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February Book Club Selections

Here’s what the book club participants are reading in February. Come join a club and meet some people who like to read the same kinds of books that you do.

Afternoon Book Club (1st Tuesday, 3 pm): Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Paranormal Book Club (2nd Monday, 7 pm): Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Inspirational Book Club (2nd Thursday, 7 pm): One Mountain Away by Emilie Richards
Tween Homeschool Book Club (3rd Monday, 1 pm): The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place
Non-Fiction Book Club (3rd Tuesday, 2 pm): Night by Elie Wiesel
History Book Club (4th Tuesday, 7 pm): The Whiskey Rebellion by William Hogeland
After Austen Book Club (Last Monday, 7 pm): Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Mystery Book Club (4th Thursday, 1 pm): Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Muril Wilson exhibition in Room L 129

Muril Wilson is an award winning artist and former President of the Tomball Art League. She’s been painting ever since, as a young adult, the Teton Mountains took her breath away. Born in Bellmead, a suburb of Waco, her travels back and forth to visit her folks take her through the little town of Calvert where she’s in love with their historic buildings. To date she’s painted twenty-two of them, many of them bought by the building owners. This month she is displaying some of those Calvert paintings as well as other Texas scenes and events. See them in Room L 129.
 

AARP Tax Aide Begins Saturday, February 2nd

AARP Tax Aide begins this Saturday. Every year, trained volunteers from the Association of Retired Persons offer help in completing simple tax returns for elderly and low income earners. The help is offered three times a week in Room L-129 on a first-come, first-served basis until the middle of April.

Mondays from noon to 4 pm

Wednesdays 10 to 2 pm

Saturdays 11 to 3 pm

Please bring with you the following documents as they apply to your situation:

Scheduled Computer Network Maintenance Tuesday Morning

Before you head off to the library to do your computing on the morning of Tuesday, January 29th, please know that our Network Services will be performing a scheduled maintenance and that the public library computers will be without internet connection for about an hour starting at about 10:00 a.m.  The college computers will NOT be affected by this.

Amelia Bedelia Celebrates a Landmark Birthday

Amelia Bedelia, the well-meaning housemaid in Peggy Parish's famous children's books of the same name, is fifty years old! We are celebrating her birthday with an interactive display. Those of you who have loved her books will remember that Amelia had difficulty understanding English idioms, with hilarious result. So when Amelia's boss leaves her a note to change the towels, dust the furniture, draw the drapes, put the lights out, measure two cups of rice, and dress the chicken, --well, check out our display on the first floor to see what she did. 

Where are all the tax forms?

You can find tax forms on the first floor across from the Reference
Desk. Please note that the production of some 2012 major tax products, including the Form
1040 and the Instructions for Form 1040, were impacted by the recent
passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and are delayed. Know that as soon as the forms arrive, we will place them out for pickup and blog about them here.

Delores "Moon" Smith Exhibiting in Room L129

This month we have the pleasure of exhibiting the oil and water-soluble oil paintings of Delores "Moon" Smith. Delores is a local painter, who grew up painting and drawing portraits, landscapes, and more. She's a member of the Tomball Art League and she gives private and semi-private lessons. What you see here is a self-portrait.

We Need Even More ESL Tutors

Ten weeks ago I wrote that our English as a Second Language programs are burgeoning and that we need tutors. A number of people have signed up and we’re so grateful. But now we need even more tutors because even more people are asking to learn English.

In case you’re not aware of our programs, every week at the library we hold discussion groups that provide forums for practicing speaking English, and we also offer individual tutoring sessions--also at the library--at times convenient to the tutor and the student. We're looking for more volunteers to tutor people who want to learn to speak, read, and write English. We provide training and support and no, you do not need to know a second language to teach people English. Are you interested? If you'd like to volunteer, please give Charity Martin a call at 832-559-4200.

We Need Even More ESL Tutors

Ten weeks ago we wrote that our English as a Second Language programs were burgeoning and that we needed tutors. A number of people signed up and we’re so grateful. And now we need even more tutors because even more people are asking to learn English.

Help for new owners of Electronic Reading Devices

Electronic reading and listening devices are big on Santa’s list these days. If you received one or thought you’d like to buy one with gift money you received, we have classes here this month to help you discover and  learn to download electronic library books. All classes will take place in the computer lab on the second floor, Room L 216.


Nook Session: This Saturday, January 5, from 2-4 pm the class will focus on how to use a Nook.

Overview Class: Next Wednesday, January 9th, 2-4 pm, we’ll be offering an overview class in using iPads, Kindles, and Nooks (and lesser-known devices.)

iPad Session: Saturday, January 12th, 2-4 pm. The class will focus on using the Apple iPad and its library apps.

Kindle Session: Saturday, January 19, 2-4 pm, as you guessed, is for Kindle users.

Tech Tutors: On Monday and Tuesday, January 14th and 15th, two of our techie library staff will be available in the main floor of the library, at the circular table just inside the entrance, to answer your random questions. Bring your device with you and get past that problem you haven't been able to solve!

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