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Lone Star College Tomball Reaches out to the Community

August—it’s THAT month again! We at the library are ready for school: are you?
The display on the Round Wall that you can see as you walk in is dedicated to Lone Star College program offerings. You’ll find information about the College’s credit courses, and also Continuing Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and Community programs such as use of the Wellness Center’s sports facilities, the LSC-Tomball Community Library (that’s us!), Fine Arts Performances, Discovery College (although this is a summer event, now finished), and the October Vet Tech K-9 Fun Run and Costume Contest.
The College is printing fewer and fewer catalogs these days. Here are the links to their various online programs:
For College credit classes, go to : www.LoneStar.edu/Programs-Classes
For Continuing Education programs including Career & Technical Education, Leisure Learning, the seniors’ 50 & older programs in the Academy for Lifelong Learning, the children’s Discovery College, and Corporate Training Programs: www.LoneStar.edu/Continuing-Ed
For English for Speakers of Other Languages: www.LoneStar.edu/ESOL-CE
 

LSC-Tomball Community Library Begins a New Chapter

Please welcome Deborah Sica, our new Co-Director of the public library side of LSC-Tomball Community Library. When she begins July 30th, she will be the second public library Co-Director in the current location, succeeding Wendy Schneider who retired in April.

Deborah received her BA in English and Women’s Studies from the State University of New York in Buffalo, her Masters of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, and her Masters of Library and Information Science at San José State University in San José, CA.

Since 1997 Deborah has worked in Research & Education. While working in the joint public and academic Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the San José State University campus, Deborah acquired insight into how joint-use public-academic library systems can benefit their communities. She has also worked as an Assistant Librarian in an Austin law firm, a Collection Surveyor at the University of California, Berkley archives and as an Archivist at the Holocaust Museum in Houston. The Holocaust Museum experience was a turning point in her career. She realized the importance of equal access to library service and public resources as a basic human right. From that point on, her career turned to public libraries.

Felicitations for a Focused Fourth!--or the Alternative

When the Fourth of July holiday falls in the middle of the week we have neither the lead-time to prepare nor the down-time to recover from our over-indulgences. So either we have to be very focused or, alternately, we can stretch it out and declare a personal month of patriotic celebration.

We at the library can help you with the latter.

Our famous ‘round wall’ has a new display simply called ‘American History’. It’s full of lovely great biographies of the founding fathers and histories of the American Revolution. When you get through those, there are also Civil War, frontier history, and Texas revolutionary histories. You could celebrate 1750 to 1865 all through July.

You can also read David McCullough’s great book, 1776 and discuss it socially at the inaugural gathering of the History Book Club on Tuesday, July 17th. It’ll be in the Friends of the Library Room on the first floor, at 7:00 o’clock.

However you celebrate Independence Day, we send our best wishes for a wonderful time.
 

Join the Postcard Club

Did you know that a Postcard Club meets here at the library?

They meet every 3rd Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Tomball Library to socialize, talk about their postcard collections, and trade postcards. Then they discuss new and old business and listen to a postcard related presentation. There are no dues; all activities are free, and everyone is welcome.

Their collections are amazing and span decades of history and styles. 

They meet next on Saturday, July 21, at 2 pm, in Room 212--the second floor Conference Room. Come, join in, and share your collection with the group. 

Summer Reading is for Adults, too!

Our Summer Reading Program got off to an uproarious start Monday, June 4th, with a puppet show for children. Tuesday, June 5th, the teen program kicks off with a Hunger Games party that references the book by Suzanne Collins that has teens reading vociferously this summer.

For adults, we're taking on the Summer Reading Program theme 'Get a Clue' by featuring mysteries by Texas authors and/or with Texas settings. Our book display on the round wall has been up for two days and in that time we've stocked it twice, so enjoy Texas mysteries this summer and keep our librarians running to keep you supplied!

Summer News

Two great pieces of news this week.

First, Summer Reading programs begin June 4th. Our Young Adult and Children's bloggers will be telling you about the exciting youth and children's programs planned for the summer. In the Adult area we're reading mysteries. We'll be creating a display of Texas mystery authors and mysteries that take place in Texas. Imagine that: crime--in Texas! I hope you'll enjoy reading Texas mysteries this summer, and if you're so inclined, sign up with us to record your reading and make yourself eligible for a prize or two.

The other great event is that we're starting a History Book Club. Charity Martin, our reference assistant with a Master's degree in History, is electric with excitement about gathering all you history buffs for some rousing discussions. She is planning to have the group meet the third Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, starting July 17th. Rumor has it that she'll be starting with (where else!) the American Revolution. There may be some truth to that rumor: I spotted her today with a copy of David McCullough's "1776" under her arm. If you're interested, stop by a reference desk or give us a call at 832-559-4213.

Did you know that we have a Microfiche/Microfilm Reader?

People come to the Tomball branch to read their military records and genealogy files preserved on microfiche and microfilm. We are one of only two Harris County Public Library branches that has a microfiche/microfilm reader.  You can also print paper copies from it. Drop by the second floor information desk and one of the librarians will be happy to get you started.

Image from flicker: cc: OSU Archives

Voters Guide has arrived

The League of Women Voters of Houston's Voters Guide has arrived. Several of you have been asking for it. You'll find copies on the desk in the middle of the round wall in front of the stairs on the first floor. 

This edition contains information about the Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Primary election.

Betty Engdorf Paintings in Room L-129

Betty Engdorf, a local artist who has just taken on being vice-president of the Tomball Art League, is the featured artist in our meeting room exhibition hall this month. Betty's landscapes document favorite local scenes and European travels. She is also showing paintings of flowers and birds, including her favorite hummingbirds. Come by and enjoy Engdorf's paintings through the month of May. 

Tomball Branch Ends a Chapter

Many of you will remember when the Tomball branch of Harris County Public Library (HCPL) joined with Lone Star College Tomball's academic library and opened a combined library building in 2005. At that time, Wendy Schneider, who had been a branch librarian at the Fairbanks and Kingwood branches, became the library's co-director. Schneider has served the public library since then, liaising with the people of Tomball through membership in the Chamber of Commerce, outreach to schools, community groups, and retirement centers, and through ever-expanding library services and programs. 

On Thursday, April 26th, Schneider retired, ending a seven year relationship with Tomball branch and a nineteen year career with HCPL. 

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