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Movie on Monday, February 20 @ 2:50 pm!

You're invited to the movies!  As part of our African American History Month celebration, Crosby Branch Library will show the movie Race.  This drama is based on the inspirational true story of athlete Jesse Owens, and is rated PG 13.   Please join us in the meeting room on Monday February 20 for the show, which will start at 2:50 pm.  Refreshments will be served!

Tax Time

Ready to do your taxes?  Come to the library and pick up forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, and their corresponding instruction booklets.  You can print forms from our computers as well, or visit www.irs.gov.  

AARP offers free tax preparation help at a number of convenient locations.  Click here and type in your zip code to find a location near you.  A checklist of documents to bring can be found here.

This year you have until Tuesday April 18 to file your federal tax return.

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Crosby Book Club meets Friday, February 17 @ 2 pm

In recognition of African-American History Month, Crosby Book Club will discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.  Homegoing begins with two half-sisters in Ghana, one of whom is sold into slavery, while the other becomes the wife of a British slaver. The book follows the women and their descendants on two continents and for over three hundred years of history. 

Please join us on Friday, February 17 at 2 pm in the meeting room.  New members are welcome!

Crosby Book Club meets Friday, January 20 @ 2 pm

Crosby Book Club will meet on Friday, January 20 at 2 pm to discuss The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde.  In his novel that scandalized Victorian Britain, Wilde writes, "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book.  Books are well written, or badly written.  That is all."  Unfortunately, the courts did not agree with this aphorism, using The Picture of  Dorian Gray as evidence to convict the author for crimes of "gross indecency".  What was all the uproar about?  Ask for your copy of the book at the front desk, and find out!

COMING SOON

 Long before Claire and Jamie, before Scarlett and Rhett, even before

UNDERSTANDING AUTISM

A​utism is a puzzling condition in which social and communication skills are affected.  An extraordinary voice has emerged to shed light on what it's like to live with autism, and how to best help individuals with this perplexing and serious disorder.  Temple Grandin, a doctor of animal science, is a best selling author who also happens to be a individual with high-functioning autism.  She describes living with autism as akin to being an "anthropologist on Mars".  Today Grandin is a professor at Colorado State University, where she teaches courses on livestock behavior.  She is noted for her groundbreaking work in the field of animal welfare, as well as for autism advocacy.  Much in demand as a speaker, Temple Grandin will appear at the Future Horizons' and Sensory World's Autism/Asperger's Conference in Galveston Texas on December 17th, 2010.  

Some of Grandin's books include:  

VETERANS DAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010

Memorable fiction may be different things to different people, but one thing that can make any book striking is the writer's ability to connect with his reader on an emotional level.  Because of this, stories which take place during times of war are often some of the most extraordinary and unforgettable.  Characters in war stories are faced with extreme circumstances, cruel challenges, staggering odds.  Settings are exotic, dangerous, harsh.  Plots contain nail-biting tension, evil, heartbreak.  Sometimes there is a happy ending, sometimes not, and a talented writer keeps his readers in suspense, just as war's outcomes are unpredictable until the last battle.

ROAD TRIP!

Every once in awhile, people seem to get an unexplainable urge to hit the highway.  In 1271, Marco Polo embarked on his journey to China, taking three and a half years to reach his destination.  Probably the phrase, "Are we there yet?" originated at this time.  Polo's strange and fantastic tales of his travels inspired many explorers, including Christopher Columbus.  There's something about the open road that still appeals to young and old today.  It's no wonder that in summertime, many Americans pack up cars and vans, RVs and campers, and set out on road trips.  

 

READY, SET, LOUNGE

Summer is here!*  It's the season for school vacations and the serious pursuit of leisure.  What could be better than, say, lounging by the pool on a lazy summer afternoon with a good book?  How about receiving a prize for lounging by the pool on a lazy summer afternoon with a good book?

 

If that notion floats your boat, then the HCPL 2010 Adult Summer Reading Program is for you.  Participants who read four books between June 4th and August 7th are automatically entered in a random drawing for a bookstore gift card, generously provided by the Harris County Public Library Friends Counsel.  You might win...

 

BIRTHDAY OF THE BARD

This month marks the 446th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, undoubtedly the most influential writer in English literature.  Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564.  His actual birthday is not known; it is usually celebrated on April 23rd.  Over four centuries after his death, the artistry with which Shakespeare employed language to write his 154 sonnets and 37 plays is still considered exceptional.  Shakespeare's command of English is even more remarkable when one considers that he had little formal education, and in his day there were no dictionaries or organized grammatical texts.  According to Louis Marder"Shakespeare was so facile in employing words that he was able to use over 7,000 of them—more than occur in the whole King James version of the Bible—only once and never again."  The Oxford English dictionary credits Shakespeare with the introduction of over 3,000 words into the language.   

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