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Celebrate Dystopian Novels!

Dystopian fiction was highlighted in this year's Gulf Coast Reads choice, Dog Stars by Peter Heller. As we come to the end of the Gulf Coast Reads month and approach Halloween, we have made classic and current dystopian fiction available by the checkout stations for you to enjoy or enjoy again. Browse the Adult fiction side and the Young Adult fiction side; remember the ones you read in school and the ones that are now part of our culture. From Fahrenheit 451 to 1984 to The Handmaid's Tale to new stories in which you haven't yet indulged your imagination, you'll find them there on our new display. 

 

eBooks on your Digital Device

Are you wondering whether to buy a Kindle or an iPad so you can read electronic books from the library? Are you having trouble downleading library books to your Nook? Come to the EBooks on your Digital Device class this Wednesday, October 16, from 2-4 p.m. in the Computer Lab, room R-216 and get your problems solved by our inimitable electronic books guru, librarian Cathy Clark.

Military Personnel: Common Access Card (CAC) Reader now available here!

LSC-Tomball Community Library is proud to announce that we have acquired a Common Access Card reader or CAC reader for military personnel to use in the library so they can access the particular websites that only a Common Access Card will allow. This reader will enable active duty and reserve military to conduct online military business locally instead of having to travel to a military base/facility. With a CAC reader, a service member can access websites to do online training, check military email, create orders and travel vouchers, apply for billets, access unit sharepoint sites, and more. 

This weekend: Business Seminar and Hispanic Dancers!

On Friday, October 4th, the library is hosting the second in the Business Success Seminar series. This month we are featuring Daniel Kainer, an LSC professor and small business owner who will be introducing Amazon.com’s Fulfillment sales program. Mr. Kainer will show you had you can create and build this program to sell your own products.

On Saturday, October 5th, as part of Hispanic Heritage month, the Tierra de Mis Raíces Dancers will perform dances from a number of Latin American countries—and then they will teach us how to dance with them. That’s at 1 p.m. in the library lobby. 

ESL Tutor Training September 28

At LSC-Tomball Community Library, requests for help in mastering the English language are ongoing. People attempting English for the first time and veterans who want to improve their grammar, reading, writing, or accent keep inquiring; so we try to match these eager adult learners with a volunteer tutor.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer tutor? You don’t need skills in another language and you don’t need to be an expert. We’re having a training day on Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to 12:30, at the Barbara Bush Library on Cypresswood. So now would be a good time to sign up. Call us at 832-559-4200.
 

Winners Show at the Library

Every spring and fall the Tomball Art League puts on an Exhibition and Show in the Tomball Community Center. For those of you who missed it, many of the winning paintings are displayed this month in our meeting room, room L-129. If the room happens to be locked when you come, just ask a librarian at the reference desk to open it for you. 

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.

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