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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.  

Make a Mother's Day Bouquet - SWEET!

     School aged children are invited to come and create a bouquet of cookies for Mother’s Day.  All supplies are provided on Wednesday, May 8, 2013,  at 4:30 pm. Join us in the meeting room for Afternoon Art.

"Smart" App for "Smart" phone

      Did you know that Harris County Public Library has a new App, free at iTunes and the Android Market? It allows you to do most of what you can do on our HCPL web site, like renew, place requests, access the events calendar, and pay your fines. It’s amazing. I was at home when my daughter texted me and asked me to check at the library for a book for her. I already had the phone in my hand so I went to the HCPL Mobile App and looked the book up in the catalog, placed a request on it for her, and then picked it up at the library in just two days. Now that’s service… and smart! Check out the new app... you'll be glad you did!

 

Seahorses at Afternoon Art

      Children -  Don't forget to come for  Afternoon Art on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 4:00 pm. The art project this month is "Seahorses", one of my favorite sea creatures. I was actually considered a seahorse when I was younger. The name of my childhood swim team was the Seahorses.  They are very fast swimmers. Read all about them at the library. No registration is necessary for Afternoon Art and all supplies are provided.

Do you know how to ... e-book?

         If you missed the e-Book class in March, then have no fear. There is a class scheduled for  Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 1:00 pm. Do not hesitate to register. It may fill up fast. The library has so much to offer in the electronic arena, so come in and learn about what kinds of devices are out there and how to download a book, audio book, music and movies for free from the HCPL catalog.  

Afternoon Art – Decorating Decoupage Eggs

   School-aged children are invited to come and decorate decoupage eggs for Afternoon Art, meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 4:30 pm.  All supplies are provided, but if you want to be more creative bring some of your own ideas. No registration is necessary. Come, bring your friends and classmates for some fun time together to help kick off the spring season.

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