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J.M.M. Barkovich Exhibiting in Room L-129 in March

Technically we might call them ‘miniatures’—not one of them exceeds 12” in any direction. Painted in acrylics or sketched on scratchboard, Joan Barkovich has brought a different kind of portraiture to our library meeting room walls for the month of March. Dogs, humans,--saints, even! They are worth a visit to Room L-129 this month to see. Come and browse.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness initiative held on March 2nd - the birthday of Dr. Seuss!  This year, the featured book is the Seuss classic "Oh, the Places You'll Go".  The Library will celebrate this event on Thursday, March 5th at 1:30 pm with a special Choo Choo Club Early Literacy program featuring Dr. Seuss books and activities!  This program is limited to 15 children (ages 3-5) and requires advanced registration.  Call the Library at 832-559-4235 to hold your spot!  And, remember, "you're never too old, too wacky or wild, to pick up a book and read to a child!"

Spanish Computer Classes and English Resume Formatting Class

Spanish Computer Classes are back! Sisi Medina, one of our Adult Reference Assistants, will be teaching two free computer classes in Spanish in March. Los Básicos de la Computadora will be held Monday, March 9th from 1-3 pm; Word en Español will be happen Monday, March 23rd from 1-3 pm. Both will take place in Room L-216, the public library computer lab. Registration is requested but not required. To register phone 832-559-4200 or click on this link for Los Básicos del la Computadora and this link for Word en Español and fill out the form.

We are also starting a series called Word for Business, and in March, Megan Hopwood, our Technology Training Assistant, will feature a free evening class on formatting resumes. She won’t teach you how to create your resume—that’s up to you—but she will show you how to make it attractive. That’s Monday, March 23rd from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Registration, requested but not required, can be completed by phoning 832-559-4200 or by clicking on this link to the Word for Business: Resumes registration form and filling it out. It also will take place in Room L-216, our computer lab. 

Black History Month Program!

   The Children’s Area will celebrate Black History Month on Thursday, February 26th at 4:30 pm by offering a special program based on the life and contributions of George Washington Carver.  Learn about his research and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes and make a yummy peanut snack!  This program is limited to 15 children, ages 7 – 12.  Call the library at 832-559-4235 to register.

Your Reading List

Occasionally customers will ask us if our library management system keeps a list of the books they have previously checked out. Usually our curious customers are trying to remember the last book they read in a series, or whether they have enjoyed this author before. The short answer is "No." Unless you have an outstanding late fee on a book, our system wipes out the record of you ever having checked out an item. We do that partly to protect your privacy and partly so we can save space on our servers. 

However, there are several online social media sites for avid readers that let you document, review, and share your book lists (or keep them private to yourself). We librarians use all of them and, other than personal quirks and preferences, we recommend all of them. Library Thing (librarything.com), Goodreads (goodreads.com), and Shelfari (shelfari.com) will let you make lists of what you have read, want to read, wish you hadn't read; compare notes with other people; find read-alikes, and do much more. Give them a try!

Rosemary Massey is Back!

During February Room L-129 is decked with the beautiful watercolor and acrylic paintings of Tomball artist, Rosemary Massey. Drop in and see her beautiful portraits, floral, and landscape paintings. 

AARP Tax Aide

taxesApril 15th will be here before you know it! Have you filed your taxes yet? AARP is back at the library this year to help individuals with simple tax returns. Assistance is on a first come first serve basis, so get here early to secure your spot. AARP Tax Aide will be provided on Mondays from 12:00-4:00pm, Wednesdays from 10:00am-2:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am-3:00pm until April 15.

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Art Explorers Around the World!

  The next stop on our artistic trek around the world is Egypt!  Learn about this fascinating country and make and decorate a clay pot!  This program meets on Monday, February 9th at 1:00 pm and Tuesday, February 10th at 4:30 pm.  Each session is limited to 20 children (ages 8 - 12).  Call 832-559-4235 to register! 

Thank You for Celebrating our 10th Anniversary!

On behalf of the LSC-Tomball Community Library staff, and the Friends of the Tomball Library, I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the community and college members who came out this weekend to help us celebrate the library’s 10-Year Anniversary in this building.  It was a wonderful event filled with fun and festivities, and it was made all the more special by your participation.

If you missed the big day, please look forward to the continuous offerings that go on at the library, year in and year out, month to month, and day after day.  There is truly something for everyone, and absolutely everyone is welcome.  We offer story times, computer classes, book clubs, business presentations, holiday and seasonal programming, cultural heritage events, bus trips for seniors and much, much more.  So, please join us soon for something great, and help us kick-off our next ten years!

Lynne Ring, co-Director

Sonia Rodriguez: Prints Writ Large

As we approach our tenth anniversary we’re delighted to feature the artwork of one of our own staff members, Circulation Assistant Sonia Rodríguez. In the previous five years Sonia has taught elementary school art for the Klein district. While at the Rhode Island School of Design, Sonia experienced working in a variety of media. Included in her display are a series of woodblock prints,etchings, and paintings depicting both human and animal nature.          

Most people who create woodblock prints print them in a hand operated press. The print you see in the image at left was created under a steam roller! Sonia thinks outside the box and is not afraid to experiment.

She currently continues her practice in an independent studio in Spring.

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