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Book Hunters in Brief #146: Teen Read Week #146

It's our fault--us, adults. It's our fault that an awful lot of teens think the word "reading" and "fun" are, for all intents and purposes, opposites. Yes, our intentions are good. There's no doubt about that. We know how important literacy is for success. We know--because we've seen it--how hard life is for people who struggle with the written word. From traffic sign to mortgage contracts, the ability to read keeps you out of a lot of jams.

Book Hunters in Brief #145: Gulf Coast Reads Edition; What to Read When You Have Finished The Train to Crystal City

Imagine you're a teenager, your country--the only home you have ever known--has just been plunged into war, and you are being put on a train with the rest of your family that will take you to what amounts to the ends of the earth not because of anything you have done, but because your father was born in one of the countries, your country is at war with.

And that's just the beginning of your story.

Intrigued?

Gulf Coast Reads The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell

Gulf Coast Reads starts October 1. There will be special events, author visits, and, of course, lively discussions all across southeast Texas.

Gulf Coast Reads Events Calendar 
For more information all month long, visit www.gulfcoastreads.org
Follow on Facebook and Twitter @gulfcoastreads.org
and to learn more about The Train to Crystal City, visit www.janjarboe.com
 

Book Hunters in Brief #144: Banned Books Week 2016

Why do people ban books? Lots of reasons. But really, they all boil down to one reason: difference. Difference in opinion, in world view, in creed, in sexual orientation, and, yes, in views on race and ethnicity.

For Banned Book Week 2016, Book Hunters say celebrate the freedom to read by celebrating difference!

For Kids
George by Alex Gino
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter

Book Hunters in Brief #143: Hispanic Heritage Month 2016

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month and today, Book Hunters celebrates the occasion with some great titles for kids that are as entertaining as they are educational.

Power Up @ Your Library

Thursday, September 15 is Power Up @ Your Library Day in Texas, and Harris County Public Library, along with libraries across the state, is showcasing some of the ways libraries empower and energize individuals and communities beyond traditional library services by highlighting the wide range of programs you can--and will--find every day at HCPL branches: programs for people of all ages, programs that foster innovation and imagination, programs to help improve one's own life and programs to help you help others, and much more. If you can imagine it. You can find it at your library.

Book Hunters in Brief #142: Unusual Pet Memoirs

A show of hands. If you could give your pet the ability to talk, would you?

Remember this is the only being on earth who knows you eat ice cream straight out of the carton...

standing over the sink...

in your underwear...

for breakfast...

everyday...

and don't use a spoon.

Oh, and remember when you got so mad at Windows Vista, you threw your laptop across the room, then told everyone that the cat knocked it off your desk? Well, the cat knows what really happened, and probably isn't happy that you blamed your little temper tantrum on her.

Yeah. It's probably safer to do what these folks did, which is do the talking for your pet, or the writing as the case may be.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month @ HCPL

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, and Harris County Public Library is celebrating with a variety of programs for adults, teens, and kids. We'll have music ranging from Spanish classical to Tejano. We'll have food and crafts reflecting the kaleidoscopic diversity of Hispanic culture. We'll have movies and story times and, of course, we will celebrate the greatest gift of all: chocolate!

Below is a small sampling of Hispanic Heritage Month programs, check your branch's Events Calendar to see what else is happening near you.

Get the Buzz on Books with HCPL and The Buzz Magazines

Harris County Public Library is excited to announce the launch of Book Buzz, our new collaboration with The Buzz Magazines. Book Buzz is a weekly blog where HCPL Librarians, along with those from Bellaire City and Houston Public libraries will share their expertise and their passion for reading.

This week, HCPL's Kathleen Green, Collection Development Manager - Youth Services, writes about the benefits of reading to children at bedtime, and, of course, recommends some classic and soon-to-be classic bedtime stories to send your littles one off to sleep.

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