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May at the Library!

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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


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.



Endless River LP


Sonic Highways LP

Sonic Highways

Sonic Highways


The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series LP


Motion LP


Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics LP


It’s About Us LP


That’s Christmas To Me LP


Paperwork LP


The Swon Brothers LP


Money Sucks, Friends Rule LP


Holiday LP


Whitney Houston Live:

Her Greatest Performances



Beyonce (Platinum Edition) LP


Four LP


Concert In Central Park (Live digital album)

Globalization LP

Soy El Mismo Deluxe LP

Talking Is Hard

Greatest Hits Decade #1 LP

Gone Girl Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

Title LP

Reflection LP

2015 Grammy Nominees LP

Rock Or Bust LP

My Garden LP


Over The River and Through The Woods

Thank You For Being A Friend

Thank You


Kelly Clarkson

We Are Family


What a Wonderful World

I Could Not Ask For More


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