Bob Lutts / Simonton Branch Library

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.

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.

Fulshear-area teens can welcome spring by surprising their sweetheart, family, or friends with cookies that they have decorated themselves. Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library will present a special program specifically for teens in grades 9 through 12, “Spring Cookie-Decorating for Young Adults,” on Monday, March 13, beginning at 3:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.
Learn how to dress up your cookies with easy, festive, decorative touches. Library staff member Michelle Moreno will demonstrate basic decorating methods as well as tips and tricks to make cookie-decorating hassle-free.
Materials for this program are 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 program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are encouraged. Registration will open on February 27. 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 George Memorial Library

Texans have recorded their lives on home movies since the 1890s, but films and videotapes are fragile and impermanent. Many people underestimate the cultural and historical value that their home movies contain as a record of events of the time. Now that many of the old media formats are obsolete, the films and their content often remain long forgotten or lost completely.
Fort Bend County Libraries, in partnership with the Fort Bend Museum and the City of Sugar Land, is participating in the Texas Archive of the Moving Image’s (TAMI) Texas Film Round-Up project to rescue these moving images and showcase their unique contribution to the state’s cultural history. The Round-Up project provides FREE digitization services for any Texas-related films and videotapes.
Fort Bend County residents who would like to have their home movies digitized can bring their films to one of three drop-off points – George Memorial Library in Richmond, the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, and the City of Sugar Land City Hall – between March 16 and 26, during regular business hours.
Through a partnership with the Texas Film Commission, Texas Film Round-Up provides free digitization for Texas films and videotapes, including home movies, industrial films, educational films, advertisements, local television, and other films in an effort to preserve Texas media heritage. To qualify for free digitization, the film reels or videotapes must be Texas-related (shot in Texas, shot by a Texan, or the subject matter is about Texas), and participants must be willing to donate a digital copy of their materials to TAMI’s archive. Participants retain the copyright to their materials, but must be willing to grant TAMI and the Texas Film Commission a license to use a copy in the Archive.
Once the films are collected from the drop-off points, TAMI will take them to the TAMI offices in Austin. They will inventory the films and videotapes, provide minor cleaning and repairs if necessary, and digitize the material. The original materials, along with the digitized files, will be returned to the owner when the process is complete. Because of high demand, the entire process can take up to five months.
TAMI also collects copies of films that are already digitized so that the historical treasures can be added to the Archive, becoming a part of Texas history.
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image is a non-profit agency that works to discover, preserve, provide access to, and educate the community about Texas’s film heritage. By partnering with institutions and individuals across the state, TAMI digitizes and provides web access to thousands of moving images that offer insight into Texas history and culture. More than four thousand of these films are available to view on the TAMI website, www.texasarchive.org.
George Memorial Library is located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond, the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library is located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear, and the City of Sugar Land City Hall is located at 2700 Town Center Blvd North in Sugar Land.
For more information, call 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, March 20, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room of the library. The book to be discussed is The Boston Girl, a novel written by Anita Diamant.

The Fulshear Night Readers Guild will meet on Monday, March 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library. The book to be discussed is In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, written by Hampton Sides.

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.

 

The Barber of Seville – Photographer – Lynn Lane

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library will present a special performance for children by Houston Grand Opera’s “Opera to Go!” of The Barber of Seville, on Wednesday, March 15, beginning at 3:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

This family-friendly light opera, sung in English and Spanish, is recommended for children in grades 2 through 8. Music is by Gioachino Rossini, and the adaptation/libretto is by Kristine McIntyre.

In this new bilingual adaptation of Rossini’s beloved comic opera, language divides a young couple as much as a stubborn uncle. Opera’s most famous barber, Figaro, plays the role of translator as Rossini’s sparkling, witty score takes center stage.

The program is presented with 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. A free hand-stamp is required for admission, and will be available one hour prior to the performance. 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.

Texans have recorded their lives on home movies since the 1890s, but films and videotapes are fragile and impermanent. Many people underestimate the cultural and historical value that their home movies contain as a record of events of the time. Now that many of the old media formats are obsolete, the films and their content often remain long forgotten or lost completely.

Fort Bend County Libraries, in partnership with the Fort Bend Museum and the City of Sugar Land, is participating in the Texas Archive of the Moving Image’s (TAMI) Texas Film Round-Up project to rescue these moving images and showcase their unique contribution to the state’s cultural history. The Round-Up project provides FREE digitization services for any Texas-related films and videotapes.

Fort Bend County residents who would like to have their home movies digitized can bring their films to one of three drop-off points – George Memorial Library in Richmond, the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, and the City of Sugar Land City Hall – between March 16 and 26, during regular business hours.

Through a partnership with the Texas Film Commission, Texas Film Round-Up provides free digitization for Texas films and videotapes, including home movies, industrial films, educational films, advertisements, local television, and other films in an effort to preserve Texas media heritage. To qualify for free digitization, the film reels or videotapes must be Texas-related (shot in Texas, shot by a Texan, or the subject matter is about Texas), and participants must be willing to donate a digital copy of their materials to TAMI’s archive. Participants retain the copyright to their materials, but must be willing to grant TAMI and the Texas Film Commission a license to use a copy in the Archive.

Once the films are collected from the drop-off points, TAMI will take them to the TAMI offices in Austin. They will inventory the films and videotapes, provide minor cleaning and repairs if necessary, and digitize the material. The original materials, along with the digitized files, will be returned to the owner when the process is complete. Because of high demand, the entire process can take up to five months.

TAMI also collects copies of films that are already digitized so that the historical treasures can be added to the Archive, becoming a part of Texas history.

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image is a non-profit agency that works to discover, preserve, provide access to, and educate the community about Texas’s film heritage. By partnering with institutions and individuals across the state, TAMI digitizes and provides web access to thousands of moving images that offer insight into Texas history and culture. More than four thousand of these films are available to view on the TAMI website, www.texasarchive.org.

George Memorial Library is located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond, the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library is located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear, and the City of Sugar Land City Hall is located at 2700 Town Center Blvd North in Sugar Land.

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

 

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.