SCORE Workshop: Best Practices for Interviewing & Onboarding Employees

A successful business is run by good employees. On the other hand, poor hires cost businesses thousands of dollars. SCORE’s LaShan Ellison helps small and mid-sized businesses tweak their hiring processes to attract, onboard, and retain quality employees. Increase the odds of hiring the right person for the right job by participating in this free workshop this Saturday morning, October 22nd. Registration is at 10:00 a.m. and the program runs from 10:30 to 12:30. Room E-100 just off the Commons area.

Slumber Stories!

   Put on your pajamas, bring a teddy bear and your favorite blanket and join us on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00 pm for Slumber Stories!  Children ages 18 months - 5 years* will enjoy bed time stories, quiet play time, singing and a light snack.   This new story time will be held every 3rd   Tuesday of the month! Call the Library at 832-559-4235 for more information! *all ages are welcome, but, the stories will be geared for this age range.

Day of the Dead Altar-Making Class

day of the dead altarEach year on November 1 and 2, many people, particularly those in south and central Mexico, as well as those of Mexican heritage living elsewhere, celebrate Day of the Dead or, Día de los Muertos. On this occasion, families and friends come together to create elaborate altars to honor loved ones who have died.

This year at the library, guest artist Lizbeth Ortiz will present an interactive program for families on Day of the Dead altars. At this program, each family will create a mini altar to honor one of their loved ones. Families are encouraged to bring small mementos to add to the altar, as well as photocopies of pictures.

This altar-making class will be held in the first floor Meeting Room (L129) on Saturday, October 22, from 1:30-4:30pm. Registration is required for this event, and is limited to ten families of four. Each family group must include at least one adult.

While you’re in the library, make sure you stop by the altar in the Children’s Department honoring beloved author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak!

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

Freedom v Security: Wartime Threats and Civil Liberties

From 1942 to 1945 secret government trains delivered American civilians to an internment camp in Crystal City, 110 miles southwest of San Antonio. The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children, the vast majority of whom were deeply loyal to the United States, had never been charged with a crime, and were unable to understand why they had been forced to leave their homes. This year’s Gulf Coast Reads selection, Jan Jarboe Russell’s The Train to Crystal City, documents heart wrenching stories about these families, caught up in the exigencies of war.

It is easy to come away from the book outraged at the Roosevelt administration and other officials’ involvement in such egregious violations of people’s civil rights. Lone Star College History professor, Dr. Steven Prewitt, in a lecture here in the library on Thursday, October 20th, will explore the fundamental question this study invites us to consider: What is an appropriate balance between liberty and security?

That’s Thursday, October 20th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room, Room L-129.

Caravaggio and Chiaroscuro

   Come to Art Explorers in the Children's area on Tuesday, October 11th at 4:30 pm!  Learn about the artist Caravaggio and create a simple face sketch using the technique known as Chiaroscuro.  This program is limited to 20 children (ages 8 - 12).  Call 832-559-4235 to hold your spot!