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Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Christmas bellsTitle to be discussed: Christmas bells by Jennifer Chiaverini.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings. Sophia's music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children's choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss. Christmas Bells chronicles the events of 1863, when the peace and contentment of Longfellow's family circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime. Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellow's patriotism never failed, nor did the power of his language. "Christmas Bells," the poem he wrote that holiday, lives on, spoken as verse and sung as a hymn."

Teens! Tournament of Books Is Coming Soon!

Enjoy reading? Like competition? Join the Harris County Public Library system for Tournament of Books!

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Tournament of Books is a reading competition for students in grades 9-12 or ages 14-17.

Participants will work with a team to read a set list of books. Teams will then compete doing review games about the books at library book parties! Book parties will take place in December, January, February, and March. In March, the top team from the Spring Branch-Memorial Library will also compete against teams from the other Harris County libraries in the final battle for the championship.

To register, visit the Spring Branch-Memorial Library at 930 Corbindale Road and pick up an application. Completed applications are due by December 15. If you attend Memorial High School, you can also pick up an application at your school library.

Visit the Spring Branch-Memorial Library or call 713-464-1633 and ask for Elizabeth, if you have any questions!


15 Books
13 Libraries
1 Championship Team

WILL IT BE YOU?

Spring Branch-Memorial Library Teen Book Club

SteelheartWant to celebrate Halloween in a fun, new way? Join the Spring Branch-Memorial Library Teen Book Club as we discuss the book Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. If you like superheroes, then you’ll love this book!

At our book club meeting, we’ll have pizza and play games. We will also decide on a book club name, so bring your ideas to share. Feel free to wear a costume!

Date: Tuesday, October 31
Time: 4 PM – 5 PM
Ages: 12-18 (Grades 6-12)

November Computer Classes

In November, we are offering the following computer classes:

Word Beginner Word—November 9
EmailBeginner Internet—November 16
Beginner Email—November 30

All classes are scheduled for Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Sign up at the Information Desk or call 713-464-1633.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

MartianTitle to be discussed: The Martian by Andy Weir.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "When a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, astronaut Mark Watney finds himself stranded on Mars's surface, completely alone. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength--Mark embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, but will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

October Computer Classes

computerIn October we are offering the following computer classes:

Computer Basics—October 5
Transferring Files and Pictures—October 12
Beginner Excel—October 19
Intermediate Excel—October 26

All sessions are scheduled for Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Sign up at the Information Desk or call 713-464-1633.

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Coding for Teens: HTML

CodingJoin us for a new set of coding lessons for teens! Learn how to create websites using HTML coding. No prior coding experience is needed.

This program is designed to last 9 sessions.

You are encouraged to bring a Windows laptop, if possible.

Dates: Tuesdays starting October 3

Time: 4 PM - 5 PM

Ages: 12-18

No registration required.
 

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Teen Book Club Kickoff

Teen book clubJoin us for the first meeting of our new Teen Book Club! Come discuss some "good reads" with fellow teens at the library. Bring one of your favorite books to share with everyone. We'll have pizza!

Date: Tuesday, September 26

Time: 4 PM - 5 PM

Ages: 12-18

No registration required.

CC Image Courtesy of Clker-Free-Vector-Images on Pixabay

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

News of the worldTitle to be discussed: News of the world by Paulette Jiles.  Date of meeting: October 10, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. Arriving in San Antonio, the captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember -- strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become -- in the eyes of the law -- a kidnapper himself."

September Computer Classes

In September we are offering the following computer classes:

Beginner Email—September 7
Beginner Word—September 14
Intermediate Word—September 21
One on One—September 28

All classes are scheduled for Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.  One-on-one sessions are 30 minutes each.

Sign up at the Information Desk or call 713-464-1633.
 

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