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“Grab your Hat and Read with the Cat"

Saturday, March 2nd is Read Across America day!  In 1997, the National Education Association (NEA) urged for a special day to celebrate the joy of literature and reading throughout the United States, particularly for children and young adults.  So popular was this idea that it became a nationwide observance held every year on the birthday of Children’s author, Theodore Geissel, best known around the world as Dr. Seuss! Most schools and public libraries will celebrate this event all week long with books, games and activities.  Remember, "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." ~ Dr. Seuss

2013 Caldecott Awards Announced!

This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Award.  Named in honor of 19th century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, it is awarded annually to the artist / illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.  This year’s award most deservedly went to Jon Klassen for This is Not My Hat. In addition, the illustrators of five books were chosen as Honor books.  They are: Peter Brown for Creepy Carrots, Jon Klassen for Extra Yarn, Laura Vaccaro Seeger for Green, David Small for One Cool Friend and Pamela Zagarenski for Sleep Like a Tiger.  Please share these outstanding examples of illustration and literature with your child the next time you visit the Library.  Congratulations to all who were considered for this prestigious award! 

Upcoming Children's Department Events!

  To kick off  the shortest month of the year, we have 2 exciting events planned in the Children's Department.  This Saturday, February 2nd, is designated as "take your child to the Library" day.  Parents and children of all ages can have fun going on a Library scavenger hunt, completing crafts and having their face painted!  On Tuesday, February 5th, at 4:30 pm, children ages 3 - 12 can celebrate Black History month with board games and snacks!  Call 832-559-4235 for more information about any of our exciting programs!  * face painting from 2 - 3 pm only

New Program - Family Storytime!

 This coming Tuesday, January 22nd at 6:30 pm and every week after you can come to the Children's Department for a Family Storytime!  We guarantee fun for the whole family as you enjoy books (appropriate for ages 2 - 6), songs, fingerplays and a craft! Call 832.559.4235 for more information!

New Books!

 The good news:   it seems that every day we get a delivery of brand new books!  Included is an assortment of the latest picture, fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, series and even Spanish language books.  When you first enter the Children’s area, you will notice a wooden pyramid display to your left.  This is the location where new books are displayed for you to look at and check out.  The bad news: it is first come first served and the new books tend to get checked out very fast!  When returned after their first check out, these books are shelved among the other books in our ever growing Children's collection.  If there is a book that you'd like for your child and it isn't at the Library when you visit, your friendly library staff will be happy to search the catalog, find and request the book of your choice…just ask!
 

Art Explorers Around the World!

The next stop on our artistic trek around the world is the country of China!   Come to the Children's Department on Tuesday, January 8th at 4:30 pm or Monday, January 14th at 1:00 pm and learn about the history, culture and art of China and create an ink wash painting!  Each session is limited to 20 children (2nd - 6th grade).  Call 832-559-4235 to register or for more information!

Storytime is Truly an Art Form!

       Anyone can “read” a story...but planning and presenting a story time is truly an art form!  Your Tomball Children’s staff carefully selects themes and searches for books, songs, fingerplays, activities and crafts that are age appropriate for the child in attendance.  As always, the number one goal for a storyteller is for your child to have a wonderful experience and leave with a big smile on their face! 

Please access our weekly storytime calendar and other children's programs and events!

And, every Tuesday at 6:30 pm we will offer a Family Storytime for children ages 3-6.  Please note this program does not begin until January 22, 2013For information about any of our programs, call 832-559-4235.

Art Explorers in Russia!

  The next stop on our artistic trek around the world is Russia!   Learn about the history of art in this amazing country, artists, art forms and create a Fabergè egg!  This program meets on Monday, December 10th at 1:00 pm and Tuesday, December 11th at 4:30 pm.  Registration is required and each session is limited to 20 children (grades 2nd - 6th).  Call 832-559-4235 to register and for more information!

Calling all Puppeteers!

 Registration is now open for the Puppet Workshop on Tuesday, December 3rd at 4:30 pm in the Children's Department!  Children will have fun learning all about the amazing world of shadow puppetry, use a variety of puppets behind a lighted stage backdrop and make a puppet to take home!  This program is limited to 15 children (grades 3rd - 6th).  Call 832.559.4235 to register or for more information!

Come to the Puppet Workshop!

 Register now for the Puppet Workshop on Tuesday, November 6th at 4:30 pm in the Children's Department!  Children will learn about the amazing world of Shadow Puppetry and make their very own puppet to take home!  All supplies are provided and fun is guaranteed!  This program is limited to 15 children (3rd - 6th grade).  Call 832-559-4235 to register or for more information!

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