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Fort Bend County Libraries’ Law Librarian, Andrew Bennett, will present demonstrations of the informational legal resources that are available to the public at the Fort Bend County Law Library. Brief, introductory classes will take place on Thursdays April 6, 20, and 27, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, in 15-minute increments, or by appointment.

Non-lawyers who want to find out how to begin legal research can learn basic database-searching tips and the use of form-finder tools. The material that will be discussed is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Librarians cannot provide legal advice or recommend specific forms. 

Individuals may sign up to receive free one-on-one instruction on any one of these legal resources at the library: WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, HeinOnline, O’ Connor’s Online, and Legal Resources. These “express” classes last about 10-15 minutes each, and there are four class-options to choose from for each resource.

WestlawNext is a legal resource that includes federal and state cases, United States legal code, state statutes and code, briefs, legislative history and citators, forms, practice guides, legal encyclopedias, and treatises. The Law Library’s subscription to Westlaw Next focuses on Texas Law. The Texas Form Finder in this resource is particularly helpful for those who are unsure of what form they need since it has a natural-language search tool that does not require legal terminology to perform a search.

The four class-options to choose from for WestlawNext instruction include “Introduction to WestlawNext,” “Document Retrieval,” “Keyword Searching,” and “Advanced Template Searching.”

Like WestlawNext, the Lexis Advance resource provides information on federal and state cases, U.S. code, state statues and codes, legislative history, and practice guides. In addition, it includes secondary sources like the Matthew Bender practice-guide series of publications.

The four class-options to choose from for the Lexis Advance resource include “Introduction to LexisOnline,” “Document Retrieval,” “Searching Multiple Sources,” and “Access Guided-Search Form.”

HeinOnline is a database that includes a more complete law-journal collection than the other two resources. It also includes the Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. and United Nations Treaties, and Fastcase (a case database).

The four class-options to choose from for the HeinOnline resource include “Introduction to HeinOnline,” “Document Retrieval,” “Browsing Collections,” and “Advanced Searching.”

The classes are free and open to the public. Registration for these one-on-one classes is required, and will open 2 weeks prior to each class date. To register, call the Law Library at 281-341-3718.

The Law Library is located in the Fort Bend County Justice Center at 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Room 30298, in Richmond.

 

 

Because of the flooding of Katy VFW Hall last year, the annual Book Sale sponsored by Friends of Katy Library will be held at Katy Branch Library located at 5414 Franz Road in Katy  on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9 AM until 5 PM . Used books for adults and children. Hardbacks $1, Paperbacks 50 cents. Children’s books 3 for $1. All profits go to fund Katy Library children and adult programs.

 

Fulshear-area teens can welcome spring by surprising their sweetheart, family, or friends with cookies that they have decorated themselves. Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library will present a special program specifically for teens in grades 9 through 12, “Spring Cookie-Decorating for Young Adults,” on Monday, March 13, beginning at 3:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.
Learn how to dress up your cookies with easy, festive, decorative touches. Library staff member Michelle Moreno will demonstrate basic decorating methods as well as tips and tricks to make cookie-decorating hassle-free.
Materials for this program are made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library. Proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales and annual membership dues help to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural events at the library.
The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are encouraged. Registration will open on February 27. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-4675, or by visiting the library.

 

Teens, come to the library for Teen Tech Week on Monday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m. to make your own Edible Mars Rover. Come find out how to create this small-scale replica of the Rover and then enjoy it as an edible treat.
All programs are free and open to the public. The Katy Library is located at 5414 Franz Road. For more information, call (281)391-3509 or log on to www.hcpl.net.

 

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.

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On March 27 at 4:30 p.m. there will be a 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.

 

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.

Bring the whole family out to our family film festival this spring break. The week school is out, on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, at 3 p.m. we will be showing a different mystery film complete with popcorn. On March 13, centuries after intergalactic bounty hunter Sledge tried to get his hands on the mysterious Energems, a new team has unearthed the gems, and bonded with their powerful dinosaur spirit. Then on March 15, a film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal gorilla. Finally, on March 16, we are showing a fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. Unfortunately, we cannot print the titles here, but call the library or stop by for a complete list. Popcorn will be provided.

For more information contact the Maud Marks Library at 281-492-8592.

Did you know that the Katy area has its very own MakerSpace? We’ll be learning all about this special place for creators and inventors at the library on Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. Harry Krueger will be here to give us an introduction to Katy MakerSpace and all you can do there. Makers of all ages and disciplines are encouraged to join us as we learn everything our new MakerSpace has to offer. Please call the Maud Marks Library at 281-492-8592 for more information and to register.