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Sign Up for the 50 + Bus Trip to Houston Museum of Natural Science!

If you're 50 or over, come on a free bus trip with other library customers! The next bus trip for people 50 and over will be leaving the front door of LSC-Tomball Community Library on Tuesday, October 1 at 8:45 a.m. This bus will be going to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for the day, returning at 4:30 p.m.

You can register by clicking on this link, which will take you to the Events Calendar on our website. You’ll have to click on ‘next’ arrow beside the month to advance the calendar to October. Then click on October 1st’s “8:45 AM-50+ Bus Trip to Houston Museum of Natural Science” to go to the sign-up form. Fill that in, click ‘Complete Registration’, and you’re registered. You should receive a confirmation email.

The bus trip is free, courtesy of Harris County Precinct 4 Senior Adult Program, but you must pay admission to the Museum. Please bring exact change with you so that you can be eligible for a corporate discount. This will save you from having to stand in the museum lineup for tickets. Please call the library at 832-559-4200 for the admission to the various exhibits.

Also, bring money for lunch, if you’re interested in buying lunch. Inside the museum there is a McDonalds and within walking distance is a Bodegas Taco Shop. Thanks to Harris County Precinct 4 Senior Adult Program!

Tomball's Summer Reading Program Draw Winners

“Better luck next year!” she mused when, at the end of last summer, she discovered that she hadn’t won any HCPL Summer Reading Program prizes. Better luck indeed: LSC-Tomball Community Library customer Brandi Henri’s name was randomly drawn as one of the e-reader winners in this year’s Summer Reading Program prize draw. The Harris County Friends Council awarded her with a Kindle Paperwhite.  She is delighted that she won’t have to borrow her husband’s iPad anymore; now she has an e-reader of her own—which ironically, we presented to her on her wedding anniversary. Good fortune all round.
Brandi and her 3 year old daughter, Olivia, are prolific readers. They were thrilled that during one visit to the library this summer they hit the 75-item HCPL checkout ceiling. Brandi keeps track of what she reads on Goodreads and checks their book ratings for recommendations. Her personal summer favorites? The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, There’s No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern, and Elizabeth Joy Arnold’s The Book of Secrets.
Our Tomball branch prize, a $30 Amazon.com gift card, was won by Carolyn Austin of Lufkin, TX. Ms. Austin has a personal tie with this library branch in that her daughter Jennifer is one of the librarians here. Her summer favorite was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. 

Business Success Seminars: Google Tools for Business

Learn how to use Google Tools to market your business! HCPL, in partnership with Lone Star College Tomball and the Lone Star Small Business Development Center, is offering three Friday sessions to improve profits in your business. The first one, this Friday, September 6th, will teach you how to use Google Tools to perform market research, create business listings, advertise locally, analyze website traffic, manage documents, and more. Lead by Doug Mansfield of Mansfield Marketing, it will be held in the library’s meeting room, L 129, at 1:30 p.m. No registration is needed; just drop in and profit!
 

Book Clubs News

Here’s what our book clubs are reading in September:
Afternoon Book Club (1st Tuesday, 3 pm): Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Paranormal Book Club (2nd Monday, 7 pm): Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Inspirational Book Club (2nd Thursday, 7 pm): Scoop by Rene Gutteridge
Homeschool Book Club (3rd Monday, 1 pm. Because space is limited, pre-registration is required): The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Non-Fiction Book Club (3rd Tuesday, 3 pm): The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr
After Austen Book Club (Last Monday, 7 pm): Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Mystery Book Club (4th Thursday, 1 pm): Defending Jacob by William Landay

A couple of notes: sadly, we have retired the History Book Club. We have also changed the name of the Tweens Book Club to the Homeschool Book Club. And because it has proved to be so popular and our space is limited, we’ve had to require a first-come first-served pre-registration for that club alone. Registration opens August 27th. To register, phone the main library number, 832-559-4200,and ask for the YA Librarian.

Business Success Seminars: The Fall Lineup

If you haven’t been to our free business seminars, consider this as advance notice of a good thing. HCPL, in partnership with Lone Star College Tomball and the Lone Star Small Business Development Center, are offering three more Friday sessions to improve profits in your business. This fall they will be held in the library’s meeting room, L 129, at 1:30 p.m. after the Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting the first Friday of September, October, and November. (The Chamber meets in the Beckendorf Center in the East Building of the College.) No registration is needed; just drop in and profit!
Here’s our exciting line up:

August Book Clubs: What they are reading!

Hello Everyone! Some of our awesome book clubs are meeting over the summer and some have taken a vacation until September. The History Book Club, one of the latter, is considering a new day and time more convenient for its members, so if you are considering joining, now is the time to talk to its convener, Charity Martin: 832-559-4220). Here's what the clubs are reading this month:

Speed Friending! This Saturday

Do you have a favorite book? Would you like to share that book with a new friend? Are you interested in finding out what someone else's favorite book is? If so, then join us at the LSC-Tomball Community Library this Saturday, August 3 from 2-4 p.m. for Speed Friending - With books! It's like speed dating, but to find friends who share your love of books and literature. Just bring your favorite book with you and be prepared to tell someone in 2 minutes why it's your favorite.

Have Book Will Travel

If you've been in the library this summer you have probably noticed the travel theme for our Summer Reading programs. Along the Round Wall display are Adult fiction and non-fiction books from every continent. Help yourself to a good exotic summer read!

Adult Artists! Come to an Artist's Date!

Adult artists! Drop your morning chores, pack up your art supplies and your lunch, and come to the library to enjoy a day of sketching or painting with other adult artists--next Wednesday, July 10th, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We will provide easels, still life objects, clothed models, dessert and beverages; and after lunch, Judy Crowe, an accomplished local oil painter and instructor, will give a demonstration. We'll be in the library first floor front room and then Room L 129 for lunch and the demo. Call 823-559-4213 for more information. There's no registration and no fee.

Meet Mystery Author Jane Cleland!

Mark your calendar: Monday, July 1st, at 2:00 p.m., celebrated mystery author Jane K. Cleland will be at LSC-Tomball Community Library to meet with you, talk about her books, and answer your questions. She will also sign your own Jane Cleland books and/or the one you might win as a door prize. All this in a casual environment in Room L 129, with light refreshments.

In case you don't know Cleland's work, she is the author of the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries, a traditional 'cozy' mystery series set in New Hampshire in which antiques appraiser Josie Prescott is the sleuth. She also writes short stories, 'noir' plays, and a number of other genres of fiction and non-fiction. Below are the links to the Antiques Mysteries in our collection, and we hope to see you July 1st!

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