Not just story time — Myriad Clear Lake library programs include chamber music, maker space

... courses for people looking to gain U.S. citizenship or learn English, and lessons in website blogging and design. .“They all bring something rich and ...
Not just story time — Myriad Clear Lake library programs include chamber music, maker space
print header logo https://ift.tt/33fAflu Not just story time — Myriad Clear Lake library programs include chamber music, maker space

By

A recent free concert by classical guitarist Peter Fletcher is an example of the unexpected offerings patrons can find at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library. On March 30, De Camera, a chamber music organization, will perform at 7 p.m. at Freeman as part of its free “Beethoven For All” series.

A recent free concert by classical guitarist Peter Fletcher is an example of the unexpected offerings patrons can find at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library. On March 30, De Camera, a chamber

Last year more, than 200,000 people visited the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library in Clear Lake. More than 31,290 participated in an array of nearly 1,600 programs ranging from free summer lunches for kids to gaming sessions and classes in science, technology, engineering and math.

Of course, there’s the traditional library standards such as children’s story time, arts and crafts sessions and summer reading programs, but Freeman, 16616 Diana Lane, ,also incorporates anime classes, live theater, courses for people looking to gain U.S. citizenship or learn English, and lessons in website blogging and design.

.“They all bring something rich and meaningful to our community,” branch mananger Christina Thompson said of the programs.

The library recently staged a concert by Peter Fletcher, a touring classical guitarist who has performed there for a few years.

These programs will all be in the conference room of the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Lane, Houston

Great Books Discussion Group: 7 p.m. Aug. 5

Hofstetter Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club: 7:30 p.m. June 24

For more information, visit or call 832-927-5420.

“We really get a good crowd of people who come out to see him,” said Thompson, who’s been in her post for 2½ years.

But if you missed that show, don’t fret. At 7 p.m. March 30, the library will welcome De Camera, a chamber music organization that will perform at Freeman as part of its free “Beethoven For All” series featuring selections from the famed composer’s sonatas.

Thompson said that offering these types of experiences close to home are an especially important part of what she wants to offer.

“We are trying to bring more arts and cultural programs out here,” she said. “We want to bring these types of things to where the people are.”

For two years, Freeman has partnered with the Houston Food Bank to serve as a summer lunch distribution site for area children and their caregivers.

Thompson said the program will begin again June 1, with meals being served around lunchtime. Afterward the meals, participants often stick around to enjoy the books and quiet time. No one has to show proof of income to be served.

“We don’t ask for anything. Some people happen to be there in the library, and so they will eat, and others come just for the food, but no one knows which; so it removes the stigma (of a free meal),” she said. “It’s just an incredible experience.”

The staff at Freeman is especially proud of its maker space, a lab area where people can make use of machines, tools and equipment to bring their ideas, projects and even art to life.

“We have everything from students working on science projects to artists using our laser cutter to create really beautiful, intricate pieces of art,” Thompson said. “Some people use it to make prototypes for their business. It’s a place to innovate.”

For those who are unfamiliar with the maker space or how they might use it, Freeman offers free classes, or patrons can simply walk in and ask a librarian to help.

Thompson said she’s not surprised at the enduring appeal of the local library.

“People come in for the books and materials, or they come in for programs, but what I really think they come in for is a connection with each other,” she said. “The library is one of the last places where anybody can be with other people for no other reason than to be there, and people really crave that. It’s a community gathering place.”

For more information on the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, visit or call 832-927-5420.

For more information on newspaper subscriptions and newspaper delivery, call or email .

For information on local classifieds and other HCN advertising, call .



source https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bayarea/news/article/Not-just-story-time-Myriad-Clear-Lake-library-15123550.php

Post a Comment

0 Comments