Tomball

Save the Date - Summer Reading is Coming!

          A Universe of Stories, this year's Summer Reading Program starts June 3rd!  Everyone at the Library has been very busy the past few months planning shows, activities, programs and special events for Kids, Teens and Adults. Stayed tuned for more info on all 3 program levels, but, for now, here's a sneak peek of just a few of the shows and programs we'll be offering in the Children's Area:

  • Magical Balloon Show
  • Crocodile Encounter
  • World of Magical Bubbles
  • Julian Franklin
  • Juggler Matt Tardy
  • Nasa @ your library
  • Art Programs for all ages
  • Space Camp
  • Turtles and Tortoises
  • Little Learners STEM Studio
  • Movie Days

Best of all, it's FREE!  For more information, please access our online calendar at hcpl.net or call 832-559-4235.

Community Novel: Meet the Author

Dean Larson

Were you shocked with last year’s cliffhanger of Tomball Library’s Community Novel, Air Within a Jade? Allow us to tease you with another chapter, before our long-awaited Book Launch Party, where all will be revealed about the characters that you love and hate in the strange town of Atheneum. Local author Dean Larson penned this chapter, and shared the following about himself:

He has had a life filled with interesting people of all stripes. In the twenty-five years he spent counseling addicts and their families in hospitals, mental institutions, mental health centers, a prison, and finally, in his own outpatient treatment facility, he ran groups and counseled convicts and clergy, adolescents and elderly, wealthy and impoverished. The settings did much to break down class distinctions, and taught him to see people rather than titles. He learned to love people as unique individuals, whether addicted, mentally ill, behaviorally-challenged, or just down on their luck.

He had a side career in music that ranged from playing lead guitar in a trio that performed primarily in dark smelly bars, to performing symphonic music as “principle last trombone” in a regional symphony orchestra. 

Dean hails from a family who was in love with language and the magic of words. Dinnertime conversations, when he was a child, were often discussions of philosophy or theology or books. It was there that he learned to appreciate the music and sounds, rhythm and color in words. However, he was engrossed in the mending of broken lives, and had little time for anything but professional writing. Until now.

After all the years of storing up things to express, the Tomball Community Library Writing Project offered him a gift: a chance for him to put it all on paper for others to read. Dean’s efforts in this project have been done with gratitude and great anticipation for more writing.

Thanks to Dean for his chapter and to all of the participating authors that made this first community novel such a successful project. The Book Launch Party will take place at Tomball Library during the summer, so be on the lookout for our announcement. Authors will sign copies of the printed novel, which will be available for the first time.
To read Dean’s chapter, as well as all the others, click here.

H-E-B Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust

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We have great news to share!

Recently the Friends of the Tomball Community Library applied for and received a community donation of $2500 from the H-E-B Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust. This donation will be used to strengthen the early literacy initiative at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library through the addition of books to the Children’s collection, as well as support for Choo Choo Club (a weekly early literacy program held during the school year) and story times. We are very excited about this opportunity!

The H-E-B Tournament of Champions is an annual golf tournament currently in its 34th year that raises money to support organizations and programs that positively impact youth in Texas. The Children’s team at the LSC-Tomball Community Library is honored to have been selected as one of the community recipients this year. Early literacy concepts form the foundation of all learning, and the Children’s team is excited to continue to offer quality programs and services that help children flourish. 

Thank you, H-E-B Tournament of Champions! #HEBTOC 

Spring Break Hours

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Spring Break is almost here! We know many of our customers will be off on adventures for the week and we wish you safe travels. But for those of you who will be staying home for Spring Break, the Library will still be open - just with slightly shorter hours.

Hours at the LSC-Tomball Community Library for Spring Break will be as follows:

Monday, 3/11 - Thursday, 3/14: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Friday, 3/15: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday, 3/16: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Stop by and see us!

LSC-Tomball, Tomball ISD and Harris County Public Library Partner on Tomball Community Art Showcase

Tomball Community Art Showcase FlyerArtists of all ages in the Tomball area now have a way to exhibit their creative work.  A new partnership comprised of Tomball ISD, Lone Star College-Tomball and the Harris County Public Library announced the launch of the Tomball Community Art Showcase.  The showcase will exhibit visual and performing artwork created by students from Tomball ISD, LSC-Tomball and by local artists from the Tomball area.

A grand opening celebration, which will be free and open to the public, is planned for Thursday, March 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the LSC-Tomball Community Library, which will also be the home for the Tomball Community Art Showcase.

“This is truly an extraordinary partnership that is indicative of the collaborative culture of the City of Tomball. We are committed to providing access and educational experiences that extend beyond the college campus and benefit the Tomball area community,” said Dr. Lee Ann Nutt, President of LSC-Tomball.

The grand opening celebration will highlight select creative works by Tomball ISD art students and LSC-Tomball students will provide live entertainment.  Light refreshments will be served.

“The Tomball Community Arts Showcase is an amazing opportunity for our district to continue our dynamic partnership with LSC- Tomball and begin a rich collaboration with the Harris County Public Library,” said Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, Tomball ISD Superintendent of Schools.  She is especially excited about the partnership’s impact on Tomball. “The commitment to education, the arts and our community makes Tomball a Destination and we are honored to have the opportunity to showcase our talented students’ artwork in a beautiful space.”

The LSC-Tomball Community Library has created exhibit areas throughout several common areas in the library.  Plans are underway to provide secure display cases for fragile pieces and valued collections.

