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Come Visit Our Newest Book Club!

Are you ready to solve a mystery?  This summer, Maud Marks has added a new book club for you to be a part of!  We begin meeting on Monday, June 6 at 2 PM when we'll discuss The Maltese Falcon by Dashell Hammett.  We will then meet again every 3 weeks during the summer to discuss various mysteries.  If you are interested in joining us for our inaugural book, copies are located behind the check-out desk at the library.  T

Ready for some FUN?!?!?!

Hip, hip, hooray!!!!  Yes, it's May!  Do you know what that means?  The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and it's time for the Maud Marks annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival.  That's right, on Saturday, May 7 from 10 am to 4 pm, we will be exploring all the various cultures of Asia and the Pacific Rim.  Come for just an hour or two or join us all day!  (Yes, we do promise to feed you.)  Here the schedule so you can plan your day around us:

10 AM- Make a Diya (or two!), listen to some Vietnamese music, learn the fine art of Bonsai

10:30 AM- Join us for our Japanese Tea Ceremony

11:30 AM- Try some Chinese cooking

12 PM-  Eat at our International Cafe, make a lei for mother's day

12:30 PM- Learn to write your name in Japanese calligraphy

1:30 PM- Discover how to make sushi, learn to belly dance

2 PM- Make an origami rose and more

Work for Yourself

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Have you ever wanted to start your own business but have no clue where to even begin?  Never fear; help is here!  On Saturday, April 16 at 2 PM, SCORE will be here here to give a seminar on how to start your own business.  Topics to be covered include 7(A) loan programs, interest rates and fees, collateral, eligibility, and more.  Seating for this and most programs is limited.  Click here to register.

Calling all Teens

Oh, the weather outside was frightful... but now it's so delightful! 

Remember that Mock SAT we were supposed to have at the Maud Marks Library back in February?  It got canceled due to the ice and (supposed) snow that week.  Not to fret though, we have it rescheduled!

Come visit us this next Saturday, April 2 at 12 PM- 4 PM to take a fake SAT under REAL testing conditions.  Now, to explain further, it is a REAL SAT test you are taking under REAL SAT conditions, it just won't count for or against you when it comes time to apply for college.

Then, the following Saturday, April 9 at 1 PM, return to the library to receive your score and tips on how you can do better.  This way, you can do your best on one of the most important test you will ever take.

If you were already registered for the February SAT, don't worry, a spot has been saved for you and you can just come this time around.

Senior Moments: Reverse Mortgages

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Where are you going to get that money to retire?  Are you interested in how reverse mortgages works?  Are they right for you?  Maybe you should come by the library to find out.  This Tuesday at 1 PM, Betty Grable will be here to clear up all the confusion about reverse mortgages. Learn all what YOU need to know about reverse mortgages before you decide if it is right for you.  Seating for this and all programs is limited.   Click here to register for this and other programs at the Maud Marks Library.

Help Wanted!

We live in such a great community.  Katy gives to those in need with all their heart.  Our annual food drive is such a success and we always have plenty of volunteers to keep our library running.  Did you know there was even more you could do to make the Katy community an incredible place to live? 

Right now, the Maud Marks Library needs ESL tutors.  We need people willing to teach adults English on a volunteer basis once a week for at least 9 months.  You don't need to be able to speak another language to teach ESL, in fact, we would prefer if you didn't!  All you need is a willingness to help new immigrants become acclimated with the American way of life.

We will be hosting a tutor training session on Saturday, March 19 at 9 AM.  There is no charge for the session or the training materials.  We'll even feed you lunch!

Senior Moments: The Medicare Program

Are your overwhelmed by the amount of information you have to know about Medicare?  Let us help you work your way through all the confusing questions.  We will have an expert on Medicare here at the library tomorrow at 1 PM to answer all your question on this government program.  Whether you've been confused by your Medicare coverage for years or are just getting to the age where you are required to sign up, let us help you through the mess!  Seating for this and for all programs is limited.  Please call the library or click here to register.

SAT Change!

Were you signed up to take the mock SAT at the library this weekend with the strategy session next week?  Due to the weather, we have had to cancel both events.  But, don't worry!  It has been rescheduled!  All teens are invited to join us on Saturday, April 2nd at 12 PM- 4 PM to take a practice SAT.  Then, come the following week at 1 PM for a Strategy Session to receive your graded SAT and get tips on how to improve your score.

Keep an eye on this space and we'll let you know when sign up begins.  Priority will be given to those who were signed up for this weekend.

It's That Time of the Year!

Yes, tax time is nearly here!  Granted, it took a few weeks longer for many of the IRS forms and publications to get to the local libraries than usual, but they are arriving now.  In fact, Maud Marks currently has many of the major forms you are looking for as well as the booklet for the 1040 EZ form.  We are sorry but the booklets for the 1040 form and the 1040A form have not yet arrived.  If there is a form you need that we don't have yet, a librarian can help you find and print it from the IRS website.

And, with the tax forms, comes the tax assistance.  The volunteers from AARP will be at the Maud Marks Library on Mondays and Fridays from 10 AM to 2 PM beginning February 4th.  Just remember that the IRS is still updating their systems and recommends that those filing itemized deductions file after February 14th.

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