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Tax Season Begins Again

We've rolled out the tax forms. This year they are to the right of the front entrance on two mobile display units. As usual not all of the forms have been delivered yet, so here's a list of what we have.

Form 1040(Instructions 1040 ALL won't be in until the end of the month), Form 1040 A, Instruction 1040 A, Form 1040 EZ, Instruction 1040 EZ, and the big Publication 17--Your Federal Income Tax have arrived.

As well we have Schedules A, B, C, E, EIC, and SE and Form 1040 NR-EZ.

We  also have Forms 2441, 3903, and 5695.

And we have a supply of W2, W4, 1096, and 1099 Miscellaneous.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax Aide program, where retired volunteers prepare simple tax submissions for elderly and low income people, begins Wednesday, February 1st and continues until Monday, April 16, every Monday (noon-4 pm), Wednesday (10-2), and Saturday (11-3) in our large meeting room, L 129.

You can also get printable forms from the Internal Revenue Service website, www.irs.gov. Click on 'Forms and Pubs' on the orange banner headline. 

Holiday Hours

 

Every good wish from us to you and yours at this time. We hope you will soon have all the reading material you want  for your holiday because although our Digital Media catalog will be available online throughout the holidays (for those of you who receive digital devices as gifts!), our library doors will be closed as follows:

We close Thursday, December 22nd at 5 pm and re-open Tuesday December 27th at 8 am. 

The Common Grounds Cafe at the back of the library will close December 22nd at 4 pm and re-open Tuesday, December 27th at 9 am.

At New Year's, we close Friday, December 30th at 5 pm. and re-open Tuesday, January 3rd at 8 am. 

The on-campus cafeteria in the Commons building will be closed from December 19th to January 4th. January, 5, 6, and 9-13, it will be open reduced hours: 7:30 am. to 2 pm. except Fridays, when it will close even earlier at 1 pm. It will also be closed on Monday, January 16th, but resume its regular hours January 17th. Its regular hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am-4 pm and Friday from 7:30 am-1 pm. 

Permaneceremos cerrados a partir del 22 de diciembre para reanudar nuestras operaciones el martes 27 de diciembr. Horario  para El Año Nuevo: El viernes 30 de diciembre cerraremos a las 5pm; para abrir de nuevo el martes 3 de enero.

Computer Log In Coming Soon

Very soon you will need to log into the library computers at Tomball Library. Your log-in will be your library card number. So if you don't have a library card, now is the time to get one. You can fill out your registration form here, print it out, and bring it by Customer Service, show your identification with your current address on it, and pick your card up at the Customer Service desk. Or you can drop by Customer Service on your way into the library, fill out a registration form then, show your identification with your current address on it, and get your card. Cards are free. 

Muy pronto usted tendrá que log-in en las computadoras de la biblioteca de Tomball. Su log-in será su número de tarjeta de la biblioteca. Así que si usted no tiene una tarjeta, ahora es el momento para conseguir una. Usted puede llenar la forma en el escritorio del servicio al cliente, mostrar su identificación con su dirección actual, y recoger su tarjeta. Las tarjetas son gratis.

BOOK SALE THIS SATURDAY

This Saturday, from 10 am to 2 pm, you can buy gently used books at bargain prices at Tomball Library. The sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will take place in the first floor meeting room--Room L 129--behind the Adult Fiction department.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit support group that, through its fundraising efforts, funds library programs. Throughout the year the Friends operate a small book sale room off the main entrance. But this Saturday, tables and tables of fiction and non-fiction, paperbacks and hardcover books, steamy romances and boilerplate thrillers--and probably DVD's and VHS's--will be awaiting your inspection. Come and select stocking stuffers for your loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving

Do you need graphic novels, coffee table books, DVDs, audio books, or new recipes for Thanksgiving weekend? You have until 6 pm on Wednesday. We hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and that we see you again next Monday when we re-open.

MFAH Travelling Exhibition on its way to Tomball next week

Next Tuesday, while you may be in the thick of Thanksgiving preparations, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston technicians will be here in our library setting up their new traveling exhibition, A Passion for Glass. Rene Lalique (1860-1945) was a French glass designer known for his elaborate perfume bottles, vases, clocks, jewelry, and even glass automobile ornaments. He is remembered equally for his marvelously creepy Art Nouveau jeweled insects and for his Art Deco frosted glass vases. The exhibition will be here from November 22nd to January 21st. When you get a free moment, come and enjoy it!

Veteran's Day Service

Every year customers ask us, so please pass the word along that there will be a Veteran's Day Service at the college on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.  It will happen in the new Performing Arts Center right on Highway 249. You can get to it from either the north or south entrance to the college.

We, the library staff salute all of you who have served our country in wartime and peace, and you, their families who have served as well through your sacrifice and support. We are grateful.

BOOK SALE SOON!

Please consider this your advance notice. For the first time ever, our Friends of the Library are going to have a book sale!

The Friends of the Library raise funds that support our summer reading programs and other programs throughout the year. Mostly they do this by selling books donated by our customers. This year, because of  your generosity, the Friends have more books than will fit in their little room off the front entrance. So--on the first Saturday in December, when thoughts of many will be turning to stocking stuffers, books at inexpensive prices will be laid out for you to buy.

The rumor is that the sale will take place between 10 am and 2 pm; we'll firm that up closer to the date.

 

Join a library Book Club

Do you enjoy discussing with others the books that you read? Perhaps you'd enjoy participating in one of our book clubs.

The groups meet once a month, some in the evenings, some in the afternoons, to discuss selected titles in their favorite genres. There's no charge, no registration, no obligation to come to every meeting; just good discussions and light refreshments.

After Austen:                    last Monday, 7-9 pm in Room L212

Currently reading:           The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

Afternoon Book Club:  1st Tuesday, 3-5pm in Room L212

Currently reading:           Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Inspirational Book Club: 2nd Thursday, 7-9 pm, Friends of the Library Room

Currently reading:           The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander

Mother-Daughter:          (for moms and their teenage daughters) See our calendar of events for the current meeting date because this moves to accommodate school schedules—7 -8:30 pm, Friends of the Library Room

Currently reading:           Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Mystery Book Club:        4th Thursday from 1-3 pm, Friends of the Library Room

Currently reading:           A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman

Non-Fiction Book Club: 3rd Tuesday, 2-4 pm in Room L212

Currently reading:           The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the rush to Empire, 1989 by Evan Thomas

Paranormal Book Club:2nd Monday, 7-9 pm in Room 212

Currently reading:           Nice Girls Don’t have Fangs by Molly Harper

Do you want to learn English? ¿Trata de aprender Ingles?

Do you want to learn English? The library offers a free English as a Second Language discussion group every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room. You are welcome!

¿Trata de aprender Ingles? Quiza usted conoce a alguien que quiere aprender Ingles. La Biblioteca de Tomball actualmente ofrece una clase de discusión de Ingles como ségunda lengua y nosotros planemos comenzar los grupos adicionales en las próximas semanas.

Estos grupos gratis de discusión ayudan a las personas a alcanzar sus metas. El propósito es para que usted pueda aprender a leer y hablar el idioma Ingles. Cualquier persona interesada puede venir a la biblioteca en el segundo piso el miércoles a las 10:30 AM en el cuarto de conferencias.

La biblioteca tambien tiene cursos como Rosetta Stone, seleccíon de libros de Ingles como segunda lengua, CDs y DVDs que pueden ser prestados por un period prolongado de tiempo.

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