Tomball

Annual Holiday Open House!

Mark your calendar for the Library’s annual Holiday Open House

  • When:  Saturday, December 15th from 11 am – 1 pm. 
  • Where:  The Community Engagement Area of the Library. 
  • What to expect:  Fun, fun and more fun with family friendly activities, including:  crafts, games, snacks and a visit from Santa and pictures. 

At 2 pm, the Children’s Dept. will have Saturday stories for children of all ages!  

We hope you can join us!

Storytimes and More Coming Soon to Lone Star College - Creekside Center

In January 2019, as part of its long-standing partnership with Harris County Precinct 4 and Lone Star College - Tomball, Harris County Public Library will begin to introduce some public library services to the Creekside community at the LSC – Creekside Center campus. To meet community demand, the project’s initial focus will be early literacy. Along with a small collection of children’s books, there will be two story times each Monday at Creekside Center. One for toddlers and one for preschool-age children. Each session will feature stories, songs, rhymes and an occasional craft activity.

Story times will begin Monday, January 28, 2019. Additional public library services will be phased in over time.

Library Hours this Thanksgiving Holiday

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Turkeys are defrosting, pies are cooling, and Thanksgiving is almost here! In observance of the holiday, the Tomball Library will close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 20 and remain closed through Sunday, November 25. The library will reopen for business on Monday, November 26 at 8:00 am.

Even though the library will be closed, our online resources will still be open for business. Check out this page for links to our catalogs for eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, magazines, and more!

However you might be celebrating, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and extend gratitude to all our wonderful library customers.

Santa Claus Is Coming to LSC - Creekside Center (and So Are Storytimes in January).

Santa Visit to Creekside Center Flier

Join us on December 5 at 6:30 for a free, fun family event featuring Santa, refreshments and an exciting announcement for families with small children in the Creekside community. Admission is Free. Register here.

HCPL Curiosity Cruiser Coming to the Tomball Library!

HCPL's very own book mobile, the Curiosity Cruiser, will be "cruising" up to the Tomball Library on Saturday, November 10th from 1-3pm!  Visit with the Cruiser in the front of the Library and then come inside our Community Engagement Area and have fun doing crafts and other activities.  At 2 pm, we'll have Saturday Stories, and children in attendance will get to choose a *FREE book to take home!!  *free book while supplies last.

Star Wars Reads Day this Saturday!

This Saturday, October 27th, join us from 1 - 3:30 pm in the Community Engagement Area of the Library and celebrate Star Wars Reads Day!  Come dressed as your favorite character (if you want) and enjoy crafts, photo booth fun, snacks, trivia, and enter your name in a drawing for a chance to win cool Star Wars stuff!  At 2pm, we will have Saturday Stories which will [of course] include a Star Wars book!  All ages welcome!  

Community Novel: Meet the Author

Air Within a Jade, the Tomball Library’s first community novel, is moving right along. In honor of Throwback Thursday L. Piper(#tbt), we thought we’d highlight L. Piper, the author of chapter 3 of the novel, which was written several months ago. She shared the following: 

“Originally from the East Coast, 'L' spent most of her childhood in Houston. She has worked as a secretary, waitress, actress, counselor, newspaper reporter, stand-up comedienne, and joke writer. Her writing has been selected for Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies Writers’ Gallery, published in both local and national publications, and earned awards in various Texas and Oklahoma writing groups. A member of Sisters In Crime, and a bookseller with Barnes & Noble since 2007, L’s favorite book recommendations fall in the Domestic Psychological Suspense category. 'L' has a humorous mystery in the editing stage, but she’s most excited about the manuscript she hopes to finish this year -- a novel of dark, psychological suspense. 

“When 'L' is not working at the bookstore or thinking up a scene for her novel, she enjoys: walks with her husband and their rescue dogs, laughing at Tonight Show episodes with her brother, and dreaming of visits to her wonderful step-children and grandchildren.”

Thanks to L. Piper for contributing her talents to the Tomball Community Novel! Read her chapter and more on the Tomball Tales website here.

Also, in case you missed it, the library is hosting a Cover Art Contest. If you are artistically inclined, click here for more details on how to enter. One lucky person will have their art featured on the cover of Air Within a Jade. Entries are due by October 20, 2018.

Community Novel: Meet the Author

 

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Air Within a Jade, the Tomball Library’s first community novel, is now on chapter thirteen, with seven more chapters to go. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read the novel, now is the perfect time to start. All available chapters are located on the Tomball Tales website, along with author bios, which are released at the same time as the author’s chapter.

This week’s chapter was written by Alpana Sarangapani, a familiar face to many at the library:

“Alpana Sarangapani is a Reference Librarian at Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library. She enjoys working, helping, and sharing information with people. She believes that ‘Life is a school of learning’. She enjoys writing stories (not many have read them), and to work as part of a team, so this was a perfect project for her.”

Thanks to Alpana for her chapter and to all of the participating authors. We can’t wait to see what comes next in the story, and hope you are as excited to read along.

If you missed it earlier this week, Lakisha Sparrow, the organizer of the community novel, was featured in a lovely article on the Houston Chronicle’s website. Read it here for a glimpse into the process of creating a community novel.

Sensory Story Time in the Children's Area!

Sensory Story Time is a now being offered in the Children’s Department!  Designed to engage the five senses and promote an inclusive environment for children with stories, movement, activities and sensory/therapeutic play.  The program will meet on Tuesday, September 18th at 1:30 pm (and every 3rd Tuesday after) and is limited to 10 participating children (ages 3-6) and their parents.  Online registration is required and begins one week in advance.  For more information, please call the Library at 832-559-4235.

Community Novel: Meet the Author

author photoThe Tomball Library’s first community novel, Air Within a Jade, is still going strong with 11 chapters now released on the Tomball Tales website. Also on that website are short author bios to introduce readers to each of the contributing writers. This week’s chapter was written by CS Sandlin, who shared the following:

There is generally a gentle sound of canine snoring underfoot while CS is working. Ergo, coffee. The tension between sleep and caffeine forms the backbone of CS’s writing, along with frequent walks through Mercer Arboretum to enjoy the Texas sunshine (or Texas cloudiness, especially in the summer).

A poet and short story writer, CS maintains a blog at Moon Pools and Mermaids for current projects and inspirations, and is currently working on a novel.

Thanks to CS for her chapter, as well as to all of the authors participating in the community novel!

Check out the website above to catch up with Air Within a Jade, then visit the Reference Desk to answer the Question of the Week about the latest chapter!

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