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Top 10 Summer Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Are you a science fiction or fantasy reader?  Take a look below at the top ten circulated summer sci-fi/fantasy titles at Kingwood and see if you find anything that grabs your interest.  Some you may recognize, but others you may not!

1. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J. R. R. Tolkein

2. Changes: a Novel of the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher

3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

Teens, don't forget to vote!

Hey, teens, don't forget to vote!  Here's another friendly reminder: On the tables up in The Hideout are slips for you to fill out that will let us know how we can schedule programs with you in mind.  We've planned at least one per month, and the sooner we know what works for you, the better!  Swing by as soon as you can and give us your vote!

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Blood Drive

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be on site in the Community Room on Monday, August 30th, from 1:00 to 5:30 PM to received blood donations from the public.  Walk-ins are accepted, but it is encouarged to sign up ahead of time for an appointment at either the reference or children's desks or at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center webiste here.  The entire process takes 35 to 40 minutes, and this year qualified donors may be eligible for a gift card!  Don't miss out on this opportunity to give the gift of life!

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Teens, pick your program times!

The summer is finishing up, and school is around the corner.  But that doesn't mean, teens, that there won't be plenty for you to do here at the library!  We still have some great activities planned, but we'd like to know the best days and times for you.  On the tables up in The Hideout are slips for you to fill out that will let us know how we can schedule programs with you in mind.  We've planned at least one per month, and the sooner we know what works for you, the better!  So, swing by as soon as you can and give us your vote! 

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Identity Theft and "How the Fed Works"

In our increasingly digital world, identity theft is a very real and present problem.  Join us this Saturday, August 21st, at 1:00 PM in the Community Room for a program presented by Max Anderson, an expert in the field of identity theft.  Come learn about the seriousness of identity theft, six types of identity theft, and steps you can take to protect yourself. 

After that, don't miss Monday, August 23rd, at 7:00 PM for a repeat presenter, Alberto Antenangeli, as he comes to discuss "How the Fed Works."  Mr. Antenangeli will discuss financial markets, monetary theory and policy, and will focus generally on how the federal reserve functions.  Don't miss either of these free and informative programs!

Top 10 Summer Mysteries

Looking for a good mystery?  If so, take a look below at the top 10 mystery novels read by Kingwood customers so far this summer:

1. The Burning Wire, by Jeffery Deaver

2. The 8th Confession, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

3. Storm Prey, by John Sandford

How does the market work?

Do you ever get confused about the business of Wall Street?  Do you wonder how it affects the economy and vice versa?  If so, join us on Monday, August 9th, in the Community Room at 7:00 PM for a free program titled "Overview of Financial Markets," presented by Alberto Antenangeli, Executive Director of Investment Bank North America Technology Center for JPMorganChase.  No registration is required!  Don't miss out on this free and informative program!

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End of summer party!

Hey, teens!  The summer is almost over and school is almost here, but there is still some fun to be had!  Join us this Thursday, August 5th, for one final bash in the Community Room at 4:30 PM for snacks, prizes, and "Just Dance" on the Wii!  Also, if you were a part of the Summer Reading Program and read at least five books, don't forget to stop in the Hideout upstairs to claim your prize!

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Let's Talk Mystery!

Would you like to meet a local Kingwood author?  If so, then join us Monday, August 2nd, at 7:00 PM in the Community Room as mystery author Gayle Wigglesworth provides information about various types of mysteries and discusses her own favorite authors.  Want a taste of Gayle's work?  Check these out: Cruisin' for a Brusin', Intrigue in Italics, Tea is for Terror, and Washington Weirdos.

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Top 10 Summer Fiction Reads

What's everyone reading this summer?  If you're curious, take a look below at the top circulated fiction here at Kingwood Branch Library for the months of June and July.  You just might get some ideas before the adult summer reading program ends!  It's not too late to log your titles here for a chance at a prize!

1. Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness, by Tilly Bagshawe

2. 61 Hours: A Reacher Novel, by Lee Child

3. Deliver Us From Evil, by David Baldacci

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