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Calling for English as a Second Language Tutors

Have you ever thought of helping someone learn to speak English?
Among the various English as a Second Language (ESL) programs here at the library is a tutoring program that partners language learners with volunteer tutors. At the end of September we’ll be training a new group of volunteers in the basics of being a tutor so we’re putting out an appeal for interested people.
To be a tutor here you do not have to have language skills in another language. All the tutoring happens at the library; the sessions are scheduled at the convenience of the tutor and the student; and tutors are given a variety of tools and supports to help with the process.  If that awakens your curiosity, then please consider taking the training day and see if this is for you.

Free Basic English Classes Testing Next Week

The Tomball campus of Lone Star College offers free Basic English Classes for a limited number of people from the community. If you want to take this class you MUST first be tested for your level of understanding of English so you can be placed in the appropriate class. There are always more people than spaces in these classes so come early to your testing, and if possible, come on the first day.

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Resources for Homeschoolers

If you walk around to the far side of the Round Wall, you’ll find resources upon resources for Homeschooling. We’ve brought in books with ideas for students from pre-school to college prep, and for various learning situations and styles. We have help for teachers and help for students. We even have help for people wanting to consider homeschooling. We hope they are helpful!

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Lone Star College Tomball Reaches out to the Community

August—it’s THAT month again! We at the library are ready for school: are you?
The display on the Round Wall that you can see as you walk in is dedicated to Lone Star College program offerings. You’ll find information about the College’s credit courses, and also Continuing Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and Community programs such as use of the Wellness Center’s sports facilities, the LSC-Tomball Community Library (that’s us!), Fine Arts Performances, Discovery College (although this is a summer event, now finished), and the October Vet Tech K-9 Fun Run and Costume Contest.
The College is printing fewer and fewer catalogs these days. Here are the links to t...

LSC-Tomball Community Library Begins a New Chapter

Please welcome Deborah Sica, our new Co-Director of the public library side of LSC-Tomball Community Library. When she begins July 30th, she will be the second public library Co-Director in the current location, succeeding Wendy Schneider who retired in April.

Deborah received her BA in English and Women’s Studies from the State University of New York in Buffalo, her Masters of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, and her Masters of Library and Information Science at San José State University in San José, CA.

Since 1997 Deborah has worked in Research & Education. While working in the joint public and academic Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the San José State University campus, Deborah acquired insight int...

Felicitations for a Focused Fourth!--or the Alternative

When the Fourth of July holiday falls in the middle of the week we have neither the lead-time to prepare nor the down-time to recover from our over-indulgences. So either we have to be very focused or, alternately, we can stretch it out and declare a personal month of patriotic celebration.

We at the library can help you with the latter.

Our famous ‘round wall’ has a new display simply called ‘American History’. It’s full of lovely great biographies of the founding fathers and histories of the American Revolution. When you get through those, there are also Civil War, frontier history, and Texas revolutionary histories. You could celebrate 1750 to 1865 all through July.

You can also read David McCullough’s...

Join the Postcard Club

Did you know that a Postcard Club meets here at the library?

They meet every 3rd Saturday at 2:00 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 meet next on Saturday, July 21, at 2 pm, in Room 212--the second floor Conference Room. Come, join in, and share your collection with the group. 

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Summer Reading is for Adults, too!

Our Summer Reading Program got off to an uproarious start Monday, June 4th, with a puppet show for children. Tuesday, June 5th, the teen program kicks off with a Hunger Games party that references the book by Suzanne Collins that has teens reading vociferously this summer.

For adults, we're taking on the Summer Reading Program theme 'Get a Clue' by featuring mysteries by Texas authors and/or with Texas settings. Our book display on the round wall has been up for two days and in that time we've stocked it twice, so enjoy Texas mysteries this summer and keep our librarians running to keep you supplied!

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Summer News

Two great pieces of news this week.

First, Summer Reading programs begin June 4th. Our Young Adult and Children's bloggers will be telling you about the exciting youth and children's programs planned for the summer. In the Adult area we're reading mysteries. We'll be creating a display of Texas mystery authors and mysteries that take place in Texas. Imagine that: crime--in Texas! I hope you'll enjoy reading Texas mysteries this summer, and if you're so inclined, sign up with us to record your reading and make yourself eligible for a prize or two.

The other great event is that we're starting a History Book Club. Charity Martin, our reference assistant with a Master's degree in History, is electric with exciteme...

Did you know that we have a Microfiche/Microfilm Reader?

People come to the Tomball branch to read their military records and genealogy files preserved on microfiche and microfilm. We are one of only two Harris County Public Library branches that has a microfiche/microfilm reader.  You can also print paper copies from it. Drop by the second floor information desk and one of the librarians will be happy to get you started.

Image from flicker: cc: OSU Archives

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