Library News

On Tuesday, March 7 at 1 p.m., the Maud Marks Library will be offering a basic class on how to work a computer.  Join us to learn the basics of working with computers. Discover what a computer does, explore the various parts of a computer, familiarize yourself with Windows 7, and practice using the mouse. This class is designed for new computer users. Pre-registration is required.  The class will fill up quickly, so don’t delay.  Please call the Maud Marks Library at 281-492-8592 for more information and to register.

Fort Bend George Memorial Library

Texans have recorded their lives on home movies since the 1890s, but films and videotapes are fragile and impermanent. Many people underestimate the cultural and historical value that their home movies contain as a record of events of the time. Now that many of the old media formats are obsolete, the films and their content often remain long forgotten or lost completely.
Fort Bend County Libraries, in partnership with the Fort Bend Museum and the City of Sugar Land, is participating in the Texas Archive of the Moving Image’s (TAMI) Texas Film Round-Up project to rescue these moving images and showcase their unique contribution to the state’s cultural history. The Round-Up project provides FREE digitization services for any Texas-related films and videotapes.
Fort Bend County residents who would like to have their home movies digitized can bring their films to one of three drop-off points – George Memorial Library in Richmond, the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, and the City of Sugar Land City Hall – between March 16 and 26, during regular business hours.
Through a partnership with the Texas Film Commission, Texas Film Round-Up provides free digitization for Texas films and videotapes, including home movies, industrial films, educational films, advertisements, local television, and other films in an effort to preserve Texas media heritage. To qualify for free digitization, the film reels or videotapes must be Texas-related (shot in Texas, shot by a Texan, or the subject matter is about Texas), and participants must be willing to donate a digital copy of their materials to TAMI’s archive. Participants retain the copyright to their materials, but must be willing to grant TAMI and the Texas Film Commission a license to use a copy in the Archive.
Once the films are collected from the drop-off points, TAMI will take them to the TAMI offices in Austin. They will inventory the films and videotapes, provide minor cleaning and repairs if necessary, and digitize the material. The original materials, along with the digitized files, will be returned to the owner when the process is complete. Because of high demand, the entire process can take up to five months.
TAMI also collects copies of films that are already digitized so that the historical treasures can be added to the Archive, becoming a part of Texas history.
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image is a non-profit agency that works to discover, preserve, provide access to, and educate the community about Texas’s film heritage. By partnering with institutions and individuals across the state, TAMI digitizes and provides web access to thousands of moving images that offer insight into Texas history and culture. More than four thousand of these films are available to view on the TAMI website, www.texasarchive.org.
George Memorial Library is located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond, the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library is located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear, and the City of Sugar Land City Hall is located at 2700 Town Center Blvd North in Sugar Land.
For more information, call the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

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.

The AARP volunteers will be here to help file taxes at the Katy Branch Library on Tuesday, March 7, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. An AARP volunteer begins taking registration at 10:00 a.m. Be prepared to wait and come in by 3:00 p.m. to ensure you get on the list for each day.

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.

 

 

 

Share your love of reading with other book lovers at one of the book clubs that meet monthly at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear. New members are always welcome.

The next meeting of the Fulshear Book Club will take place on Monday, March 20, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room of the library. The book to be discussed is The Boston Girl, a novel written by Anita Diamant.

The Fulshear Night Readers Guild will meet on Monday, March 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library. The book to be discussed is In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, written by Hampton Sides.

Anyone interested in joining these literary-review clubs is invited to attend.  For more information, call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675.

 

The Barber of Seville – Photographer – Lynn Lane

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library will present a special performance for children by Houston Grand Opera’s “Opera to Go!” of The Barber of Seville, on Wednesday, March 15, beginning at 3:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

This family-friendly light opera, sung in English and Spanish, is recommended for children in grades 2 through 8. Music is by Gioachino Rossini, and the adaptation/libretto is by Kristine McIntyre.

In this new bilingual adaptation of Rossini’s beloved comic opera, language divides a young couple as much as a stubborn uncle. Opera’s most famous barber, Figaro, plays the role of translator as Rossini’s sparkling, witty score takes center stage.

The program is presented with 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 performance is free and open to the public. A free hand-stamp is required for admission, and will be available one hour prior to the performance. For more information, call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

Texans have recorded their lives on home movies since the 1890s, but films and videotapes are fragile and impermanent. Many people underestimate the cultural and historical value that their home movies contain as a record of events of the time. Now that many of the old media formats are obsolete, the films and their content often remain long forgotten or lost completely.

Fort Bend County Libraries, in partnership with the Fort Bend Museum and the City of Sugar Land, is participating in the Texas Archive of the Moving Image’s (TAMI) Texas Film Round-Up project to rescue these moving images and showcase their unique contribution to the state’s cultural history. The Round-Up project provides FREE digitization services for any Texas-related films and videotapes.

Fort Bend County residents who would like to have their home movies digitized can bring their films to one of three drop-off points – George Memorial Library in Richmond, the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, and the City of Sugar Land City Hall – between March 16 and 26, during regular business hours.

Through a partnership with the Texas Film Commission, Texas Film Round-Up provides free digitization for Texas films and videotapes, including home movies, industrial films, educational films, advertisements, local television, and other films in an effort to preserve Texas media heritage. To qualify for free digitization, the film reels or videotapes must be Texas-related (shot in Texas, shot by a Texan, or the subject matter is about Texas), and participants must be willing to donate a digital copy of their materials to TAMI’s archive. Participants retain the copyright to their materials, but must be willing to grant TAMI and the Texas Film Commission a license to use a copy in the Archive.

Once the films are collected from the drop-off points, TAMI will take them to the TAMI offices in Austin. They will inventory the films and videotapes, provide minor cleaning and repairs if necessary, and digitize the material. The original materials, along with the digitized files, will be returned to the owner when the process is complete. Because of high demand, the entire process can take up to five months.

TAMI also collects copies of films that are already digitized so that the historical treasures can be added to the Archive, becoming a part of Texas history.

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image is a non-profit agency that works to discover, preserve, provide access to, and educate the community about Texas’s film heritage. By partnering with institutions and individuals across the state, TAMI digitizes and provides web access to thousands of moving images that offer insight into Texas history and culture. More than four thousand of these films are available to view on the TAMI website, www.texasarchive.org.

George Memorial Library is located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond, the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library is located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear, and the City of Sugar Land City Hall is located at 2700 Town Center Blvd North in Sugar Land.

For more information, call the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.