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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!

Medicare - How Does It Work?

      Are you approaching or already at retirement/Medicare age and confused about how Medicare works? A  Medicare expert will be at the Maud Marks Library on Monday, Jan. 13, 2013, from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, to answer your questions. There are still some things you can enroll in even though the Annual Enrollment Period is over. Join us for an informative time.  Pre-registration is required.

Computer Classes - New Year Resolution?

                                               

Do your New Year resolutions include improving your computer skills but you thought it might be too expensive to take classes? Look no further. There are free computer classes available at the Maud Marks Library. On Saturday, Jan 4 at 10 am we start the year off with a Basic Internet class to give those newbie’s a start.  Basic Microsoft Word is available on Tues. Jan 7 at 1 pm and Tues. Jan 14 at 7 pm. Or, if Intermediate Microsoft Word is what you need there are two classes available. Both are scheduled on Saturdays, Jan. 11 and Jan 25, each at 10 am. If you need to learn how to use that electronic device to download books or music there is an e-Book class scheduled for Thurs. Dec 9 at 10 am and e-Books II on Thurs. Jan 23 at 10 am. All these classes and more are available for registration on our website.

Make a Difference in a Child's Life...

               Help make a difference in a child’s life. Toys for Tots can bring a message of hope for the future to needy children who may think there is no hope. The USMC Reserves Toys for Tots Program has a donation box here at the library for new, unwrapped toys. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Bring a toy and be a part of putting a smile on a needy child’s face for Christmas. I'm sure Santa will appreciate the help.

Change is in the air...

 

                                              

This is the time of year when lots of people look forward to the temperature changing. Maybe it’s time to implement a change yourself, like joining a book club.
Maud Marks Library has three regularly scheduled book clubs. The Evening Book Club meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 pm. On December 2, 2013, the group will be discussing The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. The Afternoon Book Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 1 pm. On Dec. 12, 2013, this group will be discussing an uplifting story from a book of the reader’s choice.
The Just Desserts Mystery Book Club meets on Wed., Dec. 18, 2013, at 2 pm.  They will be discussing Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews.  Bring a dessert to share while you discuss whether the villains got their just desserts.
Call the library for specific details or access the information on the calendar which is on our website at www.hcpl.net.

Texas State Parks

           Are you interested in taking time this fall and enjoying the Texas State Parks? Is there any park close enough to make it a day trip?  What parks are open through the winter?  We have books you can check out to help you decide where to go. You can also click on this link that takes you to the Texas State Parks website

Don't Let Your Computer Scare You

                          

Does your computer scare you? Take advantage of the free computer classes scheduled in October at the Maud Marks Library. Are you interested in Digital Photography? There’s a class on Saturday, Oct 5 at 10:00 am. How about Microsoft Access or Microsoft Publisher? Both are scheduled for Tues., Oct. 8, with Access at 10 am and Publisher at 1 pm. Have you figured out how to download an eBook to your computer, reader or listening device? Come and learn the ins and outs of eBooks with two classes on Saturday, Oct. 12. The early class is at 10 am and the later class starts at 1 pm. There are more classes available this month, so check out our calendar and register before the classes fill up. Seating is extremely limited.

See You in September…

                       Do you have one in your wallet? It can be one of the most important cards you carry… and it’s free.  It just might be the most important school supply a student owns.  There are so many resources available to anyone who has a library card.  It can be used from home to access educational resources like online databases, homework help, e-books and more. Our library provides the Knowledge Card for adults 18 years old and older, and the Know It Card for kids under 18.  Sign up on line and come in and get your card. Or, come in and browse, get your card, and go home with something new and exciting.

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