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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.

We need Tutors

Our English as a Second Language programs are burgeoning. Every week at the library we hold discussion groups that provide forums for practicing speaking English, and we also offer individual tutoring sessions--also at the library--at times convenient to the tutor and the student.

We're looking for more volunteers to tutor people who want to learn to speak, read, and write English. Are you interested? If you'd like to volunteer, please give Charity Martin a call at 832-559-4200. 

Register to vote!

Today, Tuesday October 9, 2012  is the last day Texans can register to vote in next month's election. We have voter registration cards here at the library at the Customer Service desk. You'll have to mail the card yourself today to get a valid postmark on that registration. As always, we're open until 9:30 tonight.

Gulf Coast Reads: the book and the movie

Every year at this time all the libraries of the Upper Gulf Coast conspire to get y'all on the same page. Or at least, reading the same book. This year's Gulf Coast Reads book is Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, the story of a young boy's struggle to come to grips with the loss of his Dad in the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings on 9/11.

On Tuesday, October 2nd, you're invited to our conference room on the second floor, at 3 pm, to discuss the book and celebrate the occasion.

We also invite you to next week's showing of the film inspired by this amazing book, with a discussion to follow. That'll be on Tuesday October 9th, at 6 pm. in the first floor meeting room, L 129.

Seguin: Unsung Texas Hero

Join us for the premier performance of Seguin: Unsung Texas Hero, a new play for young audiences commissioned and produced by the Alley Theatre, on Monday, October 1st, at 2:00 p.m., in the Library meeting room, L-129.
The production is free and it's most appropriate for families and students in grades 4 through 10.

Seguin: Unsung Texas Hero is a high-paced and extremely informative 50-minute play about Juan Seguin, an authentic hero of the Texas Revolution. It's a play within a play in that it follows a Texas history teacher who interrupts a school performance about the Texas Revolution after discovering that the actors know little about their subject matter. In an effort to educate the actors about unrecognized Texas hero Juan Seguin, the teacher joins the actors in their story’s telling.

The three quickly improvise their way through the major and minor battles of the Texas Revolution, from the Grass Fight to the Battle of Concepcion. Events soon become status updates as the battle of the Alamo plays out like a wrestling match. The play is written by Alvaro Saar Rios, directed by Joe Angel Babb and features Chris Rivera, Kalob Martinez and Autumn Knight.

Business Success Seminars: To Help You Grow Your Business

Once again both the Cy-Fair and the Tomball campuses of Lone Star College, in conjunction with Harris County Public Library and area Chambers of Commerce, are hosting free early morning seminars to help grow small businesses. The topics and links to further information are below. No pre-registration is required.


LSC Cy-Fair Seminars
Cy-Fair Seminars will happen Wednesday mornings from September 19th to October 24, at the LSC-CyFair Library Meeting Room 131, from 7:45 am to 8:45 am.
Wednesday, September 19 - Increase Customer Conversions with Mobile Marketing
Wednesday, September 26 - Demystifying the Hype Surrounding Cloud Computing
Wednesday, October 3 - The Road to Success . . . Always Under Construction
Wednesday, October 10 - QuickBooks
Wednesday, October 17 - Pinterest for Business
Wednesday, October 24 - The Art of the Close/Words that Sell
For more complete information here's the link to the LSC-CyFair seminars.
http://www.lonestar.edu/library/business-seminars.htm

LSC-Tomball Seminars
Tomball programs will happen Thursday mornings from September 27 to October 25, in the East Hall, Room E-163, of Lone Star College-Tomball, from 8-9 am.

Thursday, Sept. 27 - Driving Revenue with LinkedIn
Thursday, Oct. 4 - Selling on eBay
Thursday, Oct. 11 - Broken Windows (Effective Marketing)
Thursday, Oct. 18 - Avoid That (computer system) Disaster and Sleep Soundly
Thursday, Oct. 25 - Quickbooks - What You Need to Know
For more complete information here is the link to the LSC-Tomball seminars:
http://www.lonestar.edu/library/15941.htm

 

Remembering

This week we remember again the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The book display we created last year featured books documenting the assaults on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the failed assault on the Capitol Building by hijacked United Airlines Flight 93. The books didn’t check out. They had checked out the previous year but last year they didn't move. That set me to wondering if we had entered a new phase in our collective grieving.

Have an Awesome School year, Students!

Welcome back to school, students!  As you're making your plans for a great year--and we know you are--remember your library. Yes, do not forget us, because we can quickly become your greatest friend. We have homework resources. When your teachers forbid you from using Google and Wikipedia, remember that they love the content that's in our databases. We have 24/7 access reference librarians to help you find whatever you need, both through our website (see "Ask a Librarian" in the top right corner of our homepage) and in person. And inside the library building we have places to study and computers to use. And books! And printers! We even have coffee and snacks. And weeknights, we're open until 9:30. 

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