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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.

Family Movie at the Library

     Katy School District has an early dismissal day on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.  The library opens at 1:00 and we will be showing a family movie at 1:15 pm. Come on in for free popcorn and watch an "awesome" movie about little colorful blocks of plastic that form together to create mini figures in a community of villains and super heroes. For the exact title of the movie please call the library at 281-492-8592.

Library Card Sign-Up Month

           September is the month that libraries celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month. A library card is an invaluable school supply. It is a key resource for research, discovery, and so much more. Information can be accessed 24-7 from our website. If you do not have a Harris County Public Library card go on-line and register and/or come in and sign up. Just bring an ID with current residence address and get a card today. If you are under 18 years old you will also need parent/guardian signature on the form.  We have a great collection and an expert staff to help you find what you are looking for.
Here are seven super ways to use your Library: 1) Check out books and audiobooks 2) Use a computer 3) Learn a language 4) Take a computer class 5) Join an ESL class 6) Bring your preschooler to story time 7) Join a book club.

Job Seminar Series

                                    

Searching for a job can be overwhelming.  And then, when you get the interview, how do you prepare for it? Come to the Maud Marks Library for assistance.  Workforce Solutions is hosting a series of classes for job seekers. The next one is titled Interviewing, which will be meeting on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at 10:00 am. Registration is required so do not hesitate. That job interview may be just around the corner. 

Computer Secure? Check!

   Do you experience anxiety when you go on the computer to check your email? What about placing an on-line order with your credit card? Maybe you don’t do either of these things because you’re too worried. Come to the library on Tues., Sept. 9, 2014, from 1:00-3:00 pm for a class on Computer Security. Learn tips to help secure your computer and become more confident when you log on. It could be the best class you take all year. Registration is necessary so do not hesitate.      

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