Countdown to Children's Summer Reading Program!

In just one month, the biggest event of the year for [all] libraries will begin!  The 2013 Summer Reading program,Have Book – Will Travel” begins on June 3rd through August 10th!  This year’s program promises to be better than ever with activities and programs to delight children of all ages!  On Monday afternoons at 3:00 pm, you’ll be entertained by magicians, jugglers, puppets, musicians and storytellers, as well as learn about dinosaurs and bugs (yes, Jungle Jim is coming!).  On Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 pm children ages 8 – 12 can play chess!  Movies will be shown on Thursdays at 3:00 pm and [free] popcorn will be served!  On Monday nights at 6:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:30 pm, the Pokemon League meets.  And, if all of this isn’t fun enough, we have age appropriate story times during the week and a Family story time on Tuesday nights at 6:30 pm!  At the end of May, you’ll be able to pick up a children's program calendar at any reference desk in the library or you can access the calendar onlineGet ready for a Summer of fun…we are!

Build a Remarkable Brand

Business people these days are concerned about branding. A business' brand is more than its logo: it is the promise or experience that this business will deliver. The third in this year's Business Success Seminars is all about Building a Remarkable Brand.
Michael (Mike) Hagan
, BCC Coach & Consultant of Marketing and More will take participants through the steps of building a remarkable business brand this Friday, May 3rd, at 1:30 p.m. It will be held in the East Hall of LSC-Tomball in Room E-177. Like all our programs, admission is free, and no pre-registration is required. Everyone is welcome.

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Recipe for "Microwave Kale Chips" courtesy of the Children's Garden Club

Children from the Tomball Library Children's Garden Club learned to use Kale grown straight from the garden to create a delicious snack chip just as delicious and much more nutritious than regular potato chips. With no oven in the library the challenge was on to create chips that tasted like they had been baked in the oven, with nothing but a microwave. After much experimentation with various online recipes the following method was finally chosen creating perfectly crisp and crunchy Kale chips that were enjoyed by the children, teen volunteers and staff.  Here is how you can make them at home.

Crispy Microwave Kale Chips

Serves 1

Water-wise Planting

Happy Earth Day, everyone! If you live in the Tomball area, you probably know a heartbreaking scene of dried out trees with the bark falling off them, the carnage of our terrible drought two summers ago. Since I hear rumors of another dry summer this summer, I'm sending you a link to some of our books on water-wise gardening. Spending another summer watching our beloved gardens wither up and die would be too much. We have some lovely solutions for creating beauty in dry Texas summers.

Drive on Thru

On dreary days like today, we know you wish you could have all the benefits of the library without leaving the cozy interior of your car. That’s why we have a drive thru, located on the side of the building near the additional library parking spots. At the drive thru, you can return books, pick up holds, and even pay fines – all without ever getting out of your car! But you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out the awesome silent film members of the amazing circulation staff made and see for yourself what the drive thru can do for you!