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Nov 2, 2023(1 event)

5:30 pm: Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities 


Nov 2, 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 (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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).

Nov 3, 2023(1 event)

2:00 am: Learning English? Get Practice at Libraries’ ESL Conversation Circles


Nov 3, 2023

Are you learning to speak English? Would you like some practice in a casual, informal atmosphere? Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program for individuals of all nationalities who would like a place to practice their English language and conversation skills. The “ESL Conversation Circles” provide an opportunity for non-English-speaking people to gather in a relaxed setting, and discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing their English skills.

The ESL Conversation Circles will take place at multiple locations in the Fort Bend County library system in November. Reservations are NOT required. The schedule is as follows:

Cinco Ranch Branch Library– 2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy

Fridays, November 3 and 17, 2:00-3:00 pm, Multi-purpose Room.

Mission Bend Branch Library– 8421 Addicks Clodine Road

Wednesdays, November 8 and 22, 2:00-3:00 pm, Conference Room.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the ESL/Adult Literacy Department at George Memorial Library (281-341-2652), the Cinco Ranch Branch Library (281-395-1311) or the Mission Bend Branch Library (832-471-5900).

Nov 4, 2023
Nov 5, 2023
Nov 6, 2023(2 events)

5:00 pm: Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities


Nov 6, 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 (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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).

6:00 pm: Fort Bend County Libraries Introduces Online Feature For Aspiring Authors


Nov 6, 2023

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) continues its goal of supporting and encouraging aspiring novelists with an online “Writers’ Corner,” where aspiring novelists, as well as readers looking for something new, can create, share, and discover works introduced right here in Fort Bend County.

The “Writers’ Corner” on FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) includes 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.

In recognition of National Novel-Writing Month, demonstrations of the “Writers’ Corner” and its features will take place at four locations in November.

Cinco Ranch Branch Library -- Monday, November 6, 6:00-7:30 pm, Conference Classroom. In conjunction with the meeting of the library’s Prose Pros Writing Group, library staff will introduce the Writers’ Corner and the basics of self-publishing.

Sugar Land Branch Library -- Wednesday, November 15, 10:30 am; Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm, Tech Center. Library staff will introduce the many online tools and features available for writers on FBCL’s Online Writers’ Corner.

Mission Bend Branch Library -- Wednesday, November 15, 6;00-7:00 pm, Computer Lab. Library staff will introduce the many online tools and features available for writers.

George Memorial Library (Richmond) -- Saturday, November 18, 10:30-11:30 am, Computer Lab. In conjunction with FBCL’s Annual Book Fest, Biblioboard representative Emily Gooding will demonstrate how aspiring writers can publish an ebook for free – with a library card – using the services available in the “Writers’ Corner.”

The first instrument in the suite of resources – PressBooks Public – is a digital self-publishing tool designed to help aspiring writers easily create their own professional-quality print-ready and ebook files that can be distributed commercially or shared in FBCL’s Writers’ Corner. Users have unlimited access to this resource, which requires no previous design or tech experience.

Writers can choose from a variety of premade design templates to instantly give their book a professional layout. The author maintains complete ownership of any and all book files created using PressBooks Public, and they can publish or distribute those files however they choose.

The second tool is the Indie Author Project. This resource gives local writers the opportunity to submit ebooks for inclusion in the BiblioBoard Library collection in FBCL’s Writers’ Corner. As part of a partnership with Library Journal, this resource also offers the potential for inclusion in the royalty-paying Indie Author Project Select collections available at libraries all across the U.S. and Canada.

Books that are not selected for Library Journal’s Indie Author Project Select collection may still be considered for the Indie Texas collection, which is available to participating libraries around the state. Both avenues help authors to promote their work and gain further exposure, whether it is locally or nationally.

The third feature in this suite -- the BiblioBoard Library – will attract the interest of readers who are looking for digital works from self-published authors, top indie ebooks, local collections, and more. Items in this collection are always available, so there is never a waiting list or limit for the number of check-outs.

