Jim Johnson's blog

Rearranging the "furniture"

If you've paid us a visit upstairs recently, you might have noticed things are not where they used to be!  Now that we've been open for almost a year, we've been able to see how things could be improved based on customers' use of and comments about the library.  One of those improvements involves the location of certain parts of the adult collection.  So, in response to you, our customers, we're rearranging some of the collection.  The large type section is now closer to the front.  Also, due to the fact that fiction tends to be in higher demand than nonfiction, we're swapping places between these two.  That involves quite a bit of shifting since they are our two largest collections, and that naturally takes a little bit of time.  You'll probably also notice a few other smaller sections that aren't in the same place, but rest assured, it will all be a worthwhile change in the end.  Thank you for your patience as we make this adjustment for you, our customers!

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Top reads in 2011

What are Kingwood patrons checking out most so far in 2011?  Take a look below and find out!

Fiction

1.  Don't Blink, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

2.  1984, by George Orwell

3.  Dead or Alive, by Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood 

4.  American Assassin, by Vince Flynn

5.  The Other Side, by J. D. Robb, et al.

It's a Spring Thing -- Tackle the Clutter!

Interested in getting things together at home this spring?  Join us on Tuesday, February 15th, from 1:00 to 2:30 P.M., as repeat presenter and professional organizer Ellen Delap, CPO, offers five simple but invaluable tips to help you with clutter.  After you've learned how to remedy the clutter, interior designer Leslie Sarmiento will present the latest trends in color and design to help spruce up your rooms.  Don't miss it!

First-Time Home Buyers Program

Are you in the market for a new home?  Are you a first-time buyer?  If so and you missed our January program, be sure to join us on Monday, February 14th, at 7:00 P.M. in the Community Room for a free program specifically for you!  Our presenters, Jim Slack, realtor for Keller Williams Realty, and Ashley Van Meter, top loan originator for Genesis Mortgage Company, will cover everything from how to do research, what to expect from the loan process and much more!  Don't miss it!

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Follow us on Twitter!

Do you tweet?  If you do, then you can now follow us on Twitter!  Kingwood Branch Library now has a Twitter feed that will keep you up-to-date on all that's happening here.  Just click on the logo above, take a look at our tweets, and subcribe as one of our followers!

Computer classes - Special Topics

Have you taken advantage of our computer training classes?  If not, we have plenty to interest you in the month of February.  Aside from our regular classes, we have a couple of special topics.  First, if you've ever wondered how an online auction works, join us on Monday, February 7th, at 6:30 P.M. for "Navigating eBay," as we demonstrate the ins and outs of this popular website.  At 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 8th, learn how to be a safer surfer with "Keep Safe on the Internet."  All of our computer classes are free, but registration is required, so be sure and visit us or call to secure a spot.  Don't miss out on learning more about these important topics!

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Blood Drive

Once again, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be on site in the Community Room on Monday, January 31st, from 1:00 to 5:30 P.M. to received blood donations from the public.  Walk-ins are accepted, but it is encouarged to sign up ahead of time for an appointment at either the reference or children's desks or at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center webiste here.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to give the gift of life!

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Getting Organized with the Web

Have you resolved to become a little more organized in this new year?  If so, join us on Tuesday, January 25th, from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. in the Training Lab, as repeat presenter and professional organizer Ellen Delap, CPO, shows us all how to make use of the Internet in our efforts to get organized.  Spots are limited, so be sure to register by giving us a call or paying us a visit on the second floor.  Don't miss out on this free and informative session!

UPDATE:  The Tuesday, January 25th, session is full.  Anyone still wishing to attend may register for a recently added session, scheduled for Tuesday, February 1st, from 3:30 to 4:30 P.M.

Gluten-Free Living in the New Year

Are you or your family members some of the many who have to avoid gluten in your diet?  Do you need recipe ideas that would still make dining an enjoyable and tasty experience?  If so, then start the year off right and be sure to attend "Gluten-Free Living in the New Year," a program planned especially for you and presented by Jenny Johnson, a return presenter and one of our very own Kingwood residents.  The program is scheduled for this Saturday, January 15th, in the Community Room at 10:00 A.M.  Don't miss this free and informative program!

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First-Time Home Buyers Program

Are you in the market for a new home?  Are you a first-time buyer?  If so, be sure to join us on Monday, January 10th, at 7:00 P.M. in the Community Room for a free program specifically for you!  Our presenters, Jim Slack, realtor for Keller Williams Realty, and Ashley Van Meter, top loan originator for Genesis Mortgage Company, will cover everything from how to do research, what to expect from the loan process and much more!  Don't miss it!

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