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Teen Button Battle of the Holiday Humbugs!

We're hosting another button battle! Next week, from December 12th to 17th, we'll be asking teens to vote with their button choices about which Holiday Humbug is the most awesome. Jack Skellington vs. The Grinch. If you're a teen, pick up a button at the reference desk to vote for your favorite holiday spoiling character!
 

Tasnuva Rahman Exhibiting during December

Tasnuva Rahman is a budding young Tomball artist with international influences.

Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Ms. Rahman graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Dhaka, with a specialty in Oriental Art. She has exhibited her work in four group exhibitions in Dhaka and three here in Tomball; the latter, with the Tomball Art League and the Northwest Art League.  She has also illustrated a children’s book.

You are invited to come to the library meeting room during the month of December and enjoy the delicacy of Tasnuva's work, drawn from legends and living and non-living things. Most of the paintings are watercolor, with some experimental pieces in acrylic, mixed media, and graphite. A December treat!

 

We're open Monday and Tuesday this week

Come in and pick up your books, audio books, and DVDs for Thanksgiving weekend Monday or Tuesday this week, because we'll be closed from Wednesday to Sunday inclusive for the Thanksgiving holiday. The HCPL branches situated on Lone Star College campuses close when their campuses close, unlike other HCPL branches, which will be open on Wednesday as well. 

Game On! Game Night for Grown-Ups


Gather around the table with us for a night of fun and folly.Try out a new board game with other enthusiasts or stick to a classic at which you can dominate.

Thursday, November 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room L-129

Precinct 4 Senior 50+ Bus Trip to Minute Maid Park

If you are 50 years of age or older, you can enjoy a tour of historic Minute Maid Ball Park, home of the Houston Astros and former home of Union Railroad Station--without even having to drive downtown to see it.. This hour-and-a half tour will walk you through the broadcasting booth, the bullpen, dugout, luxury suites, and more. Lunch following will be at Nikos Nikos in Montrose. Admission for the tour $11 for Adults, $9 for Senior Adults (65+) and the cost of your lunch. And of course, the bus is free, thanks to Harris County Precinct 4 Fun for Seniors program.

Register at: www.hcpl.net using the Events Calendar; or call 832-559-4213.

Thanksgiving Display at Tomball Community Library: Help us to Give in the Season of Giving

Tomball Community Library invites you to come to view and participate in our Thanksgiving display. Pick up some inspirational books about giving to others and helping our community. We have three programs related to the display which encourage you give back:
We are asking for members of our community to donate supplies to Abandoned Animal Rescue, a local volunteer-run, no-kill animal shelter. Come and see the wish list of supplies at the library and give what you can!

Be the Peace Be the Hope

If you are between the ages of 10 and 18 you are invited to be part of an art program that connects Houston teens with displaced children residing in refugee camps around the world.
On Monday, November 7th, at 1:00 p.m., come decorate a canvas square with a hopeful message. Your canvas art will be sewn into a tent, and with other tents, will be sent to a children’s refugee camp in an effort to spread hope and encouragement.
Call 832-559-4200 or visit the first floor Reference desk to register for this event. 

Image, via the Creative Commons, from Compika.deviantart.com peace.

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. 

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