Black History Month Collages on our Round Wall

Katherine Green, the Head of our Circulation department, created four magnificent collages on our Round Wall as backgrounds to our Black History Month items on display this month. Please take a look at them next time you are in, and of course, check out the library books, CDs, and DVDs!

 

AARP Tax Aide is Back!

AARP Tax Aide is about to begin again, starting February 1st! Every year qualified agents from the American Association of Retired Persons volunteer at our libraries to complete the tax returns of elderly and low income earners. They work in our meeting room, Room L-129, Mondays (noon to 4 pm), Wednesdays (10 am to 2 pm), and Saturdays (11 am to 3 pm) and provide confidential assistance to as many people as they can accommodate.

If you wish to receive this tax return assistance, please bring with you as much of the following as applies to your situation:
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Valid identification with current address for yourself and your dependents
-Social Security cards for yourself and your dependents
-Your wage, salary, income statements (W-2 and/or 1099)
-Last year’s income tax return statement
-If you are a homeowner, the amount of property tax you paid in 2014
-If you bought a new vehicle in 2014, the amount of sales tax you paid
-Documentation for deductible expenses (mortgage interest, real estate taxes paid, medical expenses, charitable donations, mileage for volunteer work)
-Documentation for items that qualify for tax credit (child care, post-secondary education, home purchase contracts & closing statement for homes purchased in the past year)

Last tip: The Tax Aide people receive customers on a first-come, first-served basis only. So come early to get your name on the list!

LEGOs Wanted for upcoming children's library programs

Tired of stepping on LEGOs? Bring them to us and we will make sure they get plenty of play and then get put away!

The LSC-Tomball Community Library has plans to host various LEGO programs appropriate for children in the 5-12 year old range starting within the next few months. Watch upcoming calendars for further program details. 

Donations of basic bricks and all types of classic LEGOs are needed to allow participants plenty of opportunities for creative play.

LEGOs may be brought to the Children's Department of the Tomball Library or call Christie at 832-559-4235  for more information. 

 

 

 

and the Awards go to...

  The Golden Globes weren’t the only awards given out recently!  The Newberry Medal, Caldecott Medal and other youth media awards were announced last week by the American Library Association and the list is quite impressive!
John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
"Last Stop on Market Street," written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson.

There were 3 Newberry Honor Books also named: “The War that Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley “Roller Girl,” written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and “Echo,” written by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
"Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear," illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick. 

4 Caldecott Honor Books were named: “Trombone Short,” illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Troy Andrews, “Waiting,” illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes,  “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Carole Boston Weatherford  and “Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de le Peña.
Congratulations to the winners of these wonderful books!  For the complete list of winners in all the categories honored please visit the ALA website!

Hilda Rueda exhibits in Room L 129

 

Colombian born Hilda Rueda trained as a petroleum engineer and earned a Master’s degree in International Business before she switched careers and took up her passion as a visual and literary artist. Come and see her passionate portraits in Room L 129 during January and online at www.hruedart.com