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Blood Drive! We Want Yours!

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will conduct a blood drive on Monday, November 23rd from 1:30 to 6 pm at the Kingwood Branch Library.  Now is your chance to "Commit for Life" by donating blood.  Consider it your gift to the community, especially as the holiday season is getting under way.  Call 281-360-6804 for more information or to schedule an appointment to donate.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

I love the sound of rain on the roof. There’s nothing better than a good rain, and if I can have thunder and lightning, it is even better. However, I have hair issues, so I want that rain to come at night or on a day when I can stay home and get comfy with a good book. 

The lack of rain this summer has been one of those good thing/bad thing dilemmas. It is hard to keep grass, flowers and other flora alive and well when we are in a drought situation. But it definitely helped to keep the new library project on target. For some reason, builders prefer a dry season when working. Must be something about working in the mud! 
 
Below you will see the front/side (drive-through) view of the new building as of October 29th.

What a Difference Ten Months Makes!

I hope your excitement will grow as you view the changes in the building of the new library over the past 10 months. We are getting closer!  

Their Eyes Were Watching God - Kingwood Book Group October Discussion

Join the Kingwood Book Group on October 19th as they discuss Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. This book is the 2009 title for Houston’s Books on the Bayou annual program. This program is in its 8th year and seeks to bring together an entire city through reading and discussing the same book.

Construction Continues!

Here is our monthly aerial photo courtesy of KBL and SpawGlass, the construction company for the new library. The recent rain greened up the retention pond, which is the most notable change. Since the building is now roofed in, interior changes can’t be easily seen by air. Currently, the exterior is being “clad” – a construction term for the brick and stone being applied to the exterior. These are exciting times!

Ikebana with Keiko!

Want to learn about the beautiful art of Ikebana? It is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Ikebana is a creative expression that draws emphasis towards shape, line, and form with certain rules governing it. 
 
The main rule is that all the elements used in construction MUST be organic, whether they are branches, leaves, grasses, or flowers. Keiko Moeller will demonstrate the 5 types of Ikebana at the Kingwood Branch Library on Wednesday, September 23rd at 10:30 am. 
 
Sign-up is required; each participant needs to bring a flower vase (preferably a wide one), a pair of shears and flowers – minimum 3 different kinds of flowers/green leaves/branches 3-5 stems each. 
 
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Coming! Individual Study Rooms

How many times have you wished for a quiet place to study or to study with someone else without disturbing other library customers? 

Library Time as I See It!

To me, library time has a whole different meaning than real time.  Ever since I began working at a public library, I’ve lived two weeks in the future, date-due time.  When we still wrote checks (does anyone remember those?), I always had to ask, ”What day is it?”  I never seemed to know the actual date.

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Misty Dowdell, the Kingwood Branch winner of the 2009 Adult Summer Reading Program. Her name was drawn at random from the Kingwood Branch SRP participants.

Final Used Book Sale at Current Location

Completion of the new Kingwood Library will usher in many changes, not the least of which is how FOLK – Friends of the Library-Kingwood – will handle used book sales.
For the past 26 years, FOLK has sponsored quarterly used book sales in the library’s meeting room. That era is coming to an end.
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