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Ellen Scott Exhibiting in Room L-129

This month’s artist exhibitor is Ellen Scott, whose pastel sketch, "Reflections," to the left here is one of five pieces you can see in our Meeting Room gallery.  Ellen is a versatile local artist who works in pastels, pen and ink, colored pencils, and pencil. She has served for a number of years as the secretary of the Tomball Art League. Come and enjoy as sampling of her work.

This Thursday--Learn how to use your Device for eBooks!

Have a digital device? Come learn how to check out library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your device, including Kindles, Nooks, iPads, Android devices, smartphones, and computers. The beginning of the class explains the library’s Digital Media Catalog and the second portion focuses on getting those books onto your device. If you have a digital device, be sure to bring it for the hands on portion of the class. Class will be held on Thursday, October 1st from 2-4 pm at the LSC-Tomball Community Library in the second floor computer lab, Room L 216. For more information, call 832-559-4200.



Friends of the Library Book Sale this Saturday!

The Friends of the Tomball Community Library are holding a Book Sale  this Saturday, September 26th from 1-4 pm. 

It's going to be a celebratory day at the library and we are going to have a fiesta of a book sale. Books normally sell for $1.00 each, but on Saturday, you can buy two and get a third one free! You'll find something for every reader, from beginner to expert. We have books to cover every interest, too, from fiction to nonfiction, recreational to inspirational.There will be a good supply of romances, mysteries and other genres for you to chose from!

Also, if you become a member of the Friends group, you will get a free book bag and be able to fill it with FIVE free books!


First Notice: Adult Coloring Coming in October!

We're so excited about this upcoming event that we want to give you lots of advance notice so you can get it on your calendar and, if you need one,  so you can engage a babysitter in plenty of time. On Thursday, October 29th, from 2-4 pm, we'll be offering you the chance to come and discover the joy of adult coloring in a 2 hour coloring fest here at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library. We’ll have pages for you to color from the bestselling coloring books, “Secret Garden” by Johanna Basford, “Fantastic Cities” by Steve McDonald, and “Balance” by Angie Grace. Relax so you can get lost in this meditative activity. Coloring pages, felt markers and coloring pencils will also be provided.

Bob Gardner's Photography is exhibited this month in Room L-129!

Our September art exhibition in Room L-129 is a collection of Robert H. Gardner’s fine art photography named “Elevate the Ordinary”.

Bob writes about his work, “It wasn’t until my freshman year in college that someone put a name—“dyslexia”— to the years of difficulty I had with reading, writing and other left-brain skills, which I still struggle with today,” “Fortunately, a sympathetic lab teacher taught me to focus on the visual and mechanical aspects of whatever I was studying, which enabled me to function using a different perspective.
Over the years, I have come to realize that this coping mechanism has also made me a better photographer.  Rather than just looking at the image in the camera, I naturally search for other perspectives, other ways of seeing what is ordinary.  Each artist makes his or her world their own and, in doing so, takes the viewer to this higher perspective. To take us from here to somewhere else.
While I enjoyed working with traditional film, the advent of digital photography has created opportunities for me to express what I feel and see in the new world of Fine Art Photography."
"Elevate the Ordinary"
You can see more of his work on his website at


Best Practices for Moving your Business Online: SCORE presentation this Saturday

Small business owners, this is really worthwhile.
SCORE is a nonprofit association supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground and grow and achieve their goals, through education and mentorship. Once a quarter they give an excellent presentation here at the library. So far ALL their workshops have been some of the most excellent presentations we have had, so they are truly worth coming to.

This Saturday, from 10:30 until noon, Marco Cerrato will be presenting Best Practices for Moving your Business Online. You will learn:
-how to align your business objectives with your online & marketing plans
-how to identify your target audience
-how to research your competitors online
-how to choose the right type of website for your particular business 
-how to explore options of building your own website vs. hiring a professional
-the required steps for setting up online (domain, webhost, etc)
-what type of online marketing promotion tools are available
-how to measure the results and avoid some common pitfalls

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and it will be held in Room E 100. It’s free and excellent. Do come.

Homeschoolers! We have Resources for you

I've seen estimates suggesting that between a hundred forty- and two hundred thousand children in Texas are being homeschooled. Do we have resources for you! This month we've laid out an array around our round wall for you to discover: not just the standard manuals, but also subject materials in the Arts, Sciences, Sports, and even, animal care. We also have sheets of pertinent website links given to us by experienced homeschool Moms. And links to our language learning and test-practice databases. And magazines. And copies of the Texas Home School Coalition Review for you to take home. Lots of valuable resources. Lean on us. We can help.

We also have monthly programs for homeschoolers on Mondays during the school year.  Art Explorers for Homeschoolers ages 8-12 is on the second Monday of the month at 1:30. The Bluebonnet Book Club, geared for 3rd to 5th graders, runs from September to January on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 1:30. There is also a Kidlit Book Club, also for 3rd to 5th graders, from February to May on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 1:30. The Teen Homeschoolers Book Club, however, is full at this time. 


Northwest Art League Exhibiting in August


Northwest Art League is back this month with more paintings for you to enjoy in the Meeting Room, Room L-129! Carol Carranza, Susan Garrison, Carmen Lorzi, Dorothy Lyons, and Janice Smith have contributed their work to grace our walls for another month.
Did you know that you can book the Meeting Room for your (non-commercial) meetings? It holds up to fifty people and has a small kitchen with a refrigerator for your refreshments. We also have a PowerPoint projector, should you need it. Call the library or drop by the Reference deck to book it. And then you can sit and enjoy the Northwest Art League’s paintings as you converse.

Luau this Saturday to celebrate Summer Reading's Finale

Come to the library this Saturday, August 8th, for Luau @ the Library from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Expect festivities, fun, and food! 

Join David Whipkey, Bromeliad Society International Master Judge and President of the Bromeliad Society/Houston, as he shares how to plant and care for bromeliads. Several of these beautiful plants will be given away, so don't miss the opportunity to start or cultivate your own love of bromeliads.


Then stay for the rest of the fun! Imagine hula hoops, ukulele serenades, crafts, photo ops with Elvis and a surfing selfie wall, temporary tattoos, food, and laughter all round! That's Saturday from 10:30 til 1:00. 



Game On! Game Night for Grownups! This Thursday

Are you in it to win it? Come join the LSC-Tomball Community Library and 8th Dimension Comics & Games for their first ever FREE Game Night  on Thursday, July 30th at 6:30 pm. We’ll provide the refreshments and board games, all you have to bring is your sense of adventure and competitive nature! Winners take home bragging rights! People 16+ years old welcome. Please call 832-559-4200 for more information.          - See more at:



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