Cinco Ranch Branch Library

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.

 

 

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 April, the Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present the following programs for the Young Adult community.

  • Cupcake Decorating – Wednesday, April 5, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Conference Classroom.

Learn how to dress up your cupcakes with easy, festive, decorative touches. Library staff will demonstrate basic decorating methods as well as tips and tricks to make cupcake-decorating hassle-free.

  • Young Adult Book Club – Wednesday, April 12, 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. The book to be discussed is Shadowshaper, written by Daniel José Older.
  • Young Adult Advisory Council – Wednesday, April 26, 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.

The Cinco Ranch Branch Library is located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

 

 

            Gardeners and landscapers who would like to learn more about conserving resources and protecting the environment while still maintaining beautiful lawns and gardens are invited to attend a special program, “Earth-Kind® Landscaping,” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library on Saturday, April 8, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

Fort Bend County Master Gardener and Earth-Kind® Specialist Peggy d’Hemecourt will provide an overview of Earth-Kind® gardening practices. She will introduce the seven Earth-Kind® landscaping principles: planning and design, practical turf areas, appropriate plant selection, soil improvement, efficient irrigation and rainwater catchment, effective use of mulches, and appropriate maintenance.

Earth-Kind® principles and practices enable gardeners to conserve water and protect the environment, while creating beautiful, easy-care landscapes. These organic methods also reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

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.

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, April 11, beginning at 10:00 a.m.. Learn the basics of using this word-processing software program to create letters, resumés, forms, and other types of documents.
  • MS Excel 2010 Survival Basics” will take place on Thursday, April 20, 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.
  • Intro to Google Docs” will take place on Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Learn how to set up a Google account and how to create and store documents online using the Google Docs application. If you already have a Google account, bring the related information with you.

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.

 

 

 

Families with toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy special puppet shows and songs on Wednesday, March 28 from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m., in the Cinco Ranch Branch Library Meeting Room.
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.

 

On Thursday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library, a family film will be shown.
In this animated comedy-adventure released in 2015, a sheep named Shaun gets tired of the same old work every day at the farm, so he decides to take a day off without the farmer knowing. He gets a little more excitement than he anticipated when a mix-up with a farmer, a caravan, and a steep hill leads to a big-city adventure. The whole flock embarks on a whimsical mission to bring everyone safely back to the green grass of home. This delightful family film is rated PG.

 

On Thursday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library, a family film will be shown. This animated action-adventure film takes place in a bustling city where various anthropomorphic animals live and thrive in civilized coexistence. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she learns how tough it can be to enforce the law and keep the peace. Determined to prove herself, Judy joins forces with a charismatic con-artist fox to crack a mysterious case that threatens to damage the delicate balance between the carnivore and herbivore citizens in the city. This movie is rated PG.

 

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present a basic, introductory program “Pinterest for Beginners” on Thursday, March 23, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.
Learn all about Pinterest, the virtual pinboard that has taken the social-media population by storm. Pinterest enables people to organize and share items of interest to them that they have found on the Internet. Pinboards can be used to collect ideas for anything from holiday decorating to organizing favorite recipes, and much more. Those attending the class should already have a working email address and password.
The class 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 “Cinco Ranch Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-395-1311, or by visiting the library.

Spring weather in Texas can often be unpredictable and hurricane season starts in June – are you prepared if disaster strikes? Get helpful information and tips at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library on Thursday, March 23, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

Douglas Barnes, Senior Planning Coordinator with the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management, will present the program “Preparing for Severe Weather.” Learn how to prepare your home and family for a hurricane or other severe weather event. Get tips that will help you minimize damage to your home and property, and that will maximize the personal safety of your family during and after a storm.

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.

 

 

 

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present a basic, introductory program “Pinterest for Beginners” on Thursday, March 23, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

Learn all about Pinterest, the virtual pinboard that has taken the social-media population by storm. Pinterest enables people to organize and share items of interest to them that they have found on the Internet. Pinboards can be used to collect ideas for anything from holiday decorating to organizing favorite recipes, and much more. Those attending the class should already have a working email address and password.

The class 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 “Cinco Ranch Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-395-1311, or by visiting the library.

 

 

 

Chess players of all ages and skill levels – from beginners to advanced – are invited to practice their strategies and share tips with others at a special “Chess Day @ the Library” on Saturday, March 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

Learn a new chess move (or two) during this come-and-go event. Experienced players will be on hand to provide tips and assistance. A limited number of chess sets will be provided, but players are welcome to bring their own sets as well.

This event 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.