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Teen Council members needed!

Do you like to attend teen programs at the library? Do you like volunteering and helping your community? Then we have an opportunity for you! We are looking for teens to join our new Teen Council. Call 281-376-4610 or e-mail ccteen@hcpl.net for more info.

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Hush Hush

Just finished reading Laura Lippman's newest book, Hush Hush. This is the newest in her series of Tess Monaghan mysteries. Tess is now a new mom and trying to juggle detective work and her family's hectic schedule. Her mentor, lawyer Tyner Gray, calls her in to do security for a old friend. This old friend, Melisandre Harris Dawes, locked her baby in a car and sat outside under a tree while the infant died. She was found not guilty by reason of insanity and admits that she was insane then. But now, 15 years later, she's back and wants to be reunited with her surviving daughters. Tess is torn between sympathy and suspicion towards this new client. 

cover of Hush Hush

Space City Slam

Space City Slam, presented by Writers in Schools, was here on Saturday, March 7. Teenagers came in and signed up to compete by reading their original poems and raps. There was a panel of judges and  participants were ranked on their writing, creativity, and delivery. There were a lot of talented young people. And between poets, we had a DJ playing some great music. It wasn't always easy to get up in front of an audience and share your thoughts and feelings but all of the poets did so. The winners advance to semi-finals and could wind up going all the way to the international event, held in Atlanta, Georgia later this year. We hope to make this an annual event as it was so much fun!

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The Forgers

When I read The Forgers by Bradford Morrow, I expected something along the lines of John Dunning’s Bookman series, a bit light hearted, with lots of insight into the rare book collecting industry. This was a bit different, slow moving, but with lots of character development and psychological insights. It starts off with a man, Adam Diehl, dying slowly in the hospital after a brutal attack. It seems Adam was a forger, something his sister, Meghan, struggles to deal with. Her boyfriend, Will, tries to help her but he himself has secrets.   


cover of The Forgers

 

Interviewing!

Looking for a job? Trying to move up? Come to our seminar on Interviewing! You'll get tips and techniques to help you land that job!  Thursday, Feb. 26 from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Robin Bush Room


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Two Mysteries!

I’ve been enjoying reading my mysteries lately. Sometimes, I’m reading books for my reading clubs and I have to take a break from mysteries. But lately, I’ve read two mysteries in a row!


cover of Echo Park

 

 


Echo Park by Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch is contacted about an old case and he is hopeful that he can finally locate the body of a young woman, Marie Gesto, who has been missing for thirteen years. Now that he’s in the Open-Unsolved Unit, he works cold cases all the time, but this one has always haunted him. Turns out a killer, Raynard Waits, has made a deal with the DA. He’s agreed to lead the authorities to the graves of Marie Gesto and other victims, in exchange for life instead of the death penalty. Harry doesn’t like it but he does want to give Marie’s parents some closure.


mystery box


Mystery Writers of America presents The Mystery Box edited by Brad Meltzer
This collection of short stories all feature a box somewhere in the story. Sometimes it’s a real box, sometimes it’s metaphoric. But each story has a box and it was entertaining to look for it as I read. One of the writers was my favorite, Laura Lippmann, but I can say I enjoyed all the stories. I find short stories fun to read in between novels. 

Read In 2015!

Barbara Bush Library and E.B.O.N.Y. join forces to participate in the 25th annual African American Read-In. All races and ages are invited. There will be a panel discussion on Starting and Maintaining A Book Club. Authors will be present to sell and sign their books. And there will be children's activities. Come join us!

couple reading

 

Organizing 101: Tips of the Trade

Join us for our Organizing 101 workshop on Friday at 3:00 pm. We're fortunate enough to have Tina Hazen, owner of Think Inside the Boxx, to let us in on her trade secrets. She helps her clients get organized and she's ready to help you! She'll cover how to declutter and gain control over your paper, surroundings and your life. 


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The Future of Libraries?

Found this interesting article in the online Good magazine.

 http://magazine.good.is/articles/public-libraries-reimagined

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is the new book that everyone wants. It’s a suspense that has been compared to last year’s hit Gone Girl. You can get on the library’s request list, but it’s going to be a while before you get to read it. While you’re waiting, here’s some other books that are similar in tone and plot and you won’t have to wait!

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