Cinco Ranch Branch Library

 

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.

 

 

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.