Cinco Ranch Branch Library

            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.

 

 

 

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.