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Downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks

      Have you been trying to figure out how to download an ebook to your device? We can help. After the Memorial Day holiday come to the library for assistance. Bring your library card and your device on Tues., May 26 at 7pm. We will show you how to find and download audiobooks and/or ebooks from our website. If you do not have a device we have some you can practice on before you go out and buy the one you like best. Spots fill up fast so register on-line or call the library at 281-492-8592.

Elder Law: Wills, Social Security, and More

           Do you know anybody who has questions about Elder Law? Elder Law can include estate planning, guardianship, Medicaid and disabilities. Invite someone and come listen to Lance McLain, a lawyer with the Houston Bar Association’s Speakers Bureau. He will be here at the Maud Marks Library on Sat., May 9, 2015, from 10 am to noon, to discuss the wide-ranging subject of Elder Care. For information: Call the library at 281-492-8592.

Student Volunteer Applications

Beginning Friday, May 1, 2015, Summer Volunteer Applications will be available at the library for students entering 7th grade and older. The Maud Marks Library provides a wonderful opportunity for students to serve their community during the summer months. The application needs to be filled out and returned no later than Saturday, May 23, 2015. Each student must attend an orientation. The orientation schedule is provided on the application. If you have any questions, please call 281-492-8592.

Rain, Rain, Come Our Way...

   Our Green Thumb Gardening Series continues this month with Irrigation and Rainwater  Harvesting. The class meets on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 10 am. Register on-line at www.hcpl.net.  The program is presented by the Master Gardeners of Harris County. Click on the link if you are interested in other programs they offer in the Harris County area. 

Need a Mentor to Help Start Your Business?

Do you have questions about starting your own business and don’t know how to get the answers? The Maud Marks Library  will have a representative from the non-profit association SCORE at the library on Saturday, April 11, 2015.  SCORE volunteers have been helping people for over 50 years. They are sponsored by many businesses, including the U.S. Small Business Administration. Register for the 10:00 am class at www.hcpl.net and come in and get the answers to your questions. Your business could be on the road to success sooner than you think. 

Be a Friend and Buy Some Books

Come one, come all. The Friends of the Maud Marks Library is having their used book sale this month on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 10 am to 4 pm. There are lots of books, magazines, videos, DVDs and more, for children, teens, and adults. Maybe you can find that book that has eluded you for years. Homeschoolers can find curriculum and great historical novels at very low prices. We get new donations daily from people cleaning out their own collections. Our prices are lower than those on-line sellers, and you don’t have to wait for shipment.  All proceeds benefit the library. 

Family Movie Fun for Spring-breakers

                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

Don’t forget to bring the whole family out for spring break movie week. It all begins on Monday, March 9, 2015. The Maud Marks Library has scheduled 4 movies for the week. All movies start at 3 pm and free popcorn is provided. Before you go see the new film in theaters, come on Monday, March 9, and enjoy Disney’s Cinderella. And then before you realize it, it will be Tuesday, March 10, and The Croods will get you laughing so hard that you won’t want to miss Monsters vs Aliens which is scheduled for Thursday, March 12. Finish out the week on Friday, March 13, with MegaMind.  Did I mention the free popcorn? 

Green Thumb Gardening

       Have you decided to plant a spring garden and need some advice on how to get started? The Master Gardeners of Harris County will be here at the Maud Marks Library on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at 10 am, teaching you how to grow spring vegetables, and take them from your garden to your table. Yummy! Register on line at www.hcpl.net.

Looking, Looking... Found!

 

 

I love this graphic... books, books everywhere. Harris County Public Library has over 2 million items available, but there might be a few we do not have. That’s why we offer a service called Interlibrary Loan. We can request a book or audio book for you from other libraries in the country. It could take a week or longer for the book to arrive, however, it is well worth the wait for a book that may not be available at your local library. Browse our catalog first to make sure we do not have it. Also, the title must be at least 6 months post-publication. Get your library card ready because the book can then be requested on-line or with a librarian at the library. It’s best to have an email address on your account for notifications. Due dates can vary depending on the lending library. Some books can be renewed and some cannot. Don’t give up until you give our Interlibrary Loan service a try. That book you want could be just around the corner. Call and speak to a librarian if you have any questions.  281-492-8592 

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” - Benjamin Franklin

It’s that time of year again… for tax assistance, that is.  Beginning Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, and every Monday and Friday through Apr. 13, 2015, the AARP volunteers will be at the Maud Marks Library assisting the elderly and low-income individuals with tax help. Be sure to bring all the necessary paperwork. The filing is done on-line. Doors open at 10 am and close at 2 pm, but you may want to come early because it’s a first come first serve basis. For questions about this service call the library at 281-492-8592. But, for tax information, instruction booklets and forms, the IRS website is the best place to visit. This year, HCPL branches will only carry the three basic forms: 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ.

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