Writers who create works in PressBooks Public and participate in the Indie Author Project will find their ebooks added to the BiblioBoard Library, where they can be enjoyed by the general public.

Readers can access the BiblioBoard Library collection through FBCL’s website or by downloading the BiblioBoard Library app for Apple, Android, or Kindle devices.

Creating a username and password is required for using the PressBooks Public and BiblioBoard Library features. Having an account enables writers to create and store their works in the PressBooks Public tool, and it allows readers to access the BiblioBoard Library ebook they are reading from locations outside the county, use “bookmarks,” and sync their preferences. The same username and password will accommodate both the PressBooks Public and BiblioBoard Library features.

When creating an account, users will select Fort Bend County Libraries and then enter their library-card barcode number. FBCL will then be saved as their preferred library for future access.

These services are free to the public. For more information, see Fort Bend County Libraries’ website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) or call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

Nov 7, 2023
Nov 8, 2023(1 event)

2:00 am: Learning English? Get Practice at Libraries’ ESL Conversation Circles


Nov 8, 2023

Are you learning to speak English? Would you like some practice in a casual, informal atmosphere? Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program for individuals of all nationalities who would like a place to practice their English language and conversation skills. The “ESL Conversation Circles” provide an opportunity for non-English-speaking people to gather in a relaxed setting, and discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing their English skills.

The ESL Conversation Circles will take place at multiple locations in the Fort Bend County library system in November. Reservations are NOT required. The schedule is as follows:

Cinco Ranch Branch Library– 2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy

Fridays, November 3 and 17, 2:00-3:00 pm, Multi-purpose Room.

Mission Bend Branch Library– 8421 Addicks Clodine Road

Wednesdays, November 8 and 22, 2:00-3:00 pm, Conference Room.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the ESL/Adult Literacy Department at George Memorial Library (281-341-2652), the Cinco Ranch Branch Library (281-395-1311) or the Mission Bend Branch Library (832-471-5900).

Nov 9, 2023(1 event)

5:30 pm: Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities 


Nov 9, 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 (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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).

Nov 10, 2023
Nov 11, 2023(1 event)

2:00 pm: Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities 


Nov 11, 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 (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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).

Nov 12, 2023
Nov 13, 2023(1 event)

5:00 pm: Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities


Nov 13, 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 (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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).

Nov 14, 2023
Nov 15, 2023(3 events)

10:30 am: Fort Bend County Libraries Introduces Online Feature For Aspiring Authors


Nov 15, 2023

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) continues its goal of supporting and encouraging aspiring novelists with an online “Writers’ Corner,” where aspiring novelists, as well as readers looking for something new, can create, share, and discover works introduced right here in Fort Bend County.

The “Writers’ Corner” on FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) includes 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.

In recognition of National Novel-Writing Month, demonstrations of the “Writers’ Corner” and its features will take place at four locations in November.

Cinco Ranch Branch Library -- Monday, November 6, 6:00-7:30 pm, Conference Classroom. In conjunction with the meeting of the library’s Prose Pros Writing Group, library staff will introduce the Writers’ Corner and the basics of self-publishing.

Sugar Land Branch Library -- Wednesday, November 15, 10:30 am; Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm, Tech Center. Library staff will introduce the many online tools and features available for writers on FBCL’s Online Writers’ Corner.

Mission Bend Branch Library -- Wednesday, November 15, 6;00-7:00 pm, Computer Lab. Library staff will introduce the many online tools and features available for writers.

George Memorial Library (Richmond) -- Saturday, November 18, 10:30-11:30 am, Computer Lab. In conjunction with FBCL’s Annual Book Fest, Biblioboard representative Emily Gooding will demonstrate how aspiring writers can publish an ebook for free – with a library card – using the services available in the “Writers’ Corner.”

The first instrument in the suite of resources – PressBooks Public – is a digital self-publishing tool designed to help aspiring writers easily create their own professional-quality print-ready and ebook files that can be distributed commercially or shared in FBCL’s Writers’ Corner. Users have unlimited access to this resource, which requires no previous design or tech experience.

