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Movie and Popcorn Monday

OH NO! –you just realized Monday, October 14th is Columbus day – a school holiday!   What are you going to do with the kids?   Before you panic you should know that the library is not only open, we are also offering a free movie complete with popcorn, courtesy of the Friends of Maud Marks Library.  The movie (we can’t print the movie title online) is an animated family adventure.   The story takes place on another planet in another time. A thousand  years ago a  mysterious crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos began!  Characters include an  evil race of grotesque birdlike lizards  ( Skeksis)  and  gnomish dragons who rule their fantastic planet with an iron claw.

Runaway Tortilla Puppet Show

A  runaway toritilla is the star attraction of this week’s pre-K storytime  puppet show.  This Texan take on the classic gingerbread man story stars a number of cool puppet characters including a lizard, jackrabbit and Senor Coyote. The puppet show is based on Eric A Kimmel’s The Runaway Tortilla and is a part of our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Learn to Knit

Ever wanted to learn how to knit?  Pick up a new skill this summer with DIY craft programs.  This series of do-it-yourself programs is designed to introduce you to a new skill or craft each month.  Wednesday, July 10th we will teach a beginner’s class in knitting.  Just bring some #10 knitting needles.  We’ll provide the yarn and plenty of help!  The program starts at 2:00 pm.  Click here to register.   Image © JupiterImages  

 

Surfing Lessons

Surfing Lessons
…well, sort of.  Learn to surf the web with ease this Saturday at 10 a.m. in the computer lab.  This is a beginner level Internet class.   Register online or call the branch at 281-492-8592.                              Image © JupiterImages
 

Kids Titles - Try Something New

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third WheelHas your kid read every Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Percy Jackson and the Olympians title?  Worse yet, is he or she on a long waiting list for the next one?  If your child is chomping at the bit waiting for the next “must read” title out there, why not take the opportunity to discover a new author or series you haven’t tried before?

Spring Break Volunteers


Need some volunteer hours over Spring Break? We have a short term project (1 week) needing a lot of volunteer hours. You can help the library by volunteering  to help us during Patron Count week, March 11-16. We need a volunteer to sit at a table in our lobby every hour the library is open to the public to count each person who enters. This is a perfect opportunity for high school students needing service hours for NHS or other organizations.   

Resolution: Read More!

If your New Year’s Resolutions list includes reading we have a great suggestion.  Get more out of the experience by joining one of our three book clubs – Mystery, Evening and Afternoon.  The Evening book club meets the 1st Monday of the month at 7pm.  The January 7 book is Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  The Afternoon Book Club meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1pm.  The January 10 is reader’s choice - pick your favorite biography.  The Just Desserts Mystery Book Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2pm to enjoy desserts and the latest mystery.  We’ll be discussing

Did You Make Up Your Mind Yet? Tuesday Voting Info

Need to know where to vote Tuesday?  Whether you were one of the many “undecided” voters or just love the thrill of election day let us help you find your assigned voting location. Just follow the links: 

 Election Day Polling Locations .
Precinct info (don’t know your precinct? – look it up here)
Sample Ballot
Voting ID – lists what you need to show in order to vote
For more voting info click here.
 

Need Voting Info?

Our most popular question this week is for the closest early voting location.  Whether you want to cast your vote early or are just looking for polling place info here are some websites that can help.  These links are for Harris County residents only:
Early voting locations (complete with map).  Click on the address you want for directions.  Remember, the last day for early voting is Friday, November 2nd.
Election Day Polling Locations with voter specific ballot
Precinct info (don’t know your precinct? – look it up here)
Sample Ballot

Gulf Coast Reads Events

Experience nine-year old Oskar Schell’s post -911 world with the rest of us as we read and discuss this year’s Gulf Coast Reads title, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer,

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