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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. 

Holocaust Remembrance presentation moved to E-100

Ruth Steinfeld hid her Jewish identity to escape Nazi persecution in Germany. On Wednesday, April 25, she remembers.
We are honored to present Ms. Steinfeld, now an elderly woman, who will tell her story in the Lone Star College Room E 100 (moved from the library meeting room, L 129 to accommodate more people) at 1:00 p.m. 

You can use our Drive Through

Not everyone knows that we have a drive through window on the west side of the library building. To get to it, drive into the Lone Star College south entrance, turn right to turn into the library building, and come all the way down the little hill to the fountain. Turn left as if you are going into the Faculty and Staff parking lot and follow the signs for the Book Drop, taking the first right.

Last Call to get your taxes done

As we roll inexorably up to April 15th this Sunday, those of us with tax forms yet to complete are counting down the days. If you qualify for an extension and need to file an extension form (Form 4868) the library has a few copies left.
AARP Tax Aide will be in the library Saturday, April 14 and Monday, April 16 and then they roll away their computers and take a well-deserved rest. On behalf of all our customers who rely on the help of the AARP Tax Aide program to complete their income tax submission, we want to thank the faithful tax team who come in three times a week every year to help our customers. 

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