Mysteries in History

AlienistI love to read historical mysteries.  I don't know if this began when I read Caleb Carr's The Alienist for the first time or with my discovery of Anne Perry's William Monk series, but the fascination hasn't dimmed.  Most people who read in this genre are attracted to a particular historical era and some of my favorite settings include Victorian England, post-World War I Europe, and Ancient Rome.  In just the World War I category are great authors like 

Welcome to HCPL's New Website

Welcome to HCPL's new website. Thanks to Grace Lillevig, Kathleen Green, Abby Buchold and Mike Ledinski for creating a dynamic site that helps the Library meet its mission to provide information and resources to enrich lives and strengthen communities through innovative services within and beyond our walls. HCPL's website is the pathway that brings the Library to you 24/7. Reserve a book or DVD, locate needed information, read a book online, or download it to your iPod or MP3. 

And of course, we also look forward to seeing you at our 25 branch libraries.

Vampiric Delectables in Graphic Novels Part 2: Manga

In last week's post, I highlighted graphic novels with vampire themes. This week, I chose a few series in our Manga collection that also deal with vampires and the supernatural.

If you are unfamiliar with manga, let me give you a brief 101. Manga originates from Japan and loosely means "comic book." Manga is very popular with teens and older children; however, adults can find entertainment with them as well. Unlike American comic books, manga is read from right to left. Most series will include a little illustration of how to the read pages as well as the order of cells.

To boldly go… in your ear: Episode 2: the Radio and Other Full-cast Audio Thrills!

Thanks to Signor Marconi and his fellow inventors we have the marvelous wonders of wireless telegraphy. And what better use could be made of invisible waves traveling at the speed of light than to bring you the drama from long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars Radio Drama cover    Star Wars: the Radio Drama Brian Daley turned the original 1977 two-hour film by George Lucas into a six-hour thirteen-part radio play for National Public Radio in 1981.



Have you registered for ReaderNation yet?  This is Harris County Library's Summer Reading Program for adults, and it's not too late to sign up!  Registration closes at midnight on August 8, 2009.  Once you're registered, read and log 4 books in order to be eligible for great prizes from  

  • 1st prize $200 gift card 
  • 2nd prize $150 gift card
  • 3rd prize $100 gift card 

Each branch library will also select a winner from a random drawing of iReaders completing the program. The prize will be a $50.00 gift card, and the drawing will take place on or about August 17th. 

To Boldly Go…In Your Ear: Episode I: Untouched by Human Hands! Downloadable Audio!

From the Net Directly to Your Home or Rocket Ship!

Imagine a brave new world in which you can beam your scientific romances, speculative fiction, and fan-boy/girl favorites directly up to your starship using your already installed computer tractor beam or directly to the control room of your TARDIS! Well now you can! Have your Communications Officer tune your ansible to the Harris County Public Library’s website. (If you don't happen to have an ansible you can also use your home computer.) Send out a probe to detect the word “Downloadable” in the Format Field of the Refine menu on the right-hand side of the page. Then say, in a firm commanding voice, “Energize.” If that doesn’t work then click here.

Road Trip!

Sweethearts BookjacketNot too long ago I really got into audio books.  I listen to them in the car on my way to work, when I go out shopping, or when my family goes on a road trip (an audiobook is usually easier to agree on than music)!  I just finished headphoneslistening to Sara Zarr's Sweethearts, which I loved, but I have also really enjoyed the Young James Bond series on audio and

My Sweet Secret

I have a secret. I will tell you, but you have to promise not to tell anyone.

I am crazy about candy!

There! I said it! You are now witness to my big weakness; handfuls of sugary sweet goodness, big bowls of candy bars, tubs of taffy, fountains overflowing with chocolate. I love them all.

Summer Reading Program Ends August 8

The Summer Reading Program ends on Saturday, August 8 so this is your last week to register for and complete the program.  Earn your certificate by reading 10 books, 500 pages or 500 minutes.

Teen Summer Reading Program Ends August 8

The Summer Reading Program ends on Saturday, August 8, 2009 so this is your last week to register for and complete the program.  Earn your certificate by reading 5 books or by reading for 600 minutes.

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