Writers can choose from a variety of premade design templates to instantly give their book a professional layout. The author maintains complete ownership of any and all book files created using PressBooks Public, and they can publish or distribute those files however they choose.

The second tool is the Indie Author Project. This resource gives local writers the opportunity to submit ebooks for inclusion in the BiblioBoard Library collection in FBCL’s Writers’ Corner. As part of a partnership with Library Journal, this resource also offers the potential for inclusion in the royalty-paying Indie Author Project Select collections available at libraries all across the U.S. and Canada.

Books that are not selected for Library Journal’s Indie Author Project Select collection may still be considered for the Indie Texas collection, which is available to participating libraries around the state. Both avenues help authors to promote their work and gain further exposure, whether it is locally or nationally.

The third feature in this suite -- the BiblioBoard Library – will attract the interest of readers who are looking for digital works from self-published authors, top indie ebooks, local collections, and more. Items in this collection are always available, so there is never a waiting list or limit for the number of check-outs.

Writers who create works in PressBooks Public and participate in the Indie Author Project will find their ebooks added to the BiblioBoard Library, where they can be enjoyed by the general public.

Readers can access the BiblioBoard Library collection through FBCL’s website or by downloading the BiblioBoard Library app for Apple, Android, or Kindle devices.

Creating a username and password is required for using the PressBooks Public and BiblioBoard Library features. Having an account enables writers to create and store their works in the PressBooks Public tool, and it allows readers to access the BiblioBoard Library ebook they are reading from locations outside the county, use “bookmarks,” and sync their preferences. The same username and password will accommodate both the PressBooks Public and BiblioBoard Library features.

When creating an account, users will select Fort Bend County Libraries and then enter their library-card barcode number. FBCL will then be saved as their preferred library for future access.

These services are free to the public. For more information, see Fort Bend County Libraries’ website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) or call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

10:30 am: Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities


Nov 15, 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 (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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).

6:00 pm: Fort Bend County Libraries Introduces Online Feature For Aspiring Authors


Nov 15, 2023

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) continues its goal of supporting and encouraging aspiring novelists with an online “Writers’ Corner,” where aspiring novelists, as well as readers looking for something new, can create, share, and discover works introduced right here in Fort Bend County.

The “Writers’ Corner” on FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) includes 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.

In recognition of National Novel-Writing Month, demonstrations of the “Writers’ Corner” and its features will take place at four locations in November.

Cinco Ranch Branch Library -- Monday, November 6, 6:00-7:30 pm, Conference Classroom. In conjunction with the meeting of the library’s Prose Pros Writing Group, library staff will introduce the Writers’ Corner and the basics of self-publishing.

Sugar Land Branch Library -- Wednesday, November 15, 10:30 am; Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm, Tech Center. Library staff will introduce the many online tools and features available for writers on FBCL’s Online Writers’ Corner.

Mission Bend Branch Library -- Wednesday, November 15, 6;00-7:00 pm, Computer Lab. Library staff will introduce the many online tools and features available for writers.

George Memorial Library (Richmond) -- Saturday, November 18, 10:30-11:30 am, Computer Lab. In conjunction with FBCL’s Annual Book Fest, Biblioboard representative Emily Gooding will demonstrate how aspiring writers can publish an ebook for free – with a library card – using the services available in the “Writers’ Corner.”

The first instrument in the suite of resources – PressBooks Public – is a digital self-publishing tool designed to help aspiring writers easily create their own professional-quality print-ready and ebook files that can be distributed commercially or shared in FBCL’s Writers’ Corner. Users have unlimited access to this resource, which requires no previous design or tech experience.

Writers can choose from a variety of premade design templates to instantly give their book a professional layout. The author maintains complete ownership of any and all book files created using PressBooks Public, and they can publish or distribute those files however they choose.

The second tool is the Indie Author Project. This resource gives local writers the opportunity to submit ebooks for inclusion in the BiblioBoard Library collection in FBCL’s Writers’ Corner. As part of a partnership with Library Journal, this resource also offers the potential for inclusion in the royalty-paying Indie Author Project Select collections available at libraries all across the U.S. and Canada.

