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Thank You, Maud Marks Patrons!

The Maud Marks Library believes we have the best customers!  We would like to thank everyone in the Katy area for their generosity this holiday season.  On December 4th, we partnered with ABC 13 and Katy Christian Ministries for the annual Share Your Holidays food drive.  We are pleased to announce that despite the snow and our early closure, (we closed at 2 PM) the Maud Marks Library doubled the amount of food collected during our 2008 food drive. 

The annual Toys for Tots drive also collected more toys than usual.  You, our customers, filled our big toy box over 3 times with toys for children of all ages.

The Maud Marks Library would like to thank you for your generosity during this 2009 holiday season.  We are grateful for all you do to keep our community a wonderful place to live and work.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

The holidays have arrived!  We are here, smack-dab in the middle of Chanukah and Christmas is just ten days away.  Come to the library to celebrate in style.

At the Maud Marks Library, we have 2 special holiday parties coming up this week as we prepare for the holiday vacation.  Seniors and mature adults are invited to join us for our first (but not last) annual Senior Moments Holiday Party on Thursday, December 17 at 1 PM.  Come play Wii and join us for holiday snacks and music.  Teens can join us this Saturday, December 19 at 12:30 PM for our annual Teen Holiday party.  We will be watching a mystery movie, so secret we can't even print the name here, making holiday crafts and eating holiday treats.

Paying no taxes?

O.K. we've probably all seen the book How to Pay Zero Taxes by Jeff Schnepper.  But, what do you do if the latest copy is checked out from your local library?

The Maud Marks Library will be hosting a program about End-of-Year Tax Tips on Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 PM.  Janet Montgomery, a representative from First Allied Securities, will be here to give tips on how to reduce your over all taxes for 2009.  Get tips to improve your tax return more than you could ever imagine.  Find out what you can do before it is too late.

The Holidays Have Arrived! Are You Ready?

It's beginning to look (and feel) a lot like the December holidays.  Are you ready?!  If not, don't worry at all!  The Maud Marks Library has a number of ways to prepare for the winter holidays.

Are you still trying to find that perfect holiday card for that special someone?  Why not make it yourself?  The Maud Marks Library will be hosting a special one time class on how to make holiday cards tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 1 at 7 PM.  We'll be learning how to make our own cards on the computer and even print one per person.  This class size is extremely limited so click here to register.

Free Money!!!

Do I have your attention yet?!

Yes, I really am talking about free money for you if your home was damaged in Hurricane Ike.  Let's face it, FEMA and insurance payment may not have been enough.  Many people still had to pay quite a bit of money out of pocket to fix their fences, roofs, walls, floors, and other repairs to their homes.  Did you know that you could get all of that money back?

Harris County Recovers is part of the Harris County Homeowner Disaster Recovery program designed to provide financial assistance to homeowners whose property was damaged by Hurricane Ike.  They are here to provide money to pay those massive repair bills.  Even if you have already spent your own money, you may qualify for a reimbursement.

Learn more about this valuable program next week on Thursday, December 3 at 7 PM here at the library. 

The Value of a Dollar

The cost of an Individual membership to the Friends of the Maud Marks Library- $10.00

The cost of a hardback adult book at a Friends of the Maud Marks Library Book Sale- $1.00

The cost of a paperback children's book at a Friends of the Maud Marks Library Book Sale- $.25

The smile on a child's face while attending a Maud Marks Library program- PRICELESS

We've all seen the commercials on television; a dollar just doesn't buy you much nowadays.  But, did you know that buying a book at a Friends of the Maud Marks Library Book Sale can provide so much more?  Every month, the Friends of the Maud Marks Library take the money raise through our used book sales and give it to the library to pay for craft programs, storytimes, afterschool teen programs, summer reading programs, cultural events, and so much more.

What Kind of Reader Are You?

Do you enjoy reading and discussing books?  Are you looking for a group of people who love books just as much as you do?  The Maud Marks Library has book clubs for any taste and schedule.  We host 3 book clubs monthly and always love to discuss books with a willing customer.

Our Terrific Teens!

At the Maud Marks Library, we sure do love our junior high students.  In fact, we think we have the most creative teenagers at our branch.

On Tuesday, we asked participants in our afterschool program, Teen Time, to design posters advertising our upcoming food drive.  Every year in early December, the Maud Marks Library teams up with Channel 13 and Katy Christian Ministries to collect non-perishable food items for needy familes in the Katy area.  All the food collected stays right here in Katy.

Here is just an example of the very cool posters the teens created.  Click here to see more and don't forget to bring your non-perishable food item to the Maud Marks Library by Friday, December 4, 2009!

Be Your Own Mechanic

Everyone knows how expensive it is to take a car to a mechanic when it breaks down.  You can always go to the library and check out one of the Chilton's Repair Manuals, but those are big and bulky and what happens when the library doesn't have the manual for your car.  Now WHAT????!!!!

Here at the Maud Marks Library, we have the answer to your automotive problems.  Did you know that the Harris County Public Library has all that same information in an easy to access database?  On Saturday at 10 AM we will be hosting a class to teach you how to use the Chilton's Online Database.  Come and find all the diagrams and information you need to keep your car running like new.

Seating is limited so click here to register.

Tell Me a Story

At the Maud Marks Library, we are all about a good story.  Is there a story in your family just waiting to be told? This Thursday at 1 PM, you can learn how to record all the important events in your family's history. Houston journalist, Gary Taylor, will be here to discuss the importance of oral history and how to make your memories last forever. Seating for this and all programs is limited. Click here to register now.  This program is part of our Senior Moments series for  mature adults.

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