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Almost ready to move!

Take a look above at the latest progress going on at the new library building!  Shelving for the collection has been delivered and is currently being assembled for the second floor adult services area.  After that, the children's shelving will be installed and then the moving will begin! 

Video Game Tournament!

Hey, teens!  Did you know that the new library building here in Kingwood will have a video gaming room just for you guys and girls?  We'll have four Sony PS3s and a Nintendo Wii plus four 32-inch HDTVs available anytime you feel like playing!  While we're not scheduled to open the new building until Monday, April 19th, we plan on kicking off our grand opening that day with our first Gaming Tournament, complete with prizes and plenty of games to choose from.  We'll open at 10:00 AM that day, but if you find yourself at school, no problem.  You can come anytime, but we expect to get things going between 3:00 and 4:00 PM that day and plan to play till we close at 9:00 PM.  Tell all your friends about it!  Don't miss this fun, free activity at the new Kingwood Branch Library building!

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Downloadable Books and Audio!

This week I did something for the very first time.  I read a book . . . entirely on my computer!  That's right, I traded the pleasure of turning pages between my fingers for the convenience of advancing digital pages on my laptop.  And, to my surprise, I enjoyed it almost every bit as much as the real thing!  Did you know that the library offers access to downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, not to mention videos and music?  Well, we do! 

Declutter and Décor for Spring

Join us at the library on Thursday, February 25th, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM, as Ellen Delap, CPO, and Leslie Sarmiento present Declutter and Décor for Spring, a free program offering tools and techniques for revitalizing your home this season.  Ellen will discuss challenges and strategies for decluttering your home, and Leslie will cover space planning and accessorizing in an effort to freshen up your home.  No registration is required.  Don't miss this free and informative program!

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New library Key Transfer Ceremony

On Thursday, January 28, 2010, City of Houston officials transferred management of the newly constructed Kingwood Branch Library building to Harris County officials during a special ceremony at the entrance of the new building.  Below is the first part of video shot during the ceremony.  Click here to see the second part.  Click here to see photos of the event. 

Top 10 Adult Fiction - 2009

What titles were popular in 2009?  If you're curious, take a look at the list below to see what adult fiction novels walked in and out of Kingwood Branch Library the most last year (select "Read more" to see the whole list):

1. The Associate, by John Grisham

2. First Family, by David Baldacci

3. Extreme Measures, by Vince Flynn

Top 10 Mysteries - 2009

Do you enjoy a good mystery?  If so, take a look below at the top mystery novels circulated at Kingwood Branch Library during 2009 (select "Read more" to see the entire list):

1. Run for Your Life, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

2. Cross Country, by James Patterson

3. 7th Heaven, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Afterschool Craft Time!

Hey, kiddos!  Would you like to enjoy more than a story at the library?  If you would, then come and join Miss Connie in the meeting room for craft time on Tuesday, January 19th, at 4:00 PM if you're a grade-schooler, or Thursday, January 21st, at 2:20 PM if you're a preschooler.  Call or visit the library for more information or to sign up.  Don't miss out on a little fun and creativity this week!

Let's Go to the Opera Preview

Join us on Wendesday, January 20th, from 7:00 to 8:45 PM, at the library as presenter Ann Thompson previews two productions of the Houston Grand Opera's Winter repertory period: Puccini's "Tosca," opening January 22nd, and Britten's "The Turn of the Screw," opening January 29th.  Don't miss it!

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Top Fiction - December 2009

What's everyone else reading?  If you'd like to know, here's a list of the top ten most circulated adult fiction titles at the Kingwood Branch Library during the month of December (select "Read more" for the full list):

1. True Blue, by David Baldacci

2. South of Broad, by Pat Conroy

3. Best Friends Forever, by Jennifer Weiner

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