Books that are not selected for Library Journal’s Indie Author Project Select collection may still be considered for the Indie Texas collection, which is available to participating libraries around the state. Both avenues help authors to promote their work and gain further exposure, whether it is locally or nationally.

The third feature in this suite -- the BiblioBoard Library – will attract the interest of readers who are looking for digital works from self-published authors, top indie ebooks, local collections, and more. Items in this collection are always available, so there is never a waiting list or limit for the number of check-outs.

Writers who create works in PressBooks Public and participate in the Indie Author Project will find their ebooks added to the BiblioBoard Library, where they can be enjoyed by the general public.

Readers can access the BiblioBoard Library collection through FBCL’s website or by downloading the BiblioBoard Library app for Apple, Android, or Kindle devices.

Creating a username and password is required for using the PressBooks Public and BiblioBoard Library features. Having an account enables writers to create and store their works in the PressBooks Public tool, and it allows readers to access the BiblioBoard Library ebook they are reading from locations outside the county, use “bookmarks,” and sync their preferences. The same username and password will accommodate both the PressBooks Public and BiblioBoard Library features.

When creating an account, users will select Fort Bend County Libraries and then enter their library-card barcode number. FBCL will then be saved as their preferred library for future access.

These services are free to the public. For more information, see Fort Bend County Libraries’ website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) or call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

Nov 16, 2023(2 events)

5:30 pm: Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities 


Nov 16, 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 (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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).

6:30 pm: Fort Bend County Libraries Introduces Online Feature For Aspiring Authors


Nov 16, 2023

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) continues its goal of supporting and encouraging aspiring novelists with an online “Writers’ Corner,” where aspiring novelists, as well as readers looking for something new, can create, share, and discover works introduced right here in Fort Bend County.

The “Writers’ Corner” on FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) includes 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.

In recognition of National Novel-Writing Month, demonstrations of the “Writers’ Corner” and its features will take place at four locations in November.

Cinco Ranch Branch Library -- Monday, November 6, 6:00-7:30 pm, Conference Classroom. In conjunction with the meeting of the library’s Prose Pros Writing Group, library staff will introduce the Writers’ Corner and the basics of self-publishing.

Sugar Land Branch Library -- Wednesday, November 15, 10:30 am; Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm, Tech Center. Library staff will introduce the many online tools and features available for writers on FBCL’s Online Writers’ Corner.

Mission Bend Branch Library -- Wednesday, November 15, 6;00-7:00 pm, Computer Lab. Library staff will introduce the many online tools and features available for writers.

George Memorial Library (Richmond) -- Saturday, November 18, 10:30-11:30 am, Computer Lab. In conjunction with FBCL’s Annual Book Fest, Biblioboard representative Emily Gooding will demonstrate how aspiring writers can publish an ebook for free – with a library card – using the services available in the “Writers’ Corner.”

The first instrument in the suite of resources – PressBooks Public – is a digital self-publishing tool designed to help aspiring writers easily create their own professional-quality print-ready and ebook files that can be distributed commercially or shared in FBCL’s Writers’ Corner. Users have unlimited access to this resource, which requires no previous design or tech experience.

Writers can choose from a variety of premade design templates to instantly give their book a professional layout. The author maintains complete ownership of any and all book files created using PressBooks Public, and they can publish or distribute those files however they choose.

The second tool is the Indie Author Project. This resource gives local writers the opportunity to submit ebooks for inclusion in the BiblioBoard Library collection in FBCL’s Writers’ Corner. As part of a partnership with Library Journal, this resource also offers the potential for inclusion in the royalty-paying Indie Author Project Select collections available at libraries all across the U.S. and Canada.

Books that are not selected for Library Journal’s Indie Author Project Select collection may still be considered for the Indie Texas collection, which is available to participating libraries around the state. Both avenues help authors to promote their work and gain further exposure, whether it is locally or nationally.

The third feature in this suite -- the BiblioBoard Library – will attract the interest of readers who are looking for digital works from self-published authors, top indie ebooks, local collections, and more. Items in this collection are always available, so there is never a waiting list or limit for the number of check-outs.

