Cinco Ranch Branch Library

Fort Bend County Libraries invites book lovers to attend the next meeting of the Cinco Ranch Night Readers book club, on Thursday, February 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 Best Boy, written by Eli Gottlieb.

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.

 

 

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, February 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.

 

 

Varad Gaikwad, Indian Music Society of Houston

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present a performance of classical music from India, on Saturday, February 18, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

Sangeeta Panse, Varad Gaikwad, and Govind Shetty – members of the Indian Music Society of Houston – will perform classical Indian music on the sitar, tabla, and flute.

Established in 1992, the Indian Music Society of Houston is a nonprofit organization consisting of individuals who are committed to preserving and promoting the myriad of centuries-old classical Indian music.

The performance 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.

 

 

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.

 

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present a series of classes in February on using Microsoft Excel 2010. The classes are free, and participants may attend individual sessions or the whole series. The Cinco Ranch Branch Library is located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

The first class, “MS Excel Survival Basics,” 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 next class, “MS Excel: Intermediate,” will take place on Thursday, February 16, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the Computer Lab. Understand this spreadsheet program even better by learning more advanced functions and tools.

The final class, “MS Excel: Advanced,” will take place on Thursday, February 23, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the Computer Lab. This class is for experienced MS Excel users who would like to learn even more advanced skills.

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.

  • Origami for Young Adults – Wednesday, February 1, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Conference Classroom. Learn how to make whimsical shapes simply by folding and twisting paper.
  • Young Adult Book Club – Wednesday, February 8, 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. 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 – Wednesday, February 22, 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.

The college-application process has become more and more competitive as thousands of students hope to attain one of the coveted spots in the college of their choice. To help college-bound students navigate through this process and complete college-application essays that will help position their application in the best light possible, Fort Bend County Libraries will present a special program, “Mastering the College-Application Essay,” on Saturday, February 11, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.
Dr. Jill Martiniuk, a university professor and college consultant, will talk about how to complete a college-application essay that will reflect the student’s achievements and make their submission truly stand out. Hear about different approaches, expectations from the university, and common mistakes to avoid.
Dr. Martiniuk is a Visiting Assistant Professor – Writing Fellow at the University of Houston. She has also served as an instructor/lecturer at the University of Virginia, where she received her doctoral degree in Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. She is the senior consultant with JML College Consulting.
This 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 have a special demonstration, “Ikebana – The Enchantment of Japanese Flower Arranging,” on Saturday, January 21, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.
Unlike simple flower arranging, ikebana is a disciplined Japanese art form in which nature and humanity are brought together and represented with the use of living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms. An asymmetrical form and the use of empty space are essential features of the composition, and a sense of harmony among the materials, the container, and the setting is crucial.
YuMei Montalvo, First Jonin Somu (professor) of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, will provide a short history of ikebana, the Japanese art and philosophy of flower arranging. As she demonstrates the creation and composition of several arrangements, she will explain the relationship of the materials being used and the importance of their placement within the arrangements. Following the demonstration, one audience member will receive a completed arrangement.
Montalvo began studying Sogetsu in Singapore in 1992 and spent 17 years teaching it in Ecuador. She now resides in Houston.
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 is looking for teens in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in an exciting new leadership opportunity and in volunteer-service hours at the library.
Become a member of the library’s Young Adult Advisory Council and share ideas about library programs, help out at events, give suggestions for teen services, books, and movies, and meet new people. Students can also earn volunteer/community-service hours for school.
The next meeting of the Young Adult Advisory Council will take place on Wednesday, January 25, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., in the Conference Classroom of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy. Library staff member Julia Farris will be determining interest among the local teen community, as well as gathering ideas for books, movies, and programs that are of particular importance to the students.
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.

At Cinco Ranch Branch Library Program 

The college-application process has become more and more competitive as thousands of students hope to attain one of the coveted spots in the college of their choice. To help college-bound students navigate through this process and complete college-application essays that will help position their application in the best light possible, Fort Bend County Libraries will present a special program, “Mastering the College-Application Essay,” on Saturday, February 11, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

Dr. Jill Martiniuk, a university professor and college consultant, will talk about how to complete a college-application essay that will reflect the student’s achievements and make their submission truly stand out. Hear about different approaches, expectations from the university, and common mistakes to avoid.

Dr. Martiniuk is a Visiting Assistant Professor – Writing Fellow at the University of Houston. She has also served as an instructor/lecturer at the University of Virginia, where she received her doctoral degree in Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. She is the senior consultant with JML College Consulting.

This 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.