We Need Even More ESL Tutors

Ten weeks ago I wrote that our English as a Second Language programs are burgeoning and that we need tutors. A number of people have signed up and we’re so grateful. But now we need even more tutors because even more people are asking to learn English.

In case you’re not aware of our programs, every week at the library we hold discussion groups that provide forums for practicing speaking English, and we also offer individual tutoring sessions--also at the library--at times convenient to the tutor and the student. We're looking for more volunteers to tutor people who want to learn to speak, read, and write English. We provide training and support and no, you do not need to know a second language to teach people English. Are you interested? If you'd like to volunteer, please give Charity Martin a call at 832-559-4200.

Art Explorers Around the World!

The next stop on our artistic trek around the world is the country of China!   Come to the Children's Department on Tuesday, January 8th at 4:30 pm or Monday, January 14th at 1:00 pm and learn about the history, culture and art of China and create an ink wash painting!  Each session is limited to 20 children (2nd - 6th grade).  Call 832-559-4235 to register or for more information!

Help for new owners of Electronic Reading Devices

Electronic reading and listening devices are big on Santa’s list these days. If you received one or thought you’d like to buy one with gift money you received, we have classes here this month to help you discover and  learn to download electronic library books. All classes will take place in the computer lab on the second floor, Room L 216.


Nook Session: This Saturday, January 5, from 2-4 pm the class will focus on how to use a Nook.

Overview Class: Next Wednesday, January 9th, 2-4 pm, we’ll be offering an overview class in using iPads, Kindles, and Nooks (and lesser-known devices.)

iPad Session: Saturday, January 12th, 2-4 pm. The class will focus on using the Apple iPad and its library apps.

Kindle Session: Saturday, January 19, 2-4 pm, as you guessed, is for Kindle users.

Tech Tutors: On Monday and Tuesday, January 14th and 15th, two of our techie library staff will be available in the main floor of the library, at the circular table just inside the entrance, to answer your random questions. Bring your device with you and get past that problem you haven't been able to solve!

Join a Book Club!

Tomball branch currently has eight book clubs! We’ve changed our roster a bit this year: the Mother-Daughter Book Club will end in May when all its ‘daughters’ graduate from high school, and the Classic Readers Book Club ended at the end of last year because, in its move with our new manager from Northwest Branch to Tomball, it lost a critical number of members.

We’ve also created a new book club, the Tween Homeschool Book Club. The Tween Book Club is held during the day and is particularly targeted for homeschooled students, featuring wholesome family-oriented books.

Here’s what everyone is reading in January:

Thanks for Being Our Best Customer!

fireworksAs we approach the end of 2012, we want to thank you for the joy it has been to serve you. We will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31st, and will re-open in the new year on Wednesday, January 2nd, at 8:00 a.m. We hope your New Year’s celebrations are wonderful and we look forward to serving you again at the library in 2013.

Flickr CC: New Years Fireworks - Sydney Harbour Photo by: Philip Bouchard