Cinco Ranch Branch Library

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2620 Commercial Center Blvd
Katy, TX 77449

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(281) 395-1311
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I have always loved reading, and so public libraries have always been a favorite place for me. I have lived in many different places and I know that some are better than others. ...

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The Cinco Ranch Library has something for all ages! 7/14/2006

I have always loved reading, and so public libraries have always been a favorite place for me. I have lived in many different places and I know that some are better than others. We are very fortunate now because the Cinco Ranch Branch Library is wonderful! It is located off of Cinco Ranch Boulevard just across from Cinco Ranch High School. The library building itself is building and it is surrounded by green grass, walkways, a lake, and even a bridge. The library has wonderful programs for children of all ages and you can view their calendar online at: http://calendar.fortbend.lib.tx.us/menuc.asp They offer a "Mother Goose" story time for infants, a "Toddler Time" for children ages 18 months-3 years, "Story Time" for preschool-aged children, a "School Age Program" and a "Young Adult club" for youth ages 10-14. They also offer a "Pajama Storytime" once a week for all ages. My daughter loves the toddler story time. They hold it in the meeting room that is just to the left as you enter the library. There is usually a pretty large gathering of parents and toddlers and most people sit on the floor although they do have a few chairs available. They provide parents with a hand-out each week of the "agenda" and it includes the books that will be read and the words and movements for the songs and activities. They do a great job of keeping the children engaged and of mixing books with finger plays, songs and activities, and the people presenting are always very energetic. When the story time is over, they have a craft afterward. I am always amazed at how organized they are. They have an individual "pencil box" with the needed items for each child and then people handing out the pictures and other materials. The children's section of the library is very large and they have a "help desk" as well. The people who work there have always been very friendly and helpful. There are different areas throughout the children's section where children can stop and play. There is a dollhouse in one area and a big Lego's play table in another area. There are rocking chairs so you can stop and read a book with your child or small tables with wooden play toys like animals and an abacus. There are also computers and stations with headsets and tape recorders so children can listen to books on tape. I usually have to drag my daughter out of here! They also have a section for "young adults" that his trendy red chairs with a "coffee table" in the middle. This is located right by the big windows so you have a great view of the lake outside. It's a great place to curl up and read or to visit quietly with friends and I love that they have this available! During the summer months, they are offering a summer reading club for kids of all ages. You can register for this in the "children's" area of the library. The children can read the books themselves or have someone else read them. You keep a log of the books you have read and when you reach twenty, you get a trophy (there are other "prizes" along the way for every five books that you read). Some other features that are available at the library include: a computer lab (you can make a reservation or just "walk in"), free WiFi access for people with laptops, and printing and scanning services. They also have study rooms available on the second floor. When my brother was preparing to take the LSAT he loved to come here to study. I love the convenience that this location offers in that you can access the library catalog online http://ipac.fortbend.lib.tx.us/#focus and then you can request books (if they are checked out), put a hold on books, or renew books that you already have. You can access a listing of the library hours and more information about the location here: http://www.fortbend.lib.tx.us/branches/cr.html If you have not checked out this library yet, you are missing out on one of our community's better resources! more
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