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Sugar Land Book Club Celebrates 20 Years of Reading

The Sugar Land Book Club at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the book club’s inception. The group, which still includes three of the original members, reminisced about some of the books they have read over the years.

The Sugar Land Book Club started in February 2000, under the guidance of (then) Branch Manager Joanne Downing, who is now Assistant Library Director. Downing has overseen and moderated the book club ever since, and it has affectionately become known as “Joanne’s Book Club.”

Since the club’s incepti... Read Full Blog

Voices of Change: YA Books Featuring Diverse Authors

In recognition of Black History Month in February, Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) is showcasing books written by black Young Adult (YA) authors. The YA literary world is riding a wave of change as more diverse authors are being published. FBCL carries a wide array of titles by black authors that will appeal to many reading tastes.

In the February 3, 2020, issue of Elle Magazine, Roxanne Fequiere features five of the most accomplished new voices -- Tomi Adeyemi, Akwaeke Emezi, Elizabeth Acevedo, Angie Thomas, and Nic Stone – who are rewriting the rules of YA fiction. Many of the... Read Full Blog

Newborns Receive Special Welcome During Children’s Book Week, Feb 2-8, 2020

In celebration of Children’s Book Week, February 2-8, 2020, Fort Bend County Libraries will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during this week may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library.

Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and on library services. These bags represent the library system’s commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives... Read Full Blog

Tis the Season! Gear Up for the Holidays with Help from the Library!

Gear up for the holidays by starting at your library. Resources on holiday traditions & folklore, special recipes, decorating ideas & crafts, music & movies, favorite children’s stories, and much more can help make your next celebration truly memorable.

Classic holiday movies, such as It’s a Wonderful Life (on DVD), Miracle on 34th Street (on DVD and hoopla), and Holiday Inn (DVD and hoopla music), are available in the libraries’ audiovisual collections. A wide variety of holiday music is also available on CD or digital download. From the traditional sounds of Bach, Vi... Read Full Blog

Shop Smart for the Holidays

Before you make an expensive purchase, you want to make sure you’re getting the best “bang” for your buck. Whether you’re shopping for kitchen appliances, home-entertainment systems, smart phones, or cars, you can make smarter purchases by doing a little research before-hand.

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) has resources that the savvy shopper can access from home at any time with a library card. Find product reviews, buyers’ advice, product-safety information, and much more!

If you don’t subscribe to Consumer Reports, you can find them at several FBCL locations. Y... Read Full Blog

Autumn Projects for Do-It-Yourself-ers

While the extreme heat of a hot Texas summer keeps many people indoors, the cooler breezes of the autumn months bring them outdoors once again, ready to tackle those long-overdue home-improvement projects. Whether your honey-do list includes outdoor activities like building a new deck and planting a fall garden, or indoor tasks like replacing appliances and repairing the garbage disposal, the library has resources to help DIYers accomplish almost any project imaginable. Find out what tools are most essential to have on hand.  Build a fabulous palace for your favorite pooch. Turn out-of... Read Full Blog

Toni Morrison -- In Memoriam

Toni Morrison (1931-2019) was best known for her intricately woven novels, which focus on intimate relationships set against the backdrop of African American culture. She won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for her fifth novel, Beloved, the 1993 Nobel Prize for literature, and a 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

To learn more about this illustrious author, see our Gale Biography in Context database.

To read some of the late author’s work, choose one of many selections from our catalog.

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The Sky’s the Limit!

NASA launched Apollo 11 to the moon 50 years ago on July 16, 1969, and four days later – on July 20 – man set foot on the moon for the very first time.

On the anniversary of this momentous occasion, we take a moment to appreciate the courage and visionary accomplishments of the men and women who made this historic event possible! Relive memories of the first lunar landing and marvel at the evolution of technology in a relatively short period of time! What exactly did it take to accomplish this successful, history-making mission?

Join us for some exciting events we have p... Read Full Blog

Is Your Child a Reluctant Reader?

Would your son or daughter rather eat SPINACH than read a book?  Could sitting down and reading a book be the worst punishment imaginable?

Maybe the right “match” just hasn't been found yet – that one book that’s going to catch and hold your child’s attention, hooking them into the wonders found in the world of books.

Do they like slimy bugs, slithering snakes, or anything ghastly, gory, or gross? Is your child a sports fiend? Car crazy? Or just intimidated by pages full of words?

Many authors of juvenile books see this audience as a challenge, and great s... Read Full Blog

VACATION PLANNING AT THE LIBRARY

Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. Are you planning a trip?  Or are you just dreaming of all the places you would like to visit someday? Start your travel plans with a stop at Fort Bend County Libraries, where you can find information on destinations and travel-planning tips. Or you may just want to find a book or a video on faraway places so you can experience the world without ever leaving the comfort of your own home!

The library is a good starting point for researching vacation opportunities in and around the Texas Gulf Coast and the Hill Country. You c... Read Full Blog

Celebrate Earth Day!

April 22, 2019, marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day. The challenges being faced by today’s consumer make the need to conserve energy and live with greater efficiency more important than ever! We have an unprecedented opportunity—now more than ever—to build a healthy, prosperous, clean-energy economy for ourselves and our future generations.

Be sure to stop by George Memorial Library in Richmond on Saturday, April 13, for our Earth Day Festival. Learn about ways to help the planet by reducing waste, and discover how to save money as well! Click here for more info on the eve... Read Full Blog

Keeping Fort Bend County Strong! National Library Week, April 7-13

Fort Bend County Libraries invites the residents of the county to join in recognition of National Library Week, April 7-13, when the dynamic changes that are taking place in libraries around the country are recognized and celebrated.

The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities.” Libraries strengthen their communities in innumerable ways -- by promoting early literacy initiatives for young families, by offering homework assistance to students, by providing skills-improvement classes for job-hunters, by implementing innovative technology, and b... Read Full Blog

Celebrate Texas History Month in March

On March 2, 1836 – 183 years ago – 59 men met at Washington-on-the-Brazos and declared Texas a sovereign and independent republic. The remarkable actions of extraordinary men and women – both before and after that momentous occasion – form part of the legend that has made our state so brilliant and unique. The battles fought at Goliad, the Alamo, and San Jacinto are well-known events in our state’s formidable beginnings, but they are only a part of Texas’s rich and illustrious past.

Take advantage of this month-long celebration to read about some of the lesser-known – but equally ... Read Full Blog

February is Black History Month

 

February is Black History Month -- what better time to recognize some of the outstanding contributions of African-American writers, illustrators, and other artists to the world of modern literature!

Several awards for writers and illustrators of children’s books are named in honor of Coretta Scott King. These awards recognize African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding inspirational and educational books for children and young adults. Click here for a list of the 2019 award winners.

 

The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Aw... Read Full Blog

February is the Month for Romance!

February is the month for romance! If you want to impress your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, take a few tips from the library!

 

Flowers

Sometimes – when words cannot adequately express how much you care – you can send sweet messages using the language of flowers! Discover the symbols and myths of different flora with Marina Heilmeyer’s The Language of Flowers or Mandy Kirkby’s A Victorian Flower Dictionary.

 

Food

Are you looking for some sweet treats that will impress your sweetheart? Whip up something in the... Read Full Blog