Tomball's Summer Reading Program Draw Winners

“Better luck next year!” she mused when, at the end of last summer, she discovered that she hadn’t won any HCPL Summer Reading Program prizes. Better luck indeed: LSC-Tomball Community Library customer Brandi Henri’s name was randomly drawn as one of the e-reader winners in this year’s Summer Reading Program prize draw. The Harris County Friends Council awarded her with a Kindle Paperwhite.  She is delighted that she won’t have to borrow her husband’s iPad anymore; now she has an e-reader of her own—which ironically, we presented to her on her wedding anniversary. Good fortune all round.
Brandi and her 3 year old daughter, Olivia, are prolific readers. They were thrilled that during one visit to the library this summer they hit the 75-item HCPL checkout ceiling. Brandi keeps track of what she reads on Goodreads and checks their book ratings for recommendations. Her personal summer favorites? The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, There’s No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern, and Elizabeth Joy Arnold’s The Book of Secrets.
Our Tomball branch prize, a $30 Amazon.com gift card, was won by Carolyn Austin of Lufkin, TX. Ms. Austin has a personal tie with this library branch in that her daughter Jennifer is one of the librarians here. Her summer favorite was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. 

Chess Anyone?

 Well, maybe not anyone, but, certainly children ages 8 – 12 with a basic knowledge of the game are invited to come to the Children’s Department for a friendly game [or two, or three] of Chess!  This non-competitive club meets every Wednesday from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in the Children’s Activity room.  All the chess boards are provided and fun is guaranteed!  Call the Library at 832-559-4235 for more information!

Business Success Seminars: Google Tools for Business

Learn how to use Google Tools to market your business! HCPL, in partnership with Lone Star College Tomball and the Lone Star Small Business Development Center, is offering three Friday sessions to improve profits in your business. The first one, this Friday, September 6th, will teach you how to use Google Tools to perform market research, create business listings, advertise locally, analyze website traffic, manage documents, and more. Lead by Doug Mansfield of Mansfield Marketing, it will be held in the library’s meeting room, L 129, at 1:30 p.m. No registration is needed; just drop in and profit!
 

Art Explorers Around the World!

  On Monday, September 9th at 1:00 pm and Tuesday, September 10th at 4:30 pm, our artistic trek around the world begins in the United States!  Each month, children (grades *2nd  - 6th)  will “travel” to a fabulous country and learn about artists, art forms and create a one of a kind art project!  This month we’ll learn all about Quilling! This is a FREE program with all supplies provided!  Required registration will begin on Saturday, August 31st and is limited to 20 children for each session. Call the Library  at 832-559-4235 for more information or to register! *must turn 8 years old during the 2nd grade school year to particpate.

Book Clubs News

Here’s what our book clubs are reading in September:
Afternoon Book Club (1st Tuesday, 3 pm): Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Paranormal Book Club (2nd Monday, 7 pm): Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Inspirational Book Club (2nd Thursday, 7 pm): Scoop by Rene Gutteridge
Homeschool Book Club (3rd Monday, 1 pm. Because space is limited, pre-registration is required): The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Non-Fiction Book Club (3rd Tuesday, 3 pm): The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr
After Austen Book Club (Last Monday, 7 pm): Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Mystery Book Club (4th Thursday, 1 pm): Defending Jacob by William Landay

A couple of notes: sadly, we have retired the History Book Club. We have also changed the name of the Tweens Book Club to the Homeschool Book Club. And because it has proved to be so popular and our space is limited, we’ve had to require a first-come first-served pre-registration for that club alone. Registration opens August 27th. To register, phone the main library number, 832-559-4200,and ask for the YA Librarian.