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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.

It's Computer-Time

 Have you ever wondered how to research your family ancestry? What about creating a PowerPoint presentation for your daughter’s bridal shower? Maybe you just need to know how to access the Internet? Or, download a book to your computer or listening device.  Classes for each of these are scheduled this month. Registration is required. Go to our Events Calendar and sign up!

LH7 and the Maud Smith Marks Library

The Maud Smith Marks Library was named after the wife of Emil Henry Marks, whose father was a Prussian immigrant, born as their ship docked in Galveston. Emil Marks established the LH7 Ranch, named after the seven members in his family.  He and Maud May Smith began ranching on 640 acres in the Barker prairie east of Addicks.  To read more about the ranch check out the book titled The LH7 Ranch in Houston’s Shadow by Deborah Lightfoot Sizemore.

Maud Smith Marks wanted to bring books to the children of west Houston, so in the 1920’s she in conjunction with Harris County brought books out to Barker. She operated a small county library to make sure that the children of west Houston had lots of reading material. The Maud Smith Marks Library opened in 1993, and provides reading materials and more for a diverse and growing community.

Sale Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

 There will be all kinds of books, magazines, movies, and music for sell this Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Maud Marks Library. Teachers: help stock your classroom library. Students: you might find that book you are required to read before school starts. Readers/Collectors: find a long lost friend.  Air-conditioned browsing and buying! Come one, come all. Join the “Friends of the Library” for $10 per year and attend the early Members’ Preview on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at 4:30 pm. All proceeds benefit YOU by funding the library’s programming. 

Summertime Reading

              

        Kids                               Teens                           Adults

Hard to believe we are half way through the summer already. Have you been reading and recording your progress? Registered Summer Reading Program adults who complete at least 5 genre challenges can be entered into a drawing for our grand prize, gift cards, and/or a Kindle. Teens can enter drawings for movie gift cards and reading packs. Kids can enter drawings for puppets. Click one of the links above to register or go on-line at www.hcpl.net. Pick up a reading passport and complete the challenges for a chance to win. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Independence Day... 4th of July

                                                                   

Fireworks and barbecue… is that what it’s all about?  That’s the celebratory part of the day we attempt to remember our country’s freedom from foreign rule; Independence Day or also known as The 4th of July.  Americans come together and continue what  began in 1776, that … “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  (from The Declaration of Independence) We will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2013,  and reopen on Friday, July 5. Celebrate and enjoy your holiday!

 

Just “One Click” Away -

                                                         

For those of you who like to listen to books at home, at the beach, or in the car and don’t want to deal with loading the CDs in the player, Harris County Public Library has OneClickdigital.  An audiobook can be downloaded to your computer, smart-phone, or other device such as iPad, iPod, or Kindle Fire.   Go to www.hcpl.net and click on “e-Books and More.”  You will see the OneClickdigital link. Click on it and create an account. A library card number and email are necessary.  There are tutorials on our website and a Help tab for additional assistance.  

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