Maud Smith Marks

You've Got Mail!

Are you or someone you know ready for your own free email address?  We can help you with that!  Come to the Maud Marks Library tomorrow at 10 AM for our Internet 102 class.  At this class we will actually be setting up our own free email accounts and then learning how to use them.  Learn to compose an email, add an attachment, and send an email to a friend or family member.  Learn all you need to know and soon, "you've got mail!"

Learn a Language with Our New Database

Is there a trip in your future where you might need to speak, read or understand the language of the local people? Our new database called Pronunciator is a fun new database which offers 80 different languages and provides live tutors, video, music, quizzes, and more. You will need a library card and pin number to access Pronunciator at our website.  It  also features free apps for Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices. Parlez-vous francais? Muy bien. Domo arigato!

Recovering the Classics [UPDATE]

           

A lot of people enjoyed creating new artwork or voting on their favorites for Recovering the Classics. And we love it when we have so many people show so much interest in such a wonderful idea. Originally we had decided to award the creations with the most votes a classic book featuring their artwork. In the end we decided that all of our participants were so creative and had worked so hard on their entires that they all needed to be rewarded. So everyone who participated will be receiving a classic book featuring their own artwork and they'll get to take home the print that was created for the program.

ABCMouse is in the House

ABCMouse is now at the library and its free! This online service offers fun interactive books, games, puzzles and more for children ages 2-7. This educational tool is available in house for all Harris County Public Library customers.

Getting started is easy, click on your child's age, create a avatar and go. You can keep track of your child's progress if you create a login. It.s simple and we are excited to help you get started. 


Celebrate Black History Month

February is, among other things, Black History Month.  We like to celebrate here at the Maud Marks Library with a huge festival!  Join us this Friday, February 10, 1-4 PM for our Black History month festival.  AfroTones and Jazz Education, Inc. will be here to present the history of music from the drums of the motherland to the jazz of today.  We will have several story times including The Patchwork Quilt by Bettye Stroud.  We will be coloring and piecing together a giant Freedom quilt as well as making other crafts.  Of course, the International Cafe will be open as well with a taste of Africa and the Southern U.S. inspired by life on the plantations.

Join us as we learn more about the African American culture and history of our own country!

Orphan Train Book Discussion

Join us 7pm Monday when our Evening Book Club will discuss the Orphan Train by Christina Kline.  This 2013 bestseller features a teenager struggling with living in foster care who reluctantly befriends an elderly woman who teaches her much about life, especially through her own experiences as a member of the Orphan Train.  The Orphan Trains were an attempt to send children out from New York to the supposedly healthier life in the Midwest, from the 1850's to 1929. This is a moving story of resilience and empathy.  There’s still plenty of time to pick up a copy of The Orphan Train from our customer service desk and join the discussion in the meeting room this coming Monday, February 6th.

Two Programs: Estate Planning and Social Security Questions

Do you have questions about estate planning? Come to the library and join us at 10 am on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. The People's Law School representatives will be here to discuss and answer your legal questions about how to prepare some of the most important legal documents you will ever need, such as a will and a power of attorney.

How does Social Security work? Get your questions answered on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at 2 pm. We will have a financial expert here at the library to help explain social security in layman terms, and answer questions such as "how can I maximize my benefits?"

Click on the link to register.  Programs fill up fast.

Microsoft Word: The Basics

Do you need to type documents for work or personal use? The Maud Marks Library will be offering a Basic Microsoft Word Class in the computer lab on February 4 at 10 AM. This class is a basic introduction to Microsoft Word. Learn how to use the tool bar and create a word document. So come on by the Maud Marks Library on Saturday, February 4 at 10 AM and start typing word documents in no time!

Booksale This Weekend!

Come on out to the Maud Marks Library this weekend for our Friends of the Maud Marks Library booksale.  Our booksale is this Saturday, January 28, 10 AM to 4 PM.  Find insane bargains on any book you can think of from nonfiction to romance to thrillers and more.  We have children's books, audio books, magazines, and DVDs.  You never know which treasure you might find.

Recovering the Classics: The Results Are In


The final votes for our Recovering the Classics program have been counted! Thank you to all the amazing artists who participated and to everyone who voted: in the library, in our online poll and via Twitter. The winners' artwork can be viewed after the jump.

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