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April 22nd #1

As of April 21st, 2010

This may just look like a bunch of dirt to some people, but to you and me and a few others in the know, this is exciting stuff.! All of this dirt being pushed around means we are on target for the new Evelyn Meador Branch Library coming in 2011! (We're hoping to have the slab poured by the end of May.)

Stay tuned for further developments!

 

 

Bards of the West

April is (among other things) National Poetry Month. And I am glad to say that cowboys and poetry have a long association together. Cowboys have often been known to carry books in their saddlebags and more than a few have tried their hand at writing, in both prose and poetry. Long before the phenomenon of Country Music there were cowboys experiementing with the craft of versification. If you would like to read some of the cowboy poetry that has been and is still being written today, check out some of these titles from our catalog.

Evelyn Meador Friends Annual Meeting

 

The Friends of the Evelyn Meador Library will hold their Annual Board Meeting on Thursday, April 22nd at the Seabrook Community House, located next to City Hall at 1210 Anders Avenue. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 and guest speaker Mary Sue Anton, author of New Madrid: a Mississippi River Town in history and legend (2009), will speak at 7:00 p.m. As always, the public is welcome!

From Westerns About Women to Westerns By Women

If you're the kind of reader who thinks westerns are only written by men for men, then my guess is, you haven't browsed the western section lately. In my last post I highlighted some westerns about women. Now, here are some titles in the genre written by women.  I think they deserve to be more widely known.

    

Making Way for the New Evelyn Meador

Now that the old building is down, the work is going to start speeding up. Follow the construction process for the new building by reading this weekly blog.  Here are the latest pictures.

 Looking at the parking lot from the driveway by N. Meyer.  The new building will be somewhere is this area facing the old building site.

 

 

 Now the driveway is demolished. N. Meyer Road is to the left.

The Women Who Won the West (a few of them at least!)

Among other things, March is Women's History Month, so this seems a good time to highlight some of the excellent tales of women in the American west.

There have been many good non-fiction books written detailing the contributions of women in the settling of the west. A good place to start might be with some of these titles:

By Grit & Grace: eleven women who shaped the American West

 

 

 

Some Photos from the Evelyn Meador Groundbreaking Ceremony.

For those of you who missed the official groundbreaking for the new Evelyn Meador building on February 19th, here are a couple of photos. Since then, both the building and the parking lot have been razed, making room for construction of the new facility to begin.

A state-of-the-art facility

Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia Garcia talking about the new state-of-the-art facility.

 

The groundbreaking

Some Rodeo Fiction for Grownups

Since the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is now in progress (and running through the 21st), this seems like a good time to highlight some good rodeo related fiction. Perhaps not strickly 'westerns' in the traditional sense, they still feature cowboys (and cowgirls), horses, cattle and other livestock we all associate with the west. Enjoy!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – WESTERN STYLE

The African-American contributions to the settlement of the western frontier is a matter of record. But for the purposes of Black History Month, following that trail of facts can be a dry and dusty endeavor. Sometimes you just need a good story. Finding good western fiction that features African-American protagonists can help slake that thirst. Here is a list of titles that may help stimulate interest beyond those February assignments.

Saying goodbye to an old friend

Well, the old Evelyn Meador building is being demolished even as I write this post. I spent a lot of time there over the past eleven years (as did a lot other people). While I am certainly glad to make room for the new and improved library, it is still somewhat like saying goodbye to an old friend, one that you know intimately and realize you will never see again…

Picture 002 by you.

Gearing up!

Picture 007 by you.  

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