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Phillip Levine (1928 - 2015)

The poet Phillip Levine passed away on Sunday. The obituaries you may or may not read are going to focus on his reputation as a poet who wrote about the working class, or more accurately, about the actual work of those we lump under that term. And he was, no doubt, that. The title of one of his two National Book Award winning collections was after all What Work Is. And he should be lauded for that part of his work, but he was not only that. He was too smart, too multi-dimensional a human to be satisfied with that.

Book Hunters in Brief #61: Fifty Shades of Grey

Ask ten random people what love is and you'll get some long awkward pauses before you get ten different answers. That is probably why so many of us spend so much of our lives looking for it. How are we supposed to find something when we can't say exactly what it is? It's like telling someone who has never seen a hippopotamus to find one in a pitch dark walk-in closet. He's going to bump into it quite a few times before he figures out that the big, smelly thing is what he's been looking for.

Annual Meeting of the Harris County Friends of the Library, March 6, 2015

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Harris County Friends of the Library (HCFOL) will be held on Friday, March 6, 10:00 a.m. at HCPL's Administrative Offices located at 8080 El Rio Street in the NRG Stadium-area. The Harris County Friends of the Library is the umbrella organization made up of the members of the 26 individual branch Friends groups. All current members of branch Friends groups are encouraged to attend.

On the agenda are the election of HCFOL officers (including recently added at-large positions), the State of the Library report by Library Director Edward Melton. a presentation on the upcoming Summer Reading Program by Coordinator of Marketing and Programming, Linda Stevens. and discussion of HCFOL fundraising efforts for the coming year.

In the Mood for Love (or Not): Valentine's Day @ HCPL

Valentine's Day is coming, and for all of you born-romantics who have been planning the perfect Valentine's Day for months, Harris County Public Library salutes you. You give us all hope. But the fact is that the one day a year that is set aside to celebrate love in all its heart-shaped, chocolate-covered splendor inspires mixed emotions (if not outright disgust) in many of us. It's not just folks who are between relationships and those who have heard the "it's not you; it's me" spiel too many times who mark the February 14 with a big black X.

Book Hunters in Brief #60: 2015 Newbery and Caldecott Award Readalikes

It has happened to all book lovers at one time or another: you finish a really good book and find that all you want to do is read another one just like it...only different. Sometimes you can just pick up another by the same author and plop down wherever you are to start reading. But what if there aren't any of books by the author? I know what I do.

Rod McKuen (1933 - 2015)

For a certain, very narrow slice of the population (of which I count myself a part)--namely "serious" poets--the name Rod McKuen is the punch line of any number of jokes. These jokes are invariably told with a knowing sneer and a big dollop of condescension. You see, Rod McKuen, for a considerable stretch of the 1960s and 70s, was something most younger Americans cannot imagine: a well-known and well-paid poet. He managed to become rich and famous by writing very accessible poems--lots and lots of them. How accessible, you ask?

Book Hunters in Brief #59: African American History Month

This week, Book Hunters encourage you to read about some lesser known African Americans who have nonetheless spurred big changes in the world.

Celebrate African American History Month @ HCPL

Harris County Public Library invites you and the whole family to celebrate the contributions made by African Americans to this nation's history and culture. All month long, HCPL branches will present events ranging from genealogy workshops and programs highlighting African Americans in science to crafts and storytimes, as well as musical and dramatic performances. Please join us!

Book Hunters in Brief #58: Cliffhangers

In some venues--network television, for instance--we have grown to expect a season-ending cliffhanger. I mean, a lot of us still don't know who shot J.R., but we do know that half the world tuned in to find out. Then there are the cliffhangers we don't expect--the ones that leave jagged little holes in our lives that only one thing can fill, and we just have to wait (and wait and wait) until that no good, sadistic little...er...ahem...until the author puts out the next installment making our souls whole again.

This week Book Hunters offers some reads guaranteed to leave you hanging. You've been warned.

The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Come Celebrate LSC - Tomball Community Library's 10th Anniversary!

Come celebrate Lone Star College - Tomball Community Library's 10th anniversary as a thriving partnership between Harris County Public Library and the Lone Star College System on Saturday, January 31 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Come dressed as your favorite book character and enter our costume contest! There will also be face-painting, a magic show, and 3D printer demonstrations. So make plans to bring the whole family to help us celebrate the library and the community that makes it great.

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