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School Time

The first day of school can be scary—new rooms, new teachers, new classmates, new schedules, new rules. So. Much. New. Thankfully, many people have done this before, and, thankfully, many have come through to the other side whole and unscathed. And, lucky for us, some have even written about the experience, knowing how worrisome the days leading up to all that newness can be. So, here's a list of back to school stories, perfect for that night before school read aloud that'll make it all seem, if not exciting, then hopefully a little less scary. 

 

 

STEAM reads for all ages

Let’s talk about STEAM y’all. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. These are words that may sound daunting to some people, but in today’s world they’re important ones. From classrooms, to offices, and yes, even libraries, this acronym is becoming synonymous with the future. So whether you’re interested in learning more about the subjects, their past and whatever the future may bring, enjoy them already, or want to give a little nudge to someone in your life, big or small, here are a few titles, for all ages, to get you started. 

 

 

Sweet Reads

Some days, we just want something sweet. Something delicious, easy to swallow and oh-so-good; something fulfilling in the best possible way. Well, it’s not always in ones best interest to have said sweet things just sitting around all the time, ready to be devoured. Sometimes, one must get their sweet fix somewhere else. For the sake of today’s blog, I’m suggesting: books. Books of all flavors and centers, but all with a bit of sweetness in their title. 

 

Escape the 80's

If you could pick any decade and experience it for the first time (or all over again) what would it be? Well, if your first thought was the 80’s (the one with John Hughes, big hair and shoulder pads, obviously) then you’re in luck. On Wednesday, July 25th, if you’re in grades 6-12, join us for a totally tubular escape room event where you will form teams and attempt to find clues, solve puzzles and open all of the locks before time runs out. You’ll have 45 minutes to finish, but be warned, if you can’t find your way home again you’ll be stuck in the 80’s forever.

The Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot out there folks. It’s the type of heat that makes you want to stay inside and not do much of anything at all, except maybe read a good book. Read a good book while sitting next to a fan, with the A/C on full blast, with a glass of iced tea next to you. Apparently, as I found out during my quick internet search before writing this blog, the term ‘dog days of summer’ can’t actually be used during any ole’ month, no matter how hot it is. The idiom is supposed to be used during the period of time when Sirius, the Dog Star and the brightest visible star from any part of Earth, rises at the same time as the sun: usually somewhere between July 3rd to August 11th.

I don't remember the title BUT...

We’ve all been there, right? You’re wandering the aisles when you see a book you think is interesting but you don’t bring it home and you forget to write down the title or take a picture to help you remember. Now, all you can recall is some vague shapes and random not-quite-right words but the cover-oh the cover was BLUE. Only a few lucky ones will discover their lost book again but hey, if I can help you out I will. That being said, here are some books, separated by children’s, young adult, and adult that are not just really excellent reads but, you guessed it, all happen to share one particular, memorable color on their covers.  

 

 

Let's Taco 'Bout Food

Ah, food. So good there are about a million hashtags dedicated to it-from weekly trends (Taco Tuesday, anyone?) to the ever classic plate pic (like a selfie, but for your food), it doesn’t take long to find some sort of documented deliciousness on someone’s social media page. But what about food that’s not only picturesque, but oh-so-yummy? And more importantly, what about food that’s easy? I’m no expert, but here are a few titles that have not only helped me create awesome looking food (that yes, may have ended up on my Instagram) but have also resulted in cleared plates and full bellies.
 

LGBTQIA Picture Books

Last week I posted about Pride Month and gave some recommendations for diverse young adult reads. This week we’re continuing the celebration by looking at some picture books that help bring LGBTQIA representation to our shortest shelves and youngest readers. These books are kind, funny, and heart-warming in turn. They're also really great for story time.  

 

 

LGBTQIA Proud

June is Pride Month, a time dedicated to celebrating the impact that LGBTQIA individuals have had and continue to have on our world. In the book world, it's still sometimes hard to find yourself in the pages if you identify as something other than straight, and while, thankfully, some orientations have become more prominent on our shelves, others haven't been given the opportunity. We all want to see ourselves in the books we read, and the need for diverse books is real and important. Here are ffiteen books that celebrate being LGBTQIA in humorous, heartfelt and honest ways-from L to A. 

 

Ready, Set, Rock!

Summer reading is here again and, as the theme suggests, it's going to rock! Registration starts in just 3 days on June 4th and La Porte will be kicking it off with a banging beginning of summer party at 3 pm with music, entertainment and snacks. You can check out our events calendar here, for a list of everything we're offering this summer, as well as information about the reading club itself and how to earn points towards cool prizes. We, as all as 16 other branches, will also be offering free meals provided by the Houston Food Bank.

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