Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land, presents a variety of free children’s programs, adult computer classes, book clubs, and special programs for people of all ages each month. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the First Colony Branch Library (281-238-2800) or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734). The February schedule is as follows:
- “Friends of First Colony Branch Library – Book Sale” – Saturday, Feb 1, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Meeting Room. Prices range from $0.50 to $2.00. Numerous items will be available for sale, such as DVDs, CDs, magazines, and a variety of books, including children’s, teens’, mystery, computer, special interest, and romance. The Friends organization is instrumental in funding library programs such as the children’s Summer Reading Club. Proceeds from the book sale and annual membership dues also help to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural events at the First Colony Branch Library.
- Income-Tax-Preparation Assistance – Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Feb 4-Apr 15, 10:00 am-2:00 pm; Conference Room. Representatives from the AARP will provide free income-tax-preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers. Patrons should bring the following information to the session if possible: photo ID; Social Security card(s) for self, spouse, and all dependents; last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s, and any other compensation received in 2019; unemployment compensation statements; and any other documents that are necessary to complete your return. This service is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Income-tax forms are no longer available at the libraries, but patrons may use the libraries’ computers and printers to download and print out the forms from the IRS website, www.irs.gov, during regular library hours. A library card is needed to use the printers, and the cost to print is 10¢ per black-and-white page.
- “SCORE: Take Control of Your Credit”– Saturday, Feb 15, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Meeting Room. Credit problems can make it more difficult to obtain loans or may result in higher interest rates when purchasing a car or buying a home. Understanding one’s credit rating and knowing how to improve it can help increase one’s purchasing power and enable one to save money. SCORE mentor Moncy Hawkins will provide an overview of credit scores, explaining what they are and how they are calculated. Learn about the different factors that make up a credit score and what steps can be taken to improve a rating.
- “Lady Dungeon Crawlers”– Saturday, Feb 15, 2:00-4:00 pm, Conference Room. Women aged 14 and up who are fans of the Dungeons & Dragons® fantasy, tabletop, role-playing game, are invited to stretch their imaginations and practice their problem-solving skills while meeting and socializing with others who enjoy role-playing games. All experience levels are welcome. Dice and character sheets will be provided. This all-female group will meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Registration is required.
- “Find Your Next Read” – Thursday, Feb 20, 10:30 am, Conference Room. Learn how to use book-finding tools and websites to discover the next great book to read and to keep track of books that have already been read. This class will introduce the popular social-media website for booklovers, Goodreads, and the library database NoveList Plus. Reservations required.
- “Dungeons & Dragons®” – Saturday, Feb 22, 2:00-4:00 pm, Conference Room. Adults and teens aged 13 and up who are fans of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy, tabletop, role-playing game, are invited to stretch their imaginations and practice their problem-solving skills while meeting and socializing with others who enjoy role-playing games. All experience levels are welcome. Dice and character sheets will be provided. This group will meet on the 4th Saturday of every month. Registration is required.
- Novel Expectations Book Club – Thursday, Feb 13, at 1:30 pm, Conference Room. The book to be discussed is Educated, a memoir written by Tara Westover.
ESL CONVERSATION CIRCLES – Tuesdays, Feb 11 and 25, 1:30-3:00 pm, Meeting Room. Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program for individuals of all nationalities who would like a place to practice their English language and conversation skills. The “Conversation Circles” provide an opportunity for non-English-speaking people to gather in a relaxed setting, and discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing their English skills.
ADULT COMPUTER CLASSES
- All computer classes will take place in the Conference Room. Reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “First Colony Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2800, or by visiting the library.
- MS Word 2010: Intermediate – Thursday, Feb 13, 10:30 am.
YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS (for teens in grades 9-12)
- College Fair – Wednesday, Feb 26, 6:30-8:00 pm, Meeting Room. Representatives from colleges and universities will be on hand to share information about their programs with current high school students and their parents or guardians. Students will have the opportunity to learn about educational opportunities available at the colleges, as well as admission requirements, financial aid, student housing, and more. Schools that will be represented include Baylor University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas Tech University, and University of North Texas.
- Mother Goose Time – Tuesdays at 10:05 and 11:15 am – provides caregiver/infant activities and songs especially designed for the youngest book-lovers, from age 1 month to 12 months.
- Toddler Time – Wednesdays at 10:05 am and Thursdays at 10:15 am – offers caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 1 to 3 years of age.
- Preschool Story Time – Wednesdays at 11:15 am – presents stories, movies, and age-appropriate craft activities for children 3 to 6 years of age.
- Pajama Night Story Time – Mondays at 6:30 pm – gives families an evening option for some activities presented during the day time.
- After-School Break – 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 4:30 pm – crafts, movies, stories for school-aged children in grades 1 through 5. Snacks are provided. The schedule for February is as follows:
- Feb 6 – Origami Animals
- Feb 20 – Newspaper Stool
- Minecraft Club for Middle Schoolers – Saturday, Feb 8, 2:00 pm. Minecraft challenge for students in grades 4 through 8. Registration is required. Participants may register by calling the library at 281-238-2800, or by visiting the library.
SPECIAL FAMILY EVENT
- “The World of Magic Bubbles” – Saturday, Feb 29, 2:00 pm. Learn about simple math and science and the art of bubbles when Shelly McBubbles creates mind-blowing bubbles, including giant bubbles, bubble clouds, bubble chains, and a cube bubble. Her grand finale is not to be missed! This popular program is made possible by the Friends of the First Colony Branch Library. It is suitable for families with children of all ages.