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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.

Early Voting Is Under Way!

Early voting for the November 3 elections has begun. You can vote early from October 19 - 30.

If all politics is local, this election is where the rubber hits the road. It may not have the glitz of a presidential race to pique people's interest, but, in the long run, the races and propositions on this ballot may have greater impact on your day to day life. Your vote counts and Harris County Public Library encourages everyone to exercise the right to be heard.

Harris County Precinct 4 Tribute to Veterans Dinner & Concert

Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle cordially invites all veterans to Tribute to Veterans Dinner and Concert on Wednesday, November 11 at the Humble Civic Center.

Book Hunters in Brief #95: Get Away @ Your Library

Teen Read Read: October 18 - 24

The Teen Read Week theme this year is "Get Away @ Your Library" which speaks to both the idea that the public library can be the best kind of refuge from the stuff all of us, but especially young adults, have to deal on a daily basis. It also gets at the idea that reading, almost by definition, opens up the world to the reader--reading can be a road map for your life.

Just in Time for the Int'l Quilt Festival Houston: "Who You Callin' a Fat Quarter?"

Just in time for the International Quilt Festival Houston is coming up October 29 - November 3 at the George R. Brown Convention, we've created a Featured Collection of Quilting and Needlecraft eBooks, "Who You Callin' a Fat Quarter?" on OverDrive.

Volunteer to Read Across the Globe!

Join HCPL on Monday, October 19 to impact literacy in your community and help set a world record at the same time.

This is the best feel good opportunity you will see this week; it’s a two-fer: help the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and Harris County Public Library positively impact literacy in your community, and set an official Guiness Book TM world record for ‘most children reading with an adult in 24 hours.’ HCPL is working with Galena Park ISD  for the Points of Light Foundation’s Read Across the Globe initiative, but schools all over Houston and Harris County are in need of volunteers.

Find a participating school near you and register to volunteer online at Connect4Literacy.org.

Book Hunters in Brief #94: Frankenstein Reborn

As with so many archetypal characters--Robin Hood, Cinderella, the Cowboy--each generation remakes Frankenstein's monster in its own image. Originally, a stand-in for science run amok, nowadays, the monster tends toward the brooding and existential--goading us to ask questions like, why are we here? What is our relationship to our creator? What is the rational response to a world that seems increasingly hostile to our existence?

Writers have been riffing on Mary Shelley's creation almost since she first loosed him on the world. This week, the Book Hunters offer several spins--some serious, some lighter--on Frankenstein's monster.

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