Barbara M's blog

Sylvia Correa McMillan is exhibiting in Room L-129

Sylvia Correa McMillan first discovered the joy of art at eight years old when her grandfather took her to the Art Park in Mexico City. Surrounded by beautiful works of art of all kinds, she knew her heart wanted to paint. To be able to reproduce the beauty of nature is a great passion, she says. We who know Sylvia, for many years, one of our Children’s Assistants and the teacher of Computadoras to our Spanish-speaking library customers, think she does everything with passion and beauty. Come and see her paintings in Room L-129 during the month of March.

Harris County Public Library wants us to check out a million eBooks this year!

Today I’m blogging about eBooks--about electronic books and electronic audio books. People know that they can buy electronic books, but how many of your friends know that YOU are reading the free library versions?

The advantages of reading and listening to electronic books are numerous. You can read or listen to them on your favorite electronic device that fits in your bag, pocket, or purse and goes with you everywhere. You can download them any time of day or night from our website. You can read them beside your spouse in bed without keeping him or her awake. You can enjoy the perks of your device, to change the font and font size, adjust the light intensity to your comfort level, bookmark your stopping place, note your favorite passages, and retrieve instant definitions for words that you don’t know. To their detractors, I admit that they don’t feel like a book. But they do feel like joy.

Electronic book lending is burgeoning. OverDrive, the vendor from whom we and many libraries across the U.S. and Canada contract our eBooks, published these amazing statistics about their electronic library book usage in the last year.
As for us, last year, our county library checked out 850,000 eBooks and eAudio books. This year we at Harris County Public Library are inviting you to boost our circulation statistics to one million. Are you with us?!

Anne Shirley exhibiting in our Meeting Room

This month we are delighted to be exhibiting the watercolors of Anne Shirley, a Texas transplant from Washington, D.C. and Maryland, who has lived most  of her adult life in Texas and Louisiana with sojourns to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen. An art teacher in Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish Schools, Mrs. Shirley earned her BS in Art Education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.Her work has earned honors in watercolor shows in Houston and Beaumont, Texas; Boise, Idaho and locally. 

She is intrigued by nature, flowers in particular, and tries to push herself through experimentation. And by looking for the unusual in such a way as to help the viewer of her art see ordinary things in a different way. She sets up problems for herself involving a strong design and composition to expand her horizons.

She considers watercolor to be a fascinating and demanding medium. Come and enjoy her work through the month of February.

Black History Month Collages on our Round Wall

Katherine Green, the Head of our Circulation department, created four magnificent collages on our Round Wall as backgrounds to our Black History Month items on display this month. Please take a look at them next time you are in, and of course, check out the library books, CDs, and DVDs!

 

AARP Tax Aide is Back!

AARP Tax Aide is about to begin again, starting February 1st! Every year qualified agents from the American Association of Retired Persons volunteer at our libraries to complete the tax returns of elderly and low income earners. They work in our meeting room, Room L-129, Mondays (noon to 4 pm), Wednesdays (10 am to 2 pm), and Saturdays (11 am to 3 pm) and provide confidential assistance to as many people as they can accommodate.

If you wish to receive this tax return assistance, please bring with you as much of the following as applies to your situation:
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Valid identification with current address for yourself and your dependents
-Social Security cards for yourself and your dependents
-Your wage, salary, income statements (W-2 and/or 1099)
-Last year’s income tax return statement
-If you are a homeowner, the amount of property tax you paid in 2014
-If you bought a new vehicle in 2014, the amount of sales tax you paid
-Documentation for deductible expenses (mortgage interest, real estate taxes paid, medical expenses, charitable donations, mileage for volunteer work)
-Documentation for items that qualify for tax credit (child care, post-secondary education, home purchase contracts & closing statement for homes purchased in the past year)

Last tip: The Tax Aide people receive customers on a first-come, first-served basis only. So come early to get your name on the list!

Hilda Rueda exhibits in Room L 129

 

Colombian born Hilda Rueda trained as a petroleum engineer and earned a Master’s degree in International Business before she switched careers and took up her passion as a visual and literary artist. Come and see her passionate portraits in Room L 129 during January and online at www.hruedart.com
 

Public Scanner and Computer Equipment for the Visual-and-Hearing-Impaired

Good news! We now have a public scanner for your use on the first floor of the library. It will scan both individual and multiple sheets and you can scan your materials into our computer and email them to yourself.

The newly equipped computer is the one we used to call TOMDN28, located in the back corner of the library, and it also now has a bright yellow keyboard and software for the visually and hearing impaired.
 

Northwest Art League Members' work on Exhibit

If you need a moment of serene beauty in the pre-holiday bustle, the artwork in our meeting room will provide. Members of the Northwest Art League have hung some collages and paintings that I think you'll enjoy in Room L-129 during December. Breathe deep and enjoy!

Tomball Library ESL Student wins City-Wide Literacy Award

Tasnuva Rahman has been named the Houston Literacy Center's 2015-2016 Student of the Year.

The announcement was made on December 2nd. 

Tasnuva has been an ESL student studying with the Tomball Community Library's ESL program. Her tutor is Mr. John Mossbarger, who has worked diligently to ensure that Tasnuva and other ESL students in the program have been successful in achieving their goals of learning English as a Second Language.

Congratulations John and Tasnuva on this wonderful achievement!

 

Zoo Lights Bus Trip: There's Still Room for YOU

There is still room for you on the bus trip to see the Houston Zoo, lit up in its holiday splendor this Thursday. December 3rd, leaving the library front door promptly at 3:30 p.m. and returning at 9:30 p.m. Please see the blog below for more information, and sign up either by phoning us or by following this link: https://goo.gl/d4A5Wv.

 

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