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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!

eBooks & eAudios Class

 

  Learn to download  ebooks , eAudios and eVideos from the library in our free workshop this Saturday, January 21st at 10am. This workshop will cover the basics of borrowing and downloading for iPads, Kindles, Nooks and more.  Hands on session allows you to check out the advantages of each.

You can register online or by calling us at 281-492-8592

Before you buy that Kindle, Nook or iPad

Planning to take advantage of the great after -Thanksgiving sales?  Free eBooks , eAudios and eVideos are available from the library to go with all these devices.  Yes, I did say “free. ”   Like any other library item, you can borrow these from the library.  They return themselves at the end of your loan period and you NEVER get an overdue fine.

If you are considering purchasing one of these devices (or a similar, less expensive brand) make sure you check out our digital catalog.  To make sure that bargain is a real library bargain check out our list of  compatible & incompatible  devices to be sure your reader or player will work with the library collection.

Decoupage Art Program

Decoupage the Easy WayThis month’s Family Art program features decoupage art boxes.  You and your family can learn to make these unique boxes for free and for fun!   Every family will leave with at least one decorated box.  The Friends of Maud Marks Library are providing all supplies.  All  you need to do is join us on Friday, September 30th at 1:15 in the meeting room .   Since KISD schools have early release that afternoon this is an ideal activity for family or friends!

And the Runner Up is...

If you liked this year’s Gulf Coast Reads selection (One Amazing Thing) you should consider reading the runner up book, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers .  This New York Times bestselling title is also a 2010 American Book Award winner and the choice for this month's Evening Book Club discussion.

Excel Classes

Free Microsoft Excel classes will be taught 7pm Tuesday September 6th and 13th at the Maud Marks Branch Library.  Whether you are new to Excel or just need a refresher this class is for you.  You can register for either class online or by calling the library 281-492-8592.  Registration is limited

 

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