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.

Battle of the Books Champions

After weeks of intense voting, the Battle of the Books has reached an end and the champions have been named! There were some close weeks throughout the tournament, but the final votes were decisive. Here are the winners, as chosen by library customers this summer:

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Adult Fiction: The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Young Adult Fiction: The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

Children’s Fiction: Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all the loyal customers who tirelessly voted week after week. Did your favorite book win? Let us know in the comments!

Children's Afterschool Programming!

A great big THANK YOU to all our children and parents for participating in the Summer Reading program!   Starting in September, our afterschool programming resumes. Tuesday’s at 4:30 pm, Art Explorers, Garden Club and the R.E.A.D. program will meet.  On Wednesdays at 5:00 pm, we’ll have the Children’s Chess Club.  For the Homeschool children, on Monday’s at 1:00 pm, we’ll have the Bluebonnet Book Club and Art Explorers.  On Monday nights and Saturday afternoon’s, the Pokemon Club will meet.  In addition, weekly story times for all ages during the day.  Please access our online Branch calendar for specific dates, ages, registration info (if required) and program descriptions. 

Business Success Seminars: The Fall Lineup

If you haven’t been to our free business seminars, consider this as advance notice of a good thing. HCPL, in partnership with Lone Star College Tomball and the Lone Star Small Business Development Center, are offering three more Friday sessions to improve profits in your business. This fall they will be held in the library’s meeting room, L 129, at 1:30 p.m. after the Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting the first Friday of September, October, and November. (The Chamber meets in the Beckendorf Center in the East Building of the College.) No registration is needed; just drop in and profit!
Here’s our exciting line up:

Teen Summer Writing Contest Winners

writingOn Tuesday, the winners of the Fifth Annual Teen Summer Writing Contest were announced at a reception held at the Tomball Library. Mary Lindsey, a local author of popular YA novels, was on hand to offer some motivational words on writing and hand out the awards. Hosted in conjunction with the Barbara Bush Branch Library, the Writing Contest was a huge success. Poems and short stories were submitted by teens from both branches, various other HCPL branches, and several states across the country. Thanks to all the teens who wrote and submitted fantastic entries!

Congratulations to all our winners for their outstanding poems and short stories!