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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!

 

AARP Tax Aide is Back!

AARP Tax Aide is about to begin again, starting February 1st! Every year qualified agents from the American Association of Retired Persons volunteer at our libraries to complete the tax returns of elderly and low income earners. They work in our meeting room, Room L-129, Mondays (noon to 4 pm), Wednesdays (10 am to 2 pm), and Saturdays (11 am to 3 pm) and provide confidential assistance to as many people as they can accommodate.

If you wish to receive this tax return assistance, please bring with you as much of the following as applies to your situation:
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Valid identification with current address for yourself and your dependents
-Social Security cards for yourself and your dependents
-Your wage, salary, income statements (W-2 and/or 1099)
-Last year’s income tax return statement
-If you are a homeowner, the amount of property tax you paid in 2014
-If you bought a new vehicle in 2014, the amount of sales tax you paid
-Documentation for deductible expenses (mortgage interest, real estate taxes paid, medical expenses, charitable donations, mileage for volunteer work)
-Documentation for items that qualify for tax credit (child care, post-secondary education, home purchase contracts & closing statement for homes purchased in the past year)

Last tip: The Tax Aide people receive customers on a first-come, first-served basis only. So come early to get your name on the list!

Hilda Rueda exhibits in Room L 129

 

Colombian born Hilda Rueda trained as a petroleum engineer and earned a Master’s degree in International Business before she switched careers and took up her passion as a visual and literary artist. Come and see her passionate portraits in Room L 129 during January and online at www.hruedart.com
 

Public Scanner and Computer Equipment for the Visual-and-Hearing-Impaired

Good news! We now have a public scanner for your use on the first floor of the library. It will scan both individual and multiple sheets and you can scan your materials into our computer and email them to yourself.

The newly equipped computer is the one we used to call TOMDN28, located in the back corner of the library, and it also now has a bright yellow keyboard and software for the visually and hearing impaired.
 

Northwest Art League Members' work on Exhibit

If you need a moment of serene beauty in the pre-holiday bustle, the artwork in our meeting room will provide. Members of the Northwest Art League have hung some collages and paintings that I think you'll enjoy in Room L-129 during December. Breathe deep and enjoy!

Tomball Library ESL Student wins City-Wide Literacy Award

Tasnuva Rahman has been named the Houston Literacy Center's 2015-2016 Student of the Year.

The announcement was made on December 2nd. 

Tasnuva has been an ESL student studying with the Tomball Community Library's ESL program. Her tutor is Mr. John Mossbarger, who has worked diligently to ensure that Tasnuva and other ESL students in the program have been successful in achieving their goals of learning English as a Second Language.

Congratulations John and Tasnuva on this wonderful achievement!

 

Zoo Lights Bus Trip: There's Still Room for YOU

There is still room for you on the bus trip to see the Houston Zoo, lit up in its holiday splendor this Thursday. December 3rd, leaving the library front door promptly at 3:30 p.m. and returning at 9:30 p.m. Please see the blog below for more information, and sign up either by phoning us or by following this link: https://goo.gl/d4A5Wv.

 

Sherry Hogan is Back!

Sherry Hogan’s atmospheric nature paintings are gracing our meeting room walls again. At the moment she's working in acrylic, but in the style of oil painting. Sherry does an immense amount of research to familiarize herself with the ecosystems and wildlife of the Texas-Louisiana Coastal Plains, including living in blinds along the coast and raising wild birds herself. You’ll feel her love and intimacy with nature as you gaze upon her paintings. The exhibition runs until the end of November. 

 

Order your Interlibrary Loans this Week (by Thursday) –or Wait

If you need a book ordered for you from another library, please get that order to us by this Thursday, November 5th—or be prepared to wait until Friday, November 13th. Harris County Public Library (and its partners, Lone Star College Library and Montgomery County Memorial Public Library) are ‘migrating’ to a new library management system. We will be ‘offline’ for all of next week while the electronic wizardry proceeds.

If you miss our deadline we will happily stockpile your order and order it once we are back online. 

Create Your Business Plan: A "Hands-On" Workshop by SCORE

This Saturday, from 10:30-noon, we are hosting a free SCORE workshop that's important to new business owners. A solid business plan is essential to gaining access to capital and to truly understanding your business today and in the future. We cannot recommend this too highly.

SCORE's EzyBusPlan Training workshop will walk you through the twelve critical elements of every business plan. It will teach you how to create your own customized business model; how to assess the competitive quality of your business model; how to convert worksheet data into a professional business plan that lenders will appreciate and that you can use to help focus and grow your business. 

Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. in Room E-100, just inside the Commons Building. Everyone is welcome.

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