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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!

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.

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