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OH CANADA!

Aaah, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.  Has NBC's coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics had you glued to the television all week?  On Wednesday night, the broadcast from Vancouver was seen by 30.1 million people.  It was incredible watching Lindsey Vonn's perilous downhill race, and snowboarder Shaun White, the awesome Flying Tomato, was tres magnifique!  Then there was the nail biting upset in men's figure skating, with medal hungry Evan Lysacek masterfully attaining the gold.  Amazing feats, inspiring courage, and driven, determined athletes were everywhere.  Even Bob Costas has been fearless in the face of much critical jibber jabber about the authenticity of his hair.  When American Olympians (and announcers) are strong, they win!  When they win, we win!  And you have to admit there's something pretty terrific about winning while never getting up off the couch.  

 

In honor of the USA's remarkable athletes, you might enjoy reading:

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Black Americans have played an essential role in shaping who we are as a nation, and continue to make important contributions in many ways.  February is recognized as Black History Month in order to bring to the public's attention these achievements.  Harris County Public Library is pleased to celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events for all ages; for example, this month many branches will be reading and discussing titles which were written by and/or about African Americans, during their Book Club meetings.  Some of the selections include: 

 

NEW YEAR, NEW TIME

Like to talk about books?  Tired of eating alone?  The Atascocita Branch Library Adult Book Club has a new meeting time.  Starting in January 2010, the library will be hosting their "Lit 'N' Lunch" Adult Book Club on the second Thursday of the month at 1 pm.

                                                 

OH SNAP!!

Because of a bone-chilling arctic cold front that will reach us Thursday, the National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze warning for the Houston area.  Temperatures are expected to drop throughout the day to a low of 28 degrees, and meteorologists predict it will remain very cold through 9 a.m. Sunday.  It's been over 20 years since temperatures have been this low, for this long.  Are you ready for the cold snap?  Have you prepared your car, wrapped exposed pipes, and protected fragile plants?   

THE HEART OF ROMANCE

This past weekend I had the most unusual experience of enjoying a backstage pass to the Toyota Center, and while I was in Catering, Gene Simmons appeared and sat down at the next table.   If you've listened to NPR's Terry Gross interview Simmons, from the rock band Kiss, you're probably aware of the fact that this egocentric (and enormously successful) entertainer is not exactly the romantic type.  He might even be the antithesis of romance

THIS IS FOR THE BIRDS

Birds are all around us in such amazing quantity and variety.  Right now there could be a Cedar Waxwing or Great Crested Flycatcher or a Northern Flicker right outside the window, but unless we take the time to look for them, we often fail to appreciate these beautiful wonders of nature that share our environment.  

CREAM OF THE CROP

I find it difficult to call any one author my favorite.  As soon as I limit myself to having one and only one preferred and beloved very special ANYTHING....writer, artist, song, season, ice cream flavor, cookie....invariably The Fates read my mind and with intentional irony and much mythological mirth cause me to be exposed to some brilliant new work or scene or taste sensation.  Nature is not particularly rooted in permanence, but now that I think about it, that isn't such a bad thing. 

COMING DISTRACTIONS

"On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field.  No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away." 

That is how Stephen King's new book, Under the Dome, is described on his web site. What would it be like to be so abruptly cut off from your country and culture?  How do people behave when they live in isolation from society?  And who or what is behind the creation of this supernatural prison? 

OUTLOOK: GHOULISH

At our branch this week there have been lots of Halloween activities for children, including special storytimes, crafts, and parties.  My favorite activity, though, is something I call "The Storytime Strut".  This is when the kids attending a storytime get together and march through the library wearing their Halloween costumes.  I really enjoy seeing the parade of tiny tots.  The little bumble bees, Yodas, and Dorothy Gales, complete with sparkling ruby slippers, enjoy themselves too.  But why should they have all the fun?

I FEEL THE NEED, THE NEED TO READ

We all race around with our busy lives.  What makes it worthwhile to pull over for a pit stop at your local library?

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