Calendar

Events in June 2024

  • Libraries' summer Reading Challenge

    Libraries' summer Reading Challenge


    May 27, 2024 Jun 3, 2024

    FOR KIDS, TEENS, & ADULTS -- STARTS MAY 27

    Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) presents special reading challenges during the summer to encourage reading among children from birth and up, as well as teens and adults. “Adventure Begins @ Your Library” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which takes place at all FBCL locations.

    Online registration for the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge begins on Monday, May 27, and continues through August 31. Library activities for children begin during the week of June 3, and continue through July 27. Activities for high school students also begin the week of June 3, and continue through August 24.

    Younger children will enjoy the “Summer Reading Challenge for Children,” while students in grades 6-8 can participate in activities for older kids in the “Middle School Summer Challenge.” Teens in high school can participate with adults in the “YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge” to win prizes.

    There is no charge to join the Summer Reading Challenge, and it is open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or they may register online by going to the FBCL website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image, which will become available on May 27. 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 27.

    Reading rewards can be redeemed beginning Monday, June 3. The last day to pick up awards is August 31. Prizes may be collected from any FBCL library.

    The Summer Reading Challenge is sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries, the Friends of the Library organizations that support the county library system, and by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality children’s summer-reading program materials for public libraries.

    Summer Reading Challenge for Children

    Younger children are encouraged to read or listen to as many books as they can and they will earn rewards based on the total number of books they read or have read to them. For the first five books read, the child will receive a bookmark. The rewards continue with a certificate for 10 books, a puzzle pen for 15 books, and a reading trophy for the first 20 books read. For every 20 books read, the participant’s name will also be written on a cut-out shape of a hot-air balloon to be displayed in that branch library.

    Drawings for puppets will take place weekly. The names of readers who complete the goal of reading 20 books or more will be entered into a drawing for gift cards -- donated by the Friends of the Library organizations -- from area stores. One winner from each library location will be selected in a drawing that will take place in early September.

    Middle School Summer Reading Challenge

    Exciting free activities are planned, while area readers in grades 6-8 participate in the Middle School Summer Reading Challenge by logging online the time they spend reading.

    Upon completion of 10 hours (600 minutes) of reading, readers will receive a mystery prize. After completing 20 hours (1200 minutes) of reading, they will receive a trophy. The names of participants who complete 20 or more hours of reading will be entered into a drawing for a $25-gift card – donated by the Friends of the Library -- that will be awarded to one lucky reader at each branch library, in a drawing that will take place in early September.

     YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge

    Adults of all ages, including young adults in high school, may participate in the YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge by logging online the time they spend reading. Special activities for high school-age teens are planned throughout the summer at the libraries.

    All YA and adult readers who complete the goal of reading for 1,000 minutes will earn a Halcyon Water Bottle with a flip-carry lid, while supplies last. In addition, the names of participants who log at least 1,000 minutes of reading time will be entered into a drawing for a $25-gift card – donated by the Friends of the Library -- that will be awarded to one reader at each branch library in a drawing that will take place at the end of August.

    An ultimate grand prize will be awarded to one reader from throughout the library system. Participants in the YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge who complete the program by logging 1,000 minutes of reading time will be entered into a drawing for a 32 GB Fire HD 8 tablet with a red case, which will be awarded to one winner in the library system at the end of August.

     For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the branch library nearest you or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

     

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

    Chess Players Invited To Practice & Share Tips At Cinco Ranch Branch Library Event

    Category: Cinco Ranch Library Chess Players Invited To Practice & Share Tips At Cinco Ranch Branch Library Event


    Jun 1, 2024

    Chess players of all ages and skill levels – from beginners to advanced – are invited to practice their strategies and share tips with others at the “Chess Day at Cinco Ranch” event on Saturday, June 1, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the Multi-purpose Room at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

    Learn a new chess move (or two) during this come-and-go event. A limited number of chess sets will be provided, but players are welcome to bring their own sets as well.

