Bob Lutts / Simonton Branch Library

 

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.

 

 

 

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’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library will present a program, “Taming Your Container Gardens,” on Monday, February 20, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.
Fort Bend County Master Gardener Kathy Gilmore will discuss container gardening for the home. Whether the gardener has limited space, limited mobility, or simply wants to enhance the landscape with different types of plantings, container gardening offers a variety of alternatives. Learn about the wide range of container sizes and the types and varieties of plants that do well in containers. Gilmore will demonstrate how to plant a container garden and how to care for and maintain the plants. Gardeners of all experience levels who are interested in learning more about container gardening are welcome to attend.
Gilmore has been a Master Gardener since 2011 and is a member of the Houston Rose Society. She also writes a bi-monthly column on gardening tips for the Meadows Place community.
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.

Crafts, movies, stories, and more for school-aged children in grades 1 through 5 – begin at 4:30 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday. In celebration of Dr. Seuss, on February 9th library staff will read The Lorax and make “Truffula Trees.” 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.

Share your love of reading with other book lovers at one of the book clubs that meet monthly at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library,

8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear. New members are always welcome.

The next meeting of the Fulshear Book Club will take place on Monday, February 20, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room of the library. The book to be discussed is The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, written by Daniel James Brown.

The Fulshear Night Readers Guild will meet on Monday, February 27, beginning at 6:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library. The book to be discussed is Old Heart, a novel written by Peter Ferry.

Anyone interested in joining these literary-review clubs is invited to attend.  For more information, call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675.

 

 

Andrew Hardwick

Andrew Hardwick, a Metropolitan Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration, will present a special program, “Understanding Social Security and Medicare,” on Monday, February 13, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

Hardwick will provide an overview of Social Security retirement and the Medicare program. Learn how and when to apply to receive maximum benefits; the differences between Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D; and online tools at the Social Security Administration’s website. He will also talk about survivor and disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Get tips on ways to increase Social Security benefits and learn how to access one’s work record online. Hardwick will also talk about the effects of work or other pensions on Social Security benefits and whether or not a divorced spouse can qualify for benefits under their ex-spouse. Those attending the program will leave with a better understanding of how benefits are calculated and who is entitled to receive benefits.

Hardwick has worked for the Social Security Administration for more than 40 years, and has won numerous communication awards during that time. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a master’s degree in psychology.

 

This presentation is free and open to the public. Anyone over the age of 18 is encouraged to attend. 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.

 

 

The naturally-occurring elements of essential oils make them safe and healthy options for people looking for relaxation aids. Learn about different oils that can be used to promote relaxation and stress relief at a special program, “Essential Oils for Relaxation and Sleep,” on Saturday, January 21, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the Meeting Room at the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.
Wellness Advocate Donna Randall will talk about naturally-produced essential oils that can be used for relaxation, stress reduction, and sleep. Learn how to safely use them, how to select quality oils, and how they can be used aromatically, topically, and orally. Recipes and information on blends will be available to take home.
Randall has studied and taught natural-health solutions with essential oils for the past three years as part of a personal commitment to reducing toxic chemicals in the environment.
This 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.

The popularity of Fort Bend County Libraries’ Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens, and adults inspired the library system to add a similar program for families during the winter season. The Family Reading Club will begin on Monday, January 23, and will continue for six weeks through March 4, at all branches in the Fort Bend County library system.

This six-week program is designed to encourage families to read, learn, and have fun together. Families participate in the program by reading books and completing optional “challenges” that can be done at home. All Fort Bend County families are eligible to participate.

“The best way to help children learn new words and to build a larger vocabulary is to talk and read with them,” says Susan King, Coordinator of Youth Services for the library system. “Children hear more new words when you read books to them.”

Families that complete the program by reading 36 books or for 6 hours – 6 books per week or for 60 minutes per week – are eligible to receive a book bag for the family, and will have their name entered into a drawing for a $50 dining gift card, donated by the Friends of the Library. The drawing for the gift card will take place on March 6, and one winning family will be selected from each branch library.

A single registration is required for each participating family. An adult (parent or guardian) is asked to register the family online by going to the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) and clicking on the “Family Reading Club” image, which will become available January 23. Families may also register at any of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system. Upon registering, families will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time.

There is no charge to join the Family Reading Club. The program is sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries and the Friends of the Library organizations that support the county library system.

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

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 from February 1 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.

February’s schedules are as follows:

  • George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond:
    • Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, 27; 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23; 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25; 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Boulevard, Katy; Meeting Room 1:
    • Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge; Meeting Room:
    • Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23; 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land; Conference Room:
    • Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    • Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway; Meeting Room:
    • Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South, Fulshear; Meeting Room:
    • Fridays, February 3, 10, 17, 24; 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd, Sugar Land; Conference Room 1:
    • Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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.

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Live holiday music by talented local musicians in the “String Theory String Orchestra” will be featured when Fort Bend County Libraries presents “Holiday Music with String Theory” on Monday, December 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

Amanda Hart Bassett will perform with the String Theory String Orchestra.
Amanda Hart Bassett will perform with the String Theory String Orchestra.

An all-string ensemble of violins, violas, cellos, and a bass violin, String Theory String Orchestra will be joined by vocalist Amanda Hart Bassett in performing a variety of seasonal music, from pops to classical.
A Houston-based singer, Bassett received operatic training at Southern Methodist University, where she received her undergraduate music degree in vocal performance. She continued her musical training at the Boston Conservatory, where she received her graduate degree in musical theatre. She has performed in numerous musical-theater productions since her return to Houston in January 2016.

String Theory String Orchestra was founded in the summer of 2012 by a group of individuals who love to play chamber music and who wanted to explore the abundance of great string music this is often missed if one performs solely with a symphony orchestra.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton 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 performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675 .