Fort Bend County Libraries’ Mission Bend Branch Library, 8421 Addicks Clodine Road in Southwest Houston, presents a variety of free children’s programs, Young Adult programs for teens, adult computer classes, and special events for people of all ages each month. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Mission Bend Branch Library at 832-471-5900 or the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734. The JUNE schedule is as follows:

SUMMER HOURS – effective June 3-August 23

          Mon – 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm

          Tue, Thu – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

          Wed – 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

          Fri – 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

          Sat – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

          Sun – CLOSED

SPECIAL EVENTS

“Summer Movies @ the Library” – Fridays, Jun 14 and 28, 2:00-4:00 pm, Meeting Room. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.The libraries’ licensing agreement for public showing of films prohibits them from releasing the name of the movie outside of the library. For more information, call the branch library.

  • Jun 14 — Released in 2004, this biopic portrays the true story of Grammy-Award winning musician Ray Charles, played by Jamie Foxx. Despite humble beginnings in Georgia and the loss of his eyesight at the age of seven, Ray Charles rose to meteoric stardom during the 1950s and 1960s, becoming an icon in both the music industry and the Civil Rights era. Foxx won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and other honors for his portrayal of Charles. This film is rated PG-13.
  • Jun 28 –Released in 2014, the movie to be shown is a comic-book space-adventure feature film from Marvel Studios. In the movie, a group of interstellar outlaws teams up to save the galaxy from a fanatical warrior who seeks ultimate power over the universe. A mysterious orb, stolen from the far reaches of outer space, contains secrets that could pose a dire threat should the object fall into the wrong hands. This movie is rated PG-13.

“The Apollo Mission” – Saturday, Jun 15, 1:30-3:30 pm, Meeting Room. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, retired NASA physicist F. Don Cooper will share his experiences creating the technology that helped launch Apollo 11 in 1969, and the efforts that his team went through to successfully bring the Apollo 13 crew home safely in 1970. The program will be presented in two parts. Part I, “To the Moon & Back,” will take place from 1:30-2:30 pm. Cooper will talk about the history of U.S. rockets, and his role in the Apollo 11 and 13 missions. Part II, “Saturn Vehicle Guidance Equations,” will take place from 2:30-3:30 pm. Cooper will talk more specifically about how geometry, algebra, calculus, and classical mechanics were used to produce the Saturn V guidance equations. Students who are considering a career in a STEM-related field will gain insight into how mathematics and physics can be used to solve real-world problems.

“Pinterest for Beginners” – Wednesday, Jun 19, 10:30 am, Computer Lab. Learn all about Pinterest, the virtual pinboard that has taken the social-media population by storm. Pinterest enables people to organize and share items of interest to them that they have found on the Internet. Pinboards can be used to collect ideas for anything from planning weddings or decorating homes to organizing favorite recipes, and much more. Those attending the class should already have a working email address and password. Registration is required.

Introduction to Facebook” – Thursday, Jun 20, 10:30-11:30 am, Computer Lab.

Learn how to set up a Facebook account, search for friends, make “friend requests,” and write wall posts. Those attending this class should have a basic working knowledge of computers, and must have a personal email account before attending the class. Registration is required.

Food for Thought Cookbook Club” – Thursday, Jun 20; 3:00 pm, Conference Room. This month, the theme is “Bread.” Cooking enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels – from beginners to advanced — are invited to join. Those attending are welcome to bring their own cookbooks and recipes, or they may browse the library’s collection of cookbooks. Share tips, get ideas, and enjoy the camaraderie of other individuals who have an interest in cooking and good cuisine! Meets on the third Thursday of every month; different cooking genres are explored each month.

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE “A Universe of Stories” May 27-Aug 31

Fort Bend County Libraries presents special reading challenges during the summer to encourage reading among readers of all ages. Library programs and activities begin during the week of June 3, and continue through July 27. There is no charge to join the Summer Reading Challenges (SRC), and they are open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or they may register online by going to the FBCL website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image. When the online registration form has been completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time. Readers may also register and log books/reading time by downloading the free Beanstack Tracker app to their mobile device from the Apple App or Google Play stores.

Reading rewards can be redeemed beginning Monday, June 3. Prizes must be collected from the “primary library of use” that the reader indicated on the registration form. The last day to pick up awards is August 31. The names of participants who complete the program will be entered into a drawing for gift cards from area stores — donated by the Friends of the Library organizations — that will be awarded to several lucky readers in a drawing scheduled at the end of the program at each library location.

The Summer Reading Challenges are sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries, the Friends organizations that support the county library system, andthe Collaborative Summer Library Program, a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality children’s summer-reading program materials for public libraries.

  • Summer Reading Challenge for Children

Children from infancy through elementary school-age are invited to come to the library to read a lot of great books, see some exciting programs, and join in some fun activities to kick off a great summer! Children are encouraged to read as many books as they can and they will earn rewards based on the total number of books they read or have read to them. For the first five books read, the child will receive a bookmark. The rewards continue with a certificate for 10 books, a color-changing ruler for 15 books, and a reading trophy for the first 20 books read. For every 20 books read, the participant’s name will also be written on a picture of a space shuttle to be displayed in that branch library. Drawings for puppets will take place weekly.

