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An Introduction to Islam, The Religion and Its Cultures

We invite you to An Introduction to Islam, The Religion and Its Cultures, this Thursday, April 4th. Two speakers hand-picked by the people of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and Al Salam Mosque in our neighborhood will be presenting the basics of the faith, to help you learn the things you've been wondering about and had no one to ask. As well there will be artifacts and food! That's 2 pm.Thursday, April 4th, in Room E 100. (Walk through the library; across the back patio, into the Commons Building, and into the first hallway on the right. The entrance to E-100 is on your immediate left.)
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf also goes up on our Round Wall this week. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf  is a collection of 25 books and 4 DVDs to help people in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. The Bookshelf is intended to address the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy, accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. It's a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Library Association, and we're delighted to present it to you.
The library will also have a display of Islamic artifacts in the 2nd floor cabinet and artwork in Room L-129 for you to enjoy through the month of April.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is here!

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf goes up on our Round Wall next week. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf  is a collection of 25 books and 4 DVDs to help people in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. The Bookshelf is intended to address the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy, accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. It's a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Library Association, and we're delighted to present it to you.
We also invite you to a presentation Thursday, April 4th called An Introduction to Islam. Two speakers hand-picked by the people of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and Al Salam Mosque in our neighborhood will be presenting the basics of the faith. As well there will be artifacts and food! That's 2 pm.Thursday, April 4th, in Room E 100. (Walk through the library; across the back patio, into the Commons Building, and into the first hallway on the right. The entrance to E-100 is on your immediate left.)
The library will also have a display of Islamic artifacts in the 2nd floor cabinet and artwork in Room L-129 for you to enjoy through the month of April. 

Cancelled: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

 We regret to announce that the film screening and discussion with filmmaker, Francis O’Donnell on Wednesday, April 3rd has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

For your reading pleasure the library has copies of the book companion to the movie. See In the Footsteps of Marco Polo in our catalog.

You can also view the 90-minute movie streaming online.

Marco Polo, Introduction to Islam: exciting programs to begin the spring season

At the beginning of April two exciting programs will kick off an international theme at the library that will continue through August. The first is a film screening and discussion with the filmmaker of In the Footsteps of Marco Polo.

Two ordinary guys, Denis Belliveau, a wedding photographer, and Francis O'Donnell, an artist and U.S. Marine veteran, had the wild idea of retracing Marco Polo's epic 25,000 mile route from Venice to China and back. They spent two years on horse-back and camel-back and in jeeps, trucks, ships, and trains  trying to do so. Come to a 90 minute film screening of this remarkable adventure and a discussion with film maker Francis O'Donnell. That's Wednesday, April 3rd, 3:30 p.m., in Room L-129.

The second is an educational event about Islam that is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant called Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys. The library has received a collection of 25 books, movies, and magazines celebrating Islamic culture and for the month of April it will be on display along with Islamic art on loan from the Houston Muslim community. Mark your calendar for the educational program, Introduction to Islam, the Religion and Its Cultures, co-hosted by Al Salaam Mosque, on Thursday, April 4th, at 2:00 p.m. in the college's Room E-100.

Come and View the Winners

For the rest of March, LSC-Tomball Community Library is proudly displaying the work of participating winners of the Tomball Art League’s Spring Show and Exhibition. Claire Payne won Best in Show for her watercolor Winter Pall pictured at left. The Show had 280 entries, from traditional oils to sculpture to digital art. Come and enjoy Tomball and area’s tremendous art talent in Room L 129.

The 1040 Instruction Booklets are Here!

The 1040 Instruction booklets have finally arrived; come and get one. If this is all you need from the library at this time, feel free to pick it up at our Drive Through Book Drop. We'll keep a supply of 1040 Instructions and Forms there for your convenience.

The Drive Through Book Drop is located on the left side of the building as you're facing the front door. Drive down toward our front entrance and turn left into the Faculty Parking area. You'll see the Book Drop sign; follow the arrow around to the left side.

 

March Book Club Reads

Here’s what the book club participants are reading in March.

Afternoon Book Club (1st Tuesday, 3 pm): I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
Paranormal Book Club (2nd Monday, 7 pm): Blood Bond by Rachel Vincent
Inspirational Book Club (2nd Thursday, 7 pm): Matthew’s Story by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Tween Homeschool Book Club (3rd Monday, 1 pm): Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry
Non-Fiction Book Club (3rd Tuesday, 2 pm): Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
History Book Club (4th Tuesday, 7 pm): The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc by Nancy Goldstone
After Austen Book Club (Last Monday, 7 pm): The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Mystery Book Club (4th Thursday, 1 pm): The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane
Come join a club and meet some people who like to read the same kinds of books that you do.

Publication 17 is here!

The long-awaited tax information booklet, Publication 17, has come in! You'll find it on the back side of  one of the Tax Forms pyramids in the main hallway in front of the first floor reference desk.

Marketing to the Hispanic Community

LSC-Tomball Community Library and the Lone Star College Small Business Development Center proudly begin a third season of Business Success Seminars Friday, March 1st with Maria Tapias, Group Account Director with Lopez Negrete Communications. Tapias will light up the new season with a seminar about Marketing to the Hispanic Community.

Lopez Negrete Communications is an independent, Hispanic owned and operated full service agency specializing in Hispanic marketing. As Tapias remarks, the Hispanic community is "...a world all its own, with different textures and tastes, rhythms and hues."

This year's Business Success seminars are especially timed to begin right after each monthly Chamber of Commerce meeting, a meeting that takes place the first Friday of the month in the Beckendorf Center in the East Building of LSC-Tomball. The seminars will happen just around the corner in Room E178. There is no registration and no registration fee for the seminars, and everyone is welcome. That's 2:15 p.m., Friday, March 1st.

Support Your Library

Our funding comes from the state as well as the county, so if you’ve been well served by the library in the past year, please tell your state representatives. They need to hear from you so they can advocate for library services as they go into budget sessions.

To find out who represents you, use the QR code to the left or  click on this link: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/find-your-representative/ and put in your residential address.

If you like, here is a link to a sample letter provided by the Texas Library Association: http://www.hcpl.net/sites/default/files/Legislative Sample Letter.pdf

A big thanks from us.

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