Clara Maynard's blog

Thank you to our Friends!

The Friends of the Barbara Bush Library do so much for us! Thanks to their fundraising efforts, we're able to buy more books and offer better programs. Recently, they did two wonderful things. They donated $14,000 to the library system to buy more e-books, and they paid to have our Teen area repainted. Take a look! (If you're not a member of the Friends of the Library, do ask us about joining. The membership dues are reasonable and the money goes to help the library.)

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We're back!

We're happy to report that our computer systems are back up and running. Our fiber optic cable had gotten damaged. So things are back to normal! What a relief!

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Save the Date! Cypress Creek Book Festival

Come to the Cypress Creek Book Festival on Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 am. Our speaker is DiAnn Mills. She has written several bestselling books and she is a Christy Award winner.  Among her books are "Firewall", "Double Cross", and "Deadlock." We are fortunate to have her as our speaker for the Book Festival. She will be speaking on "Writing in the 21st Century." If you want to be a published author, come and hear her speak. If you love to read, find out how she creates her wonderful stories. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

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Words of Recognition

A customer sent me this the other day:

My public library, the Barbara Bush Branch of the Harris County library system,

is an indispensable source for students, parents, children and youth, and

readers like myself.  A public library keeps all of us in touch with our heritage

as a country, the enormous range of knowledge of human achievements and

the people who have made contributions to the world.  A community without

a library is blind and condemned to a life of ignorance.  

He wanted to remain anonymous so I won't put his name. But I thought it was so nice and so true!

Yoga at the Library

Are you ready to stretch and relax? Come join us at our yoga classes! Every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 we have yoga in the Earl Elliot room. It’s a great way to start the New Year!

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One Step Behind

I love reading mysteries with hard-boiled, troubled detectives. I just finished reading one of the Kurt Wallander mysteries. Kurt is a Swedish police detective and he battles with the changes in Swedish society. Crime is increasing and he feels inadequate, as do many of his department. In the start of this book, a murderer kills three young people when they are celebrating Midsummer by having a picnic. Everyone thinks they've gone off on a trip, but one parent is sure that there is something wrong, even though she's been receiving postcards from her daughter. When the bodies are revealed, Wallander and his team go after the killer who always seems to be both one step ahead of them and One Step Behind. I enjoy the character of Wallander and the look at Swedish society. 

One Step Behind


Waiting for Harry ???

If you're waiting for the newest Harry Bosch mystery, The Crossing, you may want to read some other gritty, hard boiled detective stories. Harry is unique, but these good reads also. 

Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child

Wil Hardesty novels by Richard Barre

Derek Strange and Terry Quinn mysteries by George P Pelecanos

Department Q mysteries by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Charlie Resnick mysteries by John Harvey

cover of The Marco Effect


A Good Time was Had by All

We had a great time at our Community Open House! Lots of good music, cookies, and giveaways were availabe. Children enjoyed a holiday scavenger hunt. And Santa and Mrs. Claus came to visit! Thank you to all our Friends of the Barbara Bush Library, H.E.B. and Costco for making this event possible. If you weren't able to come, we hope you can make our next one in 2016. 

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It's the Holiday Season!

The Holiday Season  begins when the Memorial Northwest Ladybugs Garden Club bring us beautiful poinsettias to decorate the library! They really brighten up the place and we appreciate the Ladybugs remembering us!

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What I've Been Reading

Here's what I've been reading lately..Almost finished with the Harry Bosch series, and found a new author. 

cover of Gods of Guilt

Gods of Guilt 

cover of the Burning Room

The Burning Room

cover of The Nature of the Beast

The Nature of the Beast

A Firing Offense

A Firing Offense

What have you been reading???


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