This fall, Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will be offering fun online programs specially designed for school-aged teens in grades 9-12.
In September, the programs will either be broadcast live via Webex or pre-recorded videos. Registration is required only for programs broadcast live. An email with the link for the Webex meeting will be sent to anyone who registers on the FBCL online virtual calendar.
To sign up for a live-streamed program or to view how-to videos, visit the Fort Bend County Libraries website – www.fortbend.lib.tx.us – click on the âCourses and eventsâ tab, select âVirtual programsâ and find the virtual program on the dates indicated.
Young Adult Advisory Councils
âYA Advisory Councilâ – Tuesday, September 14, 4 pm to 5 pm; Wednesday September 15, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 21, 4 p.m.-4:40 p.m. or Wednesday September 22, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This event will be broadcast live via Webex at the scheduled time. Teens can earn volunteer hours by expressing ideas, organizing upcoming activities, and suggesting new programs and books that may be of interest to young adults in the library. Registration is compulsory.
Book clubs for young adults
“YA Book Club” – Wednesday September 8, 4 pm-5pm
This event will be broadcast live via Webex at the scheduled time. This month, readers will discuss Replica, written by Lauren Oliver. This selection of books is in print and on OverDrive; call the George Memorial Library to check availability of additional printed copies. Registration is compulsory.
Sienna Subtext: Graphic Novel & AnimÃ© Club – Thursday, September 9, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This event will be broadcast live via Webex at the scheduled time. The book to be discussed is Skyward, Vol 1: My Low-G Life, created by Joe Henderson. This title is available in paper version; call the Sienna branch library to check availability of additional printed copies. Registration is compulsory.
Heavy Inks Graphic Novels Book Club – Saturday, September 18, 11 a.m. to noon.
This event will be broadcast live via Webex at the scheduled time. The book to be discussed is The Dark Phoenix Saga, created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. This title is available in print; call the George Memorial Library to check availability of additional printed copies. Registration is compulsory.
“YA Book Club” – Wednesday September 22, 4 pm-5pm
This event will be broadcast live via Webex at the scheduled time. This month, readers will discuss Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree, written by Adaobi Nwaubani. This title is available in print and on OverDrive; call the Cinco Ranch branch library to check availability of additional printed copies. Registration is required.
Research Database Series
“Database Exploration: NewsBank Spanish and World Access” – Wednesday September 1st.
This video tutorial will introduce two online resources offered by the FBCL. NewsBank’s “Acceda Noticias” provides full-text access to Spanish-language newspapers, magazines and newswires from the United States and around the world, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Spain . “NewsBank World Access” provides a comprehensive collection of trusted news sources covering a wide range of topics and issues from around the world. Resources also include the Houston Chronicle and special reports collected on current events.
âExploring databases: opposing points of viewâ – Friday September 17th.
In this video tutorial, learn more about the Opposing Viewpoints database.
This resource provides perspective articles, topic overviews, statistics, main papers, website links, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles for information on current social issues and events. .
“Deepfakes & Shallowfakes” – Wednesday September 15th.
This video provides a basic introduction to Deepfake and Shallowfake technology. Library staff discuss the positive and negative implications of the technology, offer a brief explanation of how it works, and suggest solutions to its challenges.
Crafts and hobbies for young adults
YA “Beginner’s Guide to Houseplants” – Tuesday September 7th.
This virtual activity will be a pre-recorded video; it will NOT be in person. Learn how to select and care for plants suitable for beginners.
The activities are free and open to the public. Registration is required only for Webex live stream sessions; a link to the Webex session will be emailed to participants who register.
To register online on the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on âCourses and Eventsâ, select âVirtual Programsâ and search for the program on the date indicated.
For more information, call the Fort Bend County Libraries Communications Office (281-633-4734).