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NEW Discussion Group for English as a Second Language students

One of the challenges for new English speakers is finding friendly places to practice English conversation. The library has these, two mornings a week--and now, three!

Join us on Fridays for the new English Discussion group. It will be meeting in the Conference Room, Room L-212, at 10:00 a.m.  No registration is required; just come when you can.

This discussion group is an addition to the groups that meet earlier in the week. On Monday and Wednesday mornings the ESL groups begin with an hour of Listening to English at 9:00. Then at 10:00 the groups split into a Beginner Discussion group and an Advanced Discussion group for an hour of topical chat.

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Marshall Stephens (and other) Talented Artists' Exhibitions

Be sure to catch the Marshall Stephens exhibition held over for a second month in our big meeting room, L129. Marshall’s work has been delighting staff and customers alike.

And please take in the Tomball Art League’s Spring Art Show and Exhibition this Saturday, March 12th, at the Tomball Community Center on Market Street.

The library has been liaising with the Tomball Art League for awhile now. If you are artistically inclined, you might enjoy my blog artposttomball.blogspot.com, featuring “random but stable bits of information” about art on the ‘net.

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Important Change for Digital Media Catalog Users

A change for our Montgomery County digital customers will go into effect Monday, March 7th. Because of budgetary and eBook licensing issues, HCPL has had to limit access to its Digital Media Catalog to HCPL cardholders. It leaves MCML customers with two options:

You can come into one of our HCPL locations and register for a Harris County Public Library card.

You can access the Houston Area digital media catalog used by Montgomery County Memorial Public Library.

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The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

We’ve been told many times that the public library is one of those institutions that people love, don’t think much about, and expect will always be there. Well folks, we’re in trouble. We’re staring into the face of county, state, and federal funding cuts, as soon as a month or so from now.

On the county level, where our staffing and operating budgets originate, we’re looking at a possible 10% budget cut or more. At the state level, where most of our databases, our telecommunications discounts, and a lot of our programs are funded, we’ve been told to expect a 70% reduction. If we lose our state funding, all the matching federal grants will also go away. The federal government sponsors the big IMLF granting program from which we derive money f...

Yes, We are Open Thursday

Yes, the library is open Thursday, February 17. The college's classes are cancelled today because they are celebrating their Conference Day 2011,  but the library is open for business as usual.

Image from Flickr: cc: Open, by matthileo

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