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Check Out Our New Toy!!!

Here at Maud Marks , we are always looking for the newest and most innovative way to make sure YOU know what is going on at the library.  Recently, we were chosen to try out the newest idea for Harris County Public Library, an Electronic Bulletin Board!  When you enter the library, look over to the right between the homage to Maud Marks Daughters and the returns desk.  There, you will see our new, cool flat screen TV streaming information about all our upcoming events.  Want to know what our book clubs are reading?  How about when the next volunteer orientation is?  Just keep an eye on the screen, all the information is right there!  Check out what is going on at the Maud Marks Library.  Find out which nationwide events celebrated locally at your library.  We have it all, right there on our Electronic Bulletin Board!

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Railroad History

Do you know this history of the MKT?  The railroad has always been a huge part of the history of the Katy area.  In honor of our summer reading club theme, we have a real treat for all. We will end our adult summer reading club programs with a visit from the Katy Heritage Society. They will be here this Tuesday night at 7 PM to discuss the history and impact of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad on the area. Come learn all about our prairie’s early history....

A Library Without Walls

Are you looking for that next best seller to listen to on a long car ride but don't have time to visit the library and check out our collection of DVDs?  Why not check out our Digital Media Catalog?  We have hundred of audio books, music, electronic books, movies, and more you can download from the comfort of your own home.  Best of all, this Tuesday at 7 PM, we will be hosting a class on how to do just that here at the library.  Learn how to find, download, and transfer digital audio and e-books from our databases.  Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Seating for this and all computer classes is extremely limited.  Click here to register for this and other classes offered by the library.

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Wanna Win the Lawn of the Month?

 

Boy! Our lawns here in Texas really like this hot weather we've been having!  It seems we just cut the grass and we turn around and it's long again.  And then there's all that weeding that needs to be done!  Are you ready to get that lawn looking good enough for a magazine spread?  This coming Tuesday at 7 PM, Glen Graves from the Texas Agricultural Extension Office will be at the Maud Marks Library to discuss proper lawn care for the Houston area. Come find out what YOU need to know to keep your lawn looking perfect. There is no registration required for this event and everyone is welcome.  Meanwhile, check out our catalog for more books to keep your lawn looking good.

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Summer Reading- Its for EVERYONE!

Did you know the summer reading program isn't just for kids any more?  Even adults can get on the fun this summer!  At the Maud Marks Library, we actually have 2 summer reading programs for adults that run simultaneously.  It is easy and fun to participate in both!  Here's how you do it:

1. Click here to sign up online to participate in the Harris County Public Library program.

2. Go by the Maud Marks Library to pick up a ReaderNation 9 Book Challenge title log form.

3. Read or listen to one book in each of the 9 genres and enter in drawings to win movie posters.

4. Record at least 4 books online to be eligible for the drawing to win book store gift cards.

5. Make sure you have recorded all your books by August 14 so your name is in our drawing!

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Don't forget!

Do you know what Memorial Day is REALLY about?  Everyone take a pause this Monday to remember our fallen service men and women who have died that we might live in this wonderful free country.  It has been observed since the late 1800s but has only been a national holiday since 1971.  For more on the history of Memorial Day, click here.

The Maud Marks will be observing this very solemn day on Monday with the rest of the nation.  Don't worry though, we won't be closed for long.  We'll open again on Tuesday at 10 AM for a regular day.  Visit us then and watch as we gear up for the end of school and the beginning of our summer reading program.

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Happy Asian Pacific Heritage Month!

Last Saturday at the Maud Marks Library, we had a BLAST!!!  It was time for our annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival.  We kicked off the day with bonsai trees, a diayas craft, and Vietnamese music.  We also had a Japanese Tea Ceremony, belly dancing, a Rangoli demonstration, lei making, Japanese AND Chinese calligraphy, origami, and of course, lots of food!  The highlight of the day was a Vietnamese lion dance complete with silliness.  A great time was had by all.  Click here to see more photos.

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Celebrate the Asian Cultures!

Are you looking for something FUN to do with your mother over the weekend?  Come to the Maud Marks Library for our annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival.  We will be celebrating many of the diverse cultures of Asia and the Pacific Rim on May 8, 2010 with a day long party running from 10 AM - 4 PM.  We will have a bonsai demonstration, Japanese Tea Ceremony, sushi demonstration, belly dancing demonstration, a Vietnamese dragon dance, plenty of kids crafts and so much more.  This is a day full of food, fun, and culture for people of ALL ages.  For a complete schedule of the day's events, please call the Maud Marks Library.  Meanwhile, you can click here to see the fun we've had in the past.

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Save Money and Support Your Library

We are all looking for ways to save money in the current economy and boy, do we have a deal for you!  The Friends of the Maud Marks Library will have their monthly sale tomorrow.  We have a wide variety of used fiction, nonfiction, and children's books as well as video tapes, magazines and more all for sale from 10 AM -5 PM.  No item sells for over a dollar.  Best of all, all the money raised at our booksales goes right back into the library.  We use that money to buy new books, craft supplies, and pay for our many cultural programs enjoyed by hundreds of people throughout the year among other things.

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Spring Break Fun

So, what are you doing over spring break?  Why not spend it at the library?  The Maud Marks Library has events for all ages while school is out.  Infants, toddlers and preschoolers are invited to join us for age appropriate storytimes.  Women (and men) can come for our financial planning seminar on Monday at 3 PM.  Teens can join us for an funfilled afternoon of video and board games on Tuesday at 2 PM.  Older adults can bring their grandchildren and participate in our Senior Moments Wii tournament on Thursday at 1 PM.  Learn how to navigate the Internet on Tuesday at 1 PM.  Finally have time to get your taxes done?  Come by on Monday or Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM to have AARP help you out.  The programs at Maud Marks are open to everyone, although, some programs do require registration.  Click here for a full list of programs and to register...

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