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Texas Rangers - the hard way

The romance and folklore of the Texas frontier is all well and good and plenty has been written in that vein. Sometimes, though, you just want the facts. If you find yourself curious to know the real story of the legendary Texas Rangers beyond the Hollywood versions such as Walker, Texas Ranger, check out these titles in our catalog. Once in awhile the truth really is better than fiction.

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Mining the Inspirational Western

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Progress Report for Evelyn Meador as of September 20th

A view from the back

A view from North Meyer

Mid-September Progress Report for Our Seabrook Branch

As of September 8th

Busy, busy, busy! The building is progressing nicely and is on schedule. This is a view from N. Meyer Road. The side where the blue loading machine is sitting is where the drive up service window and book drop will be located. Our branch will be the first one in this end of the county to have a drive up service window. That's worth getting excited about!

Below is the Kingwood Branch drive up service window, just to give you an idea of approximately how it might look.

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A Strange Truth About Indian Captivity Narratives

It is a well known truism that truth is often stranger than fiction. This holds true in the literature of the west as well. Among the many interesting narratives and eye witness acounts of American frontier life are a number of accounts of Indian captivity. A few of these are pretty famous, like the story of Cynthia Ann Parker (and her son Quanah). But there are many others that are less well known, but no less interesting. One of the things that fascinates me about these narratives is how often the white captives became "indianized" (in spite of their often brutal treatment) and grieved when they were rescued and returned to civilization. Some never fully made the transition back into normal society. Here are a few titles in our catalog you might find interesting also.

Crossing the Genre Frontier

The Mad Hatter Is Coming to Seabrook!

 

The Mad Hatter (Mark Shepherd / Song Solutions) will be performing his unique brand of science experiments and storytelling this Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Seabrook Community House.  Everyone is invited to join us for a special storytime send off for the Summer Reading Program 2010.

A Frame Up in the Works (The Evelyn Meador Chronicles)

 July 26th

 

In spite of the rain, we're singing - now that the frame is going up!

 

In Spite of Alex (The Evelyn Meador Chronicles)

"Think this storm will slow us down any Bob?"

 

"No way Bill!"

 

(We have a foundation - and we're still on schedule.)

 

 

Back When Westerns Were Still Fun

I was among the first generation of television kids and I remember with fondness watching those early westerns like Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, Gunsmoke, and others. But even before television the western was alive and well on radio. Many of the shows we watched and loved were orignally radio programs, and very popular ones at that, which is why they were transitioned to the new (at that time) t.v. format.

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