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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

Watch Us on the Web!

Did you know that the library has it's very own YouTube channel?  That's right, you can watch us on the Web!  Over the last year or so, we've recorded and collected our own videos for your viewing pleasure.  If you want to watch a little bit of our past programs, need to get a good book suggestion, or would like to learn more about the new library building, go take a look!  Got an idea about other material to add?  Let us know!

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English as a Second Language

Do you know someone from another country living here in the U.S.?  Does he or she feel the need to improve their knowledge of the English language?  If so, don't waste any time sending them to the library!  We have many experienced tutors here at the Kingwood Branch Library willing to offer free personal assistance in improving an eager learner's use of English.  All that's required is a completed ESL application and an assessment of an applicant's skill level in order to match him or her with an appropriate tutor.  Don't hesitate to encourage someone you know to seize this great opportunity!

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Go Green With a New Book Bag!

Need a good stocking stuffer?  Tired of using flimsy, disposable plastic bags?  Care to "go green?"  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you might want to get your hands on some of our new, reusable canvas book bags!  For a mere $3 donation to Friends of the Library Kingwood (FOLK), you can have one of your own, complete with the Harris County Public Library logo.  Be sure to ask the staff at the circulation desk about them next time you're in for a visit!

New building aerial view - December 2009

Things continue to roll right along with the new library building!  Take a look below at the updated aerial photo for December provided by SpawGlass and KBL:

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