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We have decided to discontinue this site, as we are now announcing our news, events and announcements through the City of The Colony’s Facebook page, through the city’s Twitter site, and by email. You can sign up to get the Library’s News & Events emails at The Colony’s Citizen’s Action page.

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May at the Library!

Courtesy of ImageQuest

Look at these exciting programs coming to The Colony Public Library in May!

The School of the Month for May is Lakeview Middle School. During May, any Lakeview student who gets a new card or checks out an item can pick up a gift at the Circulation Desk.

It’s not too late to learn the basics of a new language before your summer travel! Learn the fun way with the Library’s free online resources: Mango Languages for adults and Muzzy Languages for kids. Adults can choose from 50+ languages plus ESL, while kids can learn 8 different languages plus English. Learn at your own pace! Find these resources and more at the Library E-Resources page of our website.

Teens! The Library’s Teen Advisory Panel is holding a membership drive this month. Come into the Library and fill out a Teen Advisory Panel Application for TAP, a group of teens aged 12 through high school, who plan projects and discuss services to help improve the Library, and put in volunteer hours at Library events.

Toddler Time and Preschool Story Time are on hiatus in May while we prepare for our Summer Reading Club programs. Toddler Time resumes on Tuesday, June 2 while Preschool Story Time starts up again on Friday, June 5. Both programs begin at 10:15 a.m.

Want to learn how to stretch your food budget and still make healthy meals? Natalie Robles from Texas A&M Extension Program will hold 3 sessions on Back to the Basics, covering meal planning, food budgets, preventing chronic diseases and more! Classes will be held on Thursdays, May 7, 14 & 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the Library Conference Room. Please sign up at the Reference Desk or call 972-625-1900 ext. 3.

The Teen Anime Club will be hosting a Mario Kart Gaming Tournament on Saturday, May 9 at the Library. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a $2 entry fee, which benefits the Library’s teen activities. Snacks will be available for purchase. Sponsored by FOTCPL.

Summer Reading Club 2015 sign-ups begin on Tuesday, May 12! SRC has reading clubs for all ages: preschool, elementary, teen and adult! Watch our website at thecolonypl.org for more information!

The Library’s Local History Committee will hold a Bridges Cemetery Open House on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 from 10 a.m. until noon. The Cemetery will be open to the public and Committee members will answer questions about the history of The Colony. Bridges Cemetery is located at the NW corner of Morningstar and Chesapeake.

The Library will be closed on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25.

February at the Library

february

Check out what’s happening at The Colony Public Library in February:

The Library has a new resource to help Texas teens and adults prepare to take DMV tests for their learner’s permit, motorcycle permit or commercial driver’s license. Driving-Tests.org has practice tests, DMV manuals and FAQs to help you pass your test, and can be found under both Adult Education & Careers and Teen Resources on the Library E-Resources page of our website.

Teens from 12-18 years of age are invited to join the Teen Advisory Panel! Plan activities and programs for teens at the Library, meet new friends and earn volunteer hours. For more information please contact Kansas Terry, Youth Services Librarian at kterry@thecolonypl.org.

Help us meet the challenge! The Friends of The Colony Public Library and the Jackson-Shaw Foundation have entered into a challenge to replace our heavily-used children’s educational computers with updated equipment. Jackson-Shaw, in the spirit of community, will match every dollar raised by the Friends up to $6500. We’re already halfway there! For more information on how you can help, please visit the FOTCPL Challenge page of our website.

The Library’s School of the Month for February is The Colony High School. During February any TCHS student who gets a new card or checks out an item can pick up a gift at the Circulation Desk.

Our Featured Online Resources for February are Literature Resources, including literary criticisms, author biographies, and reviews; you can also download classics to your tablet or smartphone. Find these and more on the Library E-Resources page of our website.

AARP Foundation Tax Help will be at the Library on Wednesdays beginning February 4 between 4 – 8 p.m. to assist you in completing and filing your tax return. Schedule your appointment at the Reference Desk or call 972-625-1900 ext. 3.

