Got [childrens] Databases?

We sure do!  For the kids who know the type of book they like to read but don’t quite know how to find it, we introduce you to NoveList K-8 Plus.  This FREE, easy to use database is accessible from www.hcpl.net  (from a home or a library computer).  From the library link, click the database link and scroll down to NoveList K-8 Plus.  You or your child can do a basic search by typing in their age, the type of book they want to read (Classic, Horror, Science fiction, Westerns, Historical fiction, etc) and then within that genre, you can select a more specific sub-topic.  For example, within the fantasies genre, you can choose, humorous, fairy, historical.  At that point, numerous books that meet your criteria will display.  You can also find “read-alikes” for a recent book that you just loved.  Type in the author’s name or the title of the book and NovelList will display “read-alikes” to choose from.  There is also a direct link to our HCPL catalog to let you know if the book is available or needs to be requested.  Each book comes with a synopsis, a recommendation from other readers and other helpful information about the book.  Happy book searching!

An Introduction to Islam, The Religion and Its Cultures

We invite you to An Introduction to Islam, The Religion and Its Cultures, this Thursday, April 4th. 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, to help you learn the things you've been wondering about and had no one to ask. 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 Muslim Journeys Bookshelf also goes up on our Round Wall this 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.
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.

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.