Beth Krippel's blog

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.

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Barbie Fashion Show, April 8 at 4:30 PM

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

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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.

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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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Pond Life becomes WILD about Texas at Atascocita

Please note that our Life in a Pond presentation is now WILD about Texas.  Presented by the Houston Audubon Society this program explores examples of native Texas wildlife from each vertebrate class.  Participants have the opportunity to meet live animals.  

The space is limited, and free tickets are available 30 minutes prior to the program's start at 3:30 on Monday, July 15.

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Atascocita Lunch 'n' Lit, July 11: Point Omega

The Atascocita Library Lunch 'n' Lit Book Club - Join us on Thursday, July 11, at 1:00 PM as we discuss a good book and feel free to bring your lunch! This month's book is Point Omega by Don DeLillo.

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An Author Recommends: George R.R. Martin

Recently, author George R. R. Martin posted "Reading Recommendations" on his blog.  While there are many of these you can find at HCPL, for your convenience, here are a few of his suggestions! 

Of the Classics suggestions:

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Special Twilight Tales December 3, 7 PM

Join us for a special Twilight Tales Hanukkah Storytime on December 3. Learn more about Hanukkah from Rabbi Dan Gordon of Temple Beth Torah as he shares stories and folklore during this evening storytime for the whole family.

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