Capture The Colony! We’re looking for images, documents and stories about the City’s past to be scanned or recorded for future online access. Bring your old photos, documents and memories to the Library on Friday 2/6 and Saturday 2/7 between 10:30 a.m. and noon to be scanned/recorded by members of the Local History Committee onsite. Enjoy coffee and donuts while you’re here!

Teens! Hate the mushy, gushy side of Valentine’s Day? Join us for our Teen Anti-Valentine’s Day Party on Saturday, February 7 from 2 – 4 p.m. for Grades 6 – 12. No “romance”, just fun!

The Library will be hosting a Continuing Education Class for Daycare Providers and Preschool Teachers on Thursday 2/19 from 7 – 9 p.m. The topic will be Healthy Habits: Your Guide to Germ & Infection Control presented by a pediatric specialist and a Denton County Health Department coordinator. You can earn 2 hours of C.E. credit. Registration is open at the Circulation Desk; a registration fee of $5 will be refunded upon completion of the class.

Come play with us at the Super Smash Bros. Gaming Tournament on Saturday 2/21; doors open at 6 p.m. An entry fee of $2 benefits the Library’s teen programs and activities. Hosted by the Teen Anime Club and sponsored by FOTCPL.

Registration begins on Tuesday 2/24 for our March computer classes: Computer Basics on March 13 and Internet & Computer Security on March 27. Both classes are held on Fridays from 10 a.m. – noon. Register at the Reference Desk or call 972-625-1900 ext. 3.
For more information or to see our regularly scheduled programs in February, please visit our website at thecolonypl.org.

January at the Library!

januaryCheck out these events coming in January to The Colony Public Library!

The Library’s School of the Month for January is B.B. Owen Elementary School. During January any B.B. Owen student who checks out an item or gets a new card can pick up a gift at the Circulation Desk!

Wanting to change careers or looking for a new job? The Library’s Job Search Resources page at our website can help you prepare for a new career, find job openings, research companies & create resumes that get results. All of our job search resources are free to TCPL cardholders!

We will be closed on Thursday, January 1 for New Year’s Day and will open again on Friday at 10 a.m. We wish you all a very Happy 2015!

Yes! All of our children’s programming will start again in January—Toddler Time on the 1st, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, Toddler Sensory Play on the 3rd Tuesday, and Preschool Story Time on Fridays. All begin at 10:15 a.m.

Learn important facts and get your questions answered at our Social Security Seminar presented by an Edward Jones financial advisor on Tuesday, January 13 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room.

Stop by the Library on Friday, January 16 to celebrate early dismissal from school for our first ever Game-a-Palooza! The fun begins at 2 p.m. and all ages are welcome for a rousing afternoon of board and card games!

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Library will be closed beginning Saturday, January 17 through Monday, January 19. We will open again on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The whole family is invited to get creative with LEGOs at Family LEGOmania on Saturday, January 24 at 2 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. The best creations will be on display at the Library!

Sign up begins on January 27 for our free February Adult Computer Training. Beginning Word 2010 will be held on Friday, February 13, and Intermediate Word 2010 on Friday, February 27. Both classes run from 10 a.m. to noon. Classes are small; please register by calling the Reference Desk at 972-625-1900 ext. 3.

Wow your favorite someone with a candy bouquet! Register to attend our Candy Bouquet Class and learn how to make the gift everyone loves–perfect for Valentine’s Day! This class for adults will be held on Friday, January 30 from 1-3 p.m. in the Conference Room. Space is limited, so call the Reference Desk at 972-625-1900 ext. 3 to save your spot!

For more information about these events and our regularly scheduled programs, please visit our website at thecolonypl.org.

 

New Releases from the Library’s Freegal Music Service & More

Check out these new and upcoming albums, as well as Thanksgiving suggestions, from the Library’s Freegal Music service. Library cardholders can stream 3 hours of music a day and download 3 MP3 songs a week. Freegal also includes Music Videos! Find Freegal and more at thecolonypl.org.
You can view this entire newsletter with more recommendations at the Freegal Newsletter site.

