Libraries

FORT BEND COUNTY LIBRARIES

NEWS RELEASE

DATE:

May 19, 2020

CONTACT:

Michele Pettigrew 281-633-4734 or

Sandy Johnson 281-633-4740

RELEASE:

IMMEDIATELY

Marketing & Communications

LIBRARIES start facebook group for SUMMER READING CHALLENGE virtual programs.

            Because of the COVID-19 social-distancing recommendations, Fort
Bend County Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) will feature virtual programming – pre-recorded videos or live-streamed – so that families can participate from the comfort and safety of home.

          For easy access, the virtual programs for Youth (infant through
Middle School) will be posted in two online locations – the FBCL website and
a special “Fort Bend County Libraries Summer Reading Challenge” Facebook group on the FBCL Facebook page. The same content will be posted in both
locations.

Since programming will begin June 1, these options will become available at the end of May. New virtual programs will be posted each week in June and
July.

On the FBCL website www.fortbend.lib.tx.us <http://www.fortbend.lib.tx.us>
), the SRC virtual programs can be found by clicking on the red “SRC Virtual
Activities” icon on the lower half of the website.

Families may also find the FBCL SRC Facebook group helpful for accessing the virtual programs. To join the Facebook group from a computer, go to the FBCL Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FortBendCountyLibraries), click on the “More” drop-down tab, and select “Groups.” On the mobile version, scroll down to the section called “Groups by This Page.” Families will then have
the option of joining the “Fort Bend County Libraries Summer Reading
Challenge” Facebook group.

The schedule of Youth programs, which will be available on both online
locations, is as follows:

*        Mondays – Mother Goose Time (infants 1-12 months of age)
*        Tuesdays – Toddler Time (1-3 years of age)
*        Wednesdays – School-Age Programs* (grades K-5)
*        Thursdays – Middle School Programs (grades 6-8)
*        Fridays – Family Programs* (all ages)

*Please note – the live-streamed School-Age programs and Family programs are scheduled to begin at 10:00 am.

Families of toddlers and preschoolers may pick up to-go activity packets
from the library for each month. These packets – available for pick up in
June and July — contain fun craft activities that can be done at home.

The Summer Reading Challenge activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Fort Bend County Libraries’ Communications Office (281-633-4734).

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FORT BEND COUNTY LIBRARIES

NEWS RELEASE

April 21, 2020

LIBRARIES’ “LEARNING EXPRESS” RESOURCE HELPS IMPROVE COMPUTER SKILLS AND CAREER-READINESS

            Are you re-entering the workforce or looking for a new career? Do you want to improve your computer skills so you can qualify for more jobs?  Would practice tests for college-entrance exams or occupational-certification exams be helpful?

Fort Bend County Libraries’ LearningExpress Library is a free online computer resource that helps people improve their computer skills, explore careers, prepare for civil-service certification exams for jobs such as firefighters, EMTs, postal workers, and police officers, and much more.

          The LearningExpress Computer Skills Center offers dynamic online multimedia tutorials that help users learn the fundamentals of the computer, the internet, and popular software applications. Self-paced tutorials include Microsoft Office tools such as Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word, as well as Computer Graphics/Illustration and Understanding Your Operating System.

LearningExpress Library’s Job & Career Accelerator feature helps job-hunters create professional resumés and cover letters, get detailed and current information on a variety of occupations, match personal interests and skills with a desired career, improve interviewing skills, and much more.       

           LearningExpress Library also has practice tests for exams such as the GED, ASVAB, SAT, ACT, TASP, and occupational certifications. The practice tests can be taken multiple times, which helps individuals who experience test anxiety become more confident while becoming familiar with the test format.

  Individuals may access this resource from any computer by going to the library’s website, www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, clicking on the “Research” tab on the main webpage, selecting “Databases,” and choosing the “Education, Tutoring and Testing” option on the left-hand side. A Fort Bend County Libraries library card is required for access outside the library.

For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us). While the libraries are closed, questions can be directed to the CONTACT US BY EMAIL option at the bottom of the website. Delays in response may be possible.

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FORT BEND COUNTY LIBRARIES

NEWS RELEASE

DATE: April 3, 2020 CONTACT: Michele Pettigrew 281-633-4734 or Sandy Johnson 281-633-4740
RELEASE: IMMEDIATELY   Marketing & Communications

FORT BEND COUNTY LIBRARIES remain CLOSED; patrons should not return books

            In accordance with the Stay Home to Save Lives Order from County Judge KP George, and with continuing public-health concerns with COVID-19, all Fort Bend County Libraries will remain closed throughout the duration of the order.

 Library patrons should keep all their library items at home until the library re-opens. Do NOT return them to the libraries’ outside book drops. Since staff are not available to check in the books at the library, the items will still show up on the patrons’ online accounts. However, NO fines or fees will be accrued during this time.

FBCL’s regular online services continue to be available 24/7. Through FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), library patrons have access to the following, and much more. Readers who prefer e-books to physical books can still have access to reading materials and other online services. Some of the available online options include:

  • eBooks, audio books, online magazines and newspapers, databases.
    • Story Time videos.
    • Streaming movies, TV shows, and music.
    • Brainfuse Homework Help, World Books for Kids, TumbleBooks, and other youth resources.
    • Online SAT/ACT practice tests.
    • Genealogy databases.
    • Transparent Languages.

The libraries’ Hoopla Digital online collection now includes a “Bonus Borrows Collection.” Items borrowed from this collection – ebooks, audio books, music, movies, and TV shows – do NOT count against patrons’ monthly Hoopla 5-borrow limit.

Parents of preschoolers are reminded to sign up for the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” challenge. Books and ebooks being read to newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers at home count toward this goal! Books count each time they are read. To sign up for the program, click on the red “Youth” icon on the libraries’ website, and select “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.”

While the libraries are closed, questions can be directed to the CONTACT US BY EMAIL option at the bottom of the website. Delays in response may be possible.

Updates will be posted on the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) or the FBCL Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FortBendCountyLibraries).

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FORT BEND COUNTY LIBRARIES

NEWS RELEASE

DATE:March 20, 2020CONTACT:Michele Pettigrew 281-633-4734 orSandy Johnson 281-633-4740
RELEASE:IMMEDIATELY Marketing & Communications

FORT BEND COUNTY LIBRARIES TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY

Because of continuing public-health concerns with COVID-19, all Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) locations are closed as of Friday, March 20, 2020, at 5:00 pm, and are tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020.

The Curbside Pick-Up service has been suspended. All fines and fees accrued during this period will be waived.

FBCL’s regular online services continue to be available 24/7. Through FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), library patrons have access to the following, and much more. Readers who prefer e-books to physical books can still have access to reading materials and other online services. Some of the available online options include:

  • eBooks, audio books, online magazines and newspapers, databases.
  • Streaming movies, TV shows, and music.
  • Brainfuse Homework Help, World Books for Kids, TumbleBooks, and other youth resources.
  • Online SAT/ACT practice tests.
  • Genealogy databases.
  • Transparent Languages.