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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!

Book Hunters in Brief #55: New Year, New You!

bhib: new year new youHopefully, you didn't get so caught up in the moment on New Year's Eve that you made resolutions you already regret, like, I don't know...doing your taxes before April 14th or being nice to those people who ring the doorbell at 7:30 on Saturday mornings. But if you made any of the ones that most of us make: to get fit, to read more, to organize your closets, or just enjoy life more, Harris County Public Library and Book Hunters can help. Here are a few books to get you started.

Book Hunters in Brief #54: Unbroken

Remember that time you shushed those guys who were making all that noise during the movie when no one else was brave enough? Remember how heroic you felt? Well, Louis Zamperini, the real life hero of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken did that, too--only it wasn't just a couple of loudmouths at the multiplex, it was the whole of Nazi Germany, and a bunch of sadistic P.O.W. camp guards. Louis Zamperini pretty much told Mr. Death himself to sit down and shut up.

Book Hunters in Brief #53: The Hobbit

So the much anticipated premier of the third installment of the Hobbit movie trilogy has come and gone and left you wandering in circles. Book Hunters have some reading suggestions that may just get you back on track. 

NASA's ISS Exhibit Makes Final Stop at Freeman, Dec. 19 - Jan. 9

Over the last six months, NASA's International Space Station Exhibit has been orbiting the Harris County Public Library System. Today, through January 9, it makes its final HCPL stop at Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Peggy Carruthers and her team at NASA for coordinating the program and giving us the chance to bring it to so many of our customers. 

Book Hunters in Brief #52: Winter is Coming.

Winter is coming.

But this being the Texas Gulf Coast, winter is an intermittent proposition. This week HCPL's award-winning Book Hunters offer some books that will put a little nip in the air--even if it is only fictional.

Hoopla! Streaming Music & Video!

hoopla @ hcpl graphicWhat’s in a name? Sometimes, not much, but when it comes to Hoopla, the new digital media service we launched in December, we think the product lives up to its moniker. This great addition to our roster of digital services offers streaming movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks, but what is most exciting is that every single one of the hundreds of thousands of  items in Hoopla is always available. That’s right: with Hoopla, there is no waiting in line for that Hollywood blockbuster you're dying to see or the new release from your favorite recording artist. No waiting for a copy to become available—ever

Book Hunters in Brief #51: Star Wars

As you undoubtedly noticed, the Star Wars, Episode VII trailer was greeted with the kind of squealing and pandemonium usually reserved for asteroids on a collision course with earth.

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