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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).

You Asked For ‘em. You Got ‘em: Coming in January, 100+ New Titles for Flipster

Coming in January, Harris County Public Library will add over one hundred new titles to our popular Flipster digital magazine service. There will be something to pique everyone's interest. For businesspeople and investors, there will be: Forbes, Fortune, Business Week; for the outdoorsy type: Backpacker, Field & Stream, and Four Wheeler; for the health-conscious: Muscle & Fitness, Runner's World and Men's/Women's Health;  for fashionistas: Allure, Cosmopolitan and InStyle; for gearheads: Car & Driver, Road & Track and Hot Rod; for kids: Nickelodeon, Highlights and Zoobooks. You get the picture, there will be something new and exciting for everyone from crafters to savvy consumers, from budding pundits to DIYers!

Book Hunters in Brief #105: Shakespearean Spin-Offs

If nothing else, you have to admire the courage of a writer who can look at one of the acknowledged masterworks of perhaps the greatest single body of work in the western canon--Hamlet, The Winter's Tale, King Lear--and ask herself, "What if I...?" If that same writer takes it a step farther and answers the question for herself on paper for all the world to see, well, you just have tip your hat, hoist your glass, give a few hearty "huzzahs" and keep your fingers crossed that she isn't hoisted with her own petard (to borrow a phrase from Big Bill).

That's what Book Hunters in Brief is doing this week: saluting some serious literary chutzpah with these Shakespearean spin-offs.

Book Hunters in Brief #104: The Force Awakens!

From everything we have heard and most of the reviews we have read, the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of those rare occasions when the movie lives up to both the studio marketing machine hype and the hardcore fans' expectations.

But the fact is that even if you see the movie three times a day for the next week, you will still have a lot of time to kill between viewings (seven hours and twelve minutes per day to be exact). Even if you figure you will be getting a good eight hours of shut-eye each night (you won't), that's still over nine hours a day of waiting. How are you going to make it?

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