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Valentine's Day Fun!

 Join us for some Valentine's Day Fun!  The Children's Department will have crafts and tasty treats on Tuesday, February 14 at 4:30 pm.  We will be decorating sugar cookies and putting together a couple of fun holiday crafts - a picture frame and a scratch-off heart ornament.  This program is designed for children 3-12 years old.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available at the Kids Information Desk starting 30 minutes before the program.

Young Audiences of Houston Presents "Congo Square"

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with a music program for the whole family on Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 pm.  Young Audiences of Houston musicians, Joseph Dixon and JAWAD, talk about the music contributions of several African American musicians: jazz players Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton, ragtime composer Scott Joplin, and blues player W.C.

Afterschool Craft: Make a Mardi Gras Mask & Hat

  Going to the Mardi Gras parades in Kemah or Galveston...or even farther away?  Well, you'll need a fun mask or hat to bring with you.  Join us for our monthly afterschool craft this Wednesday, February 8 at 4:30 pm.  We'll be making a Mardi Gras mask and hat and listening to some fun Mardi Gras music.  We'll also be giving out some Mardi Gras beads so you'll be ready for the parades.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available from the Kids Information Desk starting 30 minutes before the program. 

 

February Programs in the Children's Department

February is the shortest month of the year, but it certainly is packed with holidays and special events!  The Children's Department will have several fun craft and music programs in February to celebrate Black History Month, Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

We kick off the first week (1/30-2/2) with the theme of "Favorite Stories" for all our storytimes.  We'll have fun with a parachute at the end of the program. 

Worldwide Craftsy Meetup Party (Craftsy Fun for the Children, Too!)

 Have you wondered about all the yarn projects popping up around the Children's Department and other parts of the library? You can see hats and scarves on statues, teddy bears and polar bears with scarves, a bookmark holder with a knitted sweater, a book cart with a scarf tied around it, and a magazine rack with a cap on top  These are just a reminder that children as well as adults are welcome to attend the Worldwide Craftsy Meetup Party this Thursday, January 26 at Freeman Library.

Homeschoolers: Vote for your favorite Bluebonnet Book

   January is the month that Texas children in third through sixth grades vote for their favorite book nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award.  Each year the Texas Bluebonnet Award committee draws up a list of 20 books nominated by students, parents, teachers, librarians and others to be considered for the Texas Bluebonnet Award.  Public school children vote for the Texas Bluebonnet Award book at school.  Homeschoolers can vote for their favorite Texas Bluebonnet Award book at Freeman Library next Monday, January 30 in the Children's Department.

Baby Playtime on Friday, January 20

  Looking for a place for a play date for you and baby this Friday?  Join us from 10:00-11:00 am for Baby Playtime.  We'll have some of the toys and books we usually have at Book Babies, but we'll be bringing out some other fun items for this special Baby Playtime.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available at the Kids Information Desk as soon as we open on Friday morning.

Afterschool Craft: Let it Snow!

 It may not snow outside this Wednesday afternoon, January 11 at 4:30 pm, but children can join us inside the Children's Activity Space to create their own snow.   We'll be making artificial snow.  We'll also make a fun snowman from paper plates that children can take home.  We'll also have some hot chocolate with marshmallows for a winter treat.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available at the Kids Information Desk starting 30 minutes before the program.

United Space Alliance LEGO Robotics Camp returns to Freeman in January

  The USA LEGO Robotics Camp returns to Freeman Library on Saturdays January 28, February 4, 11 and 18.  The camp is recommended for children 7-11 years old.  There are two sessions of the camp each week: 1-2:30 pm or 3-4:30 pm.  It is sponsored by United Space Alliance (USA) and Friends of Freeman Library.  The children work in pairs to build a variety of LEGO projects using a program on a laptop computer.  They learn science, math, and robotic principles as well as patience and cooperation.  

Make a Party Hat and Noisemaker to ring in 2012!

Children can get ready to ring in New Year 2012 with their own party hat and noisemaker!  Join us in making a hat and noisemaker on Wednesday, December 28 at 2:30 pm.  This program will be in the Children's Activity Space.

 Children and parents are invited to pose for a group Happy New Year! picture afterwards.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available at the Kids Information Desk starting 30 minutes before the program.

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