in business and a minor in journalism, Lee has more than 20 years of experience in genealogical research. She has maintained a blog for family-history researchers, The Patient Genealogist, since 2009. Additionally, she has self-published four books and shares YouTube videos on the Family History Fanatics channel.

This family-history workshop is presented with the generous support of the Friends of George Memorial 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 and educational events at the library.

The workshop 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 “George Memorial Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library’s Local History and Genealogy Department at 281-341-2608.

 

Grand Marshals of the 2016 Parade: Cat in the Hat (Kiara Stewart), Thing 1 (Emily Adams) & Thing 2 (Elliott Houghton)

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy, will be closed on Saturday, April 29, for the 4TH Annual FBC Precinct 3 Literary & Fine Arts Festival & Parade, which is free and open to the public. Regular library hours will resume on Monday, May 1.

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 using the research databases.

For more information, contact the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

 

 

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.

Join us for our first meeting of a new book club taking place at the No Label Brewery at 5351 1st Street in Katy on Monday, April 10, at 8:00 p.m.. We’ll be discussing “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson. Pick up a copy of the book at the Katy Branch Library’s front desk and join us at No Label Brewery for a fun time. For more information, call the library at 281-391-3509.

The Katy Library is located at 5414 Franz Road. For more information, call (281)391-3509

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.