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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.

Adult Education Workshop: Social Security and Estate Planning

Join us in the Atascocita Branch Library meeting room, November 1 from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm, to learn more about Social Security options and benefits plus estate planning basics.  Topics include "When should I start benefits to maximize distributions?" and "What changes to Social Security benefits are legislators considering in the future?"  Presented by John Taphorn of Merrill Lynch and Deborah Currin, Attorney. 

SF Genre: Steampunk

The progression of Steampunk from fringe subgenre to mainstream has taken a few decades.  You could say it has taken a little over a century if you want to throw in H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, and we really should.  While those two authors are often relegated to the “classics” section of the library, their incorporation of the bizarre, anachronistic engineering, and influence from the possibilities of science put many of their stories clearly in the Steampunk category.

Down the rabbit hole and other adventures

This week’s Amazing Read encouraged us to share a childhood favorite, or have a child share a favorite with an adult.  Of course, there are those stories that bridge both worlds, just as they take us through the looking glass, over the rainbow, second star to the right, or on a leopard.

Ray Bradbury: 1920-2012

Another of the great SF authors has passed away.  Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 — June 5, 2012) is the author of SF classics such as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and

Do you have your towel?

It is May 25th and time to celebrate Towel Day!  Started in 2001, two weeks after the death of author Douglas Adams, this day honors the author of SF classics including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  It is that story, and its many other installments, that introduces us to the towel as the "most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have."  Read Chapter 3 of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to find out why.

Nebula Award Winners

The Nebula Awards® are voted on and presented by the active members of SFWA for outstanding science fiction and fantasy published in 2011.

The full list of winners this year can be found on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America page.

Novel Winner: Among Others by Jo Walton

 

 

Novel Nominees:

 

Summer Reading is Coming!

FOAL Annual Meeting: May 1 at 7:00 PM

The Friends of the Atascocita Library Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, May1, at 7:00PM at the Atascocita Library.There will be a short business meeting, which will include election of officers and presentation of the budget for 2012 – 2013. Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle will be the guest speaker. He has spent more than 20 years working with and serving the citizens of Harris County Precinct 4 as an attorney, as an elected judge and now serving as county commissioner.

Embrace a more magical New Orleans

New Orleans is known for its mystical ways.  Several authors have made it the stomping grounds for their novels.  A new writer has established her urban fantasy in The Crescent City with the first novel in a planned series taking place just as hurricane Katrina hits.  Suzanne Johnson's Royal Street introduces us to a Green Congress mage who goes by DJ.  When the hurricane hits, more than physical structures are broken down -- things are getting loose in the magical world, too.  With her mentor missing, DJ is faced with a new partner and keeping baddies from getting past the barrie

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