NEW RELEASES

PINK FLOYD

Endless River LP

FOO FIGHTERS

Sonic Highways LP

Sonic Highways

Sonic Highways

BOB DYLAN & THE BAND

The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series LP

CALVIN HARRIS

Motion LP

ARETHA FRANKLIN

Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics LP

ALEX & SIERRA

It’s About Us LP

PENTATONIX

That’s Christmas To Me LP

T.I.

Paperwork LP

THE SWON BROTHERS

The Swon Brothers LP

DILLON FRANCIS

Money Sucks, Friends Rule LP

EARTH, WIND & FIRE

Holiday LP

WHITNEY HOUSTON

Whitney Houston Live:

Her Greatest Performances

COMING SOON

BEYONCE

Beyonce (Platinum Edition) LP

beyoncé

ONE DIRECTION
Four LP

SIMON & GARFUNKEL

Concert In Central Park (Live digital album)

PITBULL
Globalization LP

PRINCE ROYCE
Soy El Mismo Deluxe LP

WALK THE MOON
Talking Is Hard

CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Greatest Hits Decade #1 LP

TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS
Gone Girl Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

MEGHAN TRAINOR
Title LP

FIFTH HARMONY
Reflection LP

VARIOUS ARTISTS
2015 Grammy Nominees LP

AC/DC
Rock Or Bust LP

KAT DAHLIA
My Garden LP

THANKSGIVING

ANDREWS SISTERS
Over The River and Through The Woods

ANDREW GOLD
Thank You For Being A Friend

DIDO
Thank You

KELLY CLARKSON
Thankful

Kelly Clarkson

SISTER SLEDGE
We Are Family

EARTH, WIND & FIRE
Gratitude

LOUIS ARMSTRONG & FRIENDS
What a Wonderful World

SARA EVANS
I Could Not Ask For More

MARTINA MCBRIDE
Blessed

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
Thank God For Kids

New Online Genealogy Resource through the Library

World Vital Records

The Library is happy to announce a new online resource for genealogy enthusiasts: WorldVitalRecords.com provides access to more than 4.2 billion names in family history record collections worldwide, including:

  • Over 158 million digitized images, including US and UK Censuses
  • Over 300 million names from birth, marriage and death records
  • Over 75 million names from military records
  • Over 100 million pages of newspapers, 1739 to present
  • One of world’s largest historical map collections with 1.5 million maps
  • More than 8,000 high school, college and military yearbooks
  • More than 30 million tombstone photos

World Vital Records is free to TCPL cardholders and can be found on the Library E-Resources page of our web site. Log in with your Library Card ID.

TCPL Expands Digital Magazine Collection!

ZinioAre you a current user of The Colony Public Library’s digital magazine service Zinio?

We are upgrading our collection options and adding many more magazine titles**.

As a result of the upgrade, you will need to do a one-time reentry of your Library ID and email/password to check out magazines. (After choosing Checkout Now on the magazines of your choice, just choose Create New Account to reenter your information.)

Your current login to the Zinio site or app to read your magazines will remain the same.

If you have not used Zinio before, you might want to see the wide variety of popular magazines offered through this service. You can find Zinio, as well as digital books, music and films—all free to TCPL cardholders—on the TCPL Digital Library page of the Library’s website.

Thank you for your continued support of the Library! Questions? Please call the Reference Desk at 972-625-1900 ext. 3 or email reference@thecolonypl.org.

 

**These are just some of the new magazines available:

Astronomy  **  Backpacker **  Bead Style  **  Bloomberg Business Week  **  Diabetic Living  **  Discover  **  Dogs Life  **  ESPN the Magazine  **  Esquire  **  Every Day with Rachel Ray  **  Food Network Magazine  **  Forbes  **  Guitar Player  **  Kiplinger’s Personal Finance  **  National Geographic  **  Organic Gardening  **  Popular Photography  **  Smithsonian Magazine  **  The Economist  **  Yoga

 

October at the Library

octoberCheck out these exciting events at The Colony Public Library in October!

