Learn a Language with Our New Database

Is there a trip in your future where you might need to speak, read or understand the language of the local people? Our new database called Pronunciator is a fun new database which offers 80 different languages and provides live tutors, video, music, quizzes, and more. You will need a library card and pin number to access Pronunciator at our website.  It  also features free apps for Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices. Parlez-vous francais? Muy bien. Domo arigato!

Recovering the Classics [UPDATE]

           

A lot of people enjoyed creating new artwork or voting on their favorites for Recovering the Classics. And we love it when we have so many people show so much interest in such a wonderful idea. Originally we had decided to award the creations with the most votes a classic book featuring their artwork. In the end we decided that all of our participants were so creative and had worked so hard on their entires that they all needed to be rewarded. So everyone who participated will be receiving a classic book featuring their own artwork and they'll get to take home the print that was created for the program.

ABCMouse is in the House

ABCMouse is now at the library and its free! This online service offers fun interactive books, games, puzzles and more for children ages 2-7. This educational tool is available in house for all Harris County Public Library customers.

Getting started is easy, click on your child's age, create a avatar and go. You can keep track of your child's progress if you create a login. It.s simple and we are excited to help you get started. 


Celebrate Black History Month

February is, among other things, Black History Month.  We like to celebrate here at the Maud Marks Library with a huge festival!  Join us this Friday, February 10, 1-4 PM for our Black History month festival.  AfroTones and Jazz Education, Inc. will be here to present the history of music from the drums of the motherland to the jazz of today.  We will have several story times including The Patchwork Quilt by Bettye Stroud.  We will be coloring and piecing together a giant Freedom quilt as well as making other crafts.  Of course, the International Cafe will be open as well with a taste of Africa and the Southern U.S. inspired by life on the plantations.

Join us as we learn more about the African American culture and history of our own country!

Orphan Train Book Discussion

Join us 7pm Monday when our Evening Book Club will discuss the Orphan Train by Christina Kline.  This 2013 bestseller features a teenager struggling with living in foster care who reluctantly befriends an elderly woman who teaches her much about life, especially through her own experiences as a member of the Orphan Train.  The Orphan Trains were an attempt to send children out from New York to the supposedly healthier life in the Midwest, from the 1850's to 1929. This is a moving story of resilience and empathy.  There’s still plenty of time to pick up a copy of The Orphan Train from our customer service desk and join the discussion in the meeting room this coming Monday, February 6th.