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Let's geaux to a Mardi Gras parade!

   Mardi Gras is February 12 this year.  There will be lots of fun parades and other events in Kemah, Galveston and other parts over the next two weekends.  If you can't make it to any of the parades, stop by the Children's Department to see the Krewe of Freeman.  We have 22 shoebox floats decorated by children and adults who recently attended an afterschool program.    The library provided shoeboxes, decorating materials, and lots of glue while the children provided their imagination.   The shoebox floats will be on display behind the Kids Information Desk through Mardi Gras on February 12.  The children who decorated the floats can pick them up starting February 13 and take them home to keep.

Celebrate Mardi Gras - Make a shoebox float on Monday, January 28

      Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is February 12.  In the next couple of weeks there will be parades in places such as Kemah, Galveston, Lake Charles, New Orleans, and Mobile.  To get in the Mardi Gras spirit, children ages 4-12 can make a Mardi Gras shoebox float on Monday, January 28 at 4:30 pm.  We will have shoeboxes and lots of beads, stickers, colorful streamers and other items to decorate a float. 

Join us for Baby Playtime on Friday, January 25 at 10:00 am

     Looking for someplace to take your baby to have a fun morning?  Join us Friday morning, January 25,  from 10:00-11:00 am for Baby Playtime.  This program is designed for babies from infancy through 18 months old .  There will be toys, books, songs, bubbles, and playtime.  No  tickets are required for this program.  Just drop into the Children's Activity Space.

Afterschool Ancient Art Program coming for children 10 years and older in February

   For four Mondays in February (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th), children ages 10 and above will explore and create artwork in the style of several ancient cultures.  This afterschool program will start at 4:30 pm and last for an hour.  Children should be able to attend each of the four weeks.   They will need a smock or old shirt to protect their clothing while doing the art projects.

Afterschool Ancient Art Program coming for children 10 years and older in February

   For four Mondays in February (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th), children ages 10 and above will explore and create artwork in the style of several ancient cultures.  This afterschool program will start at 4:30 pm and last for an hour.  Children should be able to attend each of the four weeks.   They will need a smock or old shirt to protect their clothing while doing the art projects.

USA LEGO Robotics Camp starts up on Saturday, February 9

      The USA LEGO Robotics Camp will be returning to Freeman Library for four Saturdays from February 9 through March 2.  This free camp is for children 7-11 years.  The children use the LEGO WeDo program on laptops and LEGO kits to create fun projects together.  The children learn mechanical and science concepts while they work in pairs or a small group to build the projects.  They are assisted by a middle school teacher and teen as well as adult volunteers.

Homeschoolers: Cast your Texas Bluebonnet Award vote this Friday 1/18

        Homeschooled children who would be in grades 3-6 and who have read or listened to at least 5 of the 2012-2013 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee books are invited to cast a vote for their favorite nominee book on Friday, January 18 at the Kids Information Desk.  We will have a ballot box at the desk all day for homeschool children to vote.  Children enrolled at schools cast their vote at school.  

We have a year-round display of Texas Bluebonnet Award books in the Children's Department.  There now are books for the 2012-2013 session and books for the 2013-2014 session available for checkout.  

Kids can build a replica of the White House

Are you looking for something for your school-age child to do on the last day of the winter break?  Bricks4Kidz will be at Freeman Library this afternoon, January 7,  at 4:30 pm for a LEGO  program.  Children 5-11 years old will have an opportunity to learn about the White House and build a replica of it using LEGO bricks.  Tickets are required for this program.  They are free and available from the Kids Information Desk starting 30 minutes before the program.

January Programs for Children

    Looking for something for the children to do in January?  Freeman will have several programs to keep children occupied this month.  We will resume our normal storytime schedule starting Monday, January 7, 2013.   Here is our storytime schedule:

Block out some time in the Children's Department in December!

       If you're looking to get away from crowded malls this holiday season, join us in the Children's Department where your young ones can enjoy some good old-fashioned fun playing with blocks.  If blocks don't appeal to your child, we have other activity tables that children will find fun and challenging.  Librarian, Elizabeth Hunt, works hard each month to find or create a variety of activities that will interest children as well as their adults.   For December, we have a blocks table, a spelling table, and a puzzle table.  Additionally, we have an ever-popular puppet stage with a collection of hand puppets that budding puppeteers will enjoy.

 

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