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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!

After-School Programming in the Children's Area!

The children's area will resume after-school programming in September.  Along with our weekly story times we will also have the following programs at 5 pm:

  1. Tuesdays
  2. 1st week - Chapter Chats*
  3. 2nd week - Crafternoon*
  4. 3rd week - STEM Studio*
  5. 4th week - R.E.A.D.
  • Thursdays:
  • 3rd week - The Story of America

Sensory Story Time* is a new program that will meet every 3rd Tuesday at 1:30 pm.  Designed to promote an inclusive environment while engaging kids ages 3 - 6  through movement, stories and sensory play.

Choo Choo Club* early literacy program for children ages 3 - 5 will continue to meet every Thursday at 1:30 pm.  Work with your child as they create, discover, and become ready readers!

*these programs require online registration which begins 1 week prior to the program date. Click on the specific program you would like to register for and fill in the required information.  Please access our online calendar for specific information about each program. 

Book Buddies

book buddiesDo 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 September to November 2018 at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library. Big & Little Buddies will meet once a week on Monday 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 August 22nd.

LEGO Create for Kids!

  Hey kids!  Looking for something really fun to do after school on Tuesday, August 21st?  Come to the Children's Area for Lego Create at 5 pm and we guarantee you will have a blast!   Complete a creative challenge using lego blocks or just build whatever you want!  This program is for ages 5 - 12 and requires registration by calling 832-559-4235.

Community Novel Question of the Week

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For the past few months, twenty writers have been collaborating on the Tomball Library’s first community novel, Air Within a Jade. While the writers planned the overarching plot together, each writer is responsible for contributing one chapter, building on the writers before them.

Whether you have been reading along with the novel from the beginning or are just now checking it out, you’ll want to stop by the library this week and participate in the question of the week. Visit the Reference Desk and ask for the “Community Novel Question of the Week.” Answer the question correctly and have your name entered into a prize drawing. Remember, the question will change each week and will always relate to the novel!

Interested readers can find eight of the twenty chapters of Air Within a Jade at this website.

Marsha's Petting Zoo in the Children's Area!

Can you believe we are ready for the last big Monday program of the Summer in the Children's Area?  This coming Monday, July 30th between the hours of 3 - 5 pm, all ages are invited to come and meet the amazing animals from Marsha's Petting Zoo!  The animals will be in a shaded area near the South side of the Library, or, just come into the Children's Area and we will point you in the right direction!  This is a FREE program - you do not need tickets to attend.    Please note, becaue this is an outdoor program you are encouraged to dress for extreme heat, apply sunscreen and bring a cool drink!  **in case of rain, please call ahead for the status of the program at 832-559-4235.

Juggler Matt Tardy Comes to the Children's Library on Monday, July 23rd!

  Get ready for Juggler Matt Tardy on Monday, July 23rd at 3 pm in the Children's Area!  This high-energy show features comedy, amazing feats of strength and flexibility, audience interaction and world-class juggling!  Tickets are required for this program.  They are FREE and handed out 45 minutes prior to the start time in the Children's Area!  

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