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Book Hunters in Brief #111: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

One cannot help thinking that Jane Austen is rolling over in her grave with today's release of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies which seems entirely in keeping with the occasion. All I know is that the filmmakers are some uncommonly gutsy people. Not only are they courting the ire of a legion of diehard (sorry) Austen fans, but also the possible awakening of an undead Austen who, one suspects, would be a tad cranky after such a long nap, and most likely hankering for a big, steaming skullful of brains.

Book Hunters in Brief #110: African American History Month 2016

This week, Book Hunters in Brief presents some great books for teen and tween readers in celebration of African American History Month.

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Juba! by Walter Dean Myers

African American History Month @ Your Library

February is African American History Month and all of Harris County Public Library's twenty-six branches have programs planned. There will be African dance performances, arts and crafts programs for all ages inspired by traditional African art as well as the work of contemporary African American artists. There will be the annual African American Read-In featuring local black authors and readings by Klein High School drama students. UH professor Debbie Z. Harwell will give a talk on Wednesdays in Mississippi, a little-known civil rights project led by women for women. We'll host special storytimes for young ones and book discussions for adults.

In short, we invite you to help us celebrate the wide range of influences that African Americans have had on the nation's culture and history with a wide range of programs and special events. Below is a sampling of what we have in store.

New GED Distance Learning Program @ Your Library

Harris County Public Library is partnering with Harris County Department of Education, Adult Education to present a free distance learning program for area residents who want to earn their GED. Distance education programs allow you to learn at your own pace and to work on any computer with an internet connection.

New ESL Distance Learning @ Your Library

Harris County Public Library is partnering with Harris County Department of Education, Adult Education to present a free distance learning program for area residents who want to learn English. Distance education programs allow you to learn at your own pace and to work on any computer with an internet connection.

For more information including dates and times of registration and orientation sessions: ESL at Parker Williams

GED & ESL Distance Learning Programs @ HCPL

Harris County Public Library is partnering with Harris County Department of Education, Adult Education to present free distance learning programs for area residents who want to learn English or pursue their GED. English as a Second Language registration and orientation will be held at Parker Williams Branch Library and GED registration and orientation at North Channel Branch Library.

Distance education programs allow you to learn at your own pace and to work on any computer with an internet connection.

Book Hunters in Brief #109: The Victorians

Has there ever been anyone more squeamish about and discombobulated by basic bodily functions and desires than the typical Victorian?

Nope. And it's not even close.

Book Hunters in Brief #108: The 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association announced the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners this week and Book Hunters salutes the winners and offers a few reading suggestions to go along with them.

If you and your young ones love Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, the winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, Book Hunters in Brief suggests:

Book Hunters #107: Readable Science

A very well-adjusted and successful highschooler recently told me, "Smart is the new dumb," which doesn't make much sense in any context but high school. It seems that a generation of young people have come to the revolutionary notion that intelligence is a good thing. I don't know about you, but when I was in high school, it wasn't cool to get good grades. It wasn't cool to learn for the sake of learning. Consequently, I knew a lot of really smart people who pretended that the only thing they had on their mind was their hair. Thankfully things have changed for the better which is probably at least partially responsible for the fact that some of the best writing being done today is science writing.

Book Hunters in Brief #106: New Year, New Authors

There is nothing that makes the striking of midnight between December 31 and January 1 significantly different than the other three hundred sixty-four midnights of the year. It is only the fact that a couple thousand years ago a guy in a toga decided that it was as good a place as any to end one year and begin another. It's arbitrary (just ask one of the billion or so people who will celebrate the Chinese New Year on February 7).

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