    Materials for this monthly  program are made possible by the Friends of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library.

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information, see Fort Bend County Libraries’ website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library (281-395-1311) or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

     

  • Libraries' summer Reading Challenge

    Libraries' summer Reading Challenge


    May 27, 2024 Jun 3, 2024

    FOR KIDS, TEENS, & ADULTS -- STARTS MAY 27

    Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) presents special reading challenges during the summer to encourage reading among children from birth and up, as well as teens and adults. “Adventure Begins @ Your Library” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which takes place at all FBCL locations.

    Online registration for the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge begins on Monday, May 27, and continues through August 31. Library activities for children begin during the week of June 3, and continue through July 27. Activities for high school students also begin the week of June 3, and continue through August 24.

    Younger children will enjoy the “Summer Reading Challenge for Children,” while students in grades 6-8 can participate in activities for older kids in the “Middle School Summer Challenge.” Teens in high school can participate with adults in the “YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge” to win prizes.

    There is no charge to join the Summer Reading Challenge, and it is open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or they may register online by going to the FBCL website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image, which will become available on May 27. 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 27.

    Reading rewards can be redeemed beginning Monday, June 3. The last day to pick up awards is August 31. Prizes may be collected from any FBCL library.

    The Summer Reading Challenge is sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries, the Friends of the Library organizations that support the county library system, and by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality children’s summer-reading program materials for public libraries.

    Summer Reading Challenge for Children

    Younger children are encouraged to read or listen to as many books as they can and they will earn rewards based on the total number of books they read or have read to them. For the first five books read, the child will receive a bookmark. The rewards continue with a certificate for 10 books, a puzzle pen for 15 books, and a reading trophy for the first 20 books read. For every 20 books read, the participant’s name will also be written on a cut-out shape of a hot-air balloon to be displayed in that branch library.

    Drawings for puppets will take place weekly. The names of readers who complete the goal of reading 20 books or more will be entered into a drawing for gift cards -- donated by the Friends of the Library organizations -- from area stores. One winner from each library location will be selected in a drawing that will take place in early September.

    Middle School Summer Reading Challenge

    Exciting free activities are planned, while area readers in grades 6-8 participate in the Middle School Summer Reading Challenge by logging online the time they spend reading.

    Upon completion of 10 hours (600 minutes) of reading, readers will receive a mystery prize. After completing 20 hours (1200 minutes) of reading, they will receive a trophy. The names of participants who complete 20 or more hours of reading will be entered into a drawing for a $25-gift card – donated by the Friends of the Library -- that will be awarded to one lucky reader at each branch library, in a drawing that will take place in early September.

     YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge

    Adults of all ages, including young adults in high school, may participate in the YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge by logging online the time they spend reading. Special activities for high school-age teens are planned throughout the summer at the libraries.

    All YA and adult readers who complete the goal of reading for 1,000 minutes will earn a Halcyon Water Bottle with a flip-carry lid, while supplies last. In addition, the names of participants who log at least 1,000 minutes of reading time will be entered into a drawing for a $25-gift card – donated by the Friends of the Library -- that will be awarded to one reader at each branch library in a drawing that will take place at the end of August.

    An ultimate grand prize will be awarded to one reader from throughout the library system. Participants in the YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge who complete the program by logging 1,000 minutes of reading time will be entered into a drawing for a 32 GB Fire HD 8 tablet with a red case, which will be awarded to one winner in the library system at the end of August.

     For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the branch library nearest you or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

     

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week


    Jun 2, 2024 Jun 8, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during FBCL’s Children’s Book Week -- June 2 through 8, 2024 -- may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library.

    Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and on library services. These bags represent the library system’s commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives, beginning at birth.

