(courtesy Lone Star College - Cy-Fair)

CYPRESS — Lone star College-CyFair’s Summer Reading Program is still virtual this year, but the family fun and program prizes are real.

In keeping with the Harris County Public Library (HCPL) system’s theme of “Tails and Tales” this year, LSC-CyFair’s talented and creative librarians and staff members have numerous exciting online programs scheduled between June 7 and Aug. 7. All programs can be found at this link: cflibguides.lonestar.edu/events/children.

One of the weekend theme-related programs is “Spin Me a Tale.” Join children’s librarians Miss Krissy, Miss Missy and Miss Jen in a short fairy tale retelling. This program will be released at 1:30 p.m. Fridays on YouTube and Facebook.


Then “Caturday Story Time” offers 10 a.m. cat-themed story time, crafts and brain games for all ages, while “Crafting with Kitties” at 1 p.m. features cat-themed crafts for all ages. These weekly Saturday programs will be published on Facebook, YouTube and IG TV.

Don’t miss the entertaining summer art, magic and music performers being presented in collaboration with HCPL found at this link: hcpl.net/virtualprograms.

Save the date June 12 to find joy in drawing while watching the live 1 p.m. “Kids! Learn to Draw with Mark Kistler!” Teaching children and parents around the world for more than 40 years and over 1 million how-to-draw books sold, this Tomball resident can teach your family, too.

Join another live program at 6:30 p.m. June 30 with John O’Bryant as he presents “All-ages Magic of the 70s & 80s.” The show will be filled with family-friendly magic, comedy, illusion, giveaways, and a learn magic segment.


Then July 8, a pre-recorded musical program “Books Alive Presents: Tacky the Penguin,” will be released at 11 a.m. and then be available for viewing through Aug. 18. Tacky’s an odd bird, something of an eccentric, which his fellow penguins find somewhat bothersome until his odd behavior saves the day. This bright, engaging, fun for all ages performance is based on Helen Lester’s beloved children’s book of the same name.

Families can register for the Summer Reading Program at hcpl.beanstack.org/reader365 and will have the option to pick up their reading incentive prizes in the library or curbside.

The LSC-CyFair library offers a variety of book clubs, game nights, Learning, Inspiration, Friendship and Enrichment (L.I.F.E.) programs throughout the year for childrenteens and adults, as well as student and community resources that went virtual due to the pandemic.

Be sure to check out some Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activity video lessons LSC-CyFair education and engineering students made through Service-Learning projects for additional online fun and learning at home.

LSC-CyFair Professor Shamim Arastu’s pre-service teachers have created STEM videos released every Friday. Among the more recent topics have included Global Warning, STEM book reviews, how-to experiments, and special stories for those with special needs. Find STEM videos at this link: cflibguides.lonestar.edu/events/children/stem-videos

Professor Dr. Yiheng Wang’s engineering students created an Art and Cosmic Connection lesson that can be found at youtu.be/ZjyvaABDvhU.


For information on library services, hours, events, programs and more at LSC-CyFair, go to LoneStar.edu/library/cyfair.


Helping more than 21,000 students reach their academic and career goals, Lone Star College-CyFair is the fifth comprehensive college in the Lone Star College System, located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road just 3 miles south of U.S. Highway 290. Start close and go far at LSC-CyFair as well as at LSC-Cypress Center, located at 19710 Clay Road and LSC-Westway Park Technology Center, located at 5060 Westway Park Boulevard. For more information about LSC-CyFair and its programs, call 281.290.3200 or visit LoneStar.edu/cyfair.


Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 93,000+ students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. Lone Star College consists of seven colleges, eight centers, eight Workforce Centers of Excellence, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.