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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.

It's Not Too Late!!!

Maud Marks Library is still collecting toys for the Marine annual Toys for Tots drive.  You have through Friday, December 17th to bring your new, unwrapped toy for our toybox located under the painting of Maud Smith Marks.  Be a Secret Santa for a child in need in the Katy area.  Every toy you bring in means another smile on a child's face on Christmas morning.  Thank you, Katy, for being so supportive during the holiday season.

The Library Doesn't Close for Thanksgiving!

O.K. maybe no librarian will be at the library this coming weekend, Nov. 25- Nov. 28.  Yes, perhaps the front doors at Maud Marks library will remain locked... but, that doesn't mean we're closed.  Harris County Public Libraries are ALWAYS open online here at www.hcpl.net.  You can find books, place holds, check your account, and pay fines using our catalog

Anyone Can Afford College!

Are you trying to figure out how you're going to pay for college next year?  This economy has affected us all and finding the money to pay for that all important college degree can be difficult.  You know what, though, there is more financial aid available out there for students than you might expect. We will be hosting a seminar tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 PM for high school seniors and their parents to learn how to find funds for post-secondary education.   Learn how you can get a college education without going broke!  Seating for this program is limited.  Click here to register for this and other events.

Don't be a Statistic!

In the last 12 months alone, 9 million Americans were victimized by identity theft. Don't become a statistic yourself!  There are steps you can take today to safeguard your personal information. This Monday at 6:30 PM, the Harris County Sheriff's office will be here to host a seminar that can help you avoid identity theft and financial fraud. Our presentation will include information on common scams to watch out for and identity theft warning signs. Don't allow yourself to be victimized.  Seating for this class is extremely limited. Please click here to register.  Also, check out our catalog for more books about identity theft.

Check Out Our New Toy!!!

Here at Maud Marks , we are always looking for the newest and most innovative way to make sure YOU know what is going on at the library.  Recently, we were chosen to try out the newest idea for Harris County Public Library, an Electronic Bulletin Board!  When you enter the library, look over to the right between the homage to Maud Marks Daughters and the returns desk.  There, you will see our new, cool flat screen TV streaming information about all our upcoming events.  Want to know what our book clubs are reading?  How about when the next volunteer orientation is?  Just keep an eye on the screen, all the information is right there!  Check out what is going on at the Maud Marks Library.  Find out which nationwide events celebrated locally at your library.  We have it all, right there on our Electronic Bulletin Board!

Railroad History

Do you know this history of the MKT?  The railroad has always been a huge part of the history of the Katy area.  In honor of our summer reading club theme, we have a real treat for all. We will end our adult summer reading club programs with a visit from the Katy Heritage Society. They will be here this Tuesday night at 7 PM to discuss the history and impact of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad on the area. Come learn all about our prairie’s early history.

A Library Without Walls

Are you looking for that next best seller to listen to on a long car ride but don't have time to visit the library and check out our collection of DVDs?  Why not check out our Digital Media Catalog?  We have hundred of audio books, music, electronic books, movies, and more you can download from the comfort of your own home.  Best of all, this Tuesday at 7 PM, we will be hosting a class on how to do just that here at the library.  Learn how to find, download, and transfer digital audio and e-books from our databases.  Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Seating for this and all computer classes is extremely limited.  Click here to register for this and other classes offered by the library.

Wanna Win the Lawn of the Month?

 

Boy! Our lawns here in Texas really like this hot weather we've been having!  It seems we just cut the grass and we turn around and it's long again.  And then there's all that weeding that needs to be done!  Are you ready to get that lawn looking good enough for a magazine spread?  This coming Tuesday at 7 PM, Glen Graves from the Texas Agricultural Extension Office will be at the Maud Marks Library to discuss proper lawn care for the Houston area. Come find out what YOU need to know to keep your lawn looking perfect. There is no registration required for this event and everyone is welcome.  Meanwhile, check out our catalog for more books to keep your lawn looking good.

Summer Reading- Its for EVERYONE!

Did you know the summer reading program isn't just for kids any more?  Even adults can get on the fun this summer!  At the Maud Marks Library, we actually have 2 summer reading programs for adults that run simultaneously.  It is easy and fun to participate in both!  Here's how you do it:

1. Click here to sign up online to participate in the Harris County Public Library program.

2. Go by the Maud Marks Library to pick up a ReaderNation 9 Book Challenge title log form.

3. Read or listen to one book in each of the 9 genres and enter in drawings to win movie posters.

4. Record at least 4 books online to be eligible for the drawing to win book store gift cards.

5. Make sure you have recorded all your books by August 14 so your name is in our drawing!

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