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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.

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.