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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. 

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.
The ESL Tutor Training day will happen on Saturday, September 22nd, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Barbara Bush at Cypress Creek library branch on Cypresswood Drive east of Stuebner Airline. To make further inquiries or sign up, please call Charity Martin at our branch at 832-559-4220.

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.

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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