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, call the First Colony Branch Library (281-238-2800) or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734). 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. The November schedule is as follows:

LIBRARY CLOSINGS

  • Nov 11 – Veterans Day
  • Nov 28-Dec 1 – Thanksgiving

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • “Glass-Encapsulated Miniatures” Exhibit – Nov 1-Dec 31, Lobby Display Case. From the studio of Sugar Land resident Burton D. Reckles, the art pieces include a variety of miniatures encased in bottles, light bulbs, and pocket-watch cases. The collection includes traditional ships-in-bottles, humorous dioramas, whimsical children’s fantasy scenes, Judaic mementos, and Holocaust art.
  • “Estate Administration: A Bare-Bones Approach to Texas Probate” – Saturday, Nov 2, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Meeting Room. Presented by family-law attorney Evelyn Gordon, the program will provide an overview of estate administration and probate. Gain a better understanding of probate – including why it is necessary and costs that are associated – as well as alternatives to probate. Gordon will also talk about different roles in estate management — such as Executor, Personal Representative, or Independent Administrator – the differences between them, advantages/disadvantages, and qualifications.
  • “Make a Wish Bracelet” – Saturday, Nov 2, 2:00-4:00 pm, Meeting Room. In this craft class for adults and teens aged 13 and up, learn how to make a simple piece of jewelry with a fun twist. Materials for this program are provided through the generous support of the Friends of the First Colony Branch Library. Registration is required.
  • “Understanding Social Security & Medicare” – Tuesday, Nov 12, 6:30 pm, Meeting Room. Andrew Hardwick, Metropolitan Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration, will provide an overview of Social Security and the Medicare program. Learn how and when to apply; how early retirement affects one’s benefits; how to maximize one’s benefits; the differences between Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D; and online tools at the Social Security Administration’s website. Those attending this workshop may want to set up a “my Social Security” account online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and print out a Social Security Statement before arriving at the class so that Hardwick may address any questions they have.
  • “Conquer the Stress Monster” – Wednesday, Nov 13, 6:30 pm, Meeting Room. Certified health and life coach Valerie Coyle will talk about the effects of stress on the body, and its impacts on the hormone cortisol, digestive activity, and daily living. Get tips for managing stress and limiting its impact on one’s life.
  • “Lady Dungeon Crawlers”– Saturday, Nov 16, 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.
  • “Dungeons & Dragons®” – Saturday, Nov 23, 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.

BOOK CLUB

  • Novel Expectations Book Club – Thursday, Nov 14, at 1:30 pm, Conference Room. The book to be discussed is Luckiest Girl Alive, written by Jessica Knoll. This book club meets on the second Thursday of every month. New members are encouraged to attend.

ESL CONVERSATION CIRCLES

Tuesdays, Nov 12 and 26, 1:30-3:00 pm, Conference 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 “ESL 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

Seating is limited, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “First Colony Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2800, or by visiting the library.

  • MS PowerPoint 2010: Intermediate – Thursday, Nov 14, 10:30 am, Conference Room. Understand this slideshow-presentation program even better by learning more advanced functions and tools. Learn how to edit images and get creative with presentations.
  • MS Excel 2010 Survival Basics – Thursday, Nov 21, 10:30 am, Conference Room. Learn the basics of using this spreadsheet software program, which features calculation tools that are helpful for financial and statistical needs.

YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS FOR TEENS (gr 9-12)

  • Free SAT Practice-Test Session – Saturday, Nov 16, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm, Meeting Room. A representative from Princeton Review will administer a practice test to college-bound students in grades 9-12. This practice test will prepare students for the actual SAT test. The scores on this practice test will only be shared with the student; they will not be sent to any educational institutions. Bring two #2 pencils, and a non-graphing calculator if available. Registration is required; sign up by going to the library’s online events calendar (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) or by calling the library.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

  • 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. This activity will NOT take place on Nov 28; the library will be closed for the holiday.
  • 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. This activity will NOT take place on Nov 11; the library will be closed for the holiday.
  • 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. The schedule for November is as follows:
  • Nov 7 – Coding Fun. Learn about computer coding.
  • Nov 21 – Catapults & Paper Rockets.
  • Minecraft Club for Middle Schoolers – Saturday, Nov 9, 2:00 pm. Minecraft challenge for students in grades 4 through 8. Reservations required. Participants may register by calling the library at 281-238-2140, or by visiting the library.

SPECIAL FAMILY EVENTS

  • “Infant Sensory Playtime” — Saturday, Nov 9, 11:00 am-12:30 pm. Play is one of the primary ways young children learn. Parents or caregivers with children 18 months of age or younger are invited to this special come-and-go program where their children will have an opportunity to learn by exploring with their senses. This activity is suitable for infants who are not yet walking.
  • “Fall Festival” — Saturday, Nov 23, 2:00 pm. Families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy an afternoon of carnival games, face-painting, crafts, and drawings every 30 minutes for a free book.