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First Colony Branch

First Colony Branch Library
Sugar Land, Texas

2121 Austin Parkway
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
281-238-2800
281-265-4440 FAX

Janna Raven
Branch Manager

Located in Sugar Land, Texas, at the corner of Austin Parkway and Grants Lake.

HOURS

Mon
Tues
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
12 - 9
10 - 9
10 - 9
10 - 6
12 - 5
10 -  5
CLOSED
link to Monthly Calendar

Library Closings 2014

Date
Day
Jan 1
New Year's Day
Jan 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 18, 19, 20
Good Friday
May 9
Staff Development Day
May 25, 26
Memorial Day
Jul 4, 5, 6
Independence Day
Sept 1
Labor Day
Sept 26
Fair Day
Nov 11
Veterans' Day
Nov 27, 28, 29, 30
Thanksgiving
Dec 24*, 25, 26, 27, 28
Christmas
Dec 31*
New Year's Eve

*All Fort Bend County Libraries closes at 5:00 pm

Library Closings 2015

Date
Day
Jan 1
New Year's Day
Jan 19
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 3, 4, 5
Good Friday
May 24, 25
Memorial Day
Jul 3, 4, 5
Independence Day
Sept 7
Labor Day
Sept 25
Fair Day
Nov 11
Veterans' Day
Nov 26, 27, 28, 29
Thanksgiving
Dec 24, 25, 26, 27
Christmas


COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY

Computers for Public Use
Computers for public use are available at this branch by reservation or on a walk-in-basis.

Computer software available on these computers include:

Adult

Youth

Internet
Microsoft Office 2010
Research Databases

Internet
Microsoft Office 2010
Educational Databases
Educational Software

WiFi Access
First Colony Branch Library provides free WiFi access to the public at the library. Contact the Adult Reference Department at First Colony for more information and connection instructions to use your personal laptop at the library.

Printing and Scanning
An Automatic Payment Machine (APM) is available to add value to your library card, for printing and copying while in the library.

Printer type

Payment type

Price (per page)

B&W
Color

Library card

B&W: 10¢
Color: $1.00

A flatbed scanner is available at this library for both images and text.

Technology Classes
The staff of the Fort Bend County library system conducts entry-level classes on computer software, on a variable basis. Examples include “Microsoft Word Survival Basics” and “Mouse Practice for Scaredy-cats.” Classes are not available at all library locations. For the current classes available, check under Computer/Tech type programs on the calendar.


PROGRAMS

Library Programs
First Colony Branch Library is committed to providing Adult and Youth educational, informational, and cultural programs for its patrons. For a list of programs, go to the library’s Calendar of Events.

Displays and Exhibits
First Colony Branch Library has two permanent displays in the building.

BELIK PLANET CLOCK: Created by kinetic artist Jaroslav Belik, the Planet Clock only has one hand, whose tip moves along curves on the face of the dial. Time is shown by the angle position of the hand and its radial extension. Concentric black circles intersecting the curves indicate 5-minute intervals. The red circle shows 15- and 45-minute intervals. The top (apex) of each curve indicates the full hour, while the bottom shows the half-hour.

Most of the branches also feature changing displays and exhibits in their display cases. Check the calendar for the current displays.

Literacy and English as a Second Language
Literacy is important to community growth and an adaptable, diverse workforce. Partnering with the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, First Colony Branch Library provides facilities for persons wishing to learn to read or to learn English as a second language. Please call 281-341-2652 for more details.


MEETING AND STUDY ROOMS
Meeting Rooms Call 281-265-4444 to reserve.
Check our Meeting Room Policy
Meeting Room capacity: 100
Conference Room capacity: 16
Study Rooms:
6 study rooms are available on a walk-in basis
Capacity: 2-4 per room

OTHER EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC

Photocopying

Printer type

Payment type

Price (per page)

B&W
Color

Coin
Library card

Letter (8.5x11)
Coin: 15¢
Library card: 10¢

Legal (8.5x14)
Coin: 15¢
Library card: 10¢

Ledger (11x17)
Coin: 30 ¢
Library card: 20 ¢

Color (All sizes)
Coin: $1.00

Fax Machine
This service is for sending faxes only; it will not receive.

U.S.A., Canada & Caribbean

International

$1.75 1st page
$1.00 ea. additional page

$4.95 1st page
$3.45 ea. additional page


CREDIT CARD ONLY
credit cards

Typewriter
Typewriter use is free at First Colony Branch Library and is available on a walk-in basis.


HISTORY OF FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY
First Colony Branch Library opened in June 1993, the second of the four new branches built with bond-election funds voted for in 1989. It quickly grew to become the busiest of all of the library system locations. The 19,400-square-foot building was designed by architect Brooks Association for Architecture and Planning, Mark A. Stewart, Design Architect. The branch features a unique piece of kinetic art created by artist Jaroslav Belik - a Planet Clock. The clock is composed of a sun gear, a planet gear and a ring gear, and has only one hand, driven by a synchronous motor and an adjustment clutch. Time is shown by the angle of the hand and its radial extension.

FRIENDS OF THE FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY

The Friends of First Colony Branch Library was organized to support the branch with extra funds for things not provided for in the county budget. To raise those funds, the group conducts a monthly booksale in the branch. Over the years, the organization has purchased books and books-on-tape for the branch's collection, several new computers and peripherals for public use, and trophies for the Summer Reading Club. Currently the Friends support youth programs, decorations for the Youth Department, and assist with staff-training expenses. For more information about the Friends of First Colony Branch Library, or to join the organization, email fcolib@yahoo.com.

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