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USA LEGO Robotics Camp returns in October

The USA LEGO Robotics Camp returns to Freeman Library in October.  This free camp is designed for children 7-11 years old.  It is sponsored by United Space Alliance (USA) and the Friends of Freeman Library.  The camp will be held Saturdays October 1, 8, 15, and 22.   There are two sessions of the camp each week: 1-2:30 pm or 3-4:30 pm.    

The children work in pairs or small groups to put together LEGO projects using a program on a laptop.  They learn robotics, mathematics, and engineering concepts as well as values such as sharing and cooperation.

Why was this book banned?

What do authors J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series), Anne Frank (Diary of a Young Girl), Marc Brown (Arthur and Buster characters), and Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) have in common?  All these authors wrote books that have been challenged or banned from a library at some time.

The American Library Association observes Banned Books Week during the last week in September .  The observance calls attention to attempts to ban materials from libraries.  It also promotes the freedom to access ideas and information, even if the ideas and information might be unorthodox or unpopular. 

The Longhorns are Coming

Did you know that the Texas Longhorn is the official "Large Mammal" for the state of Texas? Did you know that theTexas Longhorn almost became extinct ? Join us Tuesday, August 9 from 2:30-4:30 pm (in the Diana Lane side of the parking lot)  for a round-up of fun facts and lore about Texas Longhorn Cattle.  Cindy and Robert Schnuriger will bring animals such as Texas Longhorn cattle, a horse, and donkey to show the importance of these animals to Texas history. 

Longhorn Cattle Program is postponed

The Longhorn Cattle visit scheduled for Wednesday, July 20 has been postponed.  We hope to reschedule it after the Summer Reading Program ends but before school starts up again.  

We will have a craft program at 2:30 pm on Wednesday.  We will be making beach-scene paper collages.  Tickets are needed.  They are free and available starting 30 minutes before the program.

Fossils and Dinosaurs at Freeman Library

 

 

 

 

Join us Tuesday, July 19 at 2:30 pm for a visit from Houston Gem and Mineral Society members, Professor Sharon Choens and Mr. George Wolf.  They will talk about fossils and dinosaurs and how they got interested in studying about them.  They will have lots of interesting items to display.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available starting 30 minutes before the program.

"Wanda and the Oblahlahs" visits Freeman Library

Local children's book author, Joe Sutton, will be at Freeman on Monday, July 18 at 2:30 pm.  He will be reading his book "Wanda and the Oblahlahs."  It is the story of what happens to Wanda, a little girl who loves to chew gum.  Her parents always tell her to take the gum out of her mouth before she goes to bed.  One night she leaves the gum in her mouth.  She has some very interesting things happen to her...

Pictures and Planets

Children -  have you been to the beach this summer or do you plan to go soon?  If so, we may have just the craft for you on Tuesday, July 12 at 2:30 pm.  We'll be decorating a foam picture frame shaped like a sand castle.  It will be perfect for framing a picture of you and your family at the beach...or the pool...or the sprinkler...or the bathtub!  Tickets are required.  They are free and available starting thirty minutes before the program.

Storybook Opera and Ferrets are coming to Freeman

After a long weekend of Fourth of July celebrations, join us at Freeman for fairytales and ferrets!  On Tuesday July 5, we will have a visit from Storybook Opera at 2:30 pm.    Chelsea Hardy, a soprano with Houston Opera to Go, will sing portions of Hans Christian Anderson's "Snow White."

On Wednesday July 6, Gail and Jimi Hummel and members of the Houston Area Ferret Association will bring some ferret friends at 2:30 pm.  We will learn about ferrets and how to care for them.   Come see the funny antics of the ferrets.

Marsha's Petting Zoo

Get ready to pet some cute animals!  Marsha's Petting Zoo visits Freeman on Tuesday, June 7 from 2:30-4:30 pm.  There will be a goat, deer, rabbits, piglet, mini-donkey and other fun animals. The Petting Zoo will be set up in the parking lot on the Diana Lane side of the library.  We'll have folks line up on the porch and we'll take visitors through in small groups to see the animals.

Join us for Toddlers @ Play on May 24 and May 31

There will be temporary change to the Toddler Time schedule for the last week of May and first week of June.  We will have Toddler Time these two weeks only on the Tuesday of the week.  The Book Babies schedule will remain the same.

We are making the temporary change to try a special program - Toddlers @ Play.  We have purchased new educational toys just for the skills and interests of toddlers.  We will have stations where the children can try out the new toys.  There will be a music station with instruments and shakers, a construction station with blocks, an art station with manipulatives and puzzles, and a cozy library station with new board books that they can enjoy. 

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