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Please: No Offensive Language!

 “Does this book contain bad language?” is a frequently asked question at our Fiction desk. Many of our customers prefer not to read stories salted with vulgarities or swear words.

This was a difficult question for us to answer unless we ourselves had read the book and had remembered that particular feature of its content. Recently, however, one of our librarians discovered that the Amazon.com online catalog has every word of its books indexed so that they can be searched for offending words.

Read on to learn how you use it.

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Displays: Genocide, Poetry, Computer Literacy

Did you know that until 1944 there wasn’t even a word to describe the systematic destruction of ethnic or national groups?  

In conjunction with Genocide Awareness Month the library is featuring books, DVDs, CDs and other items about the Nazi Holocaust, and the Rwandan, Darfur, Cambodian, and the Armenian genocides.  The display was created by our Adult Services librarian, Jennifer Austin, a history specialist.

It’s also National Poetry Month and in celebration, Kimberly Clutter, our Young Adult (YA) librarian has put together a display of YA poetry.

Our computer technology teacher, David Whipkey, has created a display of computer books and manuals  under the title “Get Sucked into Technology”. See these

Preservation Week 2011

Many of our customers are genealogy buffs and most of you have troves of family photos and treasured books you want to preserve. Here are three events of interest. The Library of Congress, the American Library Association, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, in celebration of Preservation Week 2011, are sponsoring free public webinars and demonstrations. For two events you’ll only need to be at your computer; for the third you'll have to be in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 30.

The webinars ( web-based seminars)  are  “Accidents Happen” (Tuesday, April 26) and "Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories" (Thursday, April 28). 

The Washington event

Expose yourself to Art!

Restful Shadows by Rosemary MasseyBe sure to drop by the library during April so you’ll be able to see twelve of the winning paintings from the Spring Exhibition and Show of the Tomball Art League.  During the month of April we'll circulate the artwork around our Meeting Room, Customer Service, and Reference areas so wherever you are on the first floor you’ll get a chance to see some of them.

Marilyn Henagin, Sherry Hogan, Rosemary Massey, Ann Springer, Cile Stephens, Marshall Stephens, Bob Trivers, and Elsie Vera have contributed their winning work. The works are in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and even wood, and include still life, landscape, abstract, and experimental pieces....

German Fest is this weekend!

Here's a shout out to all the committed, busy people getting ready for another great German Festival this weekend

Look for us at the LSC-Tomball Community Library table in the Community Center. We'll be there all weekend. Come on by and visit with us.

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