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A Tribute to Rhonda Brewer

Today we send a special shout out to a woman who has made a remarkable and lasting contribution to LSC-Tomball Community Library and to our library community. Since 2005, when the library moved to our present location, Rhonda Brewer has hosted or supported the Sit ‘n’ Stitch Club that has met, sometimes once, sometimes twice a week in the library. In 2007 she started the Postcard Club that also continues meeting once a month.

For several years Rhonda was the Director of a local Family History Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An avid and expert genealogist herself, Rhonda shared her skills by conducting a series of free genealogy searching courses here in the library. Anyone who has taken her Genealogy 101 or Genealogy 201 courses will attest to her skill as a teacher and her passion for the subject.

In July of this year, Rhonda and her husband Ron lent themselves out to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints headquarters in Salt Lake City, where they took up posts in the Natural Resources Management department, managing the mineral rights of Church properties in the U.S. and Canada.

Last week Rhonda and Ron returned to Houston, but only to pack up their house and arrange for its sale. They are moving permanently to Salt Lake City. As we lose you, Rhonda, may we thank you again for being one of the pillars of this library. We wish you and Ron every success and happiness in your years ahead in Salt Lake City. Farewell, good friend.

We Close Friday at Noon for Christmas

 

We’re closing earlier than usual this year to accommodate some system repairs at the college. You’ll have to pick up your holiday books and movies by 12:00 noon this Friday, December 21st or wait until Wednesday, December 26th at 8:00 a.m. when we re-open. If you receive an electronic reading or listening device as a gift, we will be available when we re-open to help you learn how to download library books onto it!  Meantime, our very best wishes for a joyous and happy Dongzhi, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas, or Kwaanza; whatever you celebrate may it be festive and fun!


 

Enjoy the Postcard Club

Did you know that a Postcard Club meets here at the library?
They meet every 3rd Saturday at 3:00 pm at the Tomball Library to socialize, talk about their postcard collections, and trade postcards. Then they discuss new and old business and listen to a postcard related presentation. There are no dues; all activities are free, and everyone is welcome.
Their collections are amazing and span decades of history and styles.
They will be meeting this Saturday, December 15th at 3:00 pm, in Room 212--the second floor Conference Room. Come, join in, and share your collection with the group.
 

What are Your Holiday Wishes?

What are your wishes for the holidays this year? A particular gift from Santa? The safe return of family members? The healthy birth of a grandchild? A job for your husband?

We invite you to write your wish upon a star at the first floor Children's or Adult Reference desk, then help fill the sky on the round wall display area with your wonderful wish. Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends this weekend, and joyous anticipation to everyone else for your particular holiday celebration.

Guess how many books we've checked out this (fiscal) Year!

We move a lot of books.

I thought you might be interested to know that 433,711 books, DVDs, and CD audiobooks have been checked out of LSC-Tomball Community Library branch  since March 1st, the beginning of our fiscal year.  That's our part in over seven million total checkouts across the county in that time. We move a lot of books!

We have also checked out an impressive number of electronic books. Since March 1st,  328,558 Adult and Young Adult electronic books and e-audiobooks have checked out across Harris County Public Library's reach, plus 80,483 children's TumbleBooks electronic books, for an eBook total of 298,799. This summer we added a collection of electronic audio books called OneClickdigital and already there are just under 5,000 checkouts from that  catalog.

Come to the Library's Holiday Celebration this Saturday!


Come to the library on SATURDAY, December 1, for the HOLIDAY CELEBRATION starting at 2 pm. Meet Santa, enjoy tap dance performances, and enjoy the holiday spirit. This is but another great program hosted by the Friends of the Library.

 

Come and enjoy Holiday Fest this Saturday!

The holiday season is kicking into high gear. We have TWO celebrations you won't want to miss THIS WEEKEND. Here's the first one...

Lone Star College's famous HOLIDAY FEST is THIS FRIDAY, November 30, from 5-9 pm. On the north side of the campus loop. Expect bounce houses, hay rides, train rides, children's games and crafts; live performances, special guest appearances, photos with Santa, and more. There will be cookies, punch, and coffee, and you will be able to buy hot dogs and soda for 50 cents each. So that's at 30555 Tomball Parkway (aka Highway 249), north of downtown Tomball. It's best to use the north entrance to the campus, over by the Beckendorf Center.

Happy Thanksgiving from us

To all of you, from all of us, Happy Thanksgiving. Although this year continues to be difficult for many, the joy and gratitude you have extended to us has been heartwarming. It's always a pleasure to serve you, and when we can also lighten your load a little, it's extra special. 

We've created a Thanksgiving tree on our Round Wall and many of our customers have expressed their thankfulness for their lives and loved ones in the form of messages on leaves. Every day the tree grows and fills out and embroiders our lobby with color . May your Thanksgiving weekend be similarly rich and joyful.            

Alicia Mitchell exhibition in our Meeting Room

Alicia Mitchell has another exhibition in our meeting room this month. This time she is featuring historic collages and still lifes. The photo at left shows her with her last exhibition here. We invite you to wander through and take a look at them next time you're in the library.

Artists are welcome to reserve the meeting room and hang your paintings for a month at a time. Just phone the reference desk at 832-559-4213 to make arrangements.  

Chill at the library

After you've voted today, if you need a comfortable quiet place to get away from the election madness, come to the library!  We have coffee and soda and snacks. Curl up with a good book, listen to your iPod, play on one of our free computers, put your feet up, absorb the good qi; breathe. We're open until 9:30. The election won't be decided before then. Come and hide out, hang out, chill, take a break.

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