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Become a U.S. Citizen

 A United States Customs & Immigration Services representative will be here Tuesday, June 14th at 11am to give a presentation and answer questions about becoming a US citizen. This presentation is directed toward legal permanent residents only. To register, call 832-559-4213.

Arts and Crafts Saturday

Arts & Crafts Saturday at the Library 

This Saturday June 11

11 am -1 pm.

Local artisans and crafters will be at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library demonstrating their crafts for your enjoyment.  Come in and learn about weaving, spinning, quilting, quilling, needlecraft arts, basket weaving, and woodturning to name just a few.

If you have been looking for a hobby or a craft, come talk to the experts. Join them in the main hall of the library
from 11 am until 1pm on Saturday, June 11.

The roster will include:

Tall Pines Weavers & Spinners, Tri-County Quilt Guild, Gulf Coast Woodturners Association, Needle Arts Guild of Tomball, Sit & Stitch, and more!

Image: Flicker: cc: woodturning_2 by Ted Ingraham

Arts & Crafts Saturday

Arts & Crafts Saturday at the Library,

Saturday, June 11 from 11 am -1 pm.

Local artisans and crafters will be at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library demonstrating their crafts for your enjoyment.  Come in and learn about quilling, various needlecraft arts, basket weaving, and woodturning to name just a few.

If you have been looking for a hobby or a craft, come talk to the experts. Join them in the main hall of the library
from 11 am until 1pm on Saturday, June 11.

The roster will include:

Gulf Coast Woodturners Association
Needle Arts Guild of Tomball
Sit & Stitch

and more!

An Invitation: To Read outside [your personal] box!

Summer is almost upon us and so are our summer reading programs. We, in the Adult department will be challenging our readers to s-t-r-e-t-c-h yourselves with your summer reading this year. Whatever your favorite kinds of books, be they Inspirational, Thrillers, Science Fiction, or Mysteries, we're encouraging you to try something else! We'll be putting up bookmarks with some ideas for you--look for them in the Fiction department and upstairs in Non-Fiction.

And remember that we're happy to request anything you don't see on the shelf, either from another branch or via interlibrary loan from across the country.

Come Stitch with Us

If needlework of any kind is your hobby, please join our Sit and Stitch group to share needlework and conversation. It meets twice in a week, once in the evening and once in the morning, to suit people's schedules.

The evening group meets every Tuesday from 6:30 -8:00. The morning group meets every Thursday from 10:00-noon. Both groups meet in the first floor Meeting Room, room L-129.

Both groups are open to people of all ages and like all our library programs, it's free.

Image by flicker: cc: "Vesper Aquamelon Socks Finished" by splityarn.

Please: No Offensive Language!

 “Does this book contain bad language?” is a frequently asked question at our Fiction desk. Many of our customers prefer not to read stories salted with vulgarities or swear words.

This was a difficult question for us to answer unless we ourselves had read the book and had remembered that particular feature of its content. Recently, however, one of our librarians discovered that the Amazon.com online catalog has every word of its books indexed so that they can be searched for offending words.

Read on to learn how you use it.

Displays: Genocide, Poetry, Computer Literacy

Did you know that until 1944 there wasn’t even a word to describe the systematic destruction of ethnic or national groups?  

In conjunction with Genocide Awareness Month the library is featuring books, DVDs, CDs and other items about the Nazi Holocaust, and the Rwandan, Darfur, Cambodian, and the Armenian genocides.  The display was created by our Adult Services librarian, Jennifer Austin, a history specialist.

It’s also National Poetry Month and in celebration, Kimberly Clutter, our Young Adult (YA) librarian has put together a display of YA poetry.

Our computer technology teacher, David Whipkey, has created a display of computer books and manuals  under the title “Get Sucked into Technology”. See these wonderful displays are on our ‘round wall’ near the front entrance.

Photo: "Holocaust-Mahnmal Berlin" by Andrea & Stephan: flickr: cc

Preservation Week 2011

Many of our customers are genealogy buffs and most of you have troves of family photos and treasured books you want to preserve. Here are three events of interest. The Library of Congress, the American Library Association, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, in celebration of Preservation Week 2011, are sponsoring free public webinars and demonstrations. For two events you’ll only need to be at your computer; for the third you'll have to be in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 30.

The webinars ( web-based seminars)  are  “Accidents Happen” (Tuesday, April 26) and "Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories" (Thursday, April 28). 

The Washington event is called Pass it On: Personal Archiving Day at the Library of Congress. It is a free public event on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will provide information about preserving personal and family photographs in both digital and non-digital form.

Read on for details and registration.

Expose yourself to Art!

Restful Shadows by Rosemary MasseyBe sure to drop by the library during April so you’ll be able to see twelve of the winning paintings from the Spring Exhibition and Show of the Tomball Art League.  During the month of April we'll circulate the artwork around our Meeting Room, Customer Service, and Reference areas so wherever you are on the first floor you’ll get a chance to see some of them.

Marilyn Henagin, Sherry Hogan, Rosemary Massey, Ann Springer, Cile Stephens, Marshall Stephens, Bob Trivers, and Elsie Vera have contributed their winning work. The works are in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and even wood, and include still life, landscape, abstract, and experimental pieces.

Our featured image is Rosemary Massey's Restful Shadows, winner of Best In Show.  It is painted in acrylic on masonite.

Our congratulations to all the winners and thanks to those who are exhibiting with us this month.

German Fest is this weekend!

Here's a shout out to all the committed, busy people getting ready for another great German Festival this weekend

Look for us at the LSC-Tomball Community Library table in the Community Center. We'll be there all weekend. Come on by and visit with us.

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