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Create Your Business Plan: A "Hands-On" Workshop by SCORE

This Saturday, from 10:30-noon, we are hosting a free SCORE workshop that's important to new business owners. A solid business plan is essential to gaining access to capital and to truly understanding your business today and in the future. We cannot recommend this too highly.

SCORE's EzyBusPlan Training workshop will walk you through the twelve critical elements of every business plan. It will teach you how to create your own customized business model; how to assess the competitive quality of your business model; how to convert worksheet data into a professional business plan that lenders will appreciate and that you can use to help focus and grow your business. 

Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. in Room E-100, just inside the Commons Building. Everyone is welcome.

Adult Coloring Program this Thursday!

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. So make it a date; come with a friend or come alone.  Look for us behind the elevators in the 'Sun Room'...

There's Still Room on the Bus to the Author Meet 'n' Greet for Gulf Coast Reads Author Ann Weisgarber

In case you're thinking you're too late to join the Precinct 4 bus trip for folks 50 years and older to Bellaire Civic Center this Thursday to hear Gulf Coast Reads author Ann Weisgarber speak about her book, The Promise, there are still a few seats open. Sign up online by going into our EVENTS calendar or just give us a call at 832-559-4213 and we'll sign you up. The bus leaves at 3:30 p.m. and should return by 9:30 p.m. You'll need to buy dinner--the bus is stopping at the Cuban cafe, Cafe Piquet--but the rest of the evening is free. 

 

 

Calling Artists!

Hello, Artists of Tomball and environs! As you can see from this photograph of one side of our large meeting room, we offer a free place for artists to hang your art. Yes, you can book a place and exhibit your 2-dimensional works for a month--for FREE--at the library. We have spots open for 2016, so if you'd like to reserve a place for your paintings or sketches, call Barbara Mitchell at 832-559-4233 during library hours for details!

 

 

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 http://www.rhgphoto.com/

 

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.

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