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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.

Tax Forms and Assistance @ HCPL

If you are determined that 2015 will be the year you don’t wait until the last minute to file your federal income taxes (or even if you aren’t), Harris County Public Library will be here to help make the process as painless as we can.

But there have been some changes you need to know about, namely, that the IRS is providing a much more limited range of tax forms to libraries than in previous years. What this means is that HCPL branches will have on hand only the three basic forms: 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ.

Book Hunters in Brief #57: Celebrate the Life and Works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19 is the day set aside to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We celebrate him, in part, because he was one of those rarest of individuals: a courageous man of action who knew that, in the end, the power of his words was his best weapon against injustice. Those words did the near impossible; they spurred others to action--action, it must be remembered, that entailed great personal risk for those who chose to undertake it. Such was the power of his gifts that he gave others courage and resolve they might otherwise have lacked. And his words, nearly 50 years after his assassination, still have the power to change the world. What better way to celebrate Dr. King's life and works than to read those words. Below are several suggestions from Book Hunters.

Book Hunters in Brief #56: Paddington!

bhib paddingtonIn case you haven't heard everyone's favorite marmalade-scarfing, Peruvian ursine is coming to a theater near you, and Book Hunters say, "All aboard!" Here are a few reading suggestions to get you in the mood. 

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Love from Paddington by Michael Bond
Trains by Mark Bergin
The Bumper Book of London: Fun Facts for All the Family by Becky Jones & Clare Lewis
Wild about Bears by Jeannie Brett
175 Best Jams, Jellies, Marmalades & Other Soft Spreads by Linda J. Amendt

You say you prefer your bears in the wild, or at least not so sartorially-challenged? That's okay, Book Hunters will find some books that will have you licking your chops. Visit Book Hunters now!

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