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Get to Tomball library by Wednesday—or wait til next week!

Please note that both LSC-Tomball Community Library and Cy-Fair Library, along with all Lone Star College campuses, will be closed Thursday, July 2nd, Friday, July 3rd, Saturday, July 4th, and Sunday, July 5th. All other Harris County Public Libraries will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2nd, but will also be closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Lone Star Art Guild Convention and Show: A regional Art Show and Sale in your back yard!

Please consider adding to your Saturday plans a visit to the Lone Star Art Guild’s 53rd Annual Convention and Art Exhibition at the new Klein Multipurpose Center on FM 2920. The Lone Star Art Guild is the umbrella group for 17 independent art leagues within a 200-mile radius of Houston, including the Tomball Art League. At this convention the winning works from the member art leagues’ art shows are judged against each other. So all the work you will see will be the best of each club. You’ll see paintings, drawings, mixed media pieces, photographs, and digital art; sculpture and studio fine crafts.
The convention itself is happening Friday and Saturday; the Pubic Art Exhibition and Sale is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For further information visit their website.

 

Swoosh! Another Super-hero just flew by, Reading

Summer Reading Program Week 2. Over 500 people showed up for the Children’s Department’s Crocodile Encounter Reptile Show this afternoon and the whole library was alive and buzzing. There must have been 1000 super-heroes here today. (Me, exaggerate?) Some were learning how to use computers in our Computer Basics course; others were browsing the DVD, Non-Fiction, and Fiction shelves. Others yet may have been getting ready for the Young Adult Department’s Live Action, Hungry Hungry Hippos program here tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm. This evening some are discussing the latest, greatest, creepy adult book at the Paranormal Book Club. What was your super-hero-self doing today? I hope it included some great reading!

Summer Reading is Here! Be your own Super Hero!

Yes! Rain or shine, it’s Summer Reading time again, and we’re celebrating super heroes—like you! If reading is your superpower (or the superpower to which you aspire), check out our fun programs here, then sign on to one of our various reading programs and win prizes for doing what you love.

Adults who read or listen to 5 books or log 600 minutes of listening will receive a ‘Reading is My Superpower’ water bottle. They will also be eligible at the end of the summer for a grand prize drawing of a Kindle Fire.

As this week goes on our YA librarian and Children’s Department Reference Assistant will blog about teen and children’s programs coming up. Meantime, let me tell you how to document having become your own super hero by taking a super-selfie at our Photo Booth. You can borrow a super hero mask at the 1st floor reference desk and a selfie-stick for a long focus picture.

Have a great summer—reading!

Those Whom the Fallen Loved: We Honor You

About once a week I drive by the Houston National Cemetery on Veteran’s Memorial Drive. My heart sinks as my eyes follow the deep perspective of identical gravestones. I ponder the meaning of that silent rhythm of stones. Next Monday we will remember those who gave their lives in the military service of this country; the service at the Houston National Cemetery will begin at 9:30 a.m.

But here in the library it’s the survivors of those who died whom we see. They are the people who valiantly grieved and then got up and embraced the values for which their loved ones died and carry them on, deep into life and into society. As we approach Memorial Day, we at the library honor those whom the fallen loved. It is our privilege to serve you.

 

What is your SuperPower?

What is your superpower? We will be asking you this summer as we travel through our Summer Reading Program, celebrating heroes! We can't wait for June!

William (Bill) Epps watercolors in Room L-129 during May

At the library's Artist's Date last month retired architect William (Bill) Epps gave a demonstration of how to draw perspective so artists can include buildings in their paintings. He went on to paint an abstract under-painting consisting of pools of colors that would later appear in the finished painting. And then he covered the whole wet painted paper with plastic wrap, so the colors would puddle in the ridges of plastic wrap. This is how he begins his painting process.

This month you can enjoy the finished paintings of this artist who combines the drafted precision of the architect and the random freedom of the master watercolorist, in the library's meeting room, Room L-129

THE SAFEST BRIDGE: SCORE Business Program this Saturday about Sales Strategies

The sales process and gaining customers is often the most intimidating aspect of your own small business, yet it is critical at all stages of your company’s growth cycle. No one relishes being rejected or hearing the dreaded word, “NO”. Marketing and Revenue Advisor David Adkindele will present this free sales workshop to address strategies for improving your chances with the potential customer.

You will learn:
The importance of your role in the customer’s buying journey
* Why “safe” is important to the buyer
* What customers really want and how to identify it

* How you can be the customer’s guide
* How to understand the human nature of the buyer

Saturday, May 2nd. 10:30 to noon. Registration is at 10:00 a.m.
It will be held in Room E-100 in the College Commons
Register at the event or here

 

Artist's Date: a collage

Here are some photos of our 4th Artist's Date yesterday. We spent the morning sketching or painting a lovely floral arrangement donated to us by Cornelius Flowers in Tomball. In the afternoon Bill Epps gave two demonstrations; how to draw perspective and how to paint an under-painting for your watercolor painting. 

Artist's Date this Thursday!

Drop your chores, pick up your art supplies and your lunch, and come and enjoy a mellow day at the library with other Adult artists. We've been doing this about every six months--this is our fourth 'date', and it's a lovely time to meet other artists in the community and do a little of the painting or sketching that you might otherwise leave until all your other pressing activities are complete!

We'll meet at about 10:00 a.m. (or whenever you get here) to do our own thing for the morning. Then we'll break for lunch (the library will provide a light dessert and coffee). Afterwards, Bill Epps, a retired architect, will give us a demonstration about various aspects of painting architectural features in watercolor. I don't know everything he plans to do, but learning how to draw in perspective and how to paint an effective under-painting are on the list. 

We'll be in the area at the front of the library that we call the 'Sun Room'; behind the elevators and between the Westerns and the CD Audiobooks. Join us if you can!

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