Cinco Ranch Branch Library

Get Practice At Cinco Ranch Branch Library’s Conversation Circles

Are you learning to speak English? Would you like some practice in a casual, informal atmosphere? Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program for individuals of all nationalities who would like a place to practice their English language and conversation skills. The “ESL Conversation Circles” provide an opportunity for non-English-speaking people to gather in a relaxed setting, and discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing their English skills.

The Conversation Circles will take place at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library on Fridays, March 10 and 24, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., in the Conference Classroom.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311. The Cinco Ranch Branch Library is located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Fort Bend County Libraries invites book lovers to attend the next meeting of the Cinco Ranch Night Readers book club, on Thursday, March 16, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Conference Classroom, at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd. in Katy. The book to be discussed is Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, written by Erik Larson.

The Cinco Ranch Night Readers meet on the third Thursday of every month. Copies of the book are available at the checkout desk. Anyone interested in joining this literary-review club is invited to attend. 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 special program, “From Employee to Business Owner,” on Saturday, March 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

SCORE mentor Kali Cole will talk about what a new business owner should know when hiring and training employees. Get tips on best practices for hiring and learn how to train and empower staff to become a successful customer-oriented team. New entrepreneurs will learn how to rapidly transition from the employee mindset to that of small-business owner.

Cole is a Sales and Recruiting Strategist and owner of Sales Fix LLC. She is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in psychology.

This program is presented in partnership with SCORE, the non-profit mentoring arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Those attending this program will learn about resources that are available through SCORE and how to draw on the experience of other SCORE members.

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.

 

 

 

 

            Explore a new form of creative expression when Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library presents an “Adult Coloring Hour” on Thursday, March 16, beginning at 10:00 a.m., and on Wednesday, March 29, beginning at 2:00 p.m., in the lobby of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

 

During this fun activity, learn more about adult coloring — the latest trend in relaxation and stress-reduction techniques. Coloring has been shown to lower heart rates and is thought to lower blood pressure as well. The creative process of coloring can also be a way to exercise the brain. Unwind and relax while re-discovering this favorite childhood activity and demonstrating strokes of creative genius. All coloring materials will be provided.

 

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. 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 program on “Bonsai Basics,” on Saturday, February 25, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.
Pete Parker, a member of the Houston Bonsai Society, will discuss fundamentals of the ancient art of bonsai. Get tips on how to get started with this Asian gardening technique, where to buy materials in the Houston area, and what resources are available for information on creating and maintaining bonsai.
According to the Houston Bonsai Society’s website, the word “bonsai” (bone-sigh) means “plant in a pot.” This ancient, living, art form began thousands of years ago in Asia, and it involves nurturing a tree in miniature by pruning and shaping the branches and roots until it takes on the appearance of an old tree in nature.
Parker began studying the art of bonsai in 1997. He is a graduate of the Futago Tropical Bonsai school, and he is currently studying under professional bonsai artist Boon Manakitivipart.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311 or library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

This class will take place on Thursday, February 9, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the Computer Lab. Learn the basics of using this spreadsheet software program, which features calculation tools that are helpful for financial and statistical needs.
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,” 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 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 February, the Cinco Ranch Branch Library will roll out the first of many exciting new programs for the Young Adult community.
Young Adult Book Club will be held on Wednesday, February 8, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., in the 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. This month, readers are invited to talk about their favorite book from the “historical fiction” genre. Area teens are invited to join in this inaugural meeting of the library’s new Young Adult Book Club and help to launch the new club to a great start.
Young Adult Advisory Council starts on Wednesday, February 22, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., in the 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.

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 February 7, 14, 21, and 28.

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 February 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Toddler Time
Wednesdays at 10:15 am, 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 1 to 3 years of age. Program dates are February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23.

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 February 7, 14, 21, and 28.
Family Story Time
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.

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 February 1 and 15.
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 February 11 and 25.

Minecraft Monday
February 27, 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.
These programs are free and open to the public. 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.

Students who would like to have more information on area colleges are invited to attend a special College Fair at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library on Thursday, February 16, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.
Representatives from colleges and universities will be on hand to share information about their programs with current high school students and their parents or guardians. Students will have the opportunity to learn about educational opportunities available at the colleges, as well as admission requirements, financial aid, student housing, and more.
Schools from Texas that will be represented include Texas State Technical College – Fort Bend, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Houston Main Campus, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Tech University, and Trinity University.
Colleges from outside of Texas that will be represented include Louisiana Tech University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Mississippi State University, University of Alabama, Northern Arizona University, University of Missouri, University of Tennessee, University of Tampa, and Cornell University.
The 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.