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Para los Ninos/ For the Children

Join us Wednesday, January 11, at 6pm for our Para Los Niños Storytime.Our theme this month will help your child learn to develop skills for dealing with money! Para los Niños is a fun, educational, bilingual workshop designed by the Children’s Museum of Houston for the whole family. We will be reading stories, singing songs and enjoying hands on learning activities that will make your child’s learning fun and exciting. This program is designed for children age 3-7 years old. Each family will be given a family ticket to the Children's Museum at the conclusion of the program. Space is limited and tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the program

Para los Ninos/ For the Children Storytime and Workshop: Raising a Reader

Join us Wednesday, December 14 at 6pm for our Para Los Niños Storytime.Our theme this month will help your child learn to develop reading skills to become a lifelong reader! Para los Niños is a fun, educational, bilingual workshop designed by the Children’s Museum of Houston for the whole family. We will be reading stories, singing songs and enjoying hands on learning activities that will make your child’s learning fun and exciting.  Each family will be given a family ticket to the Children's Museum at the conclusion of the program. Space is limited and tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the program.  

Help Us Decorate Our Children's Area!!!

Recently we were lucky enough to receive a wonderful token of appreciation from a family.  They made us a poster with their favorite characters.  We thought it was awesome and immediately hung it on the wall in the children's area.

 In fact, we would love to have more children's artwork up in the library!  Here is your chance to let everyone know how much you love the library, tell us about your favorite book or book character!  Get out your markers, crayons, poster board and craft supplies and get creative! 

We can't wait to see your work and hang it on our walls!

Nutrition and Healthy Eating Class

Looking for ways to create better nutritious meals for your family? Or are you looking for ways to improve your diet?  On Thursday, September 29th at 6 pm, the Harris Health System will be coming to Jacinto City Branch Library to give a free class on Nutrition and Healthy Eating in the meeting room.  No need to register.  If you have any question, call us at 713-673-3237.

Time for the Lions!

Maud Marks Asian Pacific Heritage Festival is back and it's THIS Saturday!  Come from 1-4 for crafts, food, cooking demonstrations, bonsai, origami, dancing, and more!  Don't forget, be here by 3:30 for our ever popular Vietnamese Lion Dance.  Will the lions play with you this year?  We thank The Friends of the Maud Marks Library for sponsoring this event.

An Ancient Tradition

Simple ingredients: Flour, water, salt, and possibly yeast. Bring them together with varying degrees of pressure, time, and heat and you have created a traditional staple of life celebrated around the world - homemade bread.

The smell of baking bread triggers warm memories of yesterday and creates new ones today. It brings us together to share our stories, memories, and experiences around a common space. Life magnified through nourishment and community.

Be inspired to bake your own homemade bread for your upcoming celebrations with these books:

The Minions Are Coming!

Our last family movie for the summer is this Friday, July 26, at 1:15 pm.  Watch as Gru makes a grand plan to steal the moon and then runs into a trio of orphans.  Will he succeed or fail?  And how many of those yellow minions are there, anyway?  Come to the movie and find out! 

Family Curses: When Writers Beget Writers

I am the luckiest of fathers and have been since the beginning. If any newborn can be said to be calm, it would have been our daughter. Even factoring in a big honkin' dollop of paternal bias, she was pretty much perfect. She didn’t even cry much, and the crying she did seemed almost perfunctory, as if she only wanted to assure us she had a superior set of lungs. Her personality hasn’t changed much since those first moments of life. She has grown up to be a remarkably poised and intelligent young woman. It seems like all my wife and I had to do was remind her of the basics: 1). Treat everyone with respect and kindness, and if, for whatever reason that proves impossible, then at least be polite, 2). Don’t cheat or lie, 3). Boredom is for losers, 4). Be open to new experiences, and 5). Don’t put things up your nose.  That’s about it.

Lost Family

Annie's GhostsImagine discovering that the person you know the most has secrets from you.  Much of what they've told you is opposite of the truth.  Steve Luxenberg found himself in this position when he unearthed the history of his mother and a family member he never knew.  Using his journalism skills and passion for family, he wrote Annie's Ghosts: a Journey Into a Family Secret. 

Forgotten Wisdom

Not long ago, I stumbled upon a book called How to Sew A Button by Erin Bried. The book contains a treasure of practical life tips that were common knowledge for many of our grandmothers but are no longer well-known for many today. You'll find simple tips and tricks for baking bread, writing thank-you notes, planting a vegetable garden, and more.

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