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Book Hunters in Brief #117: The Little Prince

Book Hunters planned this post several weeks ago to coincide with the release of the movie adaptation of The Little Prince. Then, scarcely a week before it was due to hit the theaters, Paramount dropped it like it was something slimy. Evidently, Netflix is less queasy about such things because they picked it up and plan to release it...at some point.

Until then, try some of these specially selected reads.

Senior Adult Digital Education, Construction Career Advancement and Robot Monkeys: TSLAC Grant-Funded Programs @ HCPL

Earlier this year, the Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) awarded grants to Harris County Public Library for three exciting projects that target specific populations that will provide them with new skills to increase their quality of life now and create better opportunities in the future.

HCPL Robotics and Coding for K - 12 aims to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and enhance digital literacy by giving participants hands-on experience building robot models and programming robots actions using graphics-based software.

Book Hunters in Brief #116: Pi Day

The great thing about Pi Day is that it gives people like me the chance to celebrate something we do not understand in the least with something we understand so well it amounts to genetic memory; namely Pi and pie, respectively.

OverDrive Introduces Digital Magazines to its Line-up

Harris County Public Library is now offering a second way to access digital editions of the latest magazines. OverDrive has now added periodicals to its already varied roster of formats (which includes eBooks & eAudiobooks). Just like on Flipster, our other digital magazine service, OverDrive's digital mags are not "lite" online versions. They are identical to the newsstand editions down to the last period.

What's more, when you download an OverDrive magazine to your iOS or Android device, you get to keep it as long as you want...as in forever...free of charge...no strings attached and no library fines…ever. How cool is that?

Book Hunters in Brief #115: Even Better Read Aloud

Most parents will tell you that there are books that they love to read that their kids sniff at, and there are books their kids adore that they. themselves, have grown to groan at--I, myself, was forced to read Honey Bunny Funnybunny for something like one hundred seventy-three consecutive nights before my daughter finally decided it was time to move on.

Then there are the magical few books that parent and child love equally. This week, In celebration of Read Aloud Month, Book Hunters in Brief has selected some particularly fun reads to share with your young ones. We hope one of them strikes a chord with you and your child.

Book Hunters in Brief #114: Women's History Month

For readers, one of the more gratifying developments in the last several decades is that many historians have shifted their perspective from a bird's eye view of great men and events (and it was almost invariably men) to a ground level view of the way great events have affected, and were affected by, what in a less enlightened era were sometimes called "common folk."

Read Aloud & Proud! Read Across America @ your Library

March is Read Aloud Month and what better way to kick it off than a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the NEA’s annual Read Across America. All 26 Harris County Public Library branches will be having special Seussian story times to encourage all children to celebrate the pleasures of reading all year long!

Read Aloud Month encourages parents to read to their children for at least fifteen minutes every day starting at birth. Why is this important? Because study after study has shown its lifelong benefits:

  • Reading aloud to your child spurs language-development (even before they talk);
  • it greatly increases your child’s working vocabulary;
  • it builds listening skills, curiosity and memory-development;
  • it helps children better cope with stress;
  • it gives children a positive association with reading which in turn makes it more likely that they will read for pleasure throughout their lives.
  • Children and teens who read for pleasure have a much better chance of success in school;
  • Adults who read for pleasure tend to have better paying jobs, and lead happier, more productive lives.

Book Hunters in Brief #113: Presidential Stories

With Presidents' Day just recently passed, and the race for the White House at full gallop, Book Hunters in Brief offers these presidential reads.

Book Hunters in Brief #112: Starcrossed Lovers

Not only is there something in a story of starcrossed love that sparks a special wire in the circuitry of most human brains, there is something in that kind of love itself that makes it a little more passionate, a little more urgent, a little more...um...more.

Book Hunters in Brief #111: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

One cannot help thinking that Jane Austen is rolling over in her grave with today's release of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies which seems entirely in keeping with the occasion. All I know is that the filmmakers are some uncommonly gutsy people. Not only are they courting the ire of a legion of diehard (sorry) Austen fans, but also the possible awakening of an undead Austen who, one suspects, would be a tad cranky after such a long nap, and most likely hankering for a big, steaming skullful of brains.

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