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! 

Our Network will be DOWN Friday, October 21st

Please consider this advance notice that on Friday, October 21st, our Network Services will be doing an upgrade that requires the public library network at our branch to be out of service for a good part of that day.

Since our library shares its home with the LoneStar College Tomball library, people may ask if the college network will be in service during that time. The answer is, "Yes!" If you are 18 years of age or over and have a current HCPL adult library card in good standing, you can have its number authenticated in the college's network so you can use their computers. You'll have to go to the Customer Service desk on either the first or second floor or the Academic Librarians' reference desk on the second floor to get that authentication.

And of course, other libraries in the area--Northwest or Barbara Bush, or in the Montgomery County Memorial Public Library system, Malcolm Purvis Library in Magnolia, will have operational computers for your use. 

We apologize for this inconvenience and hope you have sufficient notice to make other plans. 

Star Wars Reads--This Saturday!

This Saturday, October 8, from 1-4 p.m., celebrate Star Wars Reads here at the library. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character. Listen to a Star Wars story and watch it come to life as it is illustrated before your eyes! Learn cool Jedi moves from Jedi Master Whit at 3 p.m..

Enter your name in our prize drawing for a chance to win fun Star Wars stuff! Crafts! Photo booth! Snacks! Prizes! Trivia! 

All ages welcome.

STAR WARS READS DAY IS COMING!

 The force will be with you all day on Saturday, October 8th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm as we celebrate Star Wars Reads Day!
Listen to a Star Wars story at 1:30 pm.  Improve your intergalactic fighting skills and learn how to be a jedi warrior with Jedi Master Sifu Whit of Jade Mountain Martial Arts of Katy at 3:00 pm!  If that's not enough, we'll also have crafts, a photo booth, snacks, prizes, trivia and more!  Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character!  All ages are welcome to come and join the fun!  For more information, call the Library at 832-559-4235.