May 8, 2021
Libraries Feature Special Online Family Programs In May
May 8, 2021
In preparation for the Summer Reading Club, which begins May 31, Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will have special online family programs for children of all ages each week rather than the regular virtual story-time activities.
Because of the COVID-19 social-distancing recommendations, FBCL is continuing to offer children’s programming virtually, so that families can participate from the comfort and safety of home.
Videos of the family programs will be posted on the online Virtual calendar on FBCL’s website on the scheduled date.
Families of toddlers and preschoolers may pick up to-go activity packets from the library for the month. These packets contain fun craft activities that can be done at home. Call the libraries to request to pick up the packets through the Curbside Pick-Up service, or visit one of the five FBCL buildings that are open to the public.
This program is presented by Twanda’s Theatre on Wheels, in conjunction with Young Audiences of Houston. The Story of Little Bear's Terrible Unbearable Beary Bad Day is a tale that explores feelings and emotions. Little Bear woke up in a beary bad mood and was having a terrible day until he met a friend who reminded him of the importance of being kind and compassionate.
May 8 – “Mother’s Day Celebration” (pre-recorded video)
Create a fun gift for mom, snuggle up for a sweet Mother’s Day book, and enjoy a fun celebration of mothers!
May 11 – “Steam Craft Carnival: Wind & Sound” (pre-recorded video)
In this virtual Steam Craft Carnival, learn how to create a Bee Buzzer, Singing Spoons, and a Wind Catcher. During each craft, library staff will explain the science that is involved in the activity, as well as everyday things that also utilize that science. A limited number of craft packets for this activity will be available for pick up at the First Colony Branch Library beginning May 4. Activity sheets may also be downloaded from the online calendar on the FBCL website and printed out at home. This activity is sponsored by the Friends of the First Colony Branch Library.
Participants may register for the Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) online by going to the FBCL website and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image, which will become available on May 31. When the online registration form has been completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their books and reading time. Participants may also register and log books/reading time by downloading the free Beanstack Tracker app to their mobile device from the Apple App or Google Play stores. Fort Bend County Libraries and the Summer Reading Challenge will appear as options when the program starts on May 31.
Video links for the SRC programs will be available on FBCL’s online calendar and on the “FBCL Virtual Programs & Educational Resources” Facebook group page in June and July.
All program videos can be viewed by selecting “Virtual Programs” on the “Classes and Events” tab on the Fort Bend County Libraries website – www.fortbend.lib.tx.us – and finding the programs on the dates listed. Youth programming will also be posted on the “FBCL Virtual Programs & Educational Resources” Facebook group page.
For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).
Libraries Invite Public To Watch Live-Streamed Poetry Slam For Teens Online
May 8, 2021
Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) is hosting an online Poetry Slam Competition for teens and young adults on Saturday, May 8, at 2:00 pm. The theme for the live-streamed performance-poetry competition is “Dare to Hope.”
Anyone who enjoys poetry is invited to watch the competition, which will take place online. Reservations are required to view the event; a link to the Webex session will be sent to all spectators who register on the online calendar of FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us).
Students 14 to 20 years of age were invited to submit entries on the FBCL website by May 3. They will compete for prizes in this performance-poetry event by reading original works they have created themselves.
To participate in the competition, contestants submitted copies of three original poems they wish to read for the competition. One poem will be read for each round to which the participant advances.
There will be two qualifying rounds and one final round. A panel of five judges will determine which competitors advance to the second round and the final round.
Judging will be based on language, idea, theme, tone, mood, vocal strength, emotion, body/facial movement, and fluency.
Each poem must be limited to no longer than 3 minutes and 10 seconds in length. Poets may read from a copy of their poem, but they may not use props, costumes, or musical instruments.
Poems must be family friendly and may not include any profanity or sexually explicit content. Poems containing incendiary, offensive, discriminatory, or inflammatory language will be disqualified.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Fort Bend County Libraries, the Poetry Slam is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.