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SCORE Workshop: Best Practices for Interviewing & Onboarding Employees

A successful business is run by good employees. On the other hand, poor hires cost businesses thousands of dollars. SCORE’s LaShan Ellison helps small and mid-sized businesses tweak their hiring processes to attract, onboard, and retain quality employees. Increase the odds of hiring the right person for the right job by participating in this free workshop this Saturday morning, October 22nd. Registration is at 10:00 a.m. and the program runs from 10:30 to 12:30. Room E-100 just off the Commons area.

Freedom v Security: Wartime Threats and Civil Liberties

From 1942 to 1945 secret government trains delivered American civilians to an internment camp in Crystal City, 110 miles southwest of San Antonio. The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children, the vast majority of whom were deeply loyal to the United States, had never been charged with a crime, and were unable to understand why they had been forced to leave their homes. This year’s Gulf Coast Reads selection, Jan Jarboe Russell’s The Train to Crystal City, documents heart wrenching stories about these families, caught up in the exigencies of war.

It is easy to come away from the book outraged at the Roosevelt administration and other officials’ involvement in such egregious violations of people’s civil rights. Lone Star College History professor, Dr. Steven Prewitt, in a lecture here in the library on Thursday, October 20th, will explore the fundamental question this study invites us to consider: What is an appropriate balance between liberty and security?

That’s Thursday, October 20th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room, Room L-129.

Our Network will be DOWN Friday, October 21st

Please consider this advance notice that on Friday, October 21st, our Network Services will be doing an upgrade that requires the public library network at our branch to be out of service for a good part of that day.

Since our library shares its home with the LoneStar College Tomball library, people may ask if the college network will be in service during that time. The answer is, "Yes!" If you are 18 years of age or over and have a current HCPL adult library card in good standing, you can have its number authenticated in the college's network so you can use their computers. You'll have to go to the Customer Service desk on either the first or second floor or the Academic Librarians' reference desk on the second floor to get that authentication.

And of course, other libraries in the area--Northwest or Barbara Bush, or in the Montgomery County Memorial Public Library system, Malcolm Purvis Library in Magnolia, will have operational computers for your use. 

We apologize for this inconvenience and hope you have sufficient notice to make other plans. 

Star Wars Reads--This Saturday!

This Saturday, October 8, from 1-4 p.m., celebrate Star Wars Reads here at the library. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character. Listen to a Star Wars story and watch it come to life as it is illustrated before your eyes! Learn cool Jedi moves from Jedi Master Whit at 3 p.m..

Enter your name in our prize drawing for a chance to win fun Star Wars stuff! Crafts! Photo booth! Snacks! Prizes! Trivia! 

All ages welcome.

Bob Gardener Cuba Exhibit

In case you haven’t yet seen Robert Gardener’s spectacular “Cuba as I See it” exhibit in Room L-129 here at the library, this week gives you one last chance. Robert Gardener recently returned from Cuba as part of a cultural “Art Exchange” program that allows American citizens to visit Cuba under existing embargo laws. The exchange emphasized interaction with a variety of arts as well as participation in the everyday life of the people. Bob spent several days in Havana and Trinidad, photographing the old, colorful, and restored structures of both cities.

Havana and Trinidad both offer the visitor a rich experience of bustling streets filled with farm tractors, old cars and trucks, children everywhere, men on horseback, street vendors, bicycle and horse drawn taxis, smells of rich coffee brewing, food cooking, laughter and music everywhere.

The selections he has chosen are designed to give you a sense of the people, lifestyles, architecture and arts of today’s Cuba, before they become inevitably changed by increased tourism and outside influences.

This week is your last week to see it! Come on in.

The Train to Crystal City: This year's Gulf Coast Reads selection

Did you know that from 1942 to 1945 secret government trains regularly delivered American civilians to an internment camp in Crystal City, 110 miles southwest of San Antonio? The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children; the vast majority of whom were deeply loyal to the United States, were never charged with a crime, and were unable to understand why they had been forced to leave their homes. Jan Jarboe Russell, a writer at large for Texas Monthly and other publications has written a gripping record of the World War II Crystal City, and it has been chosen as the Gulf Coast Reads selection for this year.

Art Explorers go to the Lascaux Caves

On Tuesday, September 13th, children 8-12 can learn about the famous prehistoric Lascaux Caves in France and create cave art.  We will turn our tables on their sides and tape brown paper to them to re-create cave walls. The lights will be turned off except for two spotlights and children will create whatever they want as if they were in an actual cave. Does that sound like fun?

That's Tuesday, September 13th at 4:30 pm.  Registration is open now.

We are Closed Saturday

Hi Everyone: please plan your Labor Day weekend library acquisitions around the fact that we'll be open Friday, September 2nd, but we will be closed Saturday, September 3rd. Unlike other HCPL branches that will be open Saturday, because we're located on the Lone Star College campus, when the campus closes, we close as well. So we will not be open this Saturday. 

See you Tuesday? Meantime, have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, from the staff of Tomball Community Library.

Have a Great School Year!

To all of our daycare friends, 

our public school students, 

our private school students, 

our homeschool students, 

our online students, 

our Lone Star College students, 

our college and university students, 

our lifelong learners, 

teachers, librarians, coaches, advisors, nurses, support staff, bus drivers, board members, parents, siblings, aunts and uncles and grandparents, and neighbors nearby:

Have a Great School Year!

Summer Reading Program now Complete

A big “Thank You!” to everyone who participated in any way in our Summer Reading Program, which wrapped up this Saturday with an exuberant Sock Hop. For those of you who are wondering, you can finish up your reading lists and come in for prizes for the rest of this week. 

Watch for our fall programs, about to begin!

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