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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.

Book Gift Ideas from our Book Clubs

In case you’re looking for gift ideas, here are the favorite books read by various book clubs this year!
From the Inspirational Book Club:
Favorite inspirational romance: Take a Chance on me by Susan May Warren, from the Christiansen Family series.

Thanks, Tomball!

Thank you, people of Tomball! Do you know we've been here on the LSC-Tomball campus for almost ten years now? Thank you to all of you for letting us serve you these past ten years. At the end of January we'll be throwing a big party, so come and celebrate with us then.

Masjid Al Salam presents its first Islamic Arts Festival

Has it really been over a year and a half since LSC-Tomball Community Library won the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities?  We hope you're enjoying the wonderful books we received about Islamic literature and culture.

Sneak Preview!

Spoiler Alert! In 82 days we'll be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of  our combined library on the Lone Star College Tomball campus. Today the library staff received training in 3D printing so that when that great day comes, you will be able to watch a demonstration of a 3D object being printed as part of our festivities. Mark your calendars for January 31st, 2015. Grace Lillevig, our trainer, pictured here with a spool of PLA filament and the 3D printer to the left, is the head of HCPL's ebranch and the curator of our 3D printers.

 

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