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Atascocita Branch on Facebook!

Atascocita Branch Library has a presence on Facebook!  Our page provides library branch updates, information on upcoming programs, links to book news, and more.

You can connect with us by clicking on the 'Like' button you see beneath our branch's picture on our branch webpage. When you 'Like' the page, our latest posts will be sent to your News Feed each time you sign in to Facebook.

Top Circulated SF Titles of 2010

Speculative Fiction titles published in late 2009 and 2010 that circulated the most in the Harris County Public Library system will probably seem pretty familiar--at least in authors and worlds.  Star Wars still holds sway over fans, and it seems Jim Butcher cannot fail as he appears twice on the list.  The Top Ten Circulating SF Titles are as follows:


Wonderfully Wordy Wizards

Finding new authors of epic fantasy is hard these days.  Urban fantasy and its cross over paranormal romance are waving their banners high.  So, why did it take me so long to find this author and the book released Spring 2010?  I have no excuse, but I will make up for it now. 

Come Midnight...

Midnight is on the mind this season of new books in Fantasy and Science Fiction.  HCPL has Towers at Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, the next in the Wheel of Time series, on order.  Put a hold on your copy today! 

Terry Pratchett was not left out with his I Shall Wear Midnight that came out in September, look for a copy to join the HCPL catalog soon.

Other new releases include:

Atascocita Lunch 'n' Lit Book Club

Bring your lunch to Atascocita Branch Library and laugh along with everyone else discussing Bill Bryson's Neither Here Nor There on September 9 at 1 PM.

Who Ruled SF during the Summer?

In the months of June, July, and August, the libraries get even busier than usual.  Our customers get busy reading more, too, but do you know what SF we read most during those months?  Looks like a lot of us, including myself, decided to spend time with Harry -- Harry Dresden.  Changes took the top spot.  The title entered the library system in April, but he was still going strong in the summer.  Guess we just can't get enough of Harry.  And I have to say, this one has to be one of my favorite of the Dresden Files books.   Do you have a favorite Dresden Files book?

Craft Club, August 17, 7 PM!

Join us at Atascocita on Tuesday, August 17 at 7 PM to recycle those soup and veggie cans into unique and practical pencil/pen holders. All supplies are provided but are limited. Be one of those who learn this fast and easy craft!

Please sign up to attend either online at through the Events Calendar, or in the library at the front desk.

This craft program is intended for ages 18 and over.

Fantastical History

Alternate History, Steampunk, Historical Fantasy (Fantastical History?) and many more subgenres all do something very similar: they take what was and give new possibilities or mystic reasons why.  I just finished reading Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, and the fantasy elements were so light touched as to feel more like a new telling of a very old myth.  It was also great to see some fresh fantasy going into other cultures than European based.  The story, however, had much less overt magic a

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