Writers who create works in PressBooks Public and participate in the Indie Author Project will find their ebooks added to the BiblioBoard Library, where they can be enjoyed by the general public.

Readers can access the BiblioBoard Library collection through FBCL’s website or by downloading the BiblioBoard Library app for Apple, Android, or Kindle devices.

Creating a username and password is required for using the PressBooks Public and BiblioBoard Library features. Having an account enables writers to create and store their works in the PressBooks Public tool, and it allows readers to access the BiblioBoard Library ebook they are reading from locations outside the county, use “bookmarks,” and sync their preferences. The same username and password will accommodate both the PressBooks Public and BiblioBoard Library features.

When creating an account, users will select Fort Bend County Libraries and then enter their library-card barcode number. FBCL will then be saved as their preferred library for future access.

These services are free to the public. For more information, see Fort Bend County Libraries’ website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) or call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

Nov 17, 2023(1 event)

2:00 am: Learning English? Get Practice at Libraries’ ESL Conversation Circles


Nov 17, 2023

Are you learning to speak English? Would you like some practice in a casual, informal atmosphere? Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program for individuals of all nationalities who would like a place to practice their English language and conversation skills. The “ESL Conversation Circles” provide an opportunity for non-English-speaking people to gather in a relaxed setting, and discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing their English skills.

The ESL Conversation Circles will take place at multiple locations in the Fort Bend County library system in November. Reservations are NOT required. The schedule is as follows:

Cinco Ranch Branch Library– 2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy

Fridays, November 3 and 17, 2:00-3:00 pm, Multi-purpose Room.

Mission Bend Branch Library– 8421 Addicks Clodine Road

Wednesdays, November 8 and 22, 2:00-3:00 pm, Conference Room.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the ESL/Adult Literacy Department at George Memorial Library (281-341-2652), the Cinco Ranch Branch Library (281-395-1311) or the Mission Bend Branch Library (832-471-5900).

Nov 18, 2023(2 events)

10:00 am: Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities 


Nov 18, 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 (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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).

10:30 am: Fort Bend County Libraries Introduces Online Feature For Aspiring Authors


Nov 18, 2023

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) continues its goal of supporting and encouraging aspiring novelists with an online “Writers’ Corner,” where aspiring novelists, as well as readers looking for something new, can create, share, and discover works introduced right here in Fort Bend County.

The “Writers’ Corner” on FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) includes 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.

In recognition of National Novel-Writing Month, demonstrations of the “Writers’ Corner” and its features will take place at four locations in November.

Cinco Ranch Branch Library -- Monday, November 6, 6:00-7:30 pm, Conference Classroom. In conjunction with the meeting of the library’s Prose Pros Writing Group, library staff will introduce the Writers’ Corner and the basics of self-publishing.

Sugar Land Branch Library -- Wednesday, November 15, 10:30 am; Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm, Tech Center. Library staff will introduce the many online tools and features available for writers on FBCL’s Online Writers’ Corner.

Mission Bend Branch Library -- Wednesday, November 15, 6;00-7:00 pm, Computer Lab. Library staff will introduce the many online tools and features available for writers.

George Memorial Library (Richmond) -- Saturday, November 18, 10:30-11:30 am, Computer Lab. In conjunction with FBCL’s Annual Book Fest, Biblioboard representative Emily Gooding will demonstrate how aspiring writers can publish an ebook for free – with a library card – using the services available in the “Writers’ Corner.”

The first instrument in the suite of resources – PressBooks Public – is a digital self-publishing tool designed to help aspiring writers easily create their own professional-quality print-ready and ebook files that can be distributed commercially or shared in FBCL’s Writers’ Corner. Users have unlimited access to this resource, which requires no previous design or tech experience.

Writers can choose from a variety of premade design templates to instantly give their book a professional layout. The author maintains complete ownership of any and all book files created using PressBooks Public, and they can publish or distribute those files however they choose.

