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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.

More Fun Family Films to Watch

    

               

 Since school doesn’t resume until Jan 6, the library will be showing two more Free Family Films. On Friday, Jan. 2, at 1:15 pm the movie being shown is All Dogs Go to Heaven. On Monday, Jan. 5, at 1:15 pm the family can come and enjoy the movie Ice Age. Come one, come all... there’s free popcorn, too.  Hope you all have a very safe and Happy New Year!

Holiday Magic at Your Fingertips…

            

The kids will be out of school soon for holiday winter break. Are you looking for some books to read with them so they don't say, "I'm bored."  We have a display filled with books and DVDs that your kids will love. Also on display are books for making Christmas crafts and there are also holiday cookbooks for help with baking those goodies to share with your neighbors. Just remember to come in before we close for the holidays. Our hours for Christmas Eve are 10-5 and then we will be closed Dec.25- Dec 28, reopening on Monday, Dec. 29 at 1:00 pm. However, don’t forget that we are always open on-line at www.hcpl.net for renewals and for downloading e-books, e-audio and for accessing our databases. Have a very Merry Christmas!  

Celebrate Local Authors

 

Come meet published authors of adult, teen, and children's books on Sat., Dec 6, 2014.  Over 30 local authors will be here at the Maud Marks Library from 1-5 pm and they will hold readings throughout the library all afternoon. Are you looking for a book to give as a gift? Buy one of their books while you are here and get it autographed. Do you have questions about getting your own manuscript published? You can get information and be on your way to becoming a published author, too. For more information and a schedule for the day please call the library at 281-492-8592.

This is a Season for Giving...

      

This is one time of year that we can easily help those less fortunate. Here at the Maud Marks Library we have two opportunities to give to others. We have joined up again with the Channel 13 Share Your Holiday Food Drive and are accepting donations of nonperishable food items through Friday, Dec. 5. In addition, we have a bin for toy donations for the Toys for Tots Program. Bring in unwrapped new toys through Thurs., Dec. 18, and they will be given to children less fortunate. Thank you for your generous donations to help those in need. If you have any questions please contact us at 281-492-8592 or go to our website at www.hcpl.net for more information. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.

National American Indian Heritage Month

Since 1990, America has recognized November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Come in to the library and see our display. Check out a book and learn more about American Indians or read a book written by an American Indian author. There are many to choose from: For little kids there's The Good Luck Cat by Joy Harjo. Teens might enjoy The Round House by Louise Erdrich.  House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday may appeal to adults.  Or, just take some time this month to re-discover the heritage of America with books like 500 Nations by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. or the Atlas of the North American Indian by Carl Waldman.

Technology Alert: CAC Reader at the Library

The library now has a Common Access Card (CAC) Reader that can be used while in the library.  The CAC is a smart card issued to the military and others who need access to DoD facilities or network systems.  The card may contain data storage, identification, authentication, and application, all accessed electronically with a CAC Reader. Please ask at the customer service desk for in-library use only. For more information call 281-492-8592 or go to www.hcpl.net.

International Space Station Exhibit

    There’s something exciting being featured at the Maud Marks Library in October. NASA’s model of the International Space Station is on exhibit from Oct 3 through Oct. 16, 2014. The display demonstrates how large the actual space station is by showing it hovered over a US football field, although the actual space station weighs almost 925,000 pounds. Come in and see for yourself. While here, check out some books on space and learn more about life in the International Space Station.

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