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Surfing Lessons

Surfing Lessons
…well, sort of.  Learn to surf the web with ease this Saturday at 10 a.m. in the computer lab.  This is a beginner level Internet class.   Register online or call the branch at 281-492-8592.                              Image © JupiterImages
 

Kids Titles - Try Something New

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third WheelHas your kid read every Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Percy Jackson and the Olympians title?  Worse yet, is he or she on a long waiting list for the next one?  If your child is chomping at the bit waiting for the next “must read” title out there, why not take the opportunity to discover a new author or series you haven’t tried before?

Spring Break Volunteers


Need some volunteer hours over Spring Break? We have a short term project (1 week) needing a lot of volunteer hours. You can help the library by volunteering  to help us during Patron Count week, March 11-16. We need a volunteer to sit at a table in our lobby every hour the library is open to the public to count each person who enters. This is a perfect opportunity for high school students needing service hours for NHS or other organizations.   

Resolution: Read More!

If your New Year’s Resolutions list includes reading we have a great suggestion.  Get more out of the experience by joining one of our three book clubs – Mystery, Evening and Afternoon.  The Evening book club meets the 1st Monday of the month at 7pm.  The January 7 book is Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  The Afternoon Book Club meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1pm.  The January 10 is reader’s choice - pick your favorite biography.  The Just Desserts Mystery Book Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2pm to enjoy desserts and the latest mystery.  We’ll be discussing

Did You Make Up Your Mind Yet? Tuesday Voting Info

Need to know where to vote Tuesday?  Whether you were one of the many “undecided” voters or just love the thrill of election day let us help you find your assigned voting location. Just follow the links: 

 Election Day Polling Locations .
Precinct info (don’t know your precinct? – look it up here)
Sample Ballot
Voting ID – lists what you need to show in order to vote
For more voting info click here.
 

Need Voting Info?

Our most popular question this week is for the closest early voting location.  Whether you want to cast your vote early or are just looking for polling place info here are some websites that can help.  These links are for Harris County residents only:
Early voting locations (complete with map).  Click on the address you want for directions.  Remember, the last day for early voting is Friday, November 2nd.
Election Day Polling Locations with voter specific ballot
Precinct info (don’t know your precinct? – look it up here)
Sample Ballot

Gulf Coast Reads Events

Experience nine-year old Oskar Schell’s post -911 world with the rest of us as we read and discuss this year’s Gulf Coast Reads title, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer,

Gifts From Our Friends

Have you tried out our tech-friendly tables yet?  These awesome tables were donated by the Friends of Maud Marks Library and are making life a lot easier for our customers.  The tables have power outlets on top which you can use to power up your laptop, smartphone or any other device while using our free WiFi.  Thanks to the Friends our customers are no longer on their hands and knees searching for electrical outlets. 

What Do I Read Next?

Ahh, the anticipation of coming to the end of a really great story – the excitement builds, the action is riveting, the ending is awesome …and  then you realize you’re out of books! You’re out of ideas and your favorite authors all seem to be on vacation.  Now what?
Now is when you let our BookHunters service step in.  Just fill out the form and we’ll get back to you with 10 different authors/titles to try out. The form has a number of questions about your reading preferences so we can get the best matches possible. 

Texas Day Highlights

Arrest warraCook Arrested for Buyin' Salsa from NYCnts were served on a number of our customers Saturday March 3rd at our Texas Heritage Day Program.  Family members and friends paid the sheriff to arrest their loved and not-so-loved ones for charges ranging from “Burpin’ Dr Pepper” to “Parkin’ Healthy Horse in Library Handicapped Parking.”  The cook who was demonstrating outdoor Texas cooking was arrested for “Buyin’ Salsa from New York City!”  The librarian was even arrested, but I have it on good authority that she was framed – no way would she ever use beef jerky as a bookmark!

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