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Love, Love on the Range

I recently discovered and interesting fact: the romance genre is currently outselling all other genres in the fiction market. More specifically. an estimated $1.358 billion in sales in 2010. What does this have to do with westerns? A lot actually. Historical romances are a vital part of the romance realm and many of these are set in the west, both the old west and its modern incarnation. So, if you like your romances with a western flavor or you like your westerns with a dash of romance, check out some of our new titles.

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Audrey and the Maverick / Elaine Levine

A novel of the American West, a proud rancher and a determined young woman are drawn together in the lawless town of Defiance.

Evelyn Meador Progress Report November 1st

As the pictures below will attest, we now have a roof on our building!

View from the park side (back) of the building.

A view from the entrance on North Meyer Road

Pearl the Pelican on the new Evelyn Meador Branch Library

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Pearl the Pelican says:

"Being in the Pelican Park with my pelican buds is cool for now, but I'm looking forward to hanging out at the new building and seeing all the cool new stuff that will be in it. Things like...

  • Friend's of Evelyn Meador Bookstore
  • Computer Lab
  • Quiet Room
  • Teen Space (with gaming room)
  • Drive up book drop
  • Drive up service window
  • Self checkout stations
  • Children's Activity Room

 So, I'll see ya there!"

The Colorful Sheriffs of Texas

According to Wikipedia the term 'sheriff' goes alll the way back to Anglo-Saxon England. We're talking about the days of King Arthur and Robin Hood here. Of course, the notorious Sheriff of Nottingham comes immediately to mind. Over the years the function of the office hasn't changed all that much. The sheriff is still the official responsible for keeping the peace within a county jurisdiction. Which brings us to Texas. While I hesitate to call Texas sheriffs notorious, (rather unpatriotic you know) I will definitely call them colorful. Their contibutions to Texas history may not be as well known as those of the Texas Rangers, but within their stomping grounds the stories often still live on. If you are into history, some of the titles below may catch your fancy.

Evelyn Meador October Progress Report

Week of October 11th - Every day the sun shines is another day of progress!

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.

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