Anyone can “read” a story...but planning and presenting a story time is truly an art form!  Your Tomball children’s staff carefully selects themes and searches for books, songs, fingerplays and crafts that are age appropriate for the child in attendance.  As always, the number one goal for a storyteller is for your child to have a wonderful experience and leave with a big smile on their face!   For a complete schedule of weekly story times please access theTomball branch calendar or call 832-559-4235.  We look forward to seeing you and your child at story time!

Please: No Offensive Language!

 “Does this book contain bad language?” is a frequently asked question at our Fiction desk. Many of our customers prefer not to read stories salted with vulgarities or swear words.

This was a difficult question for us to answer unless we ourselves had read the book and had remembered that particular feature of its content. Recently, however, one of our librarians discovered that the online catalog has every word of its books indexed so that they can be searched for offending words.

Read on to learn how you use it.


Teen writer

If you are between the ages of 12 and 18 (grades 6-12), your writing skills and your creativity can earn you some prizes this summer. The Young Adult Librarians at the Barbara Bush Branch and the LSC-Tomball Community Library are sponsoring a writing contest for teens. To enter, you must submit an original short story or poem before the 5:00pm deadline on July 30. For more details, see the attached entry form.



Learn about the art of Realism and the artist Gustave Courbet  on Monday, April 25th at 1:00 pm  and Tuesday, April 26th at 4:30 pm.
Each session is limited to 20 children (2nd – 6th grade)
Stop by the Children’s Reference desk or call 832-559-4235 to register!

Displays: Genocide, Poetry, Computer Literacy

Did you know that until 1944 there wasn’t even a word to describe the systematic destruction of ethnic or national groups?  

In conjunction with Genocide Awareness Month the library is featuring books, DVDs, CDs and other items about the Nazi Holocaust, and the Rwandan, Darfur, Cambodian, and the Armenian genocides.  The display was created by our Adult Services librarian, Jennifer Austin, a history specialist.

It’s also National Poetry Month and in celebration, Kimberly Clutter, our Young Adult (YA) librarian has put together a display of YA poetry.

Our computer technology teacher, David Whipkey, has created a display of computer books and manuals  under the title “Get Sucked into Technology”. See these wonderful displays are on our ‘round wall’ near the front entrance.

Photo: "Holocaust-Mahnmal Berlin" by Andrea & Stephan: flickr: cc