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Where the Wild West Still Lives

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is an event every Texan or “wanna be” Texan should attend at least once. It’s been an annual fixture on the Houston calendar since 1932. People come from all over to participate or partake of all the good things that happen at this event, from the rodeo itself to craft fairs, carnival rides, celebrity entertainers, and of course, good food.  But if you can’t get to the Rodeo, you can at least read some of the great books about rodeo life from our collection. Here are some adult-level, non-fiction titles where you can learn more about the cowboys and cowgirls, rodeo clowns and others we look forward to seeing every year.

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Evelyn Meador Book Club

Until the opening of the new building, The Evelyn Meador Book Club will hold their regular meeting in the conference room at Coffee Oasis (4650 Nasa Parkway) in Seabrook....

A Dramatic Entrance

As the library nears completion, I thought everyone might enjoy a preview. Here is a picture from the entrance (looking towards the interior doors). That's definitely something to look forward to!

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The Wacked Out West

With the remake of True Grit currently having a good run in theatres, interest in some of the more comic elements of the wild west are hopefully on the horizon. And there’s more gold in them there hills than you might have been lead to believe too! Some books are classics and some deserve to be better known than they are.

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Detecting the West

Have you ever wondered where the term “private eye” came from?  Well, you can thank Mr. Pinkerton for that. Allan Pinkerton that is, of Pinkerton National Detective Agency fame. Mr. Pinkerton, along with his brother, started the first private detective agency in the United States way back in 1850. Pinkerton was a barrel maker by trade and a very successful one at that. Just how he got into the detective business is a story worth knowing. Furthermore, his Agency is still in operation today and many of his methods of detection and crime solving are still being used. The Pinkerton Detective Agency played a role in capturing or eliminating many of the criminals of the 19th century, among them, Jesse James, Butch Cassidy, the Wild Bunch, and others. He was a friend to President Lincoln and foiled an early assignation attempt. He organized a spy ring to infiltrate the Confederate Army and obtain vital wartime information....

Evelyn Meador - A First Look Inside

This week the Friends of Evelyn Meador and the librarians got their first look inside the new building. It's not finished yet, but it's coming along rather nicely, don't you think?

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The Friends of the Evelyn Meador Library get their first look inside. The excitement is running high.

Ms. Pearson scopes out the upcoming Teen Zone and Game Room.

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Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in Seabrook

dinnerThe Friends of the Evelyn Meador Library invite you to attend their Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at the Bay Elementary School cafeteria on Friday, January 28, 2011 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.  This annual dinner is hosted by Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurant and all proceeds benefit the new Evelyn Meador Library.

auctionIn addition to a wonderful spaghetti dinner, there will be a silent auction featuring exciting items donated by generous local businesses and organizations such as Lakewood Yacht Club, Wells Fargo Bank, Hooters, Angel Cuts and others.

 

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Evelyn Meador Progress Report, Early January, 2011

The pictures say it all, I think.

From the front.

From the back.

From the side.

 

 

 

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Alternative Histories of the West

Alternate history is a genre that blends elements of science fiction, fantasy and history into a 'what if' scenario that explores the implications of a different outcome in a particular historical event. The stories asks questions like, "where would we be if Germany had won the second world war?" Or perhaps, "what would the world be like now if electricity had not been discovered and we relied on steam power for all our needs?" Over the last couple of decades this genre has come into its own gaining new fans and attacting some excellent writers. In the last few years, the Old West has become the subject of focus for some very unusual alternative history stories.

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Rounding Up the West 2010

In spite of what the critics say (that westerns are dead) good stories are still being published every year. Here are some titles published in 2010 worth putting in your saddlebag. You'll find some familiar names as well as some new ones on the list. They run the gamut from straight-up westerns to historical romances to tales of the modern west. This is not a comprehensive selection, but it's a good place to start. You can take what you like and leave the rest.

For more details on any title below, just click on the picture.

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