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The Power of Email Marketing: a SCORE Workshop

Perhaps you have signed up to receive the visually lovely emails our library branch sends out to make you aware of upcoming library events in your designated areas of interest. Those emails are formatted and released in a system called Constant Contact. It’s a permission-based marketing tool that many organizations and businesses are using to keep customers aware of opportunities.

Permission-based email turns out to be the most cost-effective, targeted, trackable, and efficient way to build and maintain relationships in businesses and organizations. On Saturday, July 16th, SCORE (that national not-for-profit society of retired business executives that nurtures businesses) is offering a free workshop to teach you how to master email marketing communications.

The presenter will be Mr. Blake Welch, a certified Local Expert and Accredited Solution Provider for Constant Contact. He also runs Welch Consulting, which serves small business owners and nonprofits in the areas of operations, digital marketing, and interim executive support. 

That’s Saturday, July 16th, here in the library meeting room, Room L-129. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m.; the program is from 10:30-12:30. And once again, it's free.

Teens build Robots at the Library

Pictured at left is a LEGO robot dog, one of six LEGO robots teens will have the opportunity to build this summer at the library. Registration is closed for the LEGO Robotics Camp happening this week, but it will open again July 5th for the camp that’s happening Monday, July 18th to Wednesday, July 20th, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. each day. Tip: if you are interested, be sure to phone us at 8:00 a.m., as we open, Tuesday, July 5th. There are only eighteen spots and they will fill up quickly. Participants must be at least 10 years old and not over 18. And as always at the library, the program is free.

Celebrate Summer Reading!

On Your Mark! Get Set! READ!

Come and join in our Tomball Summer Reading Program! We are now into our third week. Yesterday children enjoyed a wonderful Mad Science program about nutrition; next week they can enjoy Texas Snakes and More (with live examples). In July come and participate in  the Hansel and Gretel marionette puppet show and a live performance of the Wizard of Oz. And that's only a sampling of the free programs we're offering here at the children's level.

For teens, we offer free programs every Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm. They include board games, crafts, and henna skin design creation. We are also offering one teen art camp and two LEGO Robotics Camps! One day soon we'll read an entire Harry Potter book. Stay tuned for that! Come and find the Astros Orbit mascot hidden in the library and put your name into a drawing to win one.

And then there's the summer-long reading and activity program. Read ten books or do ten activities and win a prize. We have a baby level, and children's, teens, and adult level programs. Join us!

Our pole vault standards on the perimeter of the entrance display shown in the photo is a celebration of the number of people who have joined and the number of people who have completed the reading and activity challenges so far. As of the middle of last week, we had 352 people signed up and 42 people have completed their challenge already. Our hope is to top that standard on the left with 1200 participants and to get as many people to the top of the completion standard on the right as we can. 

Coloring for Adults, this Thursday

This Thursday, June 16th, we're hosting another Coloring for Adults program. Come and discover the joy of adult coloring in the air conditioned comfort of our meeting room, from 2-4 pm. Relax and get lost in this meditative activity. We provide coloring pages from popular coloring books and we also provide felt markers and colored pencils. Feel free to bring your own supplies if you prefer and just come and enjoy the company. We'll be meeting every third Thursday of the month through June, July, and August, so you can even make it a habit! 

We now have ‘Mobile Circ’!

Every month your community library reaches out to daycare centers, seniors communities, the Farmer’s Market, and the Tomball Art League. In the spring you’ll see us at Shakespeare in the Shade and in the in the fall we’ll join you at Sunday in the Park. We also visit schools.

We now have the capacity to take our Circulation department with us when we go! Last Saturday at the Farmer’s Market we were able for the first time to sign people up for library cards. In the image left, our Technical Training Assistant, Loyd Huhn, is creating library cards for one of the nine people who happened by, wanting one.

 

Coloring for Adults

Come and discover the relaxing joy of adult coloring in a 2 hour coloring fest here at the library, this Thursday, May 19th from 2-4 pm. We will have pages to color from Johanna Basford's book, Lost Ocean. We provide felt markers and colored pencils; feel free to bring your own if you prefer. That's in the meeting room, Room L-129. 

Paige Carpenter Exhibiting in Room L-129

The staff of LSC-Tomball Community Library are thrilled that Children’s Services Specialist Paige Carpenter is exhibiting her work here in Room L-129 during the month of May.

Paige graduated with honors from Florida State University.  She currently lives in Texas in the company of many books. She loves Norse mythology, reading, gardening, and of course, creating art.


Paige aspires to become the illustrator of children’s books. She works in watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and graphite, and in our meeting room this month we feature a collection of her graphite drawings.

You can see more of her work on her website at http://paigecarpenter.com/

50+ Bus Trip to the Houston Zoo

Yes, yes, yes! Back by popular demand, we have another stunning Harris County Precinct 4 Fun for Seniors bus trip planned. Thursday, May 5th, we’ll be exploring the Houston Zoo and enjoying lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse. The bus will depart from the front door of the library at 8:15 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. As always, the bus trip is free; zoo admission is $17, unless you are age 65 or over, in which case it’s $10.50; and lunch is on you. If you’d like us to register you, call 832-559-4213. Will we see you then? 

We're Open Again! C'mon By!

Normalcy feels good. I hope normalcy is returning to your life after our deluge last Sunday night. We're open again at LSC-Tomball Community Library; so if you finished all your books while we were closed, you can bring them back and get more now! Any books that came due while we were closed will have their fines forgiven. Come to the Customer Service desk and we'll get that taken care of for you. Welcome back!

SCORE Workshop, The Power of Email Marketing, Cancelled

The SCORE workshop, "The Power of Email Marketing", scheduled for this Saturday, April 23rd, is cancelled due to the weather and flooding this week. Please stay safe and dry and we'll re-schedule this workshop soon. 

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