Congrats!

LauraLast week, Laura Matson, one of Tomball Library’s excellent circulation assistants, was awarded a scholarship from the Public Library Division of the Texas Library Association. According to the TLA website, “the purpose of the PLD Scholarship is to encourage TLA and PLD membership, to advance the goals and objectives of the [Texas Library] Association, and to provide the means for supporting participation in the TLA Annual Conference”.

Congratulations, Laura, on your hard work and your desire to help improve and grow library services!

Children's DVD's and Videos!

  We are asked this question almost every single day.  Where are the children’s movies?  Children’s  DVD’s and videos (yes, we still have some VHS movies in our catalog!) are shelved directly across from the Children’s Department to the right side of the Adult Reference Desk.    Movies for all ages (adults, teens, children) are shelved in this location alphabetically by the first word of the movie title.  We have a wonderful selection of current movies, adult classics, Disney classics, cartoons, classic and current television series, educational and historic movies.  DVD’s and videos may only be checked out by a library card holder ages 18 and over.  And, if you haven’t already heard the good news, starting on April 15th, the loan period for all DVD and video check outs will increase from 1 to 2 weeks!   

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is here!

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf goes up on our Round Wall next week. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf  is a collection of 25 books and 4 DVDs to help people in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. The Bookshelf is intended to address the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy, accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. It's a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Library Association, and we're delighted to present it to you.
We also invite you to a presentation Thursday, April 4th called An Introduction to Islam. Two speakers hand-picked by the people of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and Al Salam Mosque in our neighborhood will be presenting the basics of the faith. As well there will be artifacts and food! That's 2 pm.Thursday, April 4th, in Room E 100. (Walk through the library; across the back patio, into the Commons Building, and into the first hallway on the right. The entrance to E-100 is on your immediate left.)
The library will also have a display of Islamic artifacts in the 2nd floor cabinet and artwork in Room L-129 for you to enjoy through the month of April. 

Job Search Seminars

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Looking to break into the job market or switch careers? Don’t miss our ongoing series of Job Search Seminars presented by Workforce Solutions. First, learn more about the power of networking on Wednesday, March 27, from 1:00-3:00 pm. Then, learn about successful resumes and applications on Wednesday, April 17, from 1:00-3:00 pm. Both seminars are followed by a Resume Lab from 3:00-4:00 pm.

Seminars are open to adults. All seminars are taught in one of the computer labs on the second floor. Stop by the Reference Desk for directions to the correct lab.

If you have a Harris County Public Library card, please bring it with you. Otherwise, please arrive a few minutes early and stop by the Reference Desk for a temporary computer pass.

For more information or to register for a seminar, call the Library at 832-559-4200.

Children's Garden Club News!

Congratulations to the eight boys and girls (ages 5 - 12) in the Children’s Garden Club who completed the requirements for their Golden Ray Series Certification in Vegetables and Herbs.  Over the past few months (beginning in the Fall of 2012) each child worked hard [both] at home and the Library completing the required activities.  These included:   planning a garden, growing and harvesting techniques, nutrition in the garden and how to use vegetable and herbal products.  Each child has already received or will be receiving a Golden Ray Series Certificate and a Junior Master Gardener Vegetable Pin. This certification is a portion towards their ultimate goal of certification as a Junior Master Gardener!  Throughout the winter season, the children grew, nurtured and harvested English peas, carrots, radishes, herbs, kale, cabbage and other fabulous winter plants.  Without a doubt, these children have proven that you can have a “green thumb" at any age!