Clara Maynard's blog

Bookstore Volunteers Needed

The Friends of the Library operate a bookstore in our lobby. If you haven't been there, it's a great place to buy gently used books, DVDs, and music. I even bought a Simpsons trivia game there once! They raise funds that help us do all the extra things here, like providing quality performers for our children's Summer Reading programs. They help us buy more books, e-books, and picture of a stack of booksDVDs. So the bookstore is pretty important to us here at the library. Right now the friends need new volunteers to help us in the bookstore. Typical shifts are 3 - 4 hours/half days. We need volunteers that are interested in working a regular weekly time slot and also those interested in being a substitute. Our bookstore is open 6 days a week and is run solely by volunteers.Training will be provided. Interested?  Call the library at  281-376-4610 and ask for Clara!









The Best American Mystery Stories 2014

I enjoy looking at The Best American Mystery Stories each year when it comes out. Otto Penzler and his guest editor always choose great stories. The guest editor this year is Laura Lippman, one of my favorite mystery authors. The first story I read was “Almost Like Christmas” by the late Joseph Heller. Set in the 50’s, it involves a teacher and a sheriff trying to keep their town from exploding after a black man allegedly kills a white man. There are other great stories in here by folks like James Lee Burke, Charlaine Harris, and Annie Proulx. I always enjoy reading the stories by the authors I know and finding some new authors to try out.  

Cover of The Best American Mystery Stories


Looking Ahead to 2015!

All of our customers mean so much to us. We have enjoyed serving you during 2014 and we look forward to doing even more in 2015. Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve! We'll see you on Friday when we reopen!

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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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!




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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