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You Asked For ‘em. You Got ‘em: Coming in January, 100+ New Titles for Flipster

Coming in January, Harris County Public Library will add over one hundred new titles to our popular Flipster digital magazine service. There will be something to pique everyone's interest. For businesspeople and investors, there will be: Forbes, Fortune, Business Week; for the outdoorsy type: Backpacker, Field & Stream, and Four Wheeler; for the health-conscious: Muscle & Fitness, Runner's World and Men's/Women's Health;  for fashionistas: Allure, Cosmopolitan and InStyle; for gearheads: Car & Driver, Road & Track and Hot Rod; for kids: Nickelodeon, Highlights and Zoobooks. You get the picture, there will be something new and exciting for everyone from crafters to savvy consumers, from budding pundits to DIYers!

Book Hunters in Brief #105: Shakespearean Spin-Offs

If nothing else, you have to admire the courage of a writer who can look at one of the acknowledged masterworks of perhaps the greatest single body of work in the western canon--Hamlet, The Winter's Tale, King Lear--and ask herself, "What if I...?" If that same writer takes it a step farther and answers the question for herself on paper for all the world to see, well, you just have tip your hat, hoist your glass, give a few hearty "huzzahs" and keep your fingers crossed that she isn't hoisted with her own petard (to borrow a phrase from Big Bill).

That's what Book Hunters in Brief is doing this week: saluting some serious literary chutzpah with these Shakespearean spin-offs.

Book Hunters in Brief #104: The Force Awakens!

From everything we have heard and most of the reviews we have read, the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of those rare occasions when the movie lives up to both the studio marketing machine hype and the hardcore fans' expectations.

But the fact is that even if you see the movie three times a day for the next week, you will still have a lot of time to kill between viewings (seven hours and twelve minutes per day to be exact). Even if you figure you will be getting a good eight hours of shut-eye each night (you won't), that's still over nine hours a day of waiting. How are you going to make it?

Holiday Fun (and Solutions to Common Holiday Conundrums) @ Your Library

At Harris County Public Library, you can immerse yourself in holiday cheer if you so desire. Branches will be hosting parties, musical performances, puppet shows, family movies, special seasonal storytimes, crafts for all ages and more. But you can also escape the hustle and bustle of the season with a good book or favorite magazine in a comfortable chair. In fact, HCPL offers solutions to many common holiday conundrums:

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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