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Northwest Art League group exhibiting in Room L-129

Within a 200-mile radius of Houston there are 18 independent art leagues under an umbrella fine arts organization called the Lone Star Art Guild. The Tomball Art League serves our immediate area and its next-door neighbor to the south is the Northwest Art League. This month we are delighted to host the artworks of a group of Northwest Art League members in our meeting room. Carmen Zorba, Claire Payne, Jerry Sue Greenhill, and Anh Lam have braved the traffic along Highway 249 to come north and hang a variety of acrylic and watercolor pieces. Do come by and enjoy their work. 

Artist's Date coming up April 23rd

A couple of times a year we invite adult artists to the library to paint together, enjoy each other's company, and watch an artist demonstration. Imagine a lovely spring morning; you are standing at your easel or sitting at a table in our sunny front room among other artists. Warm conversation gradually fades into an embracing communal silence as each artist happily focuses on his or her work. Outside, the college’s dominant male crow struts up to the window and engages in a percussive battle with his reflection in the glass. The college caterer silently slips in with coffee, water, and dessert. As people get hungry, they put down their implements, open their lunches, and conversation picks up again. After lunch, an artist, this time, retired architect Bill Epps, Jr., gives a relaxed demonstration of his watercolor painting technique. Is this for you?

Then mark your calendar for Thursday, April 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See you then!

J.M.M. Barkovich Exhibiting in Room L-129 in March

Technically we might call them ‘miniatures’—not one of them exceeds 12” in any direction. Painted in acrylics or sketched on scratchboard, Joan Barkovich has brought a different kind of portraiture to our library meeting room walls for the month of March. Dogs, humans,--saints, even! They are worth a visit to Room L-129 this month to see. Come and browse.

Spanish Computer Classes and English Resume Formatting Class

Spanish Computer Classes are back! Sisi Medina, one of our Adult Reference Assistants, will be teaching two free computer classes in Spanish in March. Los Básicos de la Computadora will be held Monday, March 9th from 1-3 pm; Word en Español will be happen Monday, March 23rd from 1-3 pm. Both will take place in Room L-216, the public library computer lab. Registration is requested but not required. To register phone 832-559-4200 or click on this link for Los Básicos del la Computadora and this link for Word en Español and fill out the form.

We are also starting a series called Word for Business, and in March, Megan Hopwood, our Technology Training Assistant, will feature a free evening class on formatting resumes. She won’t teach you how to create your resume—that’s up to you—but she will show you how to make it attractive. That’s Monday, March 23rd from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Registration, requested but not required, can be completed by phoning 832-559-4200 or by clicking on this link to the Word for Business: Resumes registration form and filling it out. It also will take place in Room L-216, our computer lab. 

Your Reading List

Occasionally customers will ask us if our library management system keeps a list of the books they have previously checked out. Usually our curious customers are trying to remember the last book they read in a series, or whether they have enjoyed this author before. The short answer is "No." Unless you have an outstanding late fee on a book, our system wipes out the record of you ever having checked out an item. We do that partly to protect your privacy and partly so we can save space on our servers. 

However, there are several online social media sites for avid readers that let you document, review, and share your book lists (or keep them private to yourself). We librarians use all of them and, other than personal quirks and preferences, we recommend all of them. Library Thing (librarything.com), Goodreads (goodreads.com), and Shelfari (shelfari.com) will let you make lists of what you have read, want to read, wish you hadn't read; compare notes with other people; find read-alikes, and do much more. Give them a try!

Rosemary Massey is Back!

During February Room L-129 is decked with the beautiful watercolor and acrylic paintings of Tomball artist, Rosemary Massey. Drop in and see her beautiful portraits, floral, and landscape paintings. 

Thank You for Celebrating our 10th Anniversary!

On behalf of the LSC-Tomball Community Library staff, and the Friends of the Tomball Library, I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the community and college members who came out this weekend to help us celebrate the library’s 10-Year Anniversary in this building.  It was a wonderful event filled with fun and festivities, and it was made all the more special by your participation.

If you missed the big day, please look forward to the continuous offerings that go on at the library, year in and year out, month to month, and day after day.  There is truly something for everyone, and absolutely everyone is welcome.  We offer story times, computer classes, book clubs, business presentations, holiday and seasonal programming, cultural heritage events, bus trips for seniors and much, much more.  So, please join us soon for something great, and help us kick-off our next ten years!

Lynne Ring, co-Director

Sonia Rodriguez: Prints Writ Large

As we approach our tenth anniversary we’re delighted to feature the artwork of one of our own staff members, Circulation Assistant Sonia Rodríguez. In the previous five years Sonia has taught elementary school art for the Klein district. While at the Rhode Island School of Design, Sonia experienced working in a variety of media. Included in her display are a series of woodblock prints,etchings, and paintings depicting both human and animal nature.          

Most people who create woodblock prints print them in a hand operated press. The print you see in the image at left was created under a steam roller! Sonia thinks outside the box and is not afraid to experiment.

She currently continues her practice in an independent studio in Spring.

A special thanks

Thanks to all of you who braved the cold last Saturday to participate in our Friends of the Library Birthday Bargains book sale. We appreciate everyone who donated gently used books to the Friends, either to add to our collection or to sell to raise funds for library programming. We also appreciate our Friends and staff who put in hours of work preparing for the sale. And especially we are deeply grateful to all of you who bought books. We hope you enjoy them! Please come back on Saturday, January 31st and celebrate our tenth anniversary.

Free Computer Classes Resume in January

They're back! Computer classes at Tomball Community Library will resume in January. The new Technology Training Assistant, Megan Hopwood, has a new line-up of beginner computer classes that are free to the community. Classes include Computer Basics, Introduction to the Internet, Microsoft Word 2013, and Library eBooks on your Digital Device.

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