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Do you want to learn English? ¿Trata de aprender Ingles?

Do you want to learn English? The library offers a free English as a Second Language discussion group every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room. You are welcome!

¿Trata de aprender Ingles? Quiza usted conoce a alguien que quiere aprender Ingles. La Biblioteca de Tomball actualmente ofrece una clase de discusión de Ingles como ségunda lengua y nosotros planemos comenzar los grupos adicionales en las próximas semanas.

Estos grupos gratis de discusión ayudan a las personas a alcanzar sus metas. El propósito es para que usted pueda aprender a leer y hablar el idioma Ingles. Cualquier persona interesada puede venir a la biblioteca en el segundo piso el miércoles a las 10:30 AM en el cuarto de conferencias.

La biblioteca tambien tiene cursos como Rosetta Stone, seleccíon de libros de Ingles como segunda lengua, CDs y DVDs que pueden ser prestados por un period prolongado de tiempo.

Tomball Art League having its Fall Show this Weekend

Every fall and spring the Tomball Art League holds an art show and exhibition for members and non-members alike. The annual Fall Art Show is this Saturday, October 8th and the public can view the exhibition between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. It will be held at the Tomball Community Center, 221 Market Street, Tomball.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the show, information and applications can be found on the Art League's website at http://www.thetomballartleague.com/  Check under the Events tab.

Members and non-members are also welcome to exhibit their work here at the library. Call 832-559-4213 for details.

Reliable searching using Google

Children want to search the web to do homework; teachers are rightly skeptical about the reliability of information they will find. In my last post about homework I wrote about the public library’s databases. You can trust those. You can also trust websites created by reliable organizations.

You'll know them by their domain name--that part at the end of their web address after the dot. You can usually trust educational sites (.edu), government sites (.gov), and organizations (.org). Texas A & M University's website, for example, is www.tamu.edu. The portal for all federal government sites is www.usa.gov . The United Nations website is un.org.

Google’s 'advanced' search will let you limit your search to only those domain names you want and trust. Put your search term in the usual Google search box. When it comes up with a page of results, look at the search box at the top of that screen. At the right you'll see 'Advanced Search'. Click on that. (See 2nd image.)  It will open another page (see 3rd image) that will give you options for setting the domain name.  Type in .edu, .gov, .org

This screen will also let you set the Reading level to beginning, intermediate, or advanced, address copyright licensing restrictions, and make other choices.

 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Come and see our Hispanic Heritage Month book displays! The Adult fiction and non-fiction display is on the round wall near the front door and the Children's display is by the reference desk in the Children's department.

Every year from September 15 to October 15, we recognize and celebrate the heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans and recognize their contributions to the United States. Every year we remember how much richer we are for them. Gracias a ustedes, nuestros amigos hispanos!

A Hug for a Community in Hurt

We send our condolences and best wishes to you whose lives have been affected by the Riley Road forest fire.

We are here to help you find the resources you need to heal, recover, and move on. The library has computers, printers, scanners, meeting rooms, and the usual non-fiction and fiction items your would expect; children's programs, reference librarians to help you find resources, and a pleasant place to spend some relaxing time. Let us help you find the solutions you need.

We want you to use the library. So if you have lost your library card or identification, etc., please know that we will do everything we can to work with you.

Homework Resources

Moms and Dads! When school started today I found myself thinking about homework. How can we help you help your children and youths do their homework effectively?

Your kids are going to want to use online resources and their teachers are going to be very uncomfortable with the unreliable quality of information that comes off the web. Stay posted to this blog because over the weeks ahead I'm going to give you some good alternatives.

Databases. What's a database? In our case, a database is an authoritative online collection of books or articles from journals, newspapers, and magazines, or  maps and images that you can search, read on your computer, and use. By using your library card number as your username, you can access and use them for free and trust them to deliver good information at your child's grade level.

Free Job Search Seminars

Every month the Lone Star College Tomball side of our joint library hosts two free Job Search Seminars sponsored by Workforce Solutions. Tomorrow’s seminar [Wednesday, August 17] will be about interviewing and includes lab time for building a resume. The Interviewing seminar is from 1-3 pm; the Resume Lab runs from 3-4 pm. Both happen in room L-207 (the 'college lab') and to sign up all you need to do is drop by a reference desk or phone 832-559-4213.

Other seminars the organization runs include Creating a Resume/Completing the Application, and, Using the Internet.

Workforce Solutions is the local service delivery agency for the Texas Workforce Commission.

Alicia Mitchell exhibition in Meeting Room

Alicia Mitchell was born in El Paso and lived there until she retired. Even if you didn't know that, her paintings would have betrayed the fact that this artist is native to the desert. She has a wonderful command of both the subtle colors of the desert dryness and the brilliance that breaks out after a desert rain. Come and see her landscapes, still lifes, and portraits this month in our Meeting Room, L-129.

The Mystery Book Club is Awesome

On the 4th Thursday of every month, at 1 pm, a small group of mystery lovers gathers in the Friends of the Library Room from 1-3 pm to discuss mystery stories. They talk about all kinds of mysteries--funny, classic, and cozy mysteries; mysteries with sex and without sex and mysteries with violence and without violence. The club is free and it’s open; come and join them at any time.

Sylvia McMillan Painting Exhibition

When she was a little girl, her grandfather would take her on Sunday outings to a particular park in Mexico City where artists showed and sold their artwork. As she delighted in all styles and genres of paintings in el parque del arte she promised herself that when she grew up she would become an artist .
 
You know Sylvia McMillan as the Children's Department's bilingual storyteller and the Adult Services Department's Computadoras instructor, and now we're showing you her wonderful paintings from her other life.
 
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