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Coloring for Adults Thursday, March 31st.

By popular demand, Coloring for Adults is back! Come and discover the joy of adult coloring in a 2 hour coloring fest here at the library. Relax and get lost in this meditative activity. Coloring pages, felt markers and colored pencils are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. No registration is required. We'll meet in the meeting room, L 129  on Thursday, March 31st, from 2-4 pm.

This month we’ll feature pages from “The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book”. Alternatively, bring what you’re working on at home and enjoy the companionship of others. 

Harris County Public Library wants us to check out a million eBooks this year!

Today I’m blogging about eBooks--about electronic books and electronic audio books. People know that they can buy electronic books, but how many of your friends know that YOU are reading the free library versions?

The advantages of reading and listening to electronic books are numerous. You can read or listen to them on your favorite electronic device that fits in your bag, pocket, or purse and goes with you everywhere. You can download them any time of day or night from our website. You can read them beside your spouse in bed without keeping him or her awake. You can enjoy the perks of your device, to change the font and font size, adjust the light intensity to your comfort level, bookmark your stopping place, note your favorite passages, and retrieve instant definitions for words that you don’t know. To their detractors, I admit that they don’t feel like a book. But they do feel like joy.

Electronic book lending is burgeoning. OverDrive, the vendor from whom we and many libraries across the U.S. and Canada contract our eBooks, published these amazing statistics about their electronic library book usage in the last year.
As for us, last year, our county library checked out 850,000 eBooks and eAudio books. This year we at Harris County Public Library are inviting you to boost our circulation statistics to one million. Are you with us?!

Debra Hayden


We Need Even More ESL Tutors

Ten weeks ago we wrote that our English as a Second Language programs were burgeoning and that we needed tutors. A number of people signed up and we’re so grateful. And now we need even more tutors because even more people are asking to learn English.

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.            

Holocaust Remembrance presentation moved to E-100

Ruth Steinfeld hid her Jewish identity to escape Nazi persecution in Germany. On Wednesday, April 25, she remembers.
We are honored to present Ms. Steinfeld, now an elderly woman, who will tell her story in the Lone Star College Room E 100 (moved from the library meeting room, L 129 to accommodate more people) at 1:00 p.m. 

We're Expecting New Neighbors!

You may have wondered about the construction next to our front door. Lone Star College Tomball is building a new Performing and Fine Arts Building adjacent to us. It will be a 30,000 square foot, two-level, multi-purpose facility that will include a 425 seat theater and stage for training students in theater and theatrical production.

The Performing and Fine Arts Building is but one of three major buildings being constructed this year. The second is a new Veterinary Technology on the far west side of campus. The third is a new Health Sciences Building for training nurses that is being built adjacent to Tomball Hospital along Business 249.

Here is a link to a photo gallery of construction progress.

Register to Vote

Monday, October 4th is the last day you can register to vote in the November 2nd midterm elections. You can pick up, fill in, and hand back a Voter Registration card at our Customer Service desk. And in case you were wondering, Early Voting begins Monday, October 18th and ends Friday October 29.

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