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Teen Book Club: The Hunger Games

Hunger gamesWant to hang out with other teens to discuss some good reads? Want to eat pizza? Most importantly, want to win a prize? Then join us for our Teen Book Club! We will be discussing The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins then hosting our very own Trivia Games competition. Test your Hunger Games knowledge to try and win a gift card!

Date: Tuesday, January 30
Time: 4 PM – 5 PM
Ages: Grades 6-12

No registration required.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Wright brothersTitle to be discussed: The Wright brothers by David McCullough.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "On December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why? David McCullough tells the extraordinary and truly American story of the two brothers who changed the world."

Book Buddies

Book Buddies

Are you in 7th – 12th grades? Do you want to be a mentor? Do you need service hours? Then volunteer to be a Big Buddy!

Or, do you have a child in Kindergarten – 3rd grades? Do you want to help them develop a love of reading? Then apply for your child to be a Little Buddy!

Harris County Public Library's Book Buddies program pairs trained teen volunteers (Big Buddies) with children in Kindergarten through 3rd grades (Little Buddies). For 10 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.

This next session will run from February to May 2018 at Spring Branch Memorial Library (930 Corbindale Rd, Houston, TX 77024). You will meet once a week on Monday from 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM to read with your Buddy.

If interested, stop by Spring Branch-Memorial Library to pick up an application to be a Big Buddy or a Little Buddy! 

For more information, contact Elizabeth at 713-464-1633.

Green Thumb Gardening Series: Basic Yard Maintenance

Garden toolsSoon the weather will get warmer and it will be time to enjoy your garden again.  Before you can start hosting your backyard barbecues, however, you may want to spiff up your garden by following a few basic practices.  Harris County Master Gardeners will be happy to share their best advice on yard maintenance in their first presentation of 2018.

Place: Spring Branch-Memorial Library
Date: Tuesday, January 16
Time: 6:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

NightingaleTitle to be discussed: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.  Date of meeting, January 9, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "France, 1939. In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France... but invade they do. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. She meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life to save others. 'The Nightingale' tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in war-torn France; a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women."

December Computer Classes

Windows 10In December, we are offering the following computer classes:

Intermediate Word—December 7
One-on-One—December 14
Windows 10—December 21
Computer Basics—December 28

All classes are scheduled for Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.  One-on-one sessions are 30 minutes each.  You are welcome to bring your own device.

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

Spring Branch-Memorial Library Teen Book Club

 

Join the Spring Branch-Memorial Library Teen Book Club as we discuss When you reach me by Rebecca Stead. We’ll eat pizza and reveal our brand new book club name.

We’ll also make our own pet rocks, since the book is set in the 70s! 

We hope to see you there.

Date: Tuesday, November 28

Time: 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Ages: 12-18 (Grades 6-12) 

Thanksgiving Holiday Library Hours

We will close early on Wednesday, November 22, at 5:00 p.m.  The storytimes will take place as scheduled:Cornucopia

Baby time—10:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Toddler time—11:30 a.m.

There will be no after-school program.

We will be closed Thursday through Sunday, November 23-26, in observance of Thanksgiving.  We will reopen on Monday, November 27 at 1:00 p.m.

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! 

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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!

ToB


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?

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