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Let's Go to the Opera Preview

Join us on Wendesday, January 20th, from 7:00 to 8:45 PM, at the library as presenter Ann Thompson previews two productions of the Houston Grand Opera's Winter repertory period: Puccini's "Tosca," opening January 22nd, and Britten's "The Turn of the Screw," opening January 29th.  Don't miss it!

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Top Fiction - December 2009

What's everyone else reading?  If you'd like to know, here's a list of the top ten most circulated adult fiction titles at the Kingwood Branch Library during the month of December (select "Read more" for the full list):

1. True Blue, by David Baldacci

2. South of Broad, by Pat Conroy

3. Best Friends Forever, by Jennifer Weiner

Watch Us on the Web!

Did you know that the library has it's very own YouTube channel?  That's right, you can watch us on the Web!  Over the last year or so, we've recorded and collected our own videos for your viewing pleasure.  If you want to watch a little bit of our past programs, need to get a good book suggestion, or would like to learn more about the new library building, go take a look!  Got an idea about other material to add?  Let us know!

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English as a Second Language

Do you know someone from another country living here in the U.S.?  Does he or she feel the need to improve their knowledge of the English language?  If so, don't waste any time sending them to the library!  We have many experienced tutors here at the Kingwood Branch Library willing to offer free personal assistance in improving an eager learner's use of English.  All that's required is a completed ESL application and an assessment of an applicant's skill level in order to match him or her with an appropriate tutor.  Don't hesitate to encourage someone you know to seize this great opportunity!

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Go Green With a New Book Bag!

Need a good stocking stuffer?  Tired of using flimsy, disposable plastic bags?  Care to "go green?"  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you might want to get your hands on some of our new, reusable canvas book bags!  For a mere $3 donation to Friends of the Library Kingwood (FOLK), you can have one of your own, complete with the Harris County Public Library logo.  Be sure to ask the staff at the circulation desk about them next time you're in for a visit!

New building aerial view - December 2009

Things continue to roll right along with the new library building!  Take a look below at the updated aerial photo for December provided by SpawGlass and KBL:

Top 10 Mysteries - November 2009

Searching for a good mystery this holiday season?  If so, take a look at the top ten circulated mystery novels at Kingwood during the month of November (select "Read more" to see them all):

1. Finger Lickin' Fifteen, by Janey Evanovich

2. The Scarpetta Factor, by Patricia Cornwell

3. Alex Cross's Trial, by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Need help looking for work?

Looking for work?  Then let us help you during this season of giving!  On Tuesday, December 1st, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, a representative from Texas Workforce Solutions will be available for a free program offering tips and techniques on Effective Interviewing.  Need to learn how to successfully present to an employer your work experience and skills?  Then join us also on Tuesday, December 15th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM to learn what you might not know about Writing Resumes.  If that isn't enough . . .

Building construction nears an end!

It won't be long now!  Construction on the new Kingwood Branch Library building by SpawGlass is almost complete!  A target opening date has not been settled and is unlikely before the beginning of 2010, but the building process is expected to be finished by the end of this year.  Take a look at the slide show below to see how construction has transitioned over the last several months!

What's your big idea?

Do you have a brilliant idea for a library program?  We'd like to hear about it!  We somtimes run out of fresh ideas, and we're willing to bet you've got plenty we've never considered.  If so, drop a suggestion in the box at the table in front of the information desk, make a comment to this post, call us, or let one of the staff know directly.  This is your library!  Let us know what you want!

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