Jennifer A's blog

ESL Tutor Training

ESL tutoringThe library is offering a training class for volunteers interested in tutoring immigrants in English on Saturday, January 22 from 9am to 3pm. No experience is needed and it is not necessary to speak another language. We need volunteers who are fluent in English and would be willing to share a few hours a week to help someone learn or improve their English.

For more information or to register please call 832-559-4200.

 

Flickr CC: Matching tutors with learners Photo by: Newton Free Library
 

Readers Choose Best in Romance

Devil in WinterAll About Romance, one of my favorite romance websites, just released an updated list of the 100 best romance novels. The books were chosen by romance readers, and include everything from the classic romances of Jane Austen to the paranormal romances of J.R. Ward and Kresley Cole. The author with the most books included, Lisa Kleypas, has an amazing 15 books on the list; first runner up, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, has 9. Many of my personal favorite novels and authors made the cut. Some highlights for me are:

Beyond Twilight: YA Books for Romance Readers

Audrey, Wait!Young adult novels aren’t just for teens anymore! If the popularity of Twilight has proved anything, it’s that stories of first love appeal to readers in all age groups. Whether it’s the epic romance included in a fantasy novel, or a simple story of boy meets girl next door, young adult books can provide great stories to romance readers of all types and ages. 

 

Jennifer’s List of Great YA Romance Reads:  

 

Grief & Stress During the Holidays

stressed womanAren’t the holidays supposed to be the best time of the year?

Too stressed to enjoy the holidays? Feeling the loss of a loved one around holiday times? Come learn how to cope and take care of yourself and others this holiday season. Join us at Tomball Library on Tuesday, October 26th at 1pm for this free program and refreshments. This program is presented by Hospice Care of the Southwest. For more information or to register for this program, please call the library at (832) 559-4200.

 

There's Something About Jane

Woman drinking from Mr Darcy coffee mugJane Austen seems to get more and more popular each year. Whether it’s a new film based on one of her novels or a new adaptation that adds zombie violence to a comedy of manners, the six novels she wrote are constantly being adapted and reinvented. I’m constantly on the lookout for authors with a similar style or who can write a good sequel to one of her existing novels. While there’s no one quite like Jane, some of these authors come pretty close so check them out!

Original works similar to Jane’s novels:

Health Care Resources @ your Library

thermometerDiscover a reliable way to locate information about your health!

Come learn how to use the library’s databases to find the latest news on the health issues that matter most to you. Join us at the Tomball Library on Tuesday, September 28th at 1pm for this informative program. This program is aided by Hospice Care of the Southwest.

For more details, please call the library at (832) 559-4200.
 

Photo by: renjith Krishnan courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net
 

Hospice 101

What is hospice care? Hospice 101 explains what hospice is and how it could be important to you, your family, or loved ones, as well as answering any questions you may have on this topic. Come join us at the Tomball Library on Tuesday, September 14th at 1pm for this informative program. For more details, please call the library at (832) 559-4200.

 

 

Flickr CC: Goodbye Photo by: Flatbush Gardener

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

St. Mary's at nightReading Linda’s last post on tortured heroes made me think of one of my favorite types of romance, the gothic. Stories of tortured men with mysterious pasts and the women who love them have fascinated me since I read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights when I was younger. The gothic romance has been around since the 18th century, and writers continue to use gothic elements in their novels today. If stories set in (possibly) haunted manors or castles with a good mystery appeal to you, try a gothic romance from our collection:

Upcoming Book Clubs @ Your Library

Next week, two of Tomball Library’s book clubs will hold their monthly meetings. Newcomers are always welcome, so join us for discussion and refreshments.

Digital Media Catalog Presentation

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Tomball Library is where you want to be on Saturday, August 28th from 12:00-3:00 if you want to learn more about Harris County Public Library’s Digital Media Catalog. Come learn how to browse, check out, and download ebooks, audiobooks, music and videos from the digital catalog. We will show you everything you need to know from installing the free software to transferring your selections to a portable device including a Nook, an iPod, and a Sony eReader.

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