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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!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came to Tomball Library

Today the magical world of Harry Potter came to Tomball Community Library. Two live screech owls appeared and were discussed in the Children’s Department; Platform 93/4 emerged and people made snapshots of themselves in front of it; staff wore Hogwarts costumes, and the entire first book of the Harry Potter series was read. Although it may not be appropriate to blow our own horns, the staff involved did a magically wonderful job!

 

We need Tutors! Are YOU interested?

At LSC-Tomball Community Library, requests for help in mastering the English language are ongoing. We get requests from people attempting English for the first time and from veterans who want to improve their grammar, reading, writing, or accent. We try to match these eager adult learners with a volunteer tutor.

We have also started classes for those hoping to become U.S. citizens and for those classes we also need tutors.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer tutor? You don’t need skills in another language and you don’t need to be an expert in either our language or our civics. We have several training days for you to choose from, below. So now would be a good time to sign up! Call us at 832-559-4200.

ESL Tutor Training                                                                                                                                                                                        Friday, July 29th 9:00 am - 11:00 am, or                                                                                                                                   Thursday, August 11th 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Citizenship Tutor Training
Saturday, August 13th 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Train On at the Tomball Library!

Pokémon has become all the rage again with the release of Pokémon Go on Android and iOS. The game utilizes GPS location throughout the world to make a virtual playground for Pokémon. A lot of those Pokémon are appearing right here at our library.

Feel free to stop in for one of our many programs during the week and maybe grab a rare Pokémon while you're here. Or, you could battle one of the three 'gyms' right here on campus. Just make sure to play safely and follow the rules. If you're a pedestrian, please look away from your phone at roadways and in parking lots and look out for vehicles. When the library closes (at 9 p.m.) please refrain from wandering the campus. The campus itself closes at 10 pm. 

Game On! Adult Board Games at the Library

Are you in it to win it? Come to the LSC-Tomball Community Library to play board games! We’ll provide the refreshments and the board games. All you have to bring is your sense of adventure and competitive nature! Winners take home bragging rights! 16+ welcome. Come on Thursday, July 21st, 6:30-8:30 pm. In the library meeting room, Room L129. Please call 832-559-4200 for more information.

The Power of Email Marketing: a SCORE Workshop

Perhaps you have signed up to receive the visually lovely emails our library branch sends out to make you aware of upcoming library events in your designated areas of interest. Those emails are formatted and released in a system called Constant Contact. It’s a permission-based marketing tool that many organizations and businesses are using to keep customers aware of opportunities.

Permission-based email turns out to be the most cost-effective, targeted, trackable, and efficient way to build and maintain relationships in businesses and organizations. On Saturday, July 16th, SCORE (that national not-for-profit society of retired business executives that nurtures businesses) is offering a free workshop to teach you how to master email marketing communications.

The presenter will be Mr. Blake Welch, a certified Local Expert and Accredited Solution Provider for Constant Contact. He also runs Welch Consulting, which serves small business owners and nonprofits in the areas of operations, digital marketing, and interim executive support. 

That’s Saturday, July 16th, here in the library meeting room, Room L-129. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m.; the program is from 10:30-12:30. And once again, it's free.

Teens build Robots at the Library

Pictured at left is a LEGO robot dog, one of six LEGO robots teens will have the opportunity to build this summer at the library. Registration is closed for the LEGO Robotics Camp happening this week, but it will open again July 5th for the camp that’s happening Monday, July 18th to Wednesday, July 20th, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. each day. Tip: if you are interested, be sure to phone us at 8:00 a.m., as we open, Tuesday, July 5th. There are only eighteen spots and they will fill up quickly. Participants must be at least 10 years old and not over 18. And as always at the library, the program is free.

Celebrate Summer Reading!

On Your Mark! Get Set! READ!

Come and join in our Tomball Summer Reading Program! We are now into our third week. Yesterday children enjoyed a wonderful Mad Science program about nutrition; next week they can enjoy Texas Snakes and More (with live examples). In July come and participate in  the Hansel and Gretel marionette puppet show and a live performance of the Wizard of Oz. And that's only a sampling of the free programs we're offering here at the children's level.

For teens, we offer free programs every Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm. They include board games, crafts, and henna skin design creation. We are also offering one teen art camp and two LEGO Robotics Camps! One day soon we'll read an entire Harry Potter book. Stay tuned for that! Come and find the Astros Orbit mascot hidden in the library and put your name into a drawing to win one.

And then there's the summer-long reading and activity program. Read ten books or do ten activities and win a prize. We have a baby level, and children's, teens, and adult level programs. Join us!

Our pole vault standards on the perimeter of the entrance display shown in the photo is a celebration of the number of people who have joined and the number of people who have completed the reading and activity challenges so far. As of the middle of last week, we had 352 people signed up and 42 people have completed their challenge already. Our hope is to top that standard on the left with 1200 participants and to get as many people to the top of the completion standard on the right as we can. 

Coloring for Adults, this Thursday

This Thursday, June 16th, we're hosting another Coloring for Adults program. Come and discover the joy of adult coloring in the air conditioned comfort of our meeting room, from 2-4 pm. Relax and get lost in this meditative activity. We provide coloring pages from popular coloring books and we also provide felt markers and colored pencils. Feel free to bring your own supplies if you prefer and just come and enjoy the company. We'll be meeting every third Thursday of the month through June, July, and August, so you can even make it a habit! 

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