Clara Maynard's blog

Happy Holidays!

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We'll be enjoying time with our families and friends during our time off. We hope that your holiday is a wonderful one, filled with love and laughter. When the  holidays are over, come back and see us to get books and DVDs, and enjoy one of our many programs!

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P.D.James

I used to read all of P.D. James’ novels, but for some reason got into reading other authors and hadn’t gotten back to her. So I was a bit dismayed upon hearing about her death recently at age 94. She wrote 18 titles, which were very popular.  One of them, The Children of Men, was made into a movie in 2006. So I’m resolved to re-read her mysteries as I remember how much I enjoyed them. And it will be my own little tribute to her.  Have any of you read her novels? Do you have a favorite?

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Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for Jan. 8 as we kick off our Green Thumb 2015 Gardening Series. Harris County Master Gardeners will come on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.  You’ll learn how to make your plants happy and your garden beautiful!  Again, the first date is Thursday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 pm. 


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And a Good Time Was Had by All

The music was wonderful. The food was great! And the kids all enjoyed doing crafts and visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus. We gave away coffee mugs and bookmarks. Everyone had a great time! Thanks go out to our staff, volunteers, and the Friends of the Barbara Bush Library for their hard work. Special thanks to H.E.B., Rockfish Seafood Grill, Kroger's, and Bullritios for all the food donations. If you didn't get to come, you missed out! Hope you can join us next year!


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Bones!

I’ve been watching the Bones TV show and really enjoying it. So I decided to research the mystery series that the show is based on. The author is Kathy Reichs and her heroine is Dr. Temperance Brennan. Just like Ms. Reichs, Dr. Brennan is a forensic anthropologist. So the novels involve a lot of skeletons being found in odd places and Dr. Brennan helping to solve the case with her mad science skills. I haven’t read any of the books yet, but the first in the series is Deja Dead. Has anyone read the series? Are the books as good as the TV show? 

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Come to our Party!

Come and enjoy our Community Open House! It’s this Saturday, Dec. 6 from 2-4 pm. There will be choirs singing, refreshments, and Santa will be in the children’s area. You can get your picture taken with St. Nick and do a holiday craft. And while supplies last, we will have free coffee mugs to give out! So come visit and get into the holiday spirit!


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A Christmas Surprise!

Shhh…the elves will creep in during the Thanksgiving holiday. At least we think that’s what happens. All we know is that every year, while we’re all celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday and eating lots of food, our library is magically transformed.  When we open on Monday, Dec. 1st, there will be several Christmas trees and lots of decorations. So come by and enjoy the Christmas cheer. You may even see an elf!  


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Turkey Day Mysteries!

Here's some mysteries that have Thanksgiving Day settings. Enjoy!

Turkey Day Murder by Leslie Meierroast turkey


The Diva Runs Out of Thyme
by Krista Davis

Fatal Feast
by Jessica Fletcher


A Catered Thanksgiving
by Isis Crawford

 

Afternoon Book Club

Afternoon Book Club
Come and join one of the two sessions of the afternoon book club to discuss The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline!

Sessions are:
Thursday, Nov. 20 at 1:30  in the Earl Elliot Room
Friday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 in the upstairs conference room
See you there!


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Iron Lake

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A customer was checking out some books the other day by William Kent Krueger and she was telling me that she loves his books. She had been eagerly awaiting his newest work and she encouraged me to read them. So I started to investigate him. He writes novels set in rural Minnesota and the stories often involve regional history and the local Native American tribes. The first in the series is Iron Lake. Have any of you read his books? If so, what did you think?

 

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