Tomball

Passport to the World Program!

  Pack your bags and travel around the world library style!  The Children's Department will be celebrating Día on Wednesday, April 26th at 5:00 pm!   Get your passport stamped, learn about Native Americans and "travel" to  Australia, Brazil, India, Italy and Kenya.  Explore these diverse cultures through music, snacks, crafts and activities!  This program is FREE and for children ages 6 - 12 and their familes!  Call 832-559-4235 to register!

Easter Weekend Closure

easter eggsIn observance of the upcoming Easter holiday, the library will close at 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 13. The library will remain closed through the weekend, and reopen for business Monday, April 17 at 8:00 am.

Reminder: Since the library will be closed, there will be no AARP Tax Aide on Saturday, April 15. The last day of Tax Aide will be Monday, April 17 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

However you might be celebrating, we wish you a happy and safe weekend.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Celebrate Earth Day and Space!

  Earth Day and Space - 2 awesome and informative displays await you on your next visit to the Library!  On the first round shelf area you will find books and information on Space, planets and NASA's latest projects.  In the alcove area directly after that, you will find the Earth Day display.  Earth day is an annual initiative which began in 1970 to bring awareness and demonstrate support for environmental protection. Today, it is recognized with events held worldwide in over 193 countries!  Learn about it, get information on ways you can protect the Earth and check out some books.

As part of a committment by the staff of the library to a "year of giving", each month a worthy cause is chosen to contribute to.  This month, and in conjunction with Earth Day, the library has chosen the Tomball Community Center.  We are asking for donations of clean and dry plastic grocery bags which will be woven into sleeping mats for the homeless.  A large green box is located near the base of the display for the collection of these bags.  Thank you in advance for helping us to recycle and give back to our community! 

Blackout Poetry Program!

  Celebrate National Poetry Month with us!  Using a sharpie and newspaper or a page out of a book, black out the words you don't want, leave the words you do and the result is poetry created by you!  All supplies provided!  This FREE program is for tweens and teens ages 10 – 18 and meets in room L129 on Wednesday, April 5th at 5pm!

April Book Clubs

books and flowersLooking to try something new this spring? Why not join one of our book clubs? Each month, we have book clubs for adults, teens and children that meet to discuss books in a variety of genres. Each of our 7 book clubs (yes, that’s right – 7!) is open to new members, so take a look at the list below to see what they are reading in April. If you find a book club you are interested in joining, stop by the library and see if we have a copy of the book on hand!

Book Clubs for Adults:

  • Afternoon Book Discussion on Tuesday, 4/4 @ 3:00pm: The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
  • Paranormal Book Club on Monday, 4/10 @ 6:30pm: Omens by Kelley Armstrong
  • Inspirational Book Club on Thursday, 4/11 @ 7:00pm: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • After Austen Book Club on Monday, 4/24 @ 7:00pm: Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver
  • Mystery Book Club on Thursday, 4/27 @ 1:00pm: The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

Book Club for Teens:

Book Club for Children in grades 3-5:

  • Chapter Chats on Monday, 4/3 @ 5:00pm: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Chapter Chats on Monday, 4/17 @ 5:00pm: Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

For more information about any of these book clubs, call the library at 832-559-4200.

50+ Bus Trip: Holocaust Museum

holocauseJoin us for a visit to the Holocaust Museum Houston. Entrance to the museum is $12.00 (or $8.00 for AARP members or those who are 65 or older) and lunch will be at your own cost at Mo’s Irish Pub.

We will meet in the library lobby on Thursday, April 6th at 8:15 am. The bus will leave promptly at 8:30 am, and return to the library by 3:00 pm. Must be 50 or better to attend. Space is limited, and registration is required. You may register in person, over the phone, or online at the HCPL Events Calendar.

The bus is provided courtesy of the Harris County Precinct 4 Senior Adult Program.

For more information or to register, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Children's Garden Club!

   We are fortunate to have a beautiful garden area outside of the Children’s Activity Room where children can learn about gardening, plant seeds and then enjoy the yummy fruits and vegetables that they've grown!  New Leaf Gardeners is a club for children ages 7 – 12 and meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:00 pm.  This Thursday, March 23rd, kids will learn all about roots and discover what is growing under the soil!  Call 832-559-4235 to register for this FREE program!

AARP Tax Aide

taxesWe are halfway through tax season and April 18th will be here before you know it. If you have yet to file your taxes, AARP is at the library and ready 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 and Wednesdays from 10:00am-2:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am-3:00pm until April 17.

Please bring these items with you:

1. Valid identification with current address for yourself & your dependents
2. Social security cards for yourself and your dependents
3. Your wage, salary and income statements (W2 and/or 1099)
4. Last year's income tax return statement
5. If you are a homeowner, the amount of property tax paid in 2016
6. If you bought a new vehicle (or anything of high value, i.e., a ring, a boat, etc.) in 2016, the amount of sales tax you paid or the value of the item
7. Documentation for deductible expenses (mortgage interest, real estate taxes paid, medical expenses, charitable contributions, mileage for volunteer work)
8. Documentation for items that qualify for tax credit (child care, post-secondary education, home purchase contract & closing statement for homes purchased in the past year)

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Spring Break Week at the Children's Department!

  •    The Children's Department is the perfect destination for a week of Spring Break fun! 
  • Grab and Go crafts will be availabel (while supplies last) at the Children's Reference Desk.  On Monday, March 13th pick up a rainbow sun craft and  on Wednesday, March 15th you can pick up a cookie monster bookmark.                    
  • Story Times:  Monday – Thursday (please access the calendar for specific days, ages and times)
  • Art Explorers: Tuesday, March 14th at 5:00 pm.  Learn about Pop Art and create a butterfly canvas. This program is for children ages 8 – 12 and requires registration by calling 832-559-4235.
  • Yeah for Spring Break!  See you then!

Chicken Big Today!

    On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, giant egg.  And out of this egg came one big, humongous . . . something!  Find out what that "something" is as you enjoy a live performance of the Keith Graves book Chicken BIG presented by Book Bash!  It all happens TODAY, Wednesday, March 8th at 5:00 pm.  This show is FREE and appropriate for children of all ages  (and their families).  Please meet in the Children's Area.

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