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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.

Friends… a Great Beginning!

                       

"A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.”
                                                           ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

We didn’t get to make any snowballs this winter, but you can still make a lasting friendship. The Friends of the Maud Marks Library are having their book sale this Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, from 10 am – 4 pm. (No preview Friday for members) Books, audiobooks, CD’s, DVD’s, magazines and more will be available for purchase in our meeting room off the lobby. Books make great gifts and paperbacks are perfect for traveling. No worries about leaving it behind in the hotel room or by the pool. All proceeds from the book sale benefit the library. So come and see what you can find. And while you are here, ask how you can join the Friends group and begin a new friendship.

Interlibrary Loans

      Even though Harris County Public Library has over 2 million items available, there are a few we do not have. That’s why we offer a service called Interlibrary Loans. 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 so “patience is a virtue.” However, it is well worth the wait for a book that may no longer be available at your local library. Browse our catalog first to make sure we do not have it, and check that it is at least 6 months post publication.  Then you can request it yourself 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 be from our usual 2 weeks to even longer.  Some books can be renewed and some cannot. Don’t give up on that title that you might have remembered from childhood until you give our Interlibrary Loan service a try.

Looking for Books to Read BEFORE They Hit the Theatre?

                      There are several books that are being made into movies for release this year. Go to our catalog to place a request on the book, or you can browse the display in the DVD area. The display holds some of the books available for check out. The Giver, Divergent, and Labor Day are only three of several books that are being made into movies. For more information about the “books-to-read-before-they-hit-theaters-this-year” click on the link. If you like the authors, there will also be other books by the same authors on the display and available for check out here at the library. Popcorn and a good book... enjoy!

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