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Books, Nooks, & Cook(ie)s

Have you ever wanted to know how to download books and audio to your e-reader or other portable device? We'll show you how.

Come have cookies and learn how to use Harris County Public Library's digital media catalog!

Saturday July 16th, 2-4 pm in the First Floor Meeting Room, L-129.

SAT Practice Test

College aspirants: you can take the free Practice SAT Test here at the library.

The TEST will happen Saturday, July 23rd from 10:15 am to 2:15 pm in room L-129.

The SCORE ANALYSIS will happen Wednesday, July 27th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in room L-129.

Pre-registration is required, either at a Reference desk, or by calling 832-559-4213.

The name of the SAT Reasoning Test has changed over time, but the fact that most colleges in the U.S. require this standardized test for admission, has not changed.

The current SAT Reasoning Test was introduced in 2005, takes 3 3/4 hours to finish, costs $49.00, and requires pre-registration. It has three sections: Math, Critical Reading (formerly called 'Verbal'), and Writing. Each section has a possible 800 points for a total of 2400 points.

For further information you can check the website of the College Board, the organization that administers the test, at this link.

Read Something New-To-You

 I love thrillers--they're easy, undemanding, page-turning, satisfying reading after a long day. But occasionally I need a change. This year I've challenged myself to include some different genres, some I've been reluctant to read. To my surprise I've encountered delightful books and discovered that, what I really want in a story is not just one type of plot, but rather, something entertaining that's well written.

News about Inspirational Fiction

Many thanks to our Inspirational Fiction readers for your patience through our changes. Early this year, budget slashes and staff cuts necessitated changes to the way we shelve our collection. The Inspirational Fiction books had to be integrated into the rest of the Fiction department. We know you experience this as a loss and we hope that the Inspirational Fiction display pyramid in the main corridor is helping you find your favorite authors and titles.

Then last week Gail Cooper, your beloved book club leader, resigned. So this week we are announcing that Deana Dick, one of your Inspirational Book Club members and our Senior Circulation Assistant, has graciously accepted the invitation to take on this responsibility.

The July meeting of the Inspirational Book Club will take place Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room on the first floor of the library. Everyone is welcome. If you haven't joined please consider this your invitation. The group will be discussing Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston. You can pick up a copy of the book at the first floor reference desk.

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.

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