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Book Hunters in Brief #67: Girl Power: Tween Edition

It's a little strange, but perhaps not altogether surprising, that some of the people who have most shaped us as human beingss are not real people in the flesh-and-blood sense of that term. If parents and guardians, teachers and coaches, older sisters and brothers and all our other role models teach us practical lessons about how we should carry ourselves in world, our fictional heroes teach us how to dream.

This week, the Book Hunters offer some strong heroines for tweens.

Book Hunters in Brief #65: March Madness!

The clocks have sprung for spring. my lawn is overgrown with dandelions, and hares from Hong Kong to Halifax are hippity-hoppitying around with manic gleams in their beady little eyes, so that means College Basketball's contribution to the general looniness of the season cannot be far behind. 

The Book Hunters--never ones to sit idly by while others merrily run amok--have done their part. Here are a few suggestions to get you psyched for wall-to-wall hoop action for the next three weeks.

AAUW Grants Boost HCPL STEM Programs

The North Harris County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) recently awarded grants through two HCPL friends groups to enhance children’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programs at their branches.The grants were presented by the Fellowship Fund Program Committee during the NHC - AAUW’s Outstanding Women Awards Luncheon in February.

 

Book Hunters in Brief #65: Cinderella

For a few rare stories, the style in which they are told can be changed over and over, but the story itself continues to fascinate no matter how many times we hear it. Fairy Tales are called that for a reason and it's not only because they feature magical beings, it's because the stories themselves contain a certain ineffable hold--a sort of magic--over young and old alike.

The State of Health Houston & Harris County Report

When we think about health, we usually think about it on a personal level. We don’t often consider that our health and that of our neighbors constitutes a public policy issue, but the fact is a sizeable slice of any level of government’s revenue goes into promoting and protecting the health of its constituents. From immunization programs to restaurant inspectors looking for slime in ice machines, your tax dollars are directly involved in the health and well-being of your community.

The Harris County Health Care Alliance including Harris County Public Health and Environment Services, and many other county and city agencies has compiled the State of Health Houston & Harris County Report 2015 - 2016

Book Hunters in Brief #64: Teen Tech Week 2015

March 8 - 14 is Teen Tech Week and this year's theme is "Libraries Are For Making," Harris County Public Library's Book Hunters have some suggestions to spark your creativity.

Teen Tech Week 2015: Libraries Are For Making!

This week, March 8 – 14, is Teen Tech Week 2015. This year’s theme is “Libraries are for Making!” and Harris County Public Library is highlighting all the ways that we can spark your creativity, with lots of tech-based programs from 3D printer demonstrations to basic coding and TinkerCAD workshops. You’ll learn about geocaching, the physics behind rocketry, even how to take a better selfie. 

Calling All Teen Poets, Rappers & Writers! Space City Poetry Slam! Saturday @ Barbara Bush Branch Library

Teen poets, writers and rappers! It’s time to step up and stand out at the WITS Space City Slam, Saturday, March 7, 2:00 PM at Barbara Bush Branch Library.

The slam is free and open to all teens between 13 and 19 years. No registration is necessary. Just bring your best poetry and bring it at the mic.

Saturday's event is the third of ten first-round slams to held across the Greater Houston Area. Saturday's winners  will move on to the semifinal round to compete for a spot in the final Space City Grand Slam in April at Discovery Green. The six winners of the Grand Slam will join the Meta-Four Houston performance poetry team at the Brave New Voices Festival this July in Atlanta.

Book Hunters in Brief #63: The Book Hunters Go Texan!

It’s that time of year again! Time for the greenest of greenhorns and the grizzliest of grizzled cowpokes to don their very best duds and scoot their boots over to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In the spirit of the season, Harris County Public Library's  Book Hunters have rustled up some rootin’ tootin’ reads to put you in the mood for barbecue and funnel cake.

Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett 

Rodeo Queen by Marci Peschke

The Fat Stock Stampede at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo by Dotti Enderle

Chasing the Rodeo: on Wild Rides and Big Dreams, Broken Hearts and Broken Bones, and One Man's Search for the West by W.K. Stratton

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