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Happy Holidays From the Maud Marks Library!

Happy Holidays from the Maud Marks Library!  The library will be closing today, Friday, December 21 at 5 PM, so we can spend the holidays with our families.  We will be reopening on Wednesday, December 26 at 10 AM.

Walk in a Winter Wonderland!

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 21 at 2-4 pm at the Maud Marks Library for our annual Christmas open house.  This year's theme: Winter Wonderland!  We will be decorating gingerbread men, playing a life-size game of Candy Land, meeting Santa, listening to holiday music, and more!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

The Maud Marks Library wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to Katy and West Houston!  We just wanted to remind you that the library will be closing tomorrow, Wednesday, November 21 at 5 PM.  Don't forget to come in before that to get your movies, audio CDs, music, and books for the long holiday weekend.  We will open again on Monday, November 26 at 1 PM as usual.

Meanwhile, if you can't make it in before the holiday starts, don't forget our digital collection.  We have plenty of eBooks, eAudios, magazines, movies, and more available through our online databases.  Check them out here.

How are YOU going to pay for college?

Paying for college is a real concern in today’s economy. However, there is more financial aid available out there for students than you might expect. Find out how you can lower your out of pocket college expenses.  Come to the Maud Marks Library this Saturday, November 3 at 2 PM as Karen Mayfield discusses how to find scholarships and grants for post-secondary education.  Seating for this is limited so you can click here to register.

Book Sale This Saturday

Tomorrow is the first of two, count them TWO book sales during the month of September.  The Friends are setting up for the sale right now and it looks to be a great one.  The meeting room has been filled, wall to wall with books, books, and more books.  Best of all, everything sells for rock bottom prices.  Join us tomorrow, September 1 at 10 AM- 4 PM for the first book sale of the month.

Color Yourself Relaxed!

Are you stressed?  Too much back to school stuff going on?  This time of year can get a little crazy.  It's time to treat yourself to a little relaxation.  Join us at Maud Marks tomorrow at 2 PM for our monthly adult coloring hour, Color Me Relaxed.  You can color, chat, have a snack, and listen to relaxing music.  We will provide plenty of pages for coloring and colored pencils, although, you are more than welcome to bring your own.

Horror Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on Horror.

Why read horror? These tales feature nightmares come to life, complete with the monsters -- human, inhuman, and psychological -- that inhabit readers' worst fears. As in nightmares, surprise is a key element. Some horror tales begin in a fairly normal world, suddenly and disastrously invaded by monsters, and lead to a horrific climax The key to horror is that although the evil may be beaten down, it is never destroyed completely.  It lurks just beneath the surface, waiting to emerge again. 

Fantasy Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on Fantasy.

Why read fantasy?  Story lines feature good versus evil, and protagonists battle and ultimately conquer the dark forces. The characters often attain special magical gifts, and the story lines explore ways to discover one's own potential. Characters may include mythical creatures --dragons, unicorns, elves, wizards -- as well as animals that are more may also find a home in Fantasy. Quests commonly drive the plot, and adventure elements play an important role. Elaborately detailed settings describe another world, often Earth, which does not follow earth's time line. Thus the setting may be a pseudo-Medieval world with knights and dragons or a fictional future world with elves on motorcycles. Gritty urban settings are almost as popular as more traditional historical ones. 

NonFiction Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on NonFiction.

Why read nonfiction?  A well-written, perfectly edited oral history is like attending a cocktail party with the most interesting people -- moving from group to group and hearing everyone's version of a story.  These biographies, histories, and memoirs explore the struggles and triumphs of people as they experience everything from grieving for a loved one to breaking professional ground in their fields. Some are famous and some aren't, but they each have a unique story. 

Romance Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on Romance novels.

Why read a romance? The primary appeal of Romances is to the emotions. Readers feel an emotional link with the protagonists and are invested in the satisfactory outcome of their story.  Characters may be stereotypes -- bright, independent heroines pitted against strong, dangerous heroes -- but readers expect this and find satisfaction. Authors mayexperiment with characters, settings, and story lines, but the happy ending is sacrosanct. Readers don't want surprises at the end!

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