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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.

NEW Discussion Group for English as a Second Language students

One of the challenges for new English speakers is finding friendly places to practice English conversation. The library has these, two mornings a week--and now, three!

Join us on Fridays for the new English Discussion group. It will be meeting in the Conference Room, Room L-212, at 10:00 a.m.  No registration is required; just come when you can.

This discussion group is an addition to the groups that meet earlier in the week. On Monday and Wednesday mornings the ESL groups begin with an hour of Listening to English at 9:00. Then at 10:00 the groups split into a Beginner Discussion group and an Advanced Discussion group for an hour of topical chat.

Marshall Stephens (and other) Talented Artists' Exhibitions

Be sure to catch the Marshall Stephens exhibition held over for a second month in our big meeting room, L129. Marshall’s work has been delighting staff and customers alike.

And please take in the Tomball Art League’s Spring Art Show and Exhibition this Saturday, March 12th, at the Tomball Community Center on Market Street.

The library has been liaising with the Tomball Art League for awhile now. If you are artistically inclined, you might enjoy my blog artposttomball.blogspot.com, featuring “random but stable bits of information” about art on the ‘net.

Important Change for Digital Media Catalog Users

A change for our Montgomery County digital customers will go into effect Monday, March 7th. Because of budgetary and eBook licensing issues, HCPL has had to limit access to its Digital Media Catalog to HCPL cardholders. It leaves MCML customers with two options:

You can come into one of our HCPL locations and register for a Harris County Public Library card.

You can access the Houston Area digital media catalog used by Montgomery County Memorial Public Library.

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