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Picture It @ Your Library: Teen Read Week, October 16 - 22

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Adults—usually teachers or well-meaning relatives—are always urging teens to read one book or another, and most of the time it is not necessarily because the book is particularly good, but because it is supposed to be good for the teen. Libraries, families and other organizations that participate in Teen Read Week do just the opposite. They encourage teens to read for the sheer pleasure of it.

Update: Jacinto City Branch Renovations

Jacinto City Branch-Computer Lab foundation constructionThe renovations to the Jacinto City Branch Library are moving along nicely. While last weekend’s rain was much needed, it slowed exterior work slightly, but we are happy to report that the foundation for the branch’s new, grant-funded meeting room has been poured and framing of the structure is well underway. Work on the interior of the existing structure is in progress and painting is almost complete.

2011 National Book Awards Finalists

National Book Award medal - courtesy of the National Book FoundationThe finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards were announced on October 12. As usual the list is a mix of relative unknowns and old reliables, critically acclaimed bestsellers and small press prestige titles. The NBA, along with the Pulitzer, is the most coveted prize awarded to American writers. The roster of past winners reads like a Who's Who of the last half century in American letters. They include Jonathan Franzen, Ha Jin, Cormac McCarthy and Alice Walker for fiction; Patti Smith, Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe and Maxine Hong Kingston for nonfiction; Galway Kinnell, Elizabeth Bishop, W. H. Auden and William Carlos Williams for Poetry; and Sherman Alexie and Jeanne Birdsall for young people's literature.

Canaries in the Coal Mine: Banned Books Week, September 24 - October 1

ALA Banned Books Week 2011 LogoEven as you read this, some nameless canary is sitting alone at a keyboard pecking away at one or another of your dearly-held and unquestioned truths. With time and because of that canary's work, that truth will be shown to be false. And you will be better for it. We all will.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Seven Nobel Laureates and a Might-Have-Been

Cover Art: La Casa Verde by Mario Vargas LlosaThey don’t hand out the Nobel Prize in Literature to just anybody. Unlike the Pulitzer and National Book Award, which are given for a single work, the Nobel is awarded for an author’s entire body of work. The result is that the prize isn't given out to the latest hot young thing, the flavor of the month, the flash-in-the-pan, the one-hit-wonder. The Nobel is awarded for sustained excellence.

Lit Geek Heaven: Pennsound Audio Archive

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Pennsound's mission is to collect, and make available to the public free of charge, recordings of contemporary authors and poets reading their own work, as well as to preserve recordings of authors from the past.

South Houston Branch Renovations Begin October 1.

South Houston Branch LibraryRenovations are set to begin on the South Houston Branch. The library will be open until 5:00 PM Saturday Oct. 1, with work scheduled to start on Monday October 3. The grant-funded renovations will include an update of the existing facilities and the addition of a computer lab. While the South Houston Branch is closed, customers may use the nearby Parker Williams Branch located at 10851 Scarsdale Boulevard, Suite #510. Renovations are currently underway at the Jacinto City Branch, and the Galena Park Branch will be remodeled in the near future. We will share more information about these projects as it becomes available.
 

Hispanic Heritage Month @ Your Library

Hispanic Heritage MonthIn honor of the diverse cultures that comprise Harris County, the Harris County Public Library and its branches will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month starting September 15 and running through October 15. Programs, activities and displays will be offered at branches throughout Harris County.

Harris County continues to be shaped by, and to benefit from, its vibrant Hispanic community. Harris County Public Library hopes to educate, inform and entertain the citizens of Harris County during this month celebrating the contributions of Hispanics to the cultural and economic life of our nation.

Midnight Notes on the Poet H. D.

Portrait of H. D., courtesy the Poetry Foundation (poetryfoundation.org)When we think of the poet H. D. (born Hilda Doolittle) we see her as through a prism, or perhaps more fittingly as the subject of a cubist portrait. She is fragmentary--a series of planes that don't quite make a whole but which carry undeniable significance.

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