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It's National Library Week!

This week is National Library Week! First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country, to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

This year’s theme is "Libraries Transform". I’d like to invite you to use this blog to post an experience of how a library anywhere, at any time, transformed your life in some way.

My story happened in a west-coast library back in 1999. We had just returned from two years in New Zealand and our sea freight hadn’t arrived. Bereft of computers, internet, and phone service, we turned to the library to communicate to our friends and relatives that we had arrived safely, and to the businesses we needed to find a new home. That wonderful library transformed our moving trauma and we settled in that area because of it. 

The High Island Bus Trip was thrilling

Would you look at these birds! Hundreds of egrets, snowy egrets, rosette spoonbills, and cormorants are mating, building nests, or feeding their young on this amazing south coast island called The Rookery. This was some of the magic our Seniors experienced this week on the Harris County Precinct 4 bus trip to the High Island Bird Sanctuaries. Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, they also got to try out iPad Airs as they traveled. Nature and technology, all in one bus trip.

Our next trip will be Thursday, May 5th, and we’ll be going to the Houston Zoo, with lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Registration will be opening soon!

Farewell, dear Lynn Flanigan

Today, sadly, we say farewell to our Assistant Branch Librarian Children’s Services, Lynn Flanigan. Lynn has been with the Harris County Public Library system for sixteen years and with Tomball Library since the current building opened in 2005. Before that she worked for Houston Public Library. And before that, she was a paralegal. But her first love is children, and she left the legal profession because she felt called to be with kids to share her love of reading, storytelling, and literacy. She’ll be remembered by her staff for allowing them to try out and implement new programs, for reaching out to schools and daycares, and for the way she happily jumped in to help whenever needed. Lynn, we wish you and your husband every good thing in the years ahead, and thank you for your service to the children of Tomball.

 

 

Coloring for Adults is Back!

After our last Adult Coloring meeting our participants didn't ask us, "Are you having another class;" they asked us,"When are you having another class?!" We can now answer that question: we're having one at the end of this month. 

If you haven't been before, come and discover the joy of adult coloring in a two hour coloring fest at the Tomball Library. If you have been before, here's the spoiler: we'll have pages from "The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book". Relax and get lost in this meditative activity. We'll supply felt markers, coloring pencils, and pages to color; but feel free to bring your own as well. That's Thursday, March 31st, from 2-4 pm. In the Meeting Room, Room L-129.

Holocaust Memorial Speaker, April 14th

During World War II, more than one million people were murdered by the Nazis at the Auschwitz concentration and death camp in southern Poland. Every April, in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance month,Tomball Library is honored to present a speaker who personally recalls those harrowing years. This year, Mr. Al Marks, a survivor of Auschwitz, will tell the story about how he built tunnels in the death camp. That's on Thursday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m., in the Auditorium in Room E-100. As with all our programs, admission is free.

Coloring for Adults Thursday, March 31st.

By popular demand, Coloring for Adults is back! Come and discover the joy of adult coloring in a 2 hour coloring fest here at the library. Relax and get lost in this meditative activity. Coloring pages, felt markers and colored pencils are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. No registration is required. We'll meet in the meeting room, L 129  on Thursday, March 31st, from 2-4 pm.

This month we’ll feature pages from “The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book”. Alternatively, bring what you’re working on at home and enjoy the companionship of others. 

Sylvia Correa McMillan is exhibiting in Room L-129

Sylvia Correa McMillan first discovered the joy of art at eight years old when her grandfather took her to the Art Park in Mexico City. Surrounded by beautiful works of art of all kinds, she knew her heart wanted to paint. To be able to reproduce the beauty of nature is a great passion, she says. We who know Sylvia, for many years, one of our Children’s Assistants and the teacher of Computadoras to our Spanish-speaking library customers, think she does everything with passion and beauty. Come and see her paintings in Room L-129 during the month of March.

Harris County Public Library wants us to check out a million eBooks this year!

Today I’m blogging about eBooks--about electronic books and electronic audio books. People know that they can buy electronic books, but how many of your friends know that YOU are reading the free library versions?

The advantages of reading and listening to electronic books are numerous. You can read or listen to them on your favorite electronic device that fits in your bag, pocket, or purse and goes with you everywhere. You can download them any time of day or night from our website. You can read them beside your spouse in bed without keeping him or her awake. You can enjoy the perks of your device, to change the font and font size, adjust the light intensity to your comfort level, bookmark your stopping place, note your favorite passages, and retrieve instant definitions for words that you don’t know. To their detractors, I admit that they don’t feel like a book. But they do feel like joy.

Electronic book lending is burgeoning. OverDrive, the vendor from whom we and many libraries across the U.S. and Canada contract our eBooks, published these amazing statistics about their electronic library book usage in the last year.
As for us, last year, our county library checked out 850,000 eBooks and eAudio books. This year we at Harris County Public Library are inviting you to boost our circulation statistics to one million. Are you with us?!

Anne Shirley exhibiting in our Meeting Room

This month we are delighted to be exhibiting the watercolors of Anne Shirley, a Texas transplant from Washington, D.C. and Maryland, who has lived most  of her adult life in Texas and Louisiana with sojourns to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen. An art teacher in Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish Schools, Mrs. Shirley earned her BS in Art Education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.Her work has earned honors in watercolor shows in Houston and Beaumont, Texas; Boise, Idaho and locally. 

She is intrigued by nature, flowers in particular, and tries to push herself through experimentation. And by looking for the unusual in such a way as to help the viewer of her art see ordinary things in a different way. She sets up problems for herself involving a strong design and composition to expand her horizons.

She considers watercolor to be a fascinating and demanding medium. Come and enjoy her work through the month of February.

Black History Month Collages on our Round Wall

Katherine Green, the Head of our Circulation department, created four magnificent collages on our Round Wall as backgrounds to our Black History Month items on display this month. Please take a look at them next time you are in, and of course, check out the library books, CDs, and DVDs!

 

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