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Library Hours this Thanksgiving Holiday

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Turkeys are defrosting, pies are cooling, and Thanksgiving is almost here! In observance of the holiday, the Tomball Library will close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 20 and remain closed through Sunday, November 25. The library will reopen for business on Monday, November 26 at 8:00 am.

Even though the library will be closed, our online resources will still be open for business. Check out this page for links to our catalogs for eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, magazines, and more!

However you might be celebrating, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and extend gratitude to all our wonderful library customers.

Community Novel: Meet the Author

Air Within a Jade, the Tomball Library’s first community novel, is moving right along. In honor of Throwback Thursday L. Piper(#tbt), we thought we’d highlight L. Piper, the author of chapter 3 of the novel, which was written several months ago. She shared the following: 

“Originally from the East Coast, 'L' spent most of her childhood in Houston. She has worked as a secretary, waitress, actress, counselor, newspaper reporter, stand-up comedienne, and joke writer. Her writing has been selected for Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies Writers’ Gallery, published in both local and national publications, and earned awards in various Texas and Oklahoma writing groups. A member of Sisters In Crime, and a bookseller with Barnes & Noble since 2007, L’s favorite book recommendations fall in the Domestic Psychological Suspense category. 'L' has a humorous mystery in the editing stage, but she’s most excited about the manuscript she hopes to finish this year -- a novel of dark, psychological suspense. 

“When 'L' is not working at the bookstore or thinking up a scene for her novel, she enjoys: walks with her husband and their rescue dogs, laughing at Tonight Show episodes with her brother, and dreaming of visits to her wonderful step-children and grandchildren.”

Thanks to L. Piper for contributing her talents to the Tomball Community Novel! Read her chapter and more on the Tomball Tales website here.

Also, in case you missed it, the library is hosting a Cover Art Contest. If you are artistically inclined, click here for more details on how to enter. One lucky person will have their art featured on the cover of Air Within a Jade. Entries are due by October 20, 2018.

Community Novel: Meet the Author

 

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Air Within a Jade, the Tomball Library’s first community novel, is now on chapter thirteen, with seven more chapters to go. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read the novel, now is the perfect time to start. All available chapters are located on the Tomball Tales website, along with author bios, which are released at the same time as the author’s chapter.

This week’s chapter was written by Alpana Sarangapani, a familiar face to many at the library:

“Alpana Sarangapani is a Reference Librarian at Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library. She enjoys working, helping, and sharing information with people. She believes that ‘Life is a school of learning’. She enjoys writing stories (not many have read them), and to work as part of a team, so this was a perfect project for her.”

Thanks to Alpana for her chapter and to all of the participating authors. We can’t wait to see what comes next in the story, and hope you are as excited to read along.

If you missed it earlier this week, Lakisha Sparrow, the organizer of the community novel, was featured in a lovely article on the Houston Chronicle’s website. Read it here for a glimpse into the process of creating a community novel.

Community Novel: Meet the Author

author photoThe Tomball Library’s first community novel, Air Within a Jade, is still going strong with 11 chapters now released on the Tomball Tales website. Also on that website are short author bios to introduce readers to each of the contributing writers. This week’s chapter was written by CS Sandlin, who shared the following:

There is generally a gentle sound of canine snoring underfoot while CS is working. Ergo, coffee. The tension between sleep and caffeine forms the backbone of CS’s writing, along with frequent walks through Mercer Arboretum to enjoy the Texas sunshine (or Texas cloudiness, especially in the summer).

A poet and short story writer, CS maintains a blog at Moon Pools and Mermaids for current projects and inspirations, and is currently working on a novel.

Thanks to CS for her chapter, as well as to all of the authors participating in the community novel!

Check out the website above to catch up with Air Within a Jade, then visit the Reference Desk to answer the Question of the Week about the latest chapter!

Book Buddies

book buddiesDo you have a child in Kindergarten – 3rd grades who you want to develop a love of reading? Do you have a teenager in 7th – 12th grades who needs service hours and wants to share their love of reading? Then stop by the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library and fill out an application for our Book Buddies program!

Harris County Public Library's Book Buddies program pairs trained teen volunteers (Big Buddies) with children (Little Buddies). For 10 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.

This next session will run from September to November 2018 at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library. Big & Little Buddies will meet once a week on Monday from 5:00 to 5:45 PM.

Applications are available at the Children’s Reference Desk of the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library and are due by August 22nd.

Community Novel Question of the Week

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For the past few months, twenty writers have been collaborating on the Tomball Library’s first community novel, Air Within a Jade. While the writers planned the overarching plot together, each writer is responsible for contributing one chapter, building on the writers before them.

Whether you have been reading along with the novel from the beginning or are just now checking it out, you’ll want to stop by the library this week and participate in the question of the week. Visit the Reference Desk and ask for the “Community Novel Question of the Week.” Answer the question correctly and have your name entered into a prize drawing. Remember, the question will change each week and will always relate to the novel!

Interested readers can find eight of the twenty chapters of Air Within a Jade at this website.

Tomball Library Community Novel

orange typewriter The Tomball Library’s first community novel, Air Within a Jade, is coming along nicely, with four chapters out of twenty released. If you’ve been following along from the beginning, we are sure you’re anxious to see what comes next. If you haven’t yet started reading, what are you waiting for?

Don’t forget to read the author bios on the website to find out more about the community members lending their writing skills to the novel!

The first four chapters of Air Within a Jade can be found at this website.

Air Within a Jade: Chapter 2

https://tomcomwp.wixsite.com/mysitetypewriterTwenty writers.

Twenty chapters.

One complete novel.

Last week saw the debut of the first chapter of Air Within a Jade, the Tomball Library’s first community novel. This week, we’re releasing chapter 2, if you’d like to read along with us.

Prefer audiobooks? We’ve got you covered with an audio version of the story brilliantly read by one of our very own librarians!

The community novel (both text and audio) can be found here.

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Read All About It!

person typing on typewriterSave room on your summer reading list for Tomball Library’s first Community Novel! Twenty writers have joined together to each author one chapter of a uniquely-styled novel. The story will be created as each writer goes along, and you can join us for the ride! Check in each week for a new chapter to be posted.

The title of this first project is Air Within a Jade, and you can read the first chapter by clicking here

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Pokemon League Cancelled for Saturday, 2/10

ballWe know you want to come catch ‘em all, but you’re going to have to wait just a bit. Our amazing volunteer has had to cancel Pokemon League for this coming Saturday, February 10th. But never fear! Pokemon League will be back at it next Saturday, February 17th at 1:30 pm.

Still want to come to the library this Saturday? We’ve got plenty going on, including Museum Family Day with the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts! Stop in anytime between 11:00am-3:00pm to learn about the history of Valentine’s Day cards and make your own 3D valentine to take home! This drop-in event is open to the whole family.

For more information about Pokemon League or Museum Family Day, please call the library at 832-559-4235.

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