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Book Hunters in Brief #102: Holiday Memoirs

If ever there was a genre that pretty  much anybody with a pen, a stack of paper and some time to kill could tackle, it's the holiday memoir. We all have a story about the pony, Red Ryder BB gun, or Malibu Barbie with Kung Fu Grip that didn't come and for which we've carried a big, steaming dollop of resentment ever since. Likewise, we all have that one trigger--a smell, a taste, a certain slant of mid-winter light--that so evokes what the holidays mean to us personally that it amounts to our own version of Proust's madeleine. Then there is the other side of it.

Let Your Voices Be Heard! The Young Playwrights for Change Competition and Workshops for Grades 6 - 8.

If this world is ever going to change for the better (and even the most optimistic will admit there are things that need improvement), it is going to be young people who lead the way. Harris County Public Library is partnering with Houston’s “Theater for everyone,” Brave Little Company, and Young Audiences of Houston to give area middle schoolers an opportunity to have their voices for change heard in a new way.

Book Hunters in Brief #101: Books for Native American Heritage Month

This week in honor of Native American Heritage Month, Book Hunters offers books for children, teens and adults written by Native American authors.

For Children:
Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk

Book Hunters in Brief #100: Road Trips

Think about it: Gilgamesh; Sir Gawain;  Huck and Jim; Sal and Dean; Luath, Bodger and Tao. Road trips have been the makings of stories since the first caveperson gathered some friends around the fire and said, "Wait till you hear this." Why? Because a journey is shaped like a story. By definition, every journey, like every story, has a beginning, middle and end. Likewise, every journey and every story have some sort of conflict--whether that be weathering the elements to reach the top of Mt. Everest or just a long layover in Albuquerque. Bingo! You've got yourself a story, and as readers and travelers alike know: getting there is way more than half the fun.

Butterflies & Poetry for Citizenship Month

Some folks think of butterflies as dainty creatures. Butterflies are anything but dainty. Monarchs, for example, make a yearly round trip between southern Mexico and locales as far north as Maine & Minnesota. When you combine that kind of toughness, with their amazing transformation from caterpillars and their tremendous variety—some 20,000 species—Butterflies are the perfect symbol for the City of Houston’s Citizenship Month. This month-long initiative includes hundreds of activities around greater Houston to celebrate the area's tremendous diversity. 

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Book Hunters in Brief #99: Veteran's Day

This week, Book Hunters wants to recognize all those who have served in the military. More than most organizations, public libraries exist without the sacrifices our veterans have made throughout this country's history. We never to forget that.

Charlie Mike: A True Story of War & Finding the Way Home
by Joe Klein

For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, & Sacrifice by Howard Schultz & Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Book Hunters in Brief #98: Books for Citizenship Month

Most of us cannot imagine pulling up stakes and leaving behind the only family, friends and language we have ever known (not to mention favorite foods and television shows) to start a new life in a new country. But people all over the world do it everyday--many at considerable risk.

The additional step of becoming a citizen of the adoptive country is itself a momentous one. It's like going all-in on poker hand. It takes guts. It takes faith and it takes work. In other words--it takes the kind of people who made and continue to make this country great.

Book Hunters salute all of our new and prospective citizens. Welcome!

Book Hunters #97: Teen Horror!

One of the odder things about us humans is that many of us really, really like to be scared out of our wits--not everyone by a long shot, but enough of us to make scaring the bejeezus out of people a billion dollar business.

This week, Book Hunters get in on the act and offer some frighteningly good reads for young adults.

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Book Hunters in Brief #96: Books for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

I will admit that when those SPCA PSAs come on my television, my hand instinctively shoots for the remote; I cannot change the channel fast enough. I'm guessing I'm not the only one. I'm also guessing I'm not the only one who feels ashamed for turning my back on the suffering of those animals. I think a small part of that impulse to avert my eyes has to do with the sheer scope of the problem. I can't save them all. I feel powerless. The organizers of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month understand that. They're not asking us to save them all--just one.

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