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Freedom to Read

Join us in Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read September 30 to October 6 Banned Books Week. Books are challenged by an individual or group with best intentions to prevent materials to be read by others (usually children) because of the content the books contain. The challenge is to ban the book from libraries, schools and media all across the country. Sometimes the challenge results in banning of the book and some challenges are unsuccessful.  Everyone has the freedom and you can make the choice to ban or read these books.

Here is a list of the Top Ten books challenged in 2011.

Sudoku Fever

I had heard about Sudoku about 5 years ago.  I didn’t understand it and I really wasn’t interested.  It didn’t look easy and I was comfortable with my word finds. 
In our August printed events calendar, we featured an alphabet Sudoku.  I asked how I can solve it. I worked through it and when I was finished with it I was hooked for life!
I want to invite you to get hooked also.  Not only do we have books that can teach you how to be a Sudoku Master, we also have Sudoku Mysteries and much more.  Increase your brain power while you’re at it and get to the history of Sudoku.
Here are some simple instructions to get you started. 
Start by filling in the boxes so that every row, column and 3x3 mini –grid contains each digit from 1 to 9 once.
Use a pencil so you can erase any mistakes
Don’t rush—there’s no time limit.
Of course, the numbers that are already given cannot change
Keep in mind, there is one correct solution for each puzzle.
Using these tips, you can now get started! 






Time to travel

Travel, VacationGet away from the stresses of work, school, and your daily routine.  Plan now and you could be enjoying beautiful Italy or relaxing at the Bahamas.  Stop dreaming about your dream vacation and live it!  We have wonderful books sitting on our shelves waiting for you to whisk them away to exciting destinations. Find romance in Germany, discover Australia, or unearth treasures in England. Afraid of flying? No problem, drive to destinations in the United States.  Explore the Grand Canyon, visit America's capital Washington DC, or have an adventure through North and South Carolina. Even better, take advantage of what our fabulous city of Houston has to offer.

Books on Screen

Have you ever wondered where they get ideas for blockbuster hits or TV shows? They get them from books! Mix together a couple of actors, creative writing, producers, lights and cameras and now you have your favorite books come to life.  Its like magic!  Read them before or after you watch them and you decide which is better.

Here's a list of books that we have in our system ready to check out or reserve just for you.

Books turned into Movies out in Theaters:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

We Can Remember it for you Wholesale by Philip K. Dick (Total Recall)

Bourne Legacy by Eric Von Lustbader

Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo

Wettest County in the World: Novel Based on a True Story by Matt Bondurant (Lawless)

Books turned into TV shows:

Walt Longmire Mysteries series by Craig Johnson (Longmire)

Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard

Rizzoli & Isles series by Tess Gerritsen

Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (True Blood)

Books turned into movies soon to be out or on DVD:

Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant

Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Headhunters by Jo Nesbo

Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein

The Pirates! series by Gideon Defoe (The Pirates! Band of Misfits)

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey (Think Like a Man)

Summer is almost over!

Get a ClueHey Everybody!! Our Summer Reading Program is coming to an end.  Your last day is August 11, 2012.  Everyone can register. Kids, Teens, and Adults oh my! Hurry up and register to be eligible for our great prizes. See what we have for your age group at our library.

Children 0-12yrs of age that read 10 books or 500 minutes you get:  

-SRP bracelet at 



-Ribbon (50 books read)

Teens 13-17yrs of age that read 5 books or 600 minutes you get:

-SRP bracelet at signup

-USB bracelet



Adults 18 and up that read 5 books or 600 minutes you get:


-1 of 4 $25 gift cards from Twice Told Tales (5 books read)

-Entry into drawings for Kindle/Nook

-Entry into drawings for $30 Amazon Gift Card

-Grand Prize drawing at end of summer for Kindle Fire/Nook Tablet


2012 Olympics

olympic torchThis year the Summer Olympics are going to be held in London starting July 25 thru August 12.  Get the latest updates on their website. Download the apps, watch the torch relay, and view the schedule of events.   Join the excitement by reading books in our library!

June is Audio Book Month

Jlisten, audio bookoin us and the Audio Publishers Association in celebration of Audio Book Month! We have launched a new audio book library just for you.  One Click Digital has thousands of new titles available for your ear enjoyment. Come in and learn about this new service or click on the link to start now.  Listen on your computer or on any Apple device.  You can still enjoy our audio collection through Overdrive for you die hard fans!  Your ears are going to love you either way, so stop reading this and start downloading some audio books! 


Quilting Bee

Be at the Bee! Our very own Quilting Bee will be held here at the Northwest Branch starting Tuesday April 24, 2012 @Quilt, Quilting Bee 2pm.  The Bee will continue to be held every Tuesday @ 2pm.  You are welcome to bring your projects, share your ideas or come in and learn a new craft.  

The process of quilting uses a needle and thread to join two or more layers of material to make a quilt. This sounds easy enough. I'm in!  

Everybody walk!



Did you know that walking is the most popular form of physical activity in the United States? 10,000 steps per day – about 5 miles – is a great way to walk your way to fitness. Wednesday, April 4th is National Walking Day. Everybody get up and walk for your health. Walk to our library and check out DVDs and books to help you get started! 

Wednesday Movie Time

move reelHey everybody come by Wednesday March 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm to watch Matthew Broderick in one of his best comedies of the 80's. By the way, it is also his birthday that day! So if you're a fan, you have to see this movie. 

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