    Staff member Jacqui Vela shows items in the Baby Book Bags

    “We hope to start every child born in hospitals in Fort Bend County on a successful road to life-long learning,” says Dana Brittain, Coordinator of Youth Services for FBCL. “We distribute the baby book bags to babies born during that week at area Fort Bend County hospitals, but ALL Fort Bend County babies who are born during the week of June 2 through 8 are eligible to receive one, while supplies last.”

    Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during this period should call the Youth Services department, at 281-633-4762, to receive their book bag, while supplies last.

    Not only is reading to a child a wonderful opportunity for bonding between parent and child, it has also been shown to stimulate brain development. Even the youngest baby can benefit from the chance to develop eye focus by looking at the page of a book, while being comforted by the familiar voice of a parent. Reading aloud to children exposes them to the sounds and cadences of a human voice, resulting in an earlier and stronger grasp of vocabulary skills.

    Helping children develop early-literacy skills is a major goal for FBCL. Parents are encouraged to register their children for FBCL’s annual “Summer Reading Challenge.” Children from infancy through school-age earn rewards for the number of books they read (or are read to them) during the summer.

    Parents can register their child for the Summer Reading Challenge by going to the FBCL website, clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up image, and using the link for the Beanstack app to sign up. Easy-to-use online reading logs are available.

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

  • Libraries' summer Reading Challenge

    Libraries' summer Reading Challenge


    May 27, 2024 Jun 3, 2024

    FOR KIDS, TEENS, & ADULTS -- STARTS MAY 27

    Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) presents special reading challenges during the summer to encourage reading among children from birth and up, as well as teens and adults. “Adventure Begins @ Your Library” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which takes place at all FBCL locations.

    Online registration for the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge begins on Monday, May 27, and continues through August 31. Library activities for children begin during the week of June 3, and continue through July 27. Activities for high school students also begin the week of June 3, and continue through August 24.

    Younger children will enjoy the “Summer Reading Challenge for Children,” while students in grades 6-8 can participate in activities for older kids in the “Middle School Summer Challenge.” Teens in high school can participate with adults in the “YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge” to win prizes.

    There is no charge to join the Summer Reading Challenge, and it is open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or they may register online by going to the FBCL website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image, which will become available on May 27. 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 27.

    Reading rewards can be redeemed beginning Monday, June 3. The last day to pick up awards is August 31. Prizes may be collected from any FBCL library.

    The Summer Reading Challenge is sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries, the Friends of the Library organizations that support the county library system, and by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality children’s summer-reading program materials for public libraries.

    Summer Reading Challenge for Children

    Younger children are encouraged to read or listen to as many books as they can and they will earn rewards based on the total number of books they read or have read to them. For the first five books read, the child will receive a bookmark. The rewards continue with a certificate for 10 books, a puzzle pen for 15 books, and a reading trophy for the first 20 books read. For every 20 books read, the participant’s name will also be written on a cut-out shape of a hot-air balloon to be displayed in that branch library.

    Drawings for puppets will take place weekly. The names of readers who complete the goal of reading 20 books or more will be entered into a drawing for gift cards -- donated by the Friends of the Library organizations -- from area stores. One winner from each library location will be selected in a drawing that will take place in early September.

    Middle School Summer Reading Challenge

    Exciting free activities are planned, while area readers in grades 6-8 participate in the Middle School Summer Reading Challenge by logging online the time they spend reading.

    Upon completion of 10 hours (600 minutes) of reading, readers will receive a mystery prize. After completing 20 hours (1200 minutes) of reading, they will receive a trophy. The names of participants who complete 20 or more hours of reading will be entered into a drawing for a $25-gift card – donated by the Friends of the Library -- that will be awarded to one lucky reader at each branch library, in a drawing that will take place in early September.

     YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge

    Adults of all ages, including young adults in high school, may participate in the YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge by logging online the time they spend reading. Special activities for high school-age teens are planned throughout the summer at the libraries.

