Beth Krippel's blog

Favorite SF Series: List of 10

Lists are fun.  Some lists can really stir fans’ passions about their particular topic.  I always enjoy reading “Best” or “Most influential” lists of Speculative Fiction books.  The comments found with those lists are often great ways to find new books.  With this in mind, I’ve decided to write up my list of top 10 favo

Roller Derby 101

Roller Derby’s recent revival began in Austin in 2001. Since that time, derby leagues have sprouted up around the world. Visit with members of our local derby team, The Missfits, as they regale you with tales of a fast moving and hard hitting sport that could be in the Olympics in as little as ten years. You can also find out how to join the team – even if you haven’t skated since you were six. Stop by Atascocita Branch on August 2 anytime between 2 PM – 4PM to meet our local derby ladies. All ages welcome.

New Mural arrives for the Meeting Room!

Thanks to a generous donation by Richard and Joanne Jacobson, we have a new mural arriving in our meeting room.  This mural was selected by staff and approved by FOAL’s board.  Additional thanks to Mr. Chris Johnson for installing the mural so expertly!

Robin Hobb: Fool's Assassin

 I had the privilege of reading Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb recently, due to be published in August 2014.

Looking for new gritty fantasy read?

If you found yourself loving the gritty, luscious style of George R.R. Martin, or the scoundrel or motley outcast crew is your kind of hero, then debut novel set in award nominated comic book series world Artesia, The Barrow by Mark Smylie may just be your best bet.  

Layers of story, big world building, and characters with flaws by the pound, this novel has taken a big step into the genre working off its basis of RPG game and comic book series.  

The book is currently on order for HCPL, but don't hesitate to add your name to the wait list for when it arrives.

Barbie Fashion Show, April 8 at 4:30 PM

Space is limited.  Please register to attend.  Registration can fill quickly.  

Odell Dreyer, Library Visionary

Odell Dreyer, age 88, passed away peacefully December 16, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. She had resided happily in Arlington, since December 2007, where she had moved to be near her daughter Gay Ogden. Odell leaves 3 children, daughters Gay and Karen, son Alan, and 3 grandchildren.

Friends of the Atascocita Library’s(FOAL) beginnings can be traced to 1986, when the Atascocita Hi Neighbor group, led by Odell, initiated a decade long project to have a library built in the developing Atascocita subdivision. The Atascocita Branch of the Harris County Public Library opened May 5, 1996. Odell was honored by FOAL, with the Dreams to Reality Gala on October 27, 2007.

Frederik Pohl: 1919-2013

Novelist, poet, essayist, editor, agent – Frederik Pohl (November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013) was a pioneer and champion of science fiction.  Not only did he create worlds for which he won many awards, including six Hugos as well as a Grand Master from the Science Fiction Writers of America, but he also guided and encouraged other writers.  With 75 years of influence in the genre, here are a few items worth checking out.  You can also look at the extensive summary on Frederik Pohl on the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

 

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