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!


Cancelled: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

 We regret to announce that the film screening and discussion with filmmaker, Francis O’Donnell on Wednesday, April 3rd has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

For your reading pleasure the library has copies of the book companion to the movie. See In the Footsteps of Marco Polo in our catalog.

You can also view the 90-minute movie streaming online.

Marco Polo, Introduction to Islam: exciting programs to begin the spring season

At the beginning of April two exciting programs will kick off an international theme at the library that will continue through August. The first is a film screening and discussion with the filmmaker of In the Footsteps of Marco Polo.

Two ordinary guys, Denis Belliveau, a wedding photographer, and Francis O'Donnell, an artist and U.S. Marine veteran, had the wild idea of retracing Marco Polo's epic 25,000 mile route from Venice to China and back. They spent two years on horse-back and camel-back and in jeeps, trucks, ships, and trains  trying to do so. Come to a 90 minute film screening of this remarkable adventure and a discussion with film maker Francis O'Donnell. That's Wednesday, April 3rd, 3:30 p.m., in Room L-129.

The second is an educational event about Islam that is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant called Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys. The library has received a collection of 25 books, movies, and magazines celebrating Islamic culture and for the month of April it will be on display along with Islamic art on loan from the Houston Muslim community. Mark your calendar for the educational program, Introduction to Islam, the Religion and Its Cultures, co-hosted by Al Salaam Mosque, on Thursday, April 4th, at 2:00 p.m. in the college's Room E-100.