SCORE Workshop, The Power of Email Marketing, Cancelled

The SCORE workshop, "The Power of Email Marketing", scheduled for this Saturday, April 23rd, is cancelled due to the weather and flooding this week. Please stay safe and dry and we'll re-schedule this workshop soon. 

Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Cleary!

   On April 12th, beloved children's author, Beverly Cleary celebrated her 100th birthday!  First published in 1950, she has written over 3 dozen children's books, sold over 91 million copies worldwide and her books are as popular today as they were when she first wrote them.  Her most famous stories are those about Henry Huggins, Ramona Cleary and the other boys and girls of Klickitat Street in Portland, Oregon.  Cleary, who got her start as a librarian began writing these stories because a boy asked where he could find books about “kids like us”.  She is a true literary giant and we wish her many more candles on her birthday cakes in the years to come! 

It's National Library Week!

This week is National Library Week! First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country, to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

This year’s theme is "Libraries Transform". I’d like to invite you to use this blog to post an experience of how a library anywhere, at any time, transformed your life in some way.

My story happened in a west-coast library back in 1999. We had just returned from two years in New Zealand and our sea freight hadn’t arrived. Bereft of computers, internet, and phone service, we turned to the library to communicate to our friends and relatives that we had arrived safely, and to the businesses we needed to find a new home. That wonderful library transformed our moving trauma and we settled in that area because of it. 

The High Island Bus Trip was thrilling

Would you look at these birds! Hundreds of egrets, snowy egrets, rosette spoonbills, and cormorants are mating, building nests, or feeding their young on this amazing south coast island called The Rookery. This was some of the magic our Seniors experienced this week on the Harris County Precinct 4 bus trip to the High Island Bird Sanctuaries. Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, they also got to try out iPad Airs as they traveled. Nature and technology, all in one bus trip.

Our next trip will be Thursday, May 5th, and we’ll be going to the Houston Zoo, with lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Registration will be opening soon!

April Art Explorers!

  Learn about English book author and illustrator Arthur Rackham and sketch and paint a simple drawing at Art Explorers.  This program meets Monday, April 11th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, April 12th at 4:30 pm in the Children’s Activity Room.   Registration is required and begins on Monday, April 4th by calling the children’s reference desk at 832-559-4235.  Each session is limited to 20 children (ages 8 - 12).