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                          Have you been wanting to learn a language and just couldn’t find the time to take a class? Harris County Public Library has a database you can access from home, or you can come into the library on a Friday afternoon and use our computer lab, complete with headphones and microphones. Mango Languages offers 63 languages. Their motto: “Pick one and conquer the world.” For more information go to our website at www.hcpl.net and click on Databases/Languages/Mango Languages. Create a profile that keeps track of your learning or just do a Quick Start to see what it’s all about.

Bird Watching in Katy

    Have you ever looked out your window and seen and heard a bird that you didn’t recognize? The Katy Prairie Conservancy will be at the Maud Marks Library on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 7 pm to talk about the birds that are native to the Katy area. Registration is necessary.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

There will be all kinds of books, magazines, movies, and music for sale this Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Friends of the Maud Marks Library Book Sale. Students, are you looking for that book you are required to read before school starts? Get an early start. We might have it. Air-conditioned browsing and buying! Come one, come all, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. All proceeds benefit YOU by funding the library’s programming.

Lost and Found - making room for summer

School is out and the summer is upon us. If you came to the library sometime this year and left something behind please come and check out our lost and found. We have ear buds, jump drives, jackets, sunglasses, binders, hats and more. Just ask at the customer service desk.  We will soon be donating unclaimed items to charity.  Enjoy your summer and we hope to see you soon at one of our many summer programs. Just check out our events calendar at www.hcpl.net. 

Remember this Memorial Day...

Memorial Day is a day to remember the sacrifices that were made for us to live in this country and have the freedoms that we have. The library will be closed so that we can honor our veterans, but that doesn’t mean you can’t check out a book. We have a huge eBook collection on our website. There is no charge for downloading a book to your device, but you must have a Harris County Public Library card. There are on-line How-To tutorials and we offer two classes/workshops in June. Register for a class scheduled on Saturday, June 7 at 10 am or on Tuesday, June 24 at 7 pm.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

It’s that time of year again when the flowers are blooming and the weather is warming up. Great reason to come to the library to get information on gardening. Are you designing your yard to win the Yard of the Month in your neighborhood? When is a good time to plant vegetables? Have you prepared the soil properly? We can help.

And don’t forget the Green Thumb Master Gardening Series this month is on Saturday, May 17 at 10 am. They will be discussing Insects in Your Garden. Register soon before it's "crawling with" people.

Computer Basics, Basic Emailing, and eBooks

It’s not too late to register for our Computer Basics class scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, at 10 am, and our Basic Emailing class scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, at 10 am.  Come and learn how to be in contact with your family and friends by using the computer.  Even if you do not have a computer at home we have over 30 computers available that you can use here at the library to send and receive your email.
Those who are interested in downloading eBooks can register for Hands on Help. Bring your device with you to class and we’ll help you learn how to download eBooks or eAudios on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at www.hcpl.net or call 281-492-8592.

Free Tax Assistance Coming to an End…

Just a reminder that the AARP will be here at the library for assistance in e-filing your taxes from 10 am to 2 pm, only on Mondays and Fridays until April 14, 2014. The service is for low income and/or the elderly and is on a first come first serve basis. Be sure to bring all your paperwork, including your ID and Social Security Card.


 

Computer Time

   Just a reminder, the Maud Marks Library offers several computer classes at no charge. If you prefer advanced skills, register for our Intermediate Microsoft Excel class scheduled at 10 am on Tues., March 25. On the same day, for those who are just starting out we have a Keyboarding 101 class scheduled for 1 pm and a Computer Basics class scheduled for 7 pm.  If Microsoft Word might be what you need? Check out the classes scheduled on our calendar and register on-line. Space is limited so don’t wait too long. There might be a waiting list for some of the classes.

Talk is Free! Join a Book Club!

Have you enjoyed reading a good book and just wanted to talk to somebody about it? The Maud Marks Library has several Book Clubs you could join. On Monday, March 10, at 7 pm the Evening Book Club meets to discuss Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez. On Thursday, March 13, at 1 pm the Afternoon Book Club will get together to discuss A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick.  And, on Wednesday, March 19, at 2 pm the Just Desserts Mystery Book Club will discuss The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun. This group can bring a dessert to share while discussing whether the villain gets his “just desserts”. Copies of the books for each of the book clubs are available for check out from behind the customer service desk.

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