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50+ Bus Trip to the Houston Zoo

Yes, yes, yes! Back by popular demand, we have another stunning Harris County Precinct 4 Fun for Seniors bus trip planned. Thursday, May 5th, we’ll be exploring the Houston Zoo and enjoying lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse. The bus will depart from the front door of the library at 8:15 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. As always, the bus trip is free; zoo admission is $17, unless you are age 65 or over, in which case it’s $10.50; and lunch is on you. If you’d like us to register you, call 832-559-4213. Will we see you then? 

We're Open Again! C'mon By!

Normalcy feels good. I hope normalcy is returning to your life after our deluge last Sunday night. We're open again at LSC-Tomball Community Library; so if you finished all your books while we were closed, you can bring them back and get more now! Any books that came due while we were closed will have their fines forgiven. Come to the Customer Service desk and we'll get that taken care of for you. Welcome back!

SCORE Workshop, The Power of Email Marketing, Cancelled

The SCORE workshop, "The Power of Email Marketing", scheduled for this Saturday, April 23rd, is cancelled due to the weather and flooding this week. Please stay safe and dry and we'll re-schedule this workshop soon. 

It's National Library Week!

This week is National Library Week! First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country, to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

This year’s theme is "Libraries Transform". I’d like to invite you to use this blog to post an experience of how a library anywhere, at any time, transformed your life in some way.

My story happened in a west-coast library back in 1999. We had just returned from two years in New Zealand and our sea freight hadn’t arrived. Bereft of computers, internet, and phone service, we turned to the library to communicate to our friends and relatives that we had arrived safely, and to the businesses we needed to find a new home. That wonderful library transformed our moving trauma and we settled in that area because of it. 

The High Island Bus Trip was thrilling

Would you look at these birds! Hundreds of egrets, snowy egrets, rosette spoonbills, and cormorants are mating, building nests, or feeding their young on this amazing south coast island called The Rookery. This was some of the magic our Seniors experienced this week on the Harris County Precinct 4 bus trip to the High Island Bird Sanctuaries. Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, they also got to try out iPad Airs as they traveled. Nature and technology, all in one bus trip.

Our next trip will be Thursday, May 5th, and we’ll be going to the Houston Zoo, with lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Registration will be opening soon!

Farewell, dear Lynn Flanigan

Today, sadly, we say farewell to our Assistant Branch Librarian Children’s Services, Lynn Flanigan. Lynn has been with the Harris County Public Library system for sixteen years and with Tomball Library since the current building opened in 2005. Before that she worked for Houston Public Library. And before that, she was a paralegal. But her first love is children, and she left the legal profession because she felt called to be with kids to share her love of reading, storytelling, and literacy. She’ll be remembered by her staff for allowing them to try out and implement new programs, for reaching out to schools and daycares, and for the way she happily jumped in to help whenever needed. Lynn, we wish you and your husband every good thing in the years ahead, and thank you for your service to the children of Tomball.

 

 

Coloring for Adults is Back!

After our last Adult Coloring meeting our participants didn't ask us, "Are you having another class;" they asked us,"When are you having another class?!" We can now answer that question: we're having one at the end of this month. 

If you haven't been before, come and discover the joy of adult coloring in a two hour coloring fest at the Tomball Library. If you have been before, here's the spoiler: we'll have pages from "The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book". Relax and get lost in this meditative activity. We'll supply felt markers, coloring pencils, and pages to color; but feel free to bring your own as well. That's Thursday, March 31st, from 2-4 pm. In the Meeting Room, Room L-129.

Holocaust Memorial Speaker, April 14th

During World War II, more than one million people were murdered by the Nazis at the Auschwitz concentration and death camp in southern Poland. Every April, in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance month,Tomball Library is honored to present a speaker who personally recalls those harrowing years. This year, Mr. Al Marks, a survivor of Auschwitz, will tell the story about how he built tunnels in the death camp. That's on Thursday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m., in the Auditorium in Room E-100. As with all our programs, admission is free.

Coloring for Adults Thursday, March 31st.

By popular demand, Coloring for Adults is back! Come and discover the joy of adult coloring in a 2 hour coloring fest here at the library. Relax and get lost in this meditative activity. Coloring pages, felt markers and colored pencils are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. No registration is required. We'll meet in the meeting room, L 129  on Thursday, March 31st, from 2-4 pm.

This month we’ll feature pages from “The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book”. Alternatively, bring what you’re working on at home and enjoy the companionship of others. 

Sylvia Correa McMillan is exhibiting in Room L-129

Sylvia Correa McMillan first discovered the joy of art at eight years old when her grandfather took her to the Art Park in Mexico City. Surrounded by beautiful works of art of all kinds, she knew her heart wanted to paint. To be able to reproduce the beauty of nature is a great passion, she says. We who know Sylvia, for many years, one of our Children’s Assistants and the teacher of Computadoras to our Spanish-speaking library customers, think she does everything with passion and beauty. Come and see her paintings in Room L-129 during the month of March.

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