Janna Hoglund, HCPL co-director of the LSC-Tomball Community Library, believes there are a lot of talented artists of all ages in the Tomball area and providing a venue to exhibit these works will enrich the community, “We are thrilled to be partners in the effort to organize exhibitions and educational programs that offer enjoyment and engagement with art of all kinds that’s been created by local students and members of our community.”

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[Pictured in photo: Partners celebrate announcement of community art venue: Edward Melton, Harris County Public Library Director; Janna Hoglund, LSC-Tomball Community Library Co-Director; Lee Ann Nutt, LSC-Tomball President; Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, TISD Superintendent; JD Janda, TISD Director of Fine Arts]

Children's Department Receives Grant!

Congratulations to the Children's Department for receiving a community donation from the H-E-B Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust.  Last Fall, the Friends of the Tomball Community Library applied for and received this grant which will be used to strengthen the library's ongoing early literacy initiatve programming held during the school year.  In addition to books for the collection, the grant will be used to further support Choo Choo Club, the weekly early literacy program started 9 years ago as well as other similar programs.  The Children's Department is honored to be selected as one of the community recipients this year and to have their hard work recognized.  *the H-E-B Tournament of Champions is an annual golf tournament, now in it's 34th year, that raises money to support organizations and programs that positively impact youth in Texas.

Weekly Story Times and Choosing the Right One for Your Child!

Story Times at the Library are fun, engaging and most importantly, carefully planned and geared for specific age groups.  With that in mind, we offer story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  To assist you in choosing the right story time,  please see the below guidelines for ages, times and what to expect at each one:  

  • Baby Bookworms - Mondays @ 9:30 am  (recommended for newborn - walker in training).  This first story time experience is for you and your baby to enjoy songs that include rocking, tummy-time, bouncing, tickling and scarf-time.  
  • Read and Play - Mondays @ 10:30 am (recommend for walkers - 18 months).  This story time will include more complex motor-skills and activities related to standing and walking.  It will be accompanied by bubble-time (where the children can chase the bubbles and pop them) as well as singing songs while shaking a small parachute. 
  • Toddler Time - Tuesdays @ 10:30 and Wednesdays @ 9:30 (18 months - 3 years).  This story time will include at least 2 stories, fingerplays, songs, fine motor activities, parachute play, an occasional craft and play time with other children.
  • Preschool Story Time - Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 10:30 am (ages 3 - 5 years).  This story time is themed and geared for the child who is preschool or kindergarten bound.  The expectation is that children in attendance are able to quietly sit and listen to 3 books and participate in songs, fingerplays and other activities led by the librarian with little to no assistance from their parent or caregiver. Parachute play and an age appropriate craft is included each week.

With these guidelines in mind, please choose the story time that is right for the age and stage of your child so that they are able to have the best overall experience.  If in doubt, please ask a librarian for assistance!

*all Toddler Times and Preschool Story Times require tickets to attend.  They are FREE and available 30 minutes prior to the start time at the Children's Reference Desk.

Story Times @ LSC-Creekside Center

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Beginning on January 28, 2019, the Library will offer two new weekly story times at the LSC-Creekside Center, in partnership with Harris County Precinct 4 and Lone Star College. Led by the friendly Children’s librarians of the LSC-Tomball Community Library, these story times will consist of stories, songs, finger plays, and parachute play. The story time schedule is as follows:

Toddler Time
(For kids ages 18 months to 3 years)
Mondays @ 9:30 AM

Preschool Story Time
(For kids ages 3-5 years)
Mondays @ 10:30 AM

Tickets are needed for all participating children. Thirty tickets will be handed out starting 15 minutes prior to each story time.

We are very excited to start these new story times on January 28th, and hope to see some of you there!

As always, the regular story time schedule at the LSC-Tomball Community Library will continue unchanged. For more information on the story times at either the Tomball Library or the LSC-Creekside Center, please call the Tomball Library at 832-559-4235.

Book Buddies Program Returns!

Do you have a child in Kindergarten – 3rd grades who you want to develop a love of reading? Do you have a teenager in 7th – 12th grades who needs service hours and wants to share their love of reading? Then stop by the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library and fill out an application for our Book Buddies program!

Harris County Public Library's Book Buddies program pairs trained teen volunteers (Big Buddies) with children (Little Buddies). For 10 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.

This next session will run from February 11th through April 22, 2019 at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library. Book Buddies will meet once a week on Mondays from 5:00 to 5:45 PM.

Applications are available at the Children’s Reference Desk of the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library and are due by February 2nd. For more information, contact Kimberly Clutter at Kimberly.clutter@hcpl.net.

New Year + New Programs = More Fun!

Happy New Year!  Change always happens in the New Year and the Library is no exception.  Starting this month, the Children’s Department will be adding new programs for kids of all ages!  Every 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm, “Discover:___” will be offered for kids ages 4 – 7.  Just as the name implies, kids will be discovering “something” new each month.  On January 23rd, they’ll have fun learning and discovering the process of creating Winter themed art.  Every 4th Thursday of the month at 5pm, we’ll be offering a program called Nature Explorers!  Kids ages 7 – 12 will experiment, observe and explore the wonders of the natural world!  On January 25th, they'll have fun learning about what happens to wildlife in Winter! Learn more about these [or any of our] programs here!   *registration begins online one week prior to the program date!

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