The second tool is the Indie Author Project. This resource gives local writers the opportunity to submit ebooks for inclusion in the BiblioBoard Library collection in FBCL’s Writers’ Corner. As part of a partnership with Library Journal, this resource also offers the potential for inclusion in the royalty-paying Indie Author Project Select collections available at libraries all across the U.S. and Canada.

Books that are not selected for Library Journal’s Indie Author Project Select collection may still be considered for the Indie Texas collection, which is available to participating libraries around the state. Both avenues help authors to promote their work and gain further exposure, whether it is locally or nationally.

The third feature in this suite -- the BiblioBoard Library – will attract the interest of readers who are looking for digital works from self-published authors, top indie ebooks, local collections, and more. Items in this collection are always available, so there is never a waiting list or limit for the number of check-outs.

Writers who create works in PressBooks Public and participate in the Indie Author Project will find their ebooks added to the BiblioBoard Library, where they can be enjoyed by the general public.

Readers can access the BiblioBoard Library collection through FBCL’s website or by downloading the BiblioBoard Library app for Apple, Android, or Kindle devices.

Creating a username and password is required for using the PressBooks Public and BiblioBoard Library features. Having an account enables writers to create and store their works in the PressBooks Public tool, and it allows readers to access the BiblioBoard Library ebook they are reading from locations outside the county, use “bookmarks,” and sync their preferences. The same username and password will accommodate both the PressBooks Public and BiblioBoard Library features.

When creating an account, users will select Fort Bend County Libraries and then enter their library-card barcode number. FBCL will then be saved as their preferred library for future access.

These services are free to the public. For more information, see Fort Bend County Libraries’ website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) or call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

Nov 19, 2023
Nov 20, 2023(2 events)

5:00 pm: Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities


Nov 20, 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 (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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).

6:00 pm: Learn Basics Of Environmental Conservation At Libraries’ Online Sustainability Club


Nov 20, 2023

Fort Bend County Libraries’ (FBCL) “Living Sustainably Club” will meet online on Monday, November 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The topic for the month will be “Living Sustainably 101.”

FBCL’s Living Sustainably Club programs are livestreamed through Webex so that participants can participate virtually and interact with others in real time. This monthly club is an online one by choice -- a conscious effort to minimize the carbon footprint by reducing the use of fossil fuels.

For the November meeting, learn about things one can do to use less resources, create less waste, reduce excessive consumption, and help the ecosystem.

Free and open to the public, the Living Sustainably Club meets online on the third Monday of every month. Each month, different topics will focus on discussing, educating, and demonstrating how everyone -- from individuals to businesses -- can live sustainably within a budget!

Registration is required; a link to the Webex teleconference will be emailed to all who register. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. Participants may also register by calling FBCL’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

Nov 21, 2023
Nov 22, 2023(1 event)

2:00 am: Learning English? Get Practice at Libraries’ ESL Conversation Circles


Nov 22, 2023

Are you learning to speak English? Would you like some practice in a casual, informal atmosphere? Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program for individuals of all nationalities who would like a place to practice their English language and conversation skills. The “ESL Conversation Circles” provide an opportunity for non-English-speaking people to gather in a relaxed setting, and discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing their English skills.

The ESL Conversation Circles will take place at multiple locations in the Fort Bend County library system in November. Reservations are NOT required. The schedule is as follows:

Cinco Ranch Branch Library– 2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy

Fridays, November 3 and 17, 2:00-3:00 pm, Multi-purpose Room.

Mission Bend Branch Library– 8421 Addicks Clodine Road

Wednesdays, November 8 and 22, 2:00-3:00 pm, Conference Room.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the ESL/Adult Literacy Department at George Memorial Library (281-341-2652), the Cinco Ranch Branch Library (281-395-1311) or the Mission Bend Branch Library (832-471-5900).

Nov 23, 2023
Nov 24, 2023
Nov 25, 2023
Nov 26, 2023
Nov 27, 2023(2 events)

5:00 pm: Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities


Nov 27, 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 (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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).

6:00 pm: Libraries Support New Writers With  National Novel-Writing Month Activities 


Nov 27, 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 (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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).

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5:30 pm: 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 (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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).

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