The Library’s School of the Month for October is Morningside Elementary School. During October any Morningside student who gets a new card or checks out an item can pick up a gift at the Circulation Desk.

The Library’s Featured Online Resources for October are our Adult Online Learning services. Learn a new language, upgrade your computer skills, get live help writing a resume, learn to draw—and more! Find it on the Adult Online Learning page of our web site.

Stock up on books to read at our “Bag of Books” Sale. Get your own FOTCPL book bag and fill it full of sale items from the specially marked shelves—all for the remarkably low price of $4.00!

Computer training classes for adult beginners are starting in October at the Library. Small classes give learners individualized attention. Classes are held on the following Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room:

  • October 10: Computer basics
  • October 17: Intro to Word 2010
  • October 24: Internet & Computer Security
  • October 31: Intro to Excel 2010

Reserve your place in one or more classes by calling the Reference Desk at 972-625-1900 ext. 3.

We will be celebrating Teen Read Week this year during the week of October 14-18 with special fun book displays in the Young Adult area.

The Library’s Spanish/English Bilingual Story Times will be discontinued beginning in October and we will be incorporating some bilingual books into our regular Friday morning Story Times!

All ages are invited to our MineCraft Party on Saturday, October 4 from 2-4 p.m. Come and celebrate all things MineCraft with crafts and games for all!

If you love Star Wars you won’t want to miss our Star Wars Reads Day on Friday, October 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. All ages are invited for games, crafts and Star Wars giveaways!

The Library will be closed for the Columbus Day holiday from Saturday, October 11 through Monday, October 13, and will open again on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Experience the world of Harry Potter right here at the Library on Saturday, October 18! Back to Hogwarts Bash runs from 6-9 p.m. Be sorted into Houses, take Hogwarts classes and participate in Harry Potter trivia. Costumes are encouraged! Space is limited; go to the Library’s home page and click on the Back to Hogwarts Bash button to get your free tickets!

Did you know? The Colony has a rich historical legacy dating back to the 1840s, and you can explore the past at The Colony History Progressive Tours on Saturday, October 25 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The two narrated bus tours, hosted by the Library’s Local History Committee, will depart from the Library and include historical sites such as Bridges Cemetery, the Central Fire Station, and the Victorian-era Spencer House in Austin Ranch. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available beginning September 30 at the Library Circulation Desk.

FOTCPL PRESENTS! The Secret Lives of Ghosts: Fact & Fiction on Saturday, October 25 from noon – 2 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Enjoy a light lunch and the presentations of two local authors. Jacqueline Smith, author of Cemetery Tours and Between Worlds, will kick off the event, followed by Red River Historian Robin Cole Jett, author of Ghostly Towns of the Red River Valley.

For more information or to find our regularly scheduled monthly programs, please visit the Library’s web site at thecolonypl.org.

 

 

 

Technology & Electronic Resources at the Library

The Colony Public Library has recently added some new software and hardware for public use.

New Software

We now have installed Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Adobe Premier Elements 12 to our Study Room A computer, giving Library users an option for editing images and video. Library card holders can schedule the use of the Study Room by calling 972-625-1900 ext. 3. This workstation also has Skype installed on it.

New Online Resources for Students

The Library’s online resources can be accessed on the e-Resources page of our website.

Elementary/Middle School

1. PowerKnowledge Science resources, which offer fun, interactive ways to learn:

  • PowerKnowledge Earth & Space: Includes ecosystems, energy, rocks & minerals, weather and saving the Earth.
  • PowerKnowledge Life Science: Includes animals, plants, the human body, life cycles and habitats.
  • PowerKnowledge Physical Science: Includes atoms & molecules, energy & matter, force, motion and temperature.

