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November is National Picture Book Month

Like many of you, we think the whole National This Month and National That Month thing has gotten a little out of hand. Yes, many of them are important, like Black History Month and Cancer Prevention Month (both in February), but do we really need Humorists Are Artists Month (March) and National Sandwich Month? (August). The answer is a reluctant yes, but only because we want to stay on the good side of the powerful Humorists Union and the shadowy Pastrami Lobby.

But this month, we just flat-out love because it is both oodles of fun and important to boot. November is National Picture Book Month, and Harris County Public Library encourages you to celebrate to the fullest. 

 

Book Hunters in Brief #48: The Hunger Games

As fictional heroines go, Katniss Everdeen is as tough, smart and resilient as they come. No doubt about it. But there are plenty of other heinie-kicking heroines out there, just as Panem isn't the only chillingly dystopian society in the YA aisle. This week, in honor of the coming premiere of Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,  (November 21) Book Hunters offers a few Hunger Games readalikes for when you're hankering for some more savory reads.

Book Hunters in Brief # 47: Rick Riordan Readalikes

If you or someone you know is a fan of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and have read and reread every book, then you're probably looking for something new to fill that space till the next installment. Here cones Book Hunters to the rescue!

The Invisible Tower by Nils Johnson-Shelton
Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire
Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott
Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus

You say you prefer to read about the demimonde while drinking a demitasse of espresso to reading about demigods?

Book Hunters in Brief #46: Books for People Who Aren't Afraid of Being Scared

Nobody really knows why some of us get such pleasure from being scared out of wits, but writers like Stephen King, Octavia Butler, Clive Barker, and others have made comfortable livings making us uncomfortable. In honor of the holiday, HCPL's Book Hunters offer some ghoulishly good reads that are definitely not for the faint of heart.

The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue

Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Book Hunters in Brief #45: TV's Grimm and Fairy Tales for the Big Kids

For a long time, most of us thought of fairy tales as pure kidstuff, but it wasn't always thus. They started out as folk tales and they were decidedly un-Disney-like. Now, they've come full circle and you can find fairy tales for grown-ups all over TV, as well as, on the shelves of your favorite library. HCPL's Book Hunters thinks that's a good thing.

Book Hunters in Brief #44: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

We've all had bad days, and we all can probably agree that it is far better to read about one than to actually have one. This week Book Hunters offers some recommendations for those I-got-up-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-bed days.

Gulf Coast Reads Author Stephen Harrigan at Museum of Fine Arts - Houston

Gulf Coast Reads, Harris County Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston invite you to a special evening with author, Stephen Harrigan at the MFAH on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

After introducing and reading from his novel, Remember Ben Clayton, Mr. Harrigan will sit for a lively and wide-ranging conversation with Houston Chronicle columnist and features writer, Lisa Gray, to be followed by a Q and A with the audience.

Book Hunters Gear Up for TEEN READ WEEK 2014, Oct 12 - 18

BHiB 43 Teen Read WeekNext week, October 12 - 18, is Teen Read Week 2014 and HCPL's Book Hunters are on board. TRW is a national initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. By "regular readers," YALSA means people who read for pleasure and not only because they "have to." You see, eventually the homework assignments are going to stop coming, but the benefits of reading will keep growing over a lifetime.

Book Hunters' sole purpose is to match readers of any age with books that reflect their interests, their passions, and their tastes. It's fast, it's easy, it's online, and it's free to get a reading list all your own.

Tutors Needed! A Little of Your Time Can Make a Huge Difference

The demand for Literacy and English as a Second Language instruction in Harris County is great, and we are trying to do our part to help meet that demand, but we can't do it without your help. Harris County Public Library is looking for people willing to share a little of their time to make a big difference in a neighbor's life. All we ask is that you attend one training session, and set aside 1 1/2 to 2 hours a week. We will supply all the materials you will need and a space at the library to meet with your student. No teaching experience is necessary. Please register for one of our upcoming tutor training sessions: 

Book Hunters in Brief #42: Further Reading for Gulf Coast Readers

BHinB#42Book Hunters is joining a whole bunch of readers across Southeast Texas in reading Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan for Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page.

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