Library News

Learning English? Get Practice At Libraries’ ESL Conversation Circles

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 discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing their English skills. The ESL Conversation Circles will be live-streamed virtual sessions presented via Webex; they will NOT be […]

Cinco Ranch Literary Lunch League To Discuss “Now You See Me” Online In July

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will offer an online option for book-club meetings this summer – all book-club meetings will take place online through Webex so that readers can interact with others in real time and participate from the comfort of home! Fort Bend County Libraries’ book clubs represent a wide variety of books and genres. Book clubs that were previously specific to particular branches can now be enjoyed by readers all across the library […]

Cinco Ranch Branch Library To Close In Observance Of Independence Day

All branches of Fort Bend County Libraries, which includes the Cinco Ranch Branch and the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch, will be closed Saturday through Monday, July 3-5, in observance of Independence Day. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, July 6. Your online library is always open at for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, downloading e-books or music, streaming movies, or using the research databases. For more information, contact the library system’s Communications Office […]

Libraries Present Online Demonstrations For Craft & Hobby Enthusiasts

Fort Bend County Libraries will present a series of online, craft- and hobby-themed virtual activities and video demonstrations this summer to introduce people to new hobbies and activities, and to give current crafters inspiration and new ideas. Registration is required for the live-streamed programs ONLY. The demonstration videos can be viewed by selecting “Virtual Programs” on the “Classes and Events” tab on the Fort Bend County Libraries website – – and finding the programs on the […]

Friends Of The Library Resume Ongoing Book Sales

The Friends of the Library organizations that support Fort Bend County Libraries have long had ongoing book sales in the libraries, and the book sales are once again available for shopping! People who love books, people who love bargains, and people who need to get rid of some spare change will find low prices on books for children and teens, fiction and non-fiction books for adults, science-fiction novels, and art books, as well as music […]

Texas Center for the Book Seeking Nominations for $2,000 Literacy Award

The Texas Center for the Book is seeking qualified nonprofit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas for the Fifth Annual Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award. The winning organization will receive a $2,000 cash award to assist in its future work promoting reading and combating illiteracy. Additionally, at least one honorable mention recipient will be awarded $500. The award provides public recognition to 501(c)(3) organizations that are committed to addressing […]

Area Libraries Opening as Summer Begins and Pandemic Threat Subsides

Akhila Bhat, Maud Marks Library branch manager (Harris County Public Library photo)

By George Slaughter Katy-area libraries are not yet at full capacity as the pandemic subsides and the summer begins, but they are opening up and welcoming back their patrons. “All of the Harris County Public Library branches are at 75% occupancy as we’re following the Harris County threat level guidance,” Angel Hill, Katy Branch Library senior manager, said. “Currently, the level is at Yellow, but once it reaches the next level (Green), we’ll be back […]

Libraries Feature “African-American History” Online Research Database

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) offers an online African-American History research database from Facts-on-File. Students and other researchers can access this helpful resource online at any time, from the comfort of home, with an FBCL library card. Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, this authoritative resource enables library patrons to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Students can delve deeply into a variety of topics, examine different perspectives, and access historical […]

Libraries Present Online Genealogy Program On Civil War P.O.W.S In June

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will present an online genealogy class, “Family History Research: Civil War Prisoners of War,” on Monday, June 21. This video will be pre-recorded so that it can be viewed from the comfort of home at any time after the scheduled date. More than 400,000 Confederate and Union soldiers were captured and held at one of the 150+ different prison sites that were located throughout the North and the South during the American […]

Library’s Online Culinary Book Club To Discuss “Summer Salads” At June Meeting

The Culinary Book Club at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will meet online on Wednesday, June 16, beginning at 1:30 pm. The theme of the month is “Cool Drinks & Summer Salads.” This videoconference will be live-streamed in real time via Webex; it will NOT be in person at the library. The Culinary Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month, and different cooking genres are explored each month. Cooking enthusiasts of all ages and experience […]