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Free Money!!!

Do I have your attention yet?!

Yes, I really am talking about free money for you if your home was damaged in Hurricane Ike.  Let's face it, FEMA and insurance payment may not have been enough.  Many people still had to pay quite a bit of money out of pocket to fix their fences, roofs, walls, floors, and other repairs to their homes.  Did you know that you could get all of that money back?

Harris County Recovers is part of the Harris County Homeowner Disaster Recovery program designed to provide financial assistance to homeowners whose property was damaged by Hurricane Ike.  They are here to provide money to pay those massive repair bills.  Even if you have already spent your own money, you may qualify for a reimbursement.

Learn more about this valuable program next week on Thursday, December 3 at 7 PM here at the library. 

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The Value of a Dollar

The cost of an Individual membership to the Friends of the Maud Marks Library- $10.00

The cost of a hardback adult book at a Friends of the Maud Marks Library Book Sale- $1.00

The cost of a paperback children's book at a Friends of the Maud Marks Library Book Sale- $.25

The smile on a child's face while attending a Maud Marks Library program- PRICELESS

We've all seen the commercials on television; a dollar just doesn't buy you much nowadays.  But, did you know that buying a book at a Friends of the Maud Marks Library Book Sale can provide so much more?  Every month, the Friends of the Maud Marks Library take the money raise through our used book sales and give it to the library to pay for craft programs, storytimes, afterschool teen programs, summer reading programs, cultural events, and so much more.

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What Kind of Reader Are You?

Do you enjoy reading and discussing books?  Are you looking for a group of people who love books just as much as you do?  The Maud Marks Library has book clubs for any taste and schedule.  We host 3 book clubs monthly and always love to discuss books with a willing customer....

Our Terrific Teens!

At the Maud Marks Library, we sure do love our junior high students.  In fact, we think we have the most creative teenagers at our branch.

On Tuesday, we asked participants in our afterschool program, Teen Time, to design posters advertising our upcoming food drive.  Every year in early December, the Maud Marks Library teams up with Channel 13 and Katy Christian Ministries to collect non-perishable food items for needy familes in the Katy area.  All the food collected stays right here in Katy.

Here is just an example of the very cool posters the teens created.  Click here to see more and don't forget to bring your non-perishable food item to the Maud Marks Library by Friday, December 4, 2009!

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Be Your Own Mechanic

Everyone knows how expensive it is to take a car to a mechanic when it breaks down.  You can always go to the library and check out one of the Chilton's Repair Manuals, but those are big and bulky and what happens when the library doesn't have the manual for your car.  Now WHAT????!!!!

Here at the Maud Marks Library, we have the answer to your automotive problems.  Did you know that the Harris County Public Library has all that same information in an easy to access database?  On Saturday at 10 AM we will be hosting a class to teach you how to use the Chilton's Online Database.  Come and find all the diagrams and information you need to keep your car running like new.

Seating is limited so click here to register.

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Tell Me a Story

At the Maud Marks Library, we are all about a good story.  Is there a story in your family just waiting to be told? This Thursday at 1 PM, you can learn how to record all the important events in your family's history. Houston journalist, Gary Taylor, will be here to discuss the importance of oral history and how to make your memories last forever. Seating for this and all programs is limited. Click here to register now.  This program is part of our Senior Moments series for  mature adults.

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How the Library Does Lunch

 What's better than a good book or lunch with friends?  How about a good book AND lunch with friends!  At the Maud Marks Library we have always been big on food and books, so we decided to combine them and come up with our newest type of program, a lunch time edible book club.  Once a month we will read a book (not a cookbook) that contains recipes.  Then we'll discuss it as we eat food inspired by that book.  On Thursday, October 22 at 1 PM, we will be discussing Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag.  It is a tale of two women who ran a little southern cafe in Whistle Stop, Alabama during the thirties. 

They offered good barbecue, good coffee, love and a little more back in the day.  Join us as we discuss this book over a lunch of fried green tomatoes, cornbread, pork chops & gravy, black-eyed peas, and more! Good food, great conversation,what more could anyone ask for?!

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Is That a Dinosaur?

At the Maud Marks Library, we love history and art.  That is why we are so excited to welcome retired Houston Chronicle Artist, Gerald Waxman this Thursday at 7 PM.  He will be here to discuss his renditions of 17,000 to 30,000 year old paintings found in Southern France before World War II.  Many of the animals depicted have been considered extinct and some are considered to be ancestoral to today's species.  Examples of other cave paintings throughout the world will also be shown.  Register here  to join us for this event.

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Listen to the Wind Blow

Hurricane season is here, are you ready? We will be hearing from the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management next Tuesday at 6:30 PM.  Join us as we get evacuation tips and find out if your disaster emergency kit is good enough.  Topics will include what you can do before the season start to prepare your home, what needs to be done when the storm is on it’s way, how to survive during the storm, and what needs to be done during the aftermath. Register here to join us for this event.

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Ole! It's Fiesta Time!

It is time to party at the library!  We'll be hosting our annual Hispanic Heritage Festival next Saturday, September 26 from noon to 4 PM.  We'll have crafts for kids, food and cooking demonstrations, dancing and music.  The cooking demonstration will begin at noon.  Omni Salsa will be here once again at 12:30 PM for our annual Salsa demonstration followed by several Ballet Folklorico groups.  At 3:15 PM a hispanic guitarist will be here to serenade us.  The crafts will go on the entire festival.  Watch out for our pinata, it may just drop candy at anytime!

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