Bob Lutts / Simonton Branch Library

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 .

fsb-holiday-rubber-stampingLearn how to give your holiday greeting cards and gifts a special personalized touch when Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library presents a DIY craft demonstration, “Holiday Rubber-Stamping,” on Monday, December 5, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

Library staff member Carol Morton will demonstrate how to use rubber-stamping to add a beautiful, personal touch to holiday tags, gift bags, or greeting cards. Learn what kinds of supplies are needed and how to make some simple projects.

Those attending the program must be aged 15 or older. Materials for this program are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch 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 “Calendar,” select “Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-4675, or by visiting the library.

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.

all-the-light-we-cannot-seeThe next meeting of the Fulshear Book Club will take place on Monday, November 21, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room of the library. The book to be discussed is All the Light We Cannot See, written by Anthony Doerr.

skipping-christmasThe Fulshear Night Readers Guild will meet on Monday, November 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library. The book to be discussed is Skipping Christmas, written by John Grisham.

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.

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Photos courtesy of Houston Grand Opera, by Dennis Arrowsmith – (L-R) Eric Delagrange as the Ogre, Sydney Anderson as the Princess, & Megan Berti as the Dragon.

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 Princess and the Pea, on Wednesday, November 23, 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 entirely in English, is recommended for children in grades 2 through 8. In this operatic treatment of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, a brave princess faces dragons and ogres, but will a single pea prove to be her greatest challenge? The performance also features an unsteady prince, an overbearing queen, and a mountain of mattresses. Music is by Mary Carol Warwick, with libretto by Mary Ann Pendino.

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.

Fort Bend County LibrariesAll branches of Fort Bend County Libraries, which include the Cinco Ranch Branch Library and the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, will be closed Friday, November 11, in observance of Veterans’ Day.  Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, November 12.

Your online library is always open at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, streaming movies and music, downloading e-books, or using the research databases.

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

batsFort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library will present a fun and informative program, “Bats: Nothing to Fear,” on Monday, October 17, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.
Kristine Rivers, certified Texas Master Naturalist, will talk about bats that live in the Houston area. Hear about common misconceptions about bats, as well as the environmental impact of these nocturnal mammals. Rivers will also provide tips on how to attract bats to one’s yard.
Rivers began studying zoology at the University of Oklahoma. She has maintained a lifelong interest in nature and wildlife, and enjoys sharing her love of animals with others.
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.