Tomball

Story Time Ticketing to Begin!

  Due to safety issues. the Children's Department will begin ticketing all story times on Tuesday, May 30th through the Summer.  Tickets will be limited to 30 participants and their parent/caregiver and will be handed out at the children's reference desk 30 minutes prior to the start of story time until they are gone.  We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to a fun Summer with you and your children!

Library and College Campus Closed Saturday and Sunday!

 Due to ongoing construction and a necessary shut down of utillities on the Lone Star College campus, both the college and Tomball Library will be closed this Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st.  No entry will be permitted on to the campus for any reason during this time.  For your Library needs this weekend,  please visit the Barbara Bush Branch or Northwest Branch.  The entire campus (college and Library) will reopen Monday, May 22nd at 8am. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

Family Program: Hawaiian Dancing

hawaiian dancingThis year, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, held annually in May, with Hawaiian dancing! Join us on Saturday to learn some traditional Hawaiian dance moves from a guest instructor. This is a family program, so dancers of all ages and skill levels are invited to attend. This program will be held in the first floor Meeting Room (L129) this coming Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 am.

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

Flickr CC: Hula Photo by: MitchellShapiroPhotography

May 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 May. 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:

Paranormal Book Club on Monday, 5/8 @ 6:30pm: Prudence by Gail Carriger
Inspirational Book Club on Thursday, 5/11 @ 7:00pm: At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot
After Austen Book Club on Monday, 5/22 @ 7:00pm: Love and Friendship by Whit Stillman
Mystery Book Club on Thursday, 5/25 @ 1:00pm: Phantom Instinct by Meg Gardiner
Afternoon Book Discussion on Tuesday, 6/6 @ 3:00pm: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Book Club for Teens:

Homeschool Book Club* on Monday, 5/15 @ 1:00pm: I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Book Club for Children in grades 3-5:

Chapter Chats* on Monday, 5/22 @ 5:00pm: Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm

*These book clubs will take a break during Summer Reading. Look for more information about them next fall!

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

2x2 BOOKS!

   Each year, the 2x2 commitee for the Texas Library Association (TLA) is tasked with reading well over 500 children's books.  From these 500 + books, they choose 20 that they consider to be the best of the bunch for children ages 2 months to 2 years - hence 2x2.  The 20 chosen are comprised of picture books, non-fiction, Spanish and this year even a graphic novel is on the list.  In the Children's Area here at Tomball, this special collection of books are grouped and shelved after the Early Readers under the large bulletin board.. Previous years books are shelved in this area as well and all the books are designated by a spine label with the year they were named to the list.  On the TLA website you can find a complete list of this years books, previous years list, resources and activities to work on with your child.  Let us know what you think of these special books the next time you are in the Library! Happy Reading!  

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.

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