Nov 30, 2023

November Children’s Programs At Mission Bend Branch Library

November Children’s Programs At Mission Bend Branch Library

Nov 30, 2023

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Mission Bend Branch Library, located at 8421 Addicks Clodine Road in northeast Fort Bend County, near Sugar Land and Alief, presents a variety of free children’s programs every month. The November schedule is as follows:

Pajama Night Story Time – every other Wednesday, from 6:30 to 7:15 pm -- gives families with children of all ages an opportunity to enjoy stories, songs, and action rhymes together. Pajamas and blankets are welcome! Program dates are November 1, 15, and 29.

Preschool Story Time – Tuesdays, from 10:15 to 11:00 am -- provides stories, movies, and age-appropriate craft activities for children from 3 to 6 years of age. The schedule is as follows:

November 7 – NO PROGRAM because of elections.

November 14 – Kindness

November 21 – Feel-Good Food

November 28 – I Love Me (Human Body)

 Toddler Time – Wednesdays, from 10:15 to 11:00 am -- offers caregiver/child activities, stories, and songs for older babies, from 1 to 3 years of age. The themes are the same as those for Preschool Story Time each week. Program dates are: November 1, 15, 22, and 29; this activity will NOT take place on November 8 because of elections.

Mother Goose Time – Thursdays, from 10:15 to 10:45 am – provides caregiver/infant multisensory circle-time activities -- including simple sign language, folksongs and lullabies, and finger plays -- that are specially designed to stimulate babies’ social, emotional, and physical development through rhythm and music. Mother Goose Time is intended for pre-walking infants from newborn to 12 months of age. Mother Goose Time will take place on November 16 and 30 ONLY.

 The After-School Break -- crafts, activities, stories, and more for school-aged children in grades K through 5 – normally take place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, from 4:15 to 5:15 pm, in the Meeting Room. This activity will not take place in November because of elections and holidays.

The “Hour of Tech: Coding” class will take place on Monday, November 13, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Each month, a different homework resource or computer application will be featured for students in grades 4 through 8. In November, learn about computer coding. Seating is limited and reservations are required for this program.

The “Creative Connection: Crafty Friends-giving” activity – for youth in grades 4 through 8 – will take place on Saturday, November 18, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Students will enjoy crafts, activities, and snacks with friends old and new.

These programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required for the Hour of Technology class ONLY. To register online at the library’s website (, click on “Classes & Events,” select “Mission Bend Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 832-471-5900, or by visiting the library.

Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities 

Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities 

Nov 30, 2023

In recognition of National Novel-Writing Month in November, Fort Bend County Libraries encourages fledgling writers or anyone who has ever wanted to write a novel to join in this coast-to-coast annual writing challenge.

Established in 1999, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a creative-writing project designed to empower and inspire vibrant creativity among aspiring writers, who are encouraged to write 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November.

Throughout the month, Fort Bend County Libraries will host programs intended to encourage new writers by providing tips and tricks, writing and publishing advice, and support from other aspiring novelists.

The Story Spinners Writing Club, which normally meets once a month at George Memorial Library in Richmond, will meet weekly on Thursdays, November 2, 9, 16, and 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The topics will be “Beginnings,” “Ambiance,” “Action,” and “Plot Holes.” From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to join the Story Spinners Writing Club to write, share, learn, support, network, and critique each other’s work.

Write-ins – informal gatherings where novice writers can network with each other for encouragement and inspiration – are scheduled on Mondays, November 6, 13, 20, and 27, at two locations: George Memorial Library in Richmond from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, and at the Sienna Branch Library from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Join fellow writers for quiet writing time, word sprints, and feedback.

The “Prose Pros Writing Group” at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library will have a demonstration of the features and tools available in FBCL’s Online Writers’ Corner

on Monday, November 6, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Those attending will learn about three unique tools – PressBooks Public, the Indie Author Project, and the BiblioBoard Library – that enable writers, as well as readers, to create, publish, and discover digital content made by and for the local community. New writers are encouraged to attend this open meeting.

Additional demonstrations of FBCL’s Online Writers’ Corner will take place at the Sugar Land Branch Library (Wednesday, November 15, at 10:30 am; and Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 pm) and at the Mission Bend Branch Library (Wednesday, November 15, at 6:00 pm). Seating is limited at these demonstrations, and registration is required at these locations only.

The Missouri City Branch Library will host a “Nothing Too Novel” writing workshop on Saturday, November 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Local author KC Lewis will share the basic steps for getting started, from brainstorming, researching, setting goals, and time management, to editing, revision, and publishing. During the workshop's second half, participants will have a chance to exercise these skills and draft their own stories. A resident of Pearland, Lewis is the author of the sci-fi novel Argentum: Recursion. This workshop is made possible by the Friends of the Missouri City Branch Library.

Aspiring writers are invited to participate in FBCL’s annual Book Festival on Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at George Memorial Library. This event will include writers’ workshops for children as well as adults, meet-and-greet opportunities with local authors, and a keynote address by Rubén Degollado, author of The Family Izquierdo. A complete schedule of the day’s programs can be found on the FBCL website.

The Mission Bend Branch Library will host a Writer’s Workshop on Monday, November 27, beginning at 6:00 pm. In this introductory workshop, learn how to use words to sketch a story, then fill in colorful details to create a literary masterpiece from one’s imagination. Registration required.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, or to sign up for the programs requiring registration, see Fort Bend County Libraries’ website (, click on “Classes & Events,” select and the library, and choose the program on the calendar, or call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).