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Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher

In continuing celebration of 50 years of service to Clear Lake, Freeman Branch Library is pleased to welcome back New-York based classical guitarist Peter Fletcher, who  will return for another free performance on Monday, March 10th, at 7:00 PM.
 
Mr. Fletcher began the study of guitar at age seven and made his formal debut at fifteen.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 and returned in 2008, 2009, and 2010 to a sold-out house.

This is a free concert open to the public.  This is not a ticketed event, but seating is limited.
 
Mr. Fletcher will also be performing at the Evelyn Meador Branch Library on Tuesday, March 11th, at 7:00 PM.  That event is ticketed, so please call or visit ahead of time.

Announcement: Innovation Lab

Who are these people in this random photograph?  They're HCPL administrators Ron Lucik and Gene Rollins, along with representatives of Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc.  What are they doing in the library's Quiet Area?  Two words: Innovation Lab.  What's that?  Well, in short, it will be a place where people of all ages can come and imagine, collaborate, and learn using unique creative technologies.  Here is just one of the many things you might see in this space once it's completed:  Click here to see something cool.  

Jocelyn H. Lee - Library Benefactor

The library was recently privileged to receive a very generous bequest upon the passing of one of our customers.  Jocelyn H. Lee, a former Clear Lake resident, named the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library in his will and left all who use the library with funds to benefit our activities, programs, and services both now and in the future.  

The following is a brief bio on Mr. Lee, provided by those who knew him:  

Humans In Space Youth Art Competition

Freeman Library is privileged to have on display from May through August works created by young artists as part of the Humans in Space Youth Art Competition.  This international competition, just having finished its second running, "encouraged youth (ages 10-18) to 'Be Inspired, Creative and Heard,' asking them to think about the future of human space flight and to creatively communicate their ideas through their visual, literary, musical or video artwork."  Enjoy taking in the many beautiful and creative works from all over the world on display in our Internet Cafe and find out how you can generate interest or be involved in future competitions, which strive for its participants "to enhance their awareness, interest and support for human space flight."

Free Performance - Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher

New York-based classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will grace the library with a performance on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.

Mr. Fletcher began the study of guitar at the age of seven and made his formal debut at fifteen. He has studied under many of the great masters; Jose Tomas, David Leisner, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia and Pepe Romero. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007, and returned in 2008, 2009, and 2010 to a completely sold-out house. He will be performing there again in April, 2013.

Mr. Fletcher has also performed extensively on radio and television and has three recordings available which have received critical acclaim.

We are honored to have him perform for us.

Please Note: This is a free concert, open to the public, and seating is limited.

iPads Now Available!

We now have iPads available for checkout!  It's just like checking out a laptop, which means you need only be 12-years of age or older, have an account in good-standing, and registered with a library card for at least 30 days.  Beyond that, given that you have your library card with you, feel free to check one out and use it here in the library for a couple of hours.  We have approximately 100 apps installed on each one, which means you're unlikely to run short of interest in familiarizing yourself with all that it can do.  Come take advantage of yet one more invaluable service your library offers!

Sign Up for Our Email Newsletters!

Start this year off right by staying informed about what's happening at your library!  In an effort to keep you aware of what's going on, we will begin offering the opportunity to subscribe to one or several email newsletters we plan on producing for you at least once a month.  If you sign up, you'll have adult, children's, or teen program and activity information delivered straight to your digital doorstep!  To get started, just select the button below and follow the simple steps that follow!

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Holiday Shopping at the Bookstore

Bookstore volunteers Kathy Ericksen and Larry Arnhold are having fun looking at the Christmas selections in the Friends of Freeman Bookstore.  They’re here to help you with your holiday shopping, too!  Do you know that Gift Certificates to the Bookstore may be purchased?  This is a wonderful way to support Freeman Library and give a fun gift at the same time.  No one knows what treasures he or she will find among the 1000s of items on our shelves.   The Bookstore offers DVDs, music and books on CDs, a potpourri of specialty magazines, book bags and puzzles and, of course, books for all ages and interests.  Recently, one shopper was delighted to discover sheet music for international songs

"Mindful Art" in the Internet Cafe

Over the next few months, local artist Eugenia Algaze Garcia will have her works titled "Imagination Unleashed" in her larger "Mindful Art" series on display in the Internet Cafe.  Hidden within each beautiful piece are special symbols, figures, and images that provide a different perspective on what you perceive at first glance.  Be sure not to miss this imaginative series while it is here! 

 

Library Snapshot Day

Wednesday, October 31st, was designated by the Texas Library Association as Library Snapshot Day, a day during which libraries across the state gather data and photographs of a typical day in order to promote Texas libraries.  Here at Freeman, there were over 100 people in attendance for story times, computer classes, and English as a Second Language sessions, over 300 reference questions answered, and over 1,200 items checked out!  Not too shabby for a random day!  Take a look at just a few pictures of the day's activities here.

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