  • Middle School Summer Challenge

Area youth in grades 6-8 can participate in the SRC by logging online the time they spend reading. Kids are encouraged to read as many books as they can, and they will earn rewards based on the total amount of time they spend reading. Upon completion of 20 hours (1200 minutes) of reading, readers will receive a trophy or a mystery prize.

  • Summer Reading Challenge for Teens & Adults

Adults of all ages, including young adults in high school, may participate in the YA & Adult SRC by logging online the time they spend reading books and by participating in optional weekly “challenges” that can be completed individually at home online. All YA and adult readers who complete the goal of reading for 1,000 minutes will earn a desk cube with phone accessories, while supplies last. An ultimate grand prize will be awarded to one lucky reader in the library system. Participants in the YA/Adult Summer Reading Challenge who complete the program by logging 1,000 minutes of reading time will be entered into a drawing for a 16 GB Fire HD 7 tablet with a red case, which will be awarded to one winner in the library system on August 5.

BOOK CLUB – Wednesday, Jun 12, 7:00 pm, Conference Room. The book to be discussed is Homegoing, a novel written by Yaa Gyasi. New members invited to attend! This book club meets on the second Wednesday of every month.

ESL CONVERSATION CIRCLES – Wednesdays, Jun 5, 12, 19, 26; 1:30-2:30 pm; Conference Room; presented in English.

Fort Bend County Libraries offers 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 Computer Lab. Reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “Mission Bend Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 832-471-5900, or by visiting the library.

  • MS PowerPoint 2016 Survival Basics – Wednesday, Jun 5, 7:00-8:00 pm. Learn the basics of using this slideshow-presentation software program.
  • MS PowerPoint 2016: Accelerated Skills – Thursday, Jun 6, 10:30-11:30 am. This class will demonstrate how to use Microsoft PowerPoint, the slideshow presentation software program. It will also explore more advanced techniques that can be used to enhance a presentation.

3D Printing Class (Reservations required)

Introduction to 3D Printing – Saturday, Jun 8, 10:30 am-12:00 noon, Computer Lab. Library staff will introduce the 3D printer and explain how library patrons can print their own designs. Those attending the session will also learn about free websites that can be used to find 3D files or to create their own 3D designs. Prior to the class, attendees are encouraged to create an account with Tinkercad at https://www.tinkercad.com.

YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS (for teens in grades 9-12)

  • Young Adult Book Club – Thursday, Jun 6, 4:00-5:00 pm, Conference Room. Teen readers in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to meet with others who share the same love for great books, and have a lively discussion on the reasons a book or its characters were liked or disliked. The book to be discussed in June is We Are All Made of Molecules, a novel written by Susin Nielsen.
  • “YA Out-of-This-World Book-Folding” – Tuesday, Jun 11, 2:00–3:00 pm, Conference Room. Teens in grades 9-12 will turn old books into new works of art. In keeping with the  Summer Reading Challenge theme, “A Universe of Stories,” library staff will demonstrate how to take an old book and make celestial shapes, such as stars, moons, and planets,  by folding the pages. No cutting, gluing, or special equipment is needed for this simple craft project. The project is a fun way to re-use old books and give them a new purpose. The resulting piece of art can be a great gift for someone who loves to read. Registration is required.
  • Young Adult Advisory Council – Thursday, Jun 13, 4:00-5:00 pm, Conference Room. At this monthly meeting, teens in grades 9-12 are invited to express ideas, organize upcoming activities, and suggest new programs and books that would be of interest to young adults at the library. Earn volunteer/service hours and meet new friends while helping to shape the future of library services for teens!

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS – Summer Schedule

Mother Goose Time – Thursdays at 10:15 am – provides caregiver/infant multisensory circle-time activities — including simple sign language, folksongs and lullabies, and finger plays — that are especially designed to stimulate babies’ social, emotional, and physical development through rhythm and music. Mother Goose Time is intended for infants from age 1 month to 12 months.

Toddler Time – Wednesdays at 10:15 am – offers structured caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 1 to 3 years of age.

Story Time – Tuesdays at 10:15 am – presents stories, movies, and age-appropriate craft activities for children 3 to 6 years of age.

Pajama Night Story Time – Wednesdays at 6:30 pm – gives families an evening option for some activities presented during the day time.

Family Programs — This summer, the library will have special Family Programs – activities for families with children of all ages — on Thursdays, beginning at 2:00 pm. The library is not able to accommodate daycares or school groups at these activities. The June schedule is as follows:

  • June 6My Reptile Guys.
  • June 13Game Time! Challenge friends and family to a friendly board game, card game, or other game of skill.
  • June 20DJ Dance Party. DJ Jeffrey will provide music for dancing and games.
  • June 27Crafts & Cartoons.

Middle School Programs, which are designed for youth in grades 6 through 8, take place every Tuesday, beginning at 3:00 pm, in the summer. The June schedule is as follows:

  • June 4Moon Phase Tees & Tanks. Create an incredible t-shirt or tank top with the eight phases of the moon. Those attending should bring their own black t-shirt or tank top.
  • June 11Cotton-Candy Popcorn & Animé. Enjoy flavored popcorn while watching an animé movie.
  • June 18Life-Sized Heroes vs Villains Monopoly. Superheroes and villains duel it out in this life-sized board game with a twist! Registration required.
  • June 25Legends of the Hidden Temple. Outsmart the dreaded temple guards and escape the temple by using knowledge and wits to complete a set of obstacles. Registration required.