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New Book Club at the Katy Library

Book Club?  (clipart by clker.com)Beginning in January, the Katy Library will launch a new book club, and we want YOU to join us!  Please contact us by commenting here, calling the branch, or stopping in to let us know what days, what times, and what types of books you're interested in.  (So far, the responses have been for an evening group on a weekday reading a variety of topics.) 

Mystery Book Club Meeting

Watch Me DieDon't miss the monthly meeting of Katy's Mystery Book Club this Saturday, November 5 at 10:30am.  The selection this month is Watch Me Die by Erica Spindler

Do You See the Gorilla?

The Invisible GorillaOur minds deceive us.  We can be looking right at something but not see it.  We can remember details about an event but be completely mistaken.  We can believe someone because they're confident, not because they're knowledgeable.  Our minds deceive us.  Take a look at The Invisible Gorilla: and Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons.  Better yet, watch the video this book is based on.  Then, if you're like me, you'll HAVE to read the book.

The Pumpkins Have Arrived

Pumpkin DecoratingNew staff members have arrived at the Katy Branch Library, but we're just not getting much work out of them.  It's hard to find good pumpkins these days.  Click here to see the rest of the new additions. 

Do It Cheap

99-Cent SolutionsWipe down the inside of your fridge with tomato juice to keep it fresh.  Really?  Who knew!  Mix water, white vinegar, and dishwashing liquid to get rid of ants.  No way!  Reader's Digest's 99-Cent Solutions: Easy Ways to Save Thousands of Dollars is chock full of these kinds of tips.  Want to know how mixing paint thinner & kitty litter can help you?  See page 101!

Howl-a-Ween at the Dog Park

Wizard dog from www.clker.comDoes Spot look smashing in his wizard costume?  Bring him on October 27th at 6:00pm to the annual Howl-a-Ween at the City of Katy Dog Park, located directly behind the library.  Admission is one bag of dog food to be donated to a local shelter.  For more information, call the Parks & Recreation office at 281-391-4840.

Giving Back

Everyone Helps, Everyone WinsDavid T. Levinson recently put out a great book showing you how to make the world a better place.  Organizing over fifty thousand volunteers, he's got what it takes to write on the subject.  Check out Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins.  Whether you write a check, help someone out, or volunteer locally (say, at the library - hint, hint), everyone wins.

Who Do You Believe?

Don't Cross Your EyesMy mother always told me that you can get food poisoning from eating fish and dairy in the same meal.  Is that true?  I'm still trying to figure that out, but many of my health myths have been proven wrong by reading Don't Cross Your Eyes... They'll Get Stuck That Way! by Dr. Aaron E. Carroll and Dr. Rachel C.

In Memory of a Friend

In Memory of Teresa Molne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who may not have heard, Harris County Public Library lost a dear friend.  Teresa Molne passed away in July of this year after working for the Katy Branch Library, the Maud Marks Branch Library, and the Katherine Tyra Branch Library.  In her memory a statue of a Great Dane (a breed she loved) has been placed in the courtyard at the Katy Library and will serve to reflect her love of dogs and of the library for many years to come.  Stop by and take a look next time you're in.

Picking Ronald Cotton

Picking CottonI've been gripped by a true story lately.  Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton is the story of Jennifer being raped and her belief that Ronald was the perpetrator.  He served 11 years in jail before DNA evidence proved his innocence and provided his release.  I'm torn.  Should I skip to the end to see him finally receive justice, or do I read every word because the book is so well-written?  I'm picking the latter.

 

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