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Host of the Year: You

Are you wondering how to keep your houseguests entertained this holiday season? May we offer our large selection of coffee table books on just about every topic you can imagine. We've placed a sampling on our round wall by the front door and there are many more upstairs.

While you're looking at our books, you might also enjoy our display of holiday cookbooks and crafts, and beyond, our offerings of DVD's. Let us help you be the host with the most. 

Image from Flickr: cc: Biz Stone, Houseguest: bizstone


Lend a Hand, Bring a Can

On behalf of the “Lend a Hand, Bring a Can” food drive we are accepting donations for local food pantries through December 17th. You can drop off items in our lobby: just look for the big red box. All non-perishable food items will be accepted, but if you're looking for ideas, here's the T.E.A.M. and St. Vincent DePaul food pantries' wish list:
Boxed Mac n' Cheese
Chef Boyardee
Peanut Butter
Cake mixes
Canned fruit
Cream soups
Feminine products

If you prefer to make a cash donation, please do so directly to the food pantry of your choice. 

Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (T.E.AM.), P.O. Box 286,Tomball, TX 77377-0286

Watercolors: Rosemary Massey & Reva A. Power

We are pleased to exhibit the vivid watercolors of Rosemary Massey (on left in photo) and Reva A. Power (on right) during the month of November. Both Massey and Power are local artists and members of theTomball Art League, the Woodlands Art League, and the Watercolor Artists Society of Houston.

Rosemary Massey, a retired art teacher and Houston native, works in both watercolors and acrylic and enjoys painting a variety of subjects from still lifes to fantasy landscapes.

Reva Power, a retired mathematics and computer science teacher, likes the variety of styles that water media allow. You will see that variety in her landscapes and still lifes, hanging in the large meeting room, Room L129.

Bachelor Books: Become a more Eligible Bachelor and Get Ahead in this World

The one eligible bachelor on our reference staff has created an authoritative display of Bachelor Books for your November reading. He has gathered topics bachelors might need advice about, such as The Boyfriend Handbook, The Action Hero Handbook, and self-help guides like how to write a prenuptial agreement, do your own divorce, be a landlord, or beat a traffic ticket.

There are books on financial investing and more basic offerings like The Secrets of Casino Gambling and Beating the Odds. The way our bachelor sees it, "some guys invest their money in stocks or real estate; others invest it on sports betting or blackjack".  In today's economy, why not?

New Hours for our Drive-Through Bookdrop

Did you know that we have a drive-through bookdrop on the west side of the library building? From your car you can return borrowed items and, during library hours, pick up and check out reserved items.

If you drive down the hill toward our front entrance and turn left into the Faculty and Staff parking lot, you'll see the Bookdrop sign directing you. Turn right and follow the arrows.

While the bookdrop remains available 24/7, night access to the campus has recently been restricted. The road around the campus is now closed between 11:00 at night and 5:00 in the morning.

Welcome, Montgomery County Neighbors

Because we're located next to the county line, many of our Montgomery County neighbors live closer to our Harris County library branch than to a Montgomery County library. Please know, Montgomery County friends, you're welcome here.

Your Montgomery County library card is welcome, too.

Or you may get a free Harris County Public library card.

If you're eighteen or older, all you need to do is fill out a registration form at the Customer Service desk and show identification indicating your name, picture, and current address.

If you're under 18 you'll have to get an adult with the appropriate relationship and identification to sign for you.

So c'mon across the creek and enjoy our library services.

Need the Library on Sunday?


Our branch is open some of the longest hours in the County, but we are closed on Sundays. For your convenience our neighboring branch, the Barbara Bush at Cypress Creek branch will welcome you on Sundays from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

It’s located at 6817 Cypresswood Drive, just east of Stuebner Airline Road.

Y'all be sure to return to Tomball come Monday!

Smells like Teen Spirit

Explore the mysteries of adolescence.  One of our lobby displays this month highlights fiction and non-fiction about the various dragons that teens battle along their journey to adulthood. Oh, the angst...

Donna Hewett: Art Exhibitions at the Library

Tomball area artists, we offer you a place to exhibit your 2-dimensional art.

If you would like to reserve hanging space for a month in our large meeting room, Room L129, call the reference desk at 832-559-4213 or visit it for details and registration.

Our inaugural exhibitor is Donna Hewett. Donna is a graphic artist by trade and a member of the Tomball Art League. In her own time she works in oil and pastel. Her current exhibition is a combination of the two media.

You can see more of Donna's work at the Tomball Art League's annual fall exhibition Saturday, October 9th at the Tomball Community Center.

New Mural Celebrates Oil Town U.S.A.

As you walk through the front door of the library you’ll be greeted by this dynamic collage of historic photographic images of Tomball. The images come from the library’s Esther Bubley Photo Collection, a four-volume collection of black and white photographs of the people and industry of Tomball in 1945.

Bubley (1921-1998) was a gifted American freelance photojournalist who specialized in expressive photos of ordinary people in their everyday lives.

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