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Book Hunters in Brief #153: Mythology & More from Oceania, Polynesia & Hawai'i

In honor of the release of Disney's Moana, Book Hunters in Brief presents a selection of mythology, folklore, and traditional tales from the South Pacific.

ABCMouse Is in the House

If you want another reason to visit the library with your kids, here’s one: ABCMouse in the house! ABCMouse is an online service that offers over five thousand fun, interactive books, games, puzzles and more for children ages 2 - 7 years.
The makers of ABCMouse, Age of Learning, Inc., are now offering it free of charge for in library use to all Harris County Public Library customers.

It’s easy to get started. ABCMouse is installed on all library computers that kids can use. You just click on your child’s age, choose an avatar and go. But we suggest you create a free login that you can use whenever you visit the library. That way you can save your child’s progress and pick up right where you left off the next time you come in.

Book Hunters in Brief #152: Mickey Mouse's 88th Birthday

He's the original mouse that roared, and built an empire. From his beginnings as Steamboat Willie, he now has his four-fingered, white-gloved hand in some very lucrative pies ranging from the four-letter TV sports behemoth to far-flung amusement complexes in places like Paris and Hong Kong.

Even with a prodigious imagination like Walt Disney's, it is hard to imagine he dared to imagine his little flickering, black and white rodent would be so phenomenally successful.

So, let's all raise a cup of Ovaltine to Mickey on the occasion of his 88th birthday.

Kindle Your Fire for Reading: Check Out a Kindle Touch!

You’ve heard a lot about eBooks. You’re curious and wonder what all the fuss is about, but don’t really want to drop your hard-earned cash on a Kindle so you can find out. Now, you don’t have to. You can borrow a Kindle Touch from us to take home and try out. It’s simple; you check it out just like other library books. Yes. Really.

• You can find one in the catalog just like any other item. Search: kindle touch
• If your HCPL branch doesn’t have one on hand, you can request one online and pick it up when it arrives.
• You can use the Kindle to check out free eBooks from HCPL’s collection or download books available on Amazon.com
• You get to keep it for two weeks.
• All you need is an HCPL library card.

Book Hunters in Brief #151: Need a Laugh?

The Book Hunters have been thinking there are a lot of folks out there who could use a good laugh right about now.

Book Hunters in Brief #150: Citizenship Month

November is Citizenship Month in Houston which both civic engagement that true citizenship entails as well as "the vibrant mix of native Houstonians, transplants from other cities and states, Immigrants, refugees, foreign students and international resident workers."

Book Hunters is doing its part with this offering of reads for adult and youth:

For adults
Becoming Americans: Immigrants Tell their Stories from Jamestown to Today Edited by Ilan Stavans

Book Hunters in Brief #149: Scary Stories (But Not Too Scary)

Millions of years of evolution was aimed at one thing: to make it possible not to live in a constant state of fear. Our big brains allowed us to out think those that would make us their lunch, our forward facing eyes enabled us to see them before they could decide whether we would taste better broiled, fried or fricasseed, and our opposable thumbs let us make weapons so that we could make them OUR lunch as well as build shelters in which to enjoy the meal in comfort.

And what do we do as soon as our safety becomes more or less a given? We invent stories to scare ourselves witless.

NOTICE: West University Is Closed for Improvements

West University Place City Council recently approved funding for necessary improvements to West University Branch Library that will bring it into full compliance with new ADA and safety requirements. Although no firm completion date is currently available, it is hoped the branch will reopen in January 2017.

Until then, the nearest Harris County Public Library branch is Spring Branch Memorial located at 930 Corbindale, Houston TX 77024.

Bellaire City Library has graciously lent their assistance during West University's closure. See below for details

Book Hunters in Brief #148: Feeling Stressed Out? Maybe Book Hunters Can Help.

Are you stressed out? Of course you are, and you have every right to be, what with the most contentious presidential election in living memory reaching new depths with each passing day, the daily litany of violence we humans seem so perversely bent on inflicting upon one another, the natural disasters that come along at regular intervals to remind us that any control we think we have is illusory, and the endless news crawl of large and small tragedies that serve only to make us feel just a smidgen worse about ourselves for complaining about inconsequential things like traffic and the slowness of the overwhelmed barista with our pumpkin spice latte.

Book Hunters has come up with a list of books that we hope will take the edge off, at least for a little while.

Book Hunters in Brief #147: Rocking Memoirs

On this week when Bob Dylan became a Nobel Laureate, and Bruce Springsteen is in the midst of a book tour as opposed to his customary arena-packing, six-encores and a cross-stage vamp kind of tour, Book Hunters got to thinking about musicians on paper. Below is just a sampling of what some musicians have to say that they could not say in a song.

Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

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