    All YA and adult readers who complete the goal of reading for 1,000 minutes will earn a Halcyon Water Bottle with a flip-carry lid, while supplies last. In addition, the names of participants who log at least 1,000 minutes of reading time will be entered into a drawing for a $25-gift card – donated by the Friends of the Library -- that will be awarded to one reader at each branch library in a drawing that will take place at the end of August.

    An ultimate grand prize will be awarded to one reader from throughout the library system. Participants in the YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge who complete the program by logging 1,000 minutes of reading time will be entered into a drawing for a 32 GB Fire HD 8 tablet with a red case, which will be awarded to one winner in the library system at the end of August.

     For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the branch library nearest you or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

     

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week


    Jun 2, 2024 Jun 8, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during FBCL’s Children’s Book Week -- June 2 through 8, 2024 -- may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library.

    Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and on library services. These bags represent the library system’s commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives, beginning at birth.

    Staff member Jacqui Vela shows items in the Baby Book Bags

    “We hope to start every child born in hospitals in Fort Bend County on a successful road to life-long learning,” says Dana Brittain, Coordinator of Youth Services for FBCL. “We distribute the baby book bags to babies born during that week at area Fort Bend County hospitals, but ALL Fort Bend County babies who are born during the week of June 2 through 8 are eligible to receive one, while supplies last.”

    Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during this period should call the Youth Services department, at 281-633-4762, to receive their book bag, while supplies last.

    Not only is reading to a child a wonderful opportunity for bonding between parent and child, it has also been shown to stimulate brain development. Even the youngest baby can benefit from the chance to develop eye focus by looking at the page of a book, while being comforted by the familiar voice of a parent. Reading aloud to children exposes them to the sounds and cadences of a human voice, resulting in an earlier and stronger grasp of vocabulary skills.

    Helping children develop early-literacy skills is a major goal for FBCL. Parents are encouraged to register their children for FBCL’s annual “Summer Reading Challenge.” Children from infancy through school-age earn rewards for the number of books they read (or are read to them) during the summer.

    Parents can register their child for the Summer Reading Challenge by going to the FBCL website, clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up image, and using the link for the Beanstack app to sign up. Easy-to-use online reading logs are available.

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

    Libraries Support Aspiring Writers with Specia workshops

    Libraries Support Aspiring Writers with Specia workshops


    Jun 3, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will present several workshops in June that encourage fledgling writers, or anyone who has ever wanted to write a novel, to take the plunge and pursue their dreams in a helpful, supportive environment.

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

    These programs are free and open to the public.

    • Prose Pros Writing Group– Monday, June 3, 6:00-7:30 pm, Cinco Ranch Branch Library (2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy)

    The featured topic this month is “Writing Essays.” During the latter half of the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to share their manuscripts with others and get constructive feedback.

    • Writer’s Workshop– Thursday, June 20, 2:00-3:00 pm, Fulshear Branch Library (6350 GM Library Road, off Texas Heritage Parkway)

    In this monthly series, learn the basics of creative writing. Get tips on story structure, characterization, setting, tone, and more. The topic for June is “Plot Points.” Registration required.

    • Story Spinners Writing Club– Thursday, June 20, 5:30-8:30 pm, George Memorial Library (1001 Golfview, Richmond)

    From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to write, share, learn, support, network, and critique each other’s work at this monthly meeting. Writing prompts, brainteasers, and brief exercises will be available to ignite the imaginations of any and all wordsmiths who wish to hone their craft. This program is recommended for adults and teens aged 14 and up. The topic for June is “Character Creation.”

    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 the library, and choose the program on the online calendar, or call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

  • Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week


    Jun 2, 2024 Jun 8, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during FBCL’s Children’s Book Week -- June 2 through 8, 2024 -- may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library.

    Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and on library services. These bags represent the library system’s commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives, beginning at birth.

    Staff member Jacqui Vela shows items in the Baby Book Bags

    “We hope to start every child born in hospitals in Fort Bend County on a successful road to life-long learning,” says Dana Brittain, Coordinator of Youth Services for FBCL. “We distribute the baby book bags to babies born during that week at area Fort Bend County hospitals, but ALL Fort Bend County babies who are born during the week of June 2 through 8 are eligible to receive one, while supplies last.”

    Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during this period should call the Youth Services department, at 281-633-4762, to receive their book bag, while supplies last.

    Not only is reading to a child a wonderful opportunity for bonding between parent and child, it has also been shown to stimulate brain development. Even the youngest baby can benefit from the chance to develop eye focus by looking at the page of a book, while being comforted by the familiar voice of a parent. Reading aloud to children exposes them to the sounds and cadences of a human voice, resulting in an earlier and stronger grasp of vocabulary skills.

    Helping children develop early-literacy skills is a major goal for FBCL. Parents are encouraged to register their children for FBCL’s annual “Summer Reading Challenge.” Children from infancy through school-age earn rewards for the number of books they read (or are read to them) during the summer.

    Parents can register their child for the Summer Reading Challenge by going to the FBCL website, clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up image, and using the link for the Beanstack app to sign up. Easy-to-use online reading logs are available.

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

    Libraries' World Book Online Brings Encyclopedias to a Whole New Dimension

    Libraries' World Book Online Brings Encyclopedias to a Whole New Dimension


    Jun 4, 2024

    World Book Online is not your grandmother’s encyclopedia set that many people were familiar with over the years! While it continues the editorial excellence and invaluable resources that the traditional version has been committed to for more than 100 years, World Book Online takes the immersive learning experience to a whole new level!

    The popular print World Book Encyclopedias have been transformed into a dynamic online-learning experience. With a Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) card, access to World Book Online is FREE anytime, anywhere, with any computer or device with an Internet connection, whether at the library or at home or school.

    This invaluable resource engages and excites information seekers of all ages, from pre-readers to those simply interested in learning something new or keeping their facts straight. Like its predecessor, World Book Online is the perfect trusted source to find the answer to a random question, explore a curious topic, or discover something new and exciting.

    Demonstrations of this free online resource will take place at the following locations in June, but those who are interested may also inquire about this resource at any time at any FBCL location. Reservations are required for the demonstrations.

    • Tuesday, June 4, 10:30 am – Cinco Ranch Branch Library(2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy)
    • Wednesday, June 26, 11:00 am – Fulshear Branch Library(6350 GM Library Road)

    About World Book Online

    World Book Online’s immersive learning experience brings thousands of informational articles, derived from their world-renowned encyclopedia, and combines them with innovative technology and highly visual content -- including stunning illustrations, interactive maps, videos, and other multimedia -- in a resource that will captivate even the most reluctant learners.

    Continual updates with timely, up-to-date articles, along with primary-source materials, make World Book Online a dynamic informational hub with unbiased, authoritative information.

    This user-friendly resource includes 6 different tiered modules that are customized for different age levels, so the word choice, amount of content, and navigation is age appropriate. The modules include Early Learning (grades Pre-K+), Kids (grades K+), Student (grades 5+), Advanced (grades 9+), Timelines (grades 5+), and World Book's Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (grades K+), a beginner’s Spanish-language reference tool.

    By breaking down complex topics and using easily understood text, the platform helps to build fluency and increase comprehension. As the modules progress, short, basic sentences transform into complex paragraphs, building literacy and creating subject experts.

    For early learners and kids, image-based navigation, games, videos, and activities make learning interactive and fun.

    For older students and advanced learners, World Book Online provides intuitive browsing, advanced search options, current news and primary-source collections, and citation assistance.

    Educator tools -- such as ready-made lesson plans, curriculum correlations, webquests and activities, and graphic organizers – are available in many of the modules.

    Accessibility aids include a text-to-voice feature that reads the text on the screen, variable font sizes, and a dyslexic alternative font. Several of the modules also have a translation tool that can convert the information on the screen into one of more than 100 languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu.

