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Those Whom the Fallen Loved: We Honor You

About once a week I drive by the Houston National Cemetery on Veteran’s Memorial Drive. My heart sinks as my eyes follow the deep perspective of identical gravestones. I ponder the meaning of that silent rhythm of stones. Next Monday we will remember those who gave their lives in the military service of this country; the service at the Houston National Cemetery will begin at 9:30 a.m.

But here in the library it’s the survivors of those who died whom we see. They are the people who valiantly grieved and then got up and embraced the values for which their loved ones died and carry them on, deep into life and into society. As we approach Memorial Day, we at the library honor those whom the fallen loved. It is our privilege to serve you.

 

What is your SuperPower?

What is your superpower? We will be asking you this summer as we travel through our Summer Reading Program, celebrating heroes! We can't wait for June!

William (Bill) Epps watercolors in Room L-129 during May

At the library's Artist's Date last month retired architect William (Bill) Epps gave a demonstration of how to draw perspective so artists can include buildings in their paintings. He went on to paint an abstract under-painting consisting of pools of colors that would later appear in the finished painting. And then he covered the whole wet painted paper with plastic wrap, so the colors would puddle in the ridges of plastic wrap. This is how he begins his painting process.

This month you can enjoy the finished paintings of this artist who combines the drafted precision of the architect and the random freedom of the master watercolorist, in the library's meeting room, Room L-129

THE SAFEST BRIDGE: SCORE Business Program this Saturday about Sales Strategies

The sales process and gaining customers is often the most intimidating aspect of your own small business, yet it is critical at all stages of your company’s growth cycle. No one relishes being rejected or hearing the dreaded word, “NO”. Marketing and Revenue Advisor David Adkindele will present this free sales workshop to address strategies for improving your chances with the potential customer.

You will learn:
The importance of your role in the customer’s buying journey
* Why “safe” is important to the buyer
* What customers really want and how to identify it

* How you can be the customer’s guide
* How to understand the human nature of the buyer

Saturday, May 2nd. 10:30 to noon. Registration is at 10:00 a.m.
It will be held in Room E-100 in the College Commons
Register at the event or here

 

Artist's Date: a collage

Here are some photos of our 4th Artist's Date yesterday. We spent the morning sketching or painting a lovely floral arrangement donated to us by Cornelius Flowers in Tomball. In the afternoon Bill Epps gave two demonstrations; how to draw perspective and how to paint an under-painting for your watercolor painting. 

Artist's Date this Thursday!

Drop your chores, pick up your art supplies and your lunch, and come and enjoy a mellow day at the library with other Adult artists. We've been doing this about every six months--this is our fourth 'date', and it's a lovely time to meet other artists in the community and do a little of the painting or sketching that you might otherwise leave until all your other pressing activities are complete!

We'll meet at about 10:00 a.m. (or whenever you get here) to do our own thing for the morning. Then we'll break for lunch (the library will provide a light dessert and coffee). Afterwards, Bill Epps, a retired architect, will give us a demonstration about various aspects of painting architectural features in watercolor. I don't know everything he plans to do, but learning how to draw in perspective and how to paint an effective under-painting are on the list. 

We'll be in the area at the front of the library that we call the 'Sun Room'; behind the elevators and between the Westerns and the CD Audiobooks. Join us if you can!

Northwest Art League group exhibiting in Room L-129

Within a 200-mile radius of Houston there are 18 independent art leagues under an umbrella fine arts organization called the Lone Star Art Guild. The Tomball Art League serves our immediate area and its next-door neighbor to the south is the Northwest Art League. This month we are delighted to host the artworks of a group of Northwest Art League members in our meeting room. Carmen Zorba, Claire Payne, Jerry Sue Greenhill, and Anh Lam have braved the traffic along Highway 249 to come north and hang a variety of acrylic and watercolor pieces. Do come by and enjoy their work. 

Artist's Date coming up April 23rd

A couple of times a year we invite adult artists to the library to paint together, enjoy each other's company, and watch an artist demonstration. Imagine a lovely spring morning; you are standing at your easel or sitting at a table in our sunny front room among other artists. Warm conversation gradually fades into an embracing communal silence as each artist happily focuses on his or her work. Outside, the college’s dominant male crow struts up to the window and engages in a percussive battle with his reflection in the glass. The college caterer silently slips in with coffee, water, and dessert. As people get hungry, they put down their implements, open their lunches, and conversation picks up again. After lunch, an artist, this time, retired architect Bill Epps, Jr., gives a relaxed demonstration of his watercolor painting technique. Is this for you?

Then mark your calendar for Thursday, April 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See you then!

J.M.M. Barkovich Exhibiting in Room L-129 in March

Technically we might call them ‘miniatures’—not one of them exceeds 12” in any direction. Painted in acrylics or sketched on scratchboard, Joan Barkovich has brought a different kind of portraiture to our library meeting room walls for the month of March. Dogs, humans,--saints, even! They are worth a visit to Room L-129 this month to see. Come and browse.

Spanish Computer Classes and English Resume Formatting Class

Spanish Computer Classes are back! Sisi Medina, one of our Adult Reference Assistants, will be teaching two free computer classes in Spanish in March. Los Básicos de la Computadora will be held Monday, March 9th from 1-3 pm; Word en Español will be happen Monday, March 23rd from 1-3 pm. Both will take place in Room L-216, the public library computer lab. Registration is requested but not required. To register phone 832-559-4200 or click on this link for Los Básicos del la Computadora and this link for Word en Español and fill out the form.

We are also starting a series called Word for Business, and in March, Megan Hopwood, our Technology Training Assistant, will feature a free evening class on formatting resumes. She won’t teach you how to create your resume—that’s up to you—but she will show you how to make it attractive. That’s Monday, March 23rd from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Registration, requested but not required, can be completed by phoning 832-559-4200 or by clicking on this link to the Word for Business: Resumes registration form and filling it out. It also will take place in Room L-216, our computer lab. 

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