New Local Artist to Display at Barbara Bush Branch Library in April

Mary E. Stallman grew up on the farmlands of SE Texas and developed a love of nature which serves as inspiration for her paintings.  She started with charcoal sketching and drawings, also trying watercolors, pastels and sculpting.  Marriage and motherhood did not allow much time for art instruction, but the desire ran deep.  Once Mary retired her need to paint emerged.  She took instruction and began to paint full time.  Her inspiration comes from the natural of our world, she is a realist with attention to detail and a philosophy of being true to nature in her work.  Come to the Barbara Bush Branch Library at 6817 Cypresswood Drive in April to see her work.

We Appreciate Our Volunteers!!

Volunteer's Mad Tea Party

It was "A Mad Tea Party," as over 65 people filled the Earl Elliott Room for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 19. Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Nandlal was the chief planner and organizer of this event, which thanked the many people who donate their time as processors of holds, menders, shelvers, book store sellers, and knitters of blankets and chemo caps for the Knowledge Exchange. Over 10,979 hours of service were provided by these volunteers, which is equivalent to adding 5.25 full-time employees. Harris County values this work at $16.84 per hour, for a total donation of $184,886!

Kids Look for these Special Events Coming to the Library Soon! You Don’t Want To Miss These Unique Programs!!

Saturday, April 17th at 2pm
Be a Puppeteer! Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 2pm in the Robin Bush Room. Children 5-12 years will create fluorescent paper hand puppets and perform behind a black light puppet stage. Master puppeteer, Jean Kuecher, will inspire the children to manipulate and speak for their puppets. Groups of 3 or 4 persons will create their own original puppet show from behind a hand puppet stage. All supplies will be provided. Children will take their own original puppet creations home.
Monday, April 26th 4:30pm
“Shakespeare for Kids” a play featuring live actors presented by Hampstead Theatre Company takes place on Monday, April 26, 2010 at 4:30pm in the Robin Bush Room. Audience participation is encouraged. Lots of fun is sure to ensue while children learn about some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!  Recommended for children 6 and up.


Lost City of Z

Title to be discussed: Lost City of Z, by David Grann. Date of meeting: Thursday, April 22, 1:30pm in the Earl Elliott Room. Will be repeated Friday, April 23, 2:30pm in the Women's Council of Realtors Conference Room. Summary: Journalist David Grann delves deep into the mystery surrounding British explorer Percy Fawcett's disappearance in 1925,  and the even greater mystery of what Fawcett was seeking in the Amazon valley. Next selection: Art of Racing in the Rain.

Job Search Seminar Series - Rebranding Your Skills

On Thursday, April 15 the Barbara Bush Branch Library will host a Workforce Solutions job search seminar from 1:30-4:00 pm titled "Rebranding Your Skills." Expand your job search prospects by rebranding your skills. This workshop will teach you to identify the skills you have gained in the past and present them in a way that catches the attention of employers, thus helping you to move into a new job or even a new industry.

The workshop will be held in the Earl Elliott Meeting Room on the 1st floor of the library, which is located at 5817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. Call 281-376-4610 for more information. No registration is required. There will be no employer's representatives at these seminars.