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Guess how many books we've checked out this (fiscal) Year!

We move a lot of books.

I thought you might be interested to know that 433,711 books, DVDs, and CD audiobooks have been checked out of LSC-Tomball Community Library branch  since March 1st, the beginning of our fiscal year.  That's our part in over seven million total checkouts across the county in that time. We move a lot of books!

We have also checked out an impressive number of electronic books. Since March 1st,  328,558 Adult and Young Adult electronic books and e-audiobooks have checked out across Harris County Public Library's reach, plus 80,483 children's TumbleBooks electronic books, for an eBook total of 298,799. This summer we added a collection of electronic audio books called OneClickdigital and already there are just under 5,000 checkouts from that  catalog.

Come to the Library's Holiday Celebration this Saturday!


Come to the library on SATURDAY, December 1, for the HOLIDAY CELEBRATION starting at 2 pm. Meet Santa, enjoy tap dance performances, and enjoy the holiday spirit. This is but another great program hosted by the Friends of the Library.

 

Come and enjoy Holiday Fest this Saturday!

The holiday season is kicking into high gear. We have TWO celebrations you won't want to miss THIS WEEKEND. Here's the first one...

Lone Star College's famous HOLIDAY FEST is THIS FRIDAY, November 30, from 5-9 pm. On the north side of the campus loop. Expect bounce houses, hay rides, train rides, children's games and crafts; live performances, special guest appearances, photos with Santa, and more. There will be cookies, punch, and coffee, and you will be able to buy hot dogs and soda for 50 cents each. So that's at 30555 Tomball Parkway (aka Highway 249), north of downtown Tomball. It's best to use the north entrance to the campus, over by the Beckendorf Center.

Happy Thanksgiving from us

To all of you, from all of us, Happy Thanksgiving. Although this year continues to be difficult for many, the joy and gratitude you have extended to us has been heartwarming. It's always a pleasure to serve you, and when we can also lighten your load a little, it's extra special. 

We've created a Thanksgiving tree on our Round Wall and many of our customers have expressed their thankfulness for their lives and loved ones in the form of messages on leaves. Every day the tree grows and fills out and embroiders our lobby with color . May your Thanksgiving weekend be similarly rich and joyful.            

Alicia Mitchell exhibition in our Meeting Room

Alicia Mitchell has another exhibition in our meeting room this month. This time she is featuring historic collages and still lifes. The photo at left shows her with her last exhibition here. We invite you to wander through and take a look at them next time you're in the library.

Artists are welcome to reserve the meeting room and hang your paintings for a month at a time. Just phone the reference desk at 832-559-4213 to make arrangements.  

Chill at the library

After you've voted today, if you need a comfortable quiet place to get away from the election madness, come to the library!  We have coffee and soda and snacks. Curl up with a good book, listen to your iPod, play on one of our free computers, put your feet up, absorb the good qi; breathe. We're open until 9:30. The election won't be decided before then. Come and hide out, hang out, chill, take a break.

We need Tutors

Our English as a Second Language programs are burgeoning. Every week at the library we hold discussion groups that provide forums for practicing speaking English, and we also offer individual tutoring sessions--also at the library--at times convenient to the tutor and the student.

We're looking for more volunteers to tutor people who want to learn to speak, read, and write English. Are you interested? If you'd like to volunteer, please give Charity Martin a call at 832-559-4200. 

Register to vote!

Today, Tuesday October 9, 2012  is the last day Texans can register to vote in next month's election. We have voter registration cards here at the library at the Customer Service desk. You'll have to mail the card yourself today to get a valid postmark on that registration. As always, we're open until 9:30 tonight.

Gulf Coast Reads: the book and the movie

Every year at this time all the libraries of the Upper Gulf Coast conspire to get y'all on the same page. Or at least, reading the same book. This year's Gulf Coast Reads book is Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, the story of a young boy's struggle to come to grips with the loss of his Dad in the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings on 9/11.

On Tuesday, October 2nd, you're invited to our conference room on the second floor, at 3 pm, to discuss the book and celebrate the occasion.

We also invite you to next week's showing of the film inspired by this amazing book, with a discussion to follow. That'll be on Tuesday October 9th, at 6 pm. in the first floor meeting room, L 129.

Seguin: Unsung Texas Hero

Join us for the premier performance of Seguin: Unsung Texas Hero, a new play for young audiences commissioned and produced by the Alley Theatre, on Monday, October 1st, at 2:00 p.m., in the Library meeting room, L-129.
The production is free and it's most appropriate for families and students in grades 4 through 10.

Seguin: Unsung Texas Hero is a high-paced and extremely informative 50-minute play about Juan Seguin, an authentic hero of the Texas Revolution. It's a play within a play in that it follows a Texas history teacher who interrupts a school performance about the Texas Revolution after discovering that the actors know little about their subject matter. In an effort to educate the actors about unrecognized Texas hero Juan Seguin, the teacher joins the actors in their story’s telling.

The three quickly improvise their way through the major and minor battles of the Texas Revolution, from the Grass Fight to the Battle of Concepcion. Events soon become status updates as the battle of the Alamo plays out like a wrestling match. The play is written by Alvaro Saar Rios, directed by Joe Angel Babb and features Chris Rivera, Kalob Martinez and Autumn Knight.

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