Maud Smith Marks

Green Thumb Gardening- Fall Vegetables

  Master Gardeners of Harris County will be at the Maud Marks Library sharing their Green Thumb Gardening Series on fall vegetable gardening in the Houston/Katy area. What a great way to save money on vegetables, and be able to share in your bounty. The class is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, from 10:30-12:30 pm.  Please click on the link to register.  Spaces fill up quickly. 

Horror Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on Horror.

Why read horror? These tales feature nightmares come to life, complete with the monsters -- human, inhuman, and psychological -- that inhabit readers' worst fears. As in nightmares, surprise is a key element. Some horror tales begin in a fairly normal world, suddenly and disastrously invaded by monsters, and lead to a horrific climax The key to horror is that although the evil may be beaten down, it is never destroyed completely.  It lurks just beneath the surface, waiting to emerge again. 

Papa Murphy's End of Summer Reading Program Pizza Party at Maud Marks

Papa Murphy's Pizza PartyCome celebrate the end of our Children's 2018 Summer Reading Program with us! Papa Murphy's will be here on Monday, July 30th for a pizza party to end the summer. Each elementary student can make a pizza and take it home to cook and enjoy later! We will start stamping hands 30 minutes before this event. Space is limited.

Fantasy Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on Fantasy.

Why read fantasy?  Story lines feature good versus evil, and protagonists battle and ultimately conquer the dark forces. The characters often attain special magical gifts, and the story lines explore ways to discover one's own potential. Characters may include mythical creatures --dragons, unicorns, elves, wizards -- as well as animals that are more may also find a home in Fantasy. Quests commonly drive the plot, and adventure elements play an important role. Elaborately detailed settings describe another world, often Earth, which does not follow earth's time line. Thus the setting may be a pseudo-Medieval world with knights and dragons or a fictional future world with elves on motorcycles. Gritty urban settings are almost as popular as more traditional historical ones. 

Fun Family Movie

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Join us at the Maud Marks Library for a Family Movie on Friday, July 27, 2018, at 1:00 pm. We will have a fun time watching Disney's Winnie the Pooh, and eating free popcorn at 1815 Westgreen Blvd., Katy, TX  77450. No registration is necessary.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural ScienceThe Houston Museum of Natural Science will be at Maud Marks Monday, July 23rd at 1:30 pm to teach us about Sound Science! We will start stamping hands 30 minutes before the show starts. Seating is limited!

NonFiction Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on NonFiction.

Why read nonfiction?  A well-written, perfectly edited oral history is like attending a cocktail party with the most interesting people -- moving from group to group and hearing everyone's version of a story.  These biographies, histories, and memoirs explore the struggles and triumphs of people as they experience everything from grieving for a loved one to breaking professional ground in their fields. Some are famous and some aren't, but they each have a unique story. 

The Hampstead Stage Company performance at Maud Marks

The Hampstead Stage Comany posterThe Hampstead Stage Company will be presenting Treasure Island on Monday, July 16th at 1:30 pm. Seating is limited. We will start stamping hands 30 minutes before the show.

25th Anniversary Celebration

The staff of the Maud Marks Harris County Public Library would like to invite you to our 25th Anniversary Celebration being held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 1-4 pm. We will begin with an opening ceremony in the meeting room with guest speakers, and learn how the library was built back in 1993, on ranch land owned by the Marks' family. The family still rides in the Rodeo Parade every year and will bring their Salt Grass wagon for all to see. Yee-haw!  Mother Goose will be here as well as a magician. There will be games and crafts, music and square dancing. Don't miss it!

Romance Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on Romance novels.

Why read a romance? The primary appeal of Romances is to the emotions. Readers feel an emotional link with the protagonists and are invested in the satisfactory outcome of their story.  Characters may be stereotypes -- bright, independent heroines pitted against strong, dangerous heroes -- but readers expect this and find satisfaction. Authors mayexperiment with characters, settings, and story lines, but the happy ending is sacrosanct. Readers don't want surprises at the end!

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