    Library cardholders can access World Book Online remotely through the Fort Bend County Libraries website, www.fortbend.lib.tx.us. Simply click on the “Research” tab, then “Digital Resources & Databases.” Select the Alphabetical option, and choose “W.”

    The demonstrations are free and open to the public. To register for a demonstration, visit Fort Bend County Libraries’ website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select the library, and find the program on the date indicated. For more information, call FBCL’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

  • Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week


    Jun 2, 2024 Jun 8, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during FBCL’s Children’s Book Week -- June 2 through 8, 2024 -- may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library.

    Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and on library services. These bags represent the library system’s commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives, beginning at birth.

    Staff member Jacqui Vela shows items in the Baby Book Bags

    “We hope to start every child born in hospitals in Fort Bend County on a successful road to life-long learning,” says Dana Brittain, Coordinator of Youth Services for FBCL. “We distribute the baby book bags to babies born during that week at area Fort Bend County hospitals, but ALL Fort Bend County babies who are born during the week of June 2 through 8 are eligible to receive one, while supplies last.”

    Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during this period should call the Youth Services department, at 281-633-4762, to receive their book bag, while supplies last.

    Not only is reading to a child a wonderful opportunity for bonding between parent and child, it has also been shown to stimulate brain development. Even the youngest baby can benefit from the chance to develop eye focus by looking at the page of a book, while being comforted by the familiar voice of a parent. Reading aloud to children exposes them to the sounds and cadences of a human voice, resulting in an earlier and stronger grasp of vocabulary skills.

    Helping children develop early-literacy skills is a major goal for FBCL. Parents are encouraged to register their children for FBCL’s annual “Summer Reading Challenge.” Children from infancy through school-age earn rewards for the number of books they read (or are read to them) during the summer.

    Parents can register their child for the Summer Reading Challenge by going to the FBCL website, clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up image, and using the link for the Beanstack app to sign up. Easy-to-use online reading logs are available.

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

  • Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week


    Jun 2, 2024 Jun 8, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during FBCL’s Children’s Book Week -- June 2 through 8, 2024 -- may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library.

    Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and on library services. These bags represent the library system’s commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives, beginning at birth.

    Staff member Jacqui Vela shows items in the Baby Book Bags

    “We hope to start every child born in hospitals in Fort Bend County on a successful road to life-long learning,” says Dana Brittain, Coordinator of Youth Services for FBCL. “We distribute the baby book bags to babies born during that week at area Fort Bend County hospitals, but ALL Fort Bend County babies who are born during the week of June 2 through 8 are eligible to receive one, while supplies last.”

    Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during this period should call the Youth Services department, at 281-633-4762, to receive their book bag, while supplies last.

    Not only is reading to a child a wonderful opportunity for bonding between parent and child, it has also been shown to stimulate brain development. Even the youngest baby can benefit from the chance to develop eye focus by looking at the page of a book, while being comforted by the familiar voice of a parent. Reading aloud to children exposes them to the sounds and cadences of a human voice, resulting in an earlier and stronger grasp of vocabulary skills.

    Helping children develop early-literacy skills is a major goal for FBCL. Parents are encouraged to register their children for FBCL’s annual “Summer Reading Challenge.” Children from infancy through school-age earn rewards for the number of books they read (or are read to them) during the summer.

    Parents can register their child for the Summer Reading Challenge by going to the FBCL website, clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up image, and using the link for the Beanstack app to sign up. Easy-to-use online reading logs are available.

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

  • Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week


    Jun 2, 2024 Jun 8, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during FBCL’s Children’s Book Week -- June 2 through 8, 2024 -- may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library.

    Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and on library services. These bags represent the library system’s commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives, beginning at birth.

    Staff member Jacqui Vela shows items in the Baby Book Bags

    “We hope to start every child born in hospitals in Fort Bend County on a successful road to life-long learning,” says Dana Brittain, Coordinator of Youth Services for FBCL. “We distribute the baby book bags to babies born during that week at area Fort Bend County hospitals, but ALL Fort Bend County babies who are born during the week of June 2 through 8 are eligible to receive one, while supplies last.”

    Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during this period should call the Youth Services department, at 281-633-4762, to receive their book bag, while supplies last.

    Not only is reading to a child a wonderful opportunity for bonding between parent and child, it has also been shown to stimulate brain development. Even the youngest baby can benefit from the chance to develop eye focus by looking at the page of a book, while being comforted by the familiar voice of a parent. Reading aloud to children exposes them to the sounds and cadences of a human voice, resulting in an earlier and stronger grasp of vocabulary skills.

    Helping children develop early-literacy skills is a major goal for FBCL. Parents are encouraged to register their children for FBCL’s annual “Summer Reading Challenge.” Children from infancy through school-age earn rewards for the number of books they read (or are read to them) during the summer.

    Parents can register their child for the Summer Reading Challenge by going to the FBCL website, clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up image, and using the link for the Beanstack app to sign up. Easy-to-use online reading logs are available.

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

  • Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week

    Newborns Born June 2-8 Receive Special Welcome From Libraries For Children's Book week


    Jun 2, 2024 Jun 8, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during FBCL’s Children’s Book Week -- June 2 through 8, 2024 -- may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library.

    Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and on library services. These bags represent the library system’s commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives, beginning at birth.

    Staff member Jacqui Vela shows items in the Baby Book Bags

    “We hope to start every child born in hospitals in Fort Bend County on a successful road to life-long learning,” says Dana Brittain, Coordinator of Youth Services for FBCL. “We distribute the baby book bags to babies born during that week at area Fort Bend County hospitals, but ALL Fort Bend County babies who are born during the week of June 2 through 8 are eligible to receive one, while supplies last.”

    Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during this period should call the Youth Services department, at 281-633-4762, to receive their book bag, while supplies last.

    Not only is reading to a child a wonderful opportunity for bonding between parent and child, it has also been shown to stimulate brain development. Even the youngest baby can benefit from the chance to develop eye focus by looking at the page of a book, while being comforted by the familiar voice of a parent. Reading aloud to children exposes them to the sounds and cadences of a human voice, resulting in an earlier and stronger grasp of vocabulary skills.

    Helping children develop early-literacy skills is a major goal for FBCL. Parents are encouraged to register their children for FBCL’s annual “Summer Reading Challenge.” Children from infancy through school-age earn rewards for the number of books they read (or are read to them) during the summer.

    Parents can register their child for the Summer Reading Challenge by going to the FBCL website, clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up image, and using the link for the Beanstack app to sign up. Easy-to-use online reading logs are available.

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

  • Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

  • Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

  • Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

  • Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

  • Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

  • Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period June 1-30, 2024. Fines for overdue items that are returned -- during this period only -- will be waived.

    Fines on overdue items returned PRIOR to this amnesty period, fees for items not returned, and fees for damaged items will NOT be waived.

    Outstanding fees that were assessed for items previously thought to be lost, but which have been found, will be waived if the item is returned to the library – either inside or in the outside book drop.

    Amnesty does NOT apply to electronic devices checked out from the library.

    The regular overdue-fine schedule will resume on Monday, July 1.

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

    Meet Bestselling Author Romina Garber at Cinco Ranch Branch Library

    Category: Cinco Ranch Library Meet Bestselling Author Romina Garber at Cinco Ranch Branch Library


    Jun 14, 2024

    Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will host a “Meet & Greet with Young Adult Author Romina Garber” on Friday, June 14, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

    New York Times bestselling Young Adult author Romina Garber, who also writes under the pen name of Romina Russell, will talk about her road to publication, her Lobizona duology, and the upcoming summer release of her novel, Castle of the Cursed.

    A limited number of copies of the new book will be given away at the event.

    This event 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 Cinco Ranch Branch Library (281-395-1311).

     

  • Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items

    Libraries Offer Amnesty Period, June 1-30, For Overdue Items


    Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024