2.  World Almanac for Kids Online, a trusted source of  information for homework, papers and reports.

High School/Middle School students

1. Core Concept Science resources present key concepts in an interactive, media rich manner:

  • Core Concepts: Biology: Includes animals, cells, ecology, evolution, genetics, the human body, microbes, plants, and reproduction.
  • Core Concepts: Chemistry: Includes atoms, elements, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and the properties of matter.
  • Core Concepts: Periodic Table: Includes atomic theory, the science behind the periodic table, and the impact of the elements on everyday life.

2. African-American History Online offers thousands of entries on African-American history of the past 50 years, including biographies, timelines, images and videos.

New Hardware

The Library has computer equipment that cardholders can check out at the Reference Desk for in-Library use, including:

  • iPads
  • Document scanner
  • Web cam
  • Headphone/microphone set
  • External floppy drive

We also have a microfilm/microfiche reader at one public workstation.

Watch for more new technology available at The Colony Public Library in the coming months!

 

September at the Library

The Colony Public Library has new programs starting in September, as well as our regularly scheduled programs! Check out these events and services featured for September:

The School of the Month for September is Stewart’s Creek Elementary School. Any Stewart’s Creek student who gets a new card or checks out an item in September can pick up a gift at the Circulation Desk!

The Library’s Featured Online Resource for September is Tutor.com. Go back to school knowing that help is at your fingertips with this free online tutoring service for K-12 grades and beyond! Find Tutor.com on the Library’s website at thecolonypl.org.

We have a new day and time for our Bilingual Spanish/English Story Time, a weekly program held on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. in the Story Corner. These early literacy story times are for preschool children and families and are told in a mixture of English and Spanish to promote bilingual literacy.

New! Teens and tweens are invited to come and discuss graphic novels and comic books! The first meeting of our Graphic Novel Book Club will be held on Wednesday, September 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Room. We will provide graphic novels for anyone who needs ideas!

Get ready for the new school year with online resources from the Library! Students, parents and homeschool instructors can learn about free research and homework help available for K-12 at our Online Resources Workshop on Saturday, September 6 at 11 a.m. in the Library Multipurpose Room.

New! SciGirls Club: Super Sleuths is a new STEM-enriched program for girls in grades 5-8. Come and create, design and investigate with fun experiments; our first session is on Wednesday, September 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. This month’s program involves CSI work and glitter!

Our annual event FOTCPL PRESENTS! Meet the Authors & Illustrators will be held on Saturday, September 13 from 1-5 p.m. in the Library Lobby. Our list of talented participants is growing, and you can visit with authors and illustrators for discussions about their works and book signings. Interested in participating as an author or illustrator? Contact Outreach Services Librarian Nancy Boykin at 972-624-3178 or nboykin@thecolonypl.org.

Registration begins September 2 for the Continuing Education Class for Daycare Teachers to be held Thursday, September 18 from 7-9 p.m. in the Library Multipurpose Room. The topic is Active Shooter Training, presented by our local Police Department. Learn how to protect yourself and the children in your care in the event of an active shooter. Teachers can earn 2 hours of CE credit. Register early at the Library as class size is limited; a registration fee of $5 will be refunded upon completion of the class.

Get creative and go green with our Recycled Book Crafts program on Saturday, September 20 from 2-4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Upcycle old books at the Library to create unique items and decorations. We will provide the books, some supplies, and space; come with ideas and any specific supplies you might need. Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times.

New! Do you enjoy reading and discussing books? “The Next Chapter” Book Club starts up this month on Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room. Our first selection to be discussed is The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson, a touching and humorous novel about a middle-aged woman whose life brings her unexpected choices.

Play and build at Family LEGOmania on Saturday, September 27 at 2 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Create LEGO structures with your family teammates; the best creations will go on display in the Library until next month’s program. Ages 4 and up are welcome, but children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver aged 12 or older at all times.

The Library’s Teen Anime Club will be hosting a Teen Anime Club Fall Party on Saturday, September 27 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Library Multipurpose Room. Includes cosplay! This program is sponsored by FOTCPL.

For more information on these and our other regularly scheduled programs please visit the Library’s website at thecolonypl.org.