Library News

Libraries To Close In Observance Of Fair Day

All branches of Fort Bend County Libraries, which includes the Cinco Ranch Branch and the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch, will be closed Friday, September 24, in observance of Fort Bend County Fair Day. Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, September 25. Your online library is always open at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, streaming movies or music, downloading e-books, or using the research databases. For additional information, contact the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

Book Donations Needed For Friends Of The Library Book Sales

The Friends of the Library (FOL) organizations that support Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) are requesting donations of gently-used books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks so they can replenish their supplies and continue their book sales and fundraising efforts. Donations can be brought to any FBCL location during business hours. The FOL groups have long had ongoing book sales in the libraries, as well as special book-sale events periodically throughout the year. These book sales are […]

The Texas Great Read for 2021 is “Marfa for the Perplexed” by Lonn Taylor

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has chosen Marfa for the Perplexed by Lonn Taylor as the Texas Great Read for 2021. Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select a title that represents the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival. The event showcases the importance of books and reading. In 2021, the 21st Library of […]

Katy News Q&A: Katy Library Branch Manager Desmond London

Katy Mayor Pro Tem Chris Harris poses with Katy Branch Library Manager Desmond London (photo courtesy Chris Harris)

By George Slaughter Desmond London, the Katy Branch Library manager, began his role in July. Originally from Wisconsin, he has a background and education in library management and worked in education before joining the Harris County Public Library system. 1. You earned your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in library management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. How did you get interested in library management? I got interested in libraries during my time as an undergraduate student […]

Library’s Hispanic Heritage Month Online Event Recognizes HPD’S Chicano Squad

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, Fort Bend County Libraries will host an online presentation of “HPD’s Chicano Squad” on Thursday, September 16, beginning at 3:00 pm. The program will be presented live via Webex, so that it can be viewed from home. Dr. Natalie Garza, a professor of U.S. History and Mexican American Studies at Houston Community College, will talk about the Houston Police Department’s Chicano Squad, which was formed in 1979. […]

Libraries Present Online Local-History Program On Brazos River Bridges In September

Estimated early 1900s, courtesy of Genealogy & Local Historty Dept @ George Memorial Library

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will present an online local-history program, “A History of Brazos River Bridges in Fort Bend County,” on Monday, September 20. This video presentation will be pre-recorded so that it can be viewed at any time after the scheduled date. In this video episode in FBCL’s “Genealogy & Local History” series, Daniel Sample will talk about the history of the bridges that cross the Brazos River in Fort Bend County. This presentation will cover […]

Libraries Host Online Gardening Program On Landscape Pests & Diseases

Fort Bend County Libraries will present an online gardening program, “Controlling Landscape Pests & Diseases,” on Tuesday, September 21, beginning at 2:00 pm. Part 6 of the Texas AgriLife Extension Office’s Landscape Success series for homeowners, this program will be live-streamed via Webex; it will NOT be in person. Fort Bend County Master Gardeners will share tips on how to identify common garden pests, ways to prevent them from invading one’s yard, and options to control their numbers […]

Fort Bend County Libraries Encourages Aspiring Writers With Story Spinners Club

Join other aspiring writers at Fort Bend County Libraries’ online “Story Spinners Writing Club” on Thursday, September 16, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The topic for September is “Description.” This program will be a virtual session presented via Webex; it will NOT be in person. Participants who register for the event will be emailed a link to a Webex meeting. From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to […]

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Appoints Gloria Meraz Director and Librarian

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has named Gloria Meraz as Director and Librarian, effective September 1, 2021. In this position, Meraz will serve as the State Librarian of Texas. The commission took formal action to appoint Meraz to this position Friday following a national search and two days of presentations and interviews with three prospective candidates. Meraz has served since August 2016 as the Assistant State Librarian at TSLAC. Previously, she served […]

Library Adds High-Performance Microfilm Scanner To Genealogy Department

An image from The Rosenberg Herald (July 4, 1919) of Joyce Cox, a Boy Scout from Cameron, TX, is shown magnified and enhanced.]

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) is excited to offer a new high-performance microfilm scanner to the Genealogy and Local History Department at George Memorial Library in Richmond. Family-history researchers and fans of local history will be able to use the new ScanPro 3000 microfilm scanner to digitally capture, enhance, save, and print or email images from microfilm, microfiche, 35-mm slides, and more. The ScanPro microfilm scanner has the capability of not only reading the film, […]