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Sailing the Iron Seas

rivetedWhile I'm waiting in line for a copy of Riveted by Meljean Brook, I decided to re-read the first two full length books in the Iron Seas series, The Iron Duke and Heart of Stee

We're Having Summer Reading Fun All Over

Not only is it heating up outside, the summer reading fun is heating up in library branches all over Harris County.  We have reading encouragement activities and prizes for signing up and meeting your reading goal, plus we've got fun events of all types happening at your local branch almost every day.  Take a look at your local calendar to see what's happening now.

It could be a pizza making party,           or storytime yoga,

pizza makingstorytime yoga

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Have Book - Will Eat, Amazing Read Challenge Week 4

amazing readI can't believe we're already in week four of the Amazing Read.  I hope you've had a chance to keep up, because I'm going to up the ante this week and read two books for the theme, Have Book -- Will Eat.  I'm going to try Anthony Bourdain's book Medium Raw in the nonfiction category and revisit one of my favorite food books of all time, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.  My plans also include consuming way too many snacks at the s...

The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge 2013

amazing readWelcome to Summer Reading 2013!  We're continuing our reading challenge this year, encouraging everyone to read a little outside of your comfort zone from week to week.  We'll post a topic each week to go along with our theme this year, Have Book, Will Travel, and ask you to respond by sharing your reading choices through your Summer Reading Program log, comments on the blog post, through Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, or in conversation with family and friends.

This week's challenge is simple:  Have Book - Will Travel this Summer.&nb...

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

serendipityI knew very early on that I was destined to be a city girl.  I tend to wilt outdoors, I prefer food that isn't cooked by me, and I really like movies that need subtitled translations.  Or maybe it's just that I prefer to remain anonymous when I visit the 7-11 in my pajama pants.  No matter the reason, in contrast to my everyday life, I can't get enough of small towns and villages in fiction.  They provide a warm and cozy vacation to a place with a personality of its own, complete with a variety of colorful characters that form an extended fictional family.  Judging by the popula...

Everything Old is New Again

sunny chandler's returnWith eBooks, that is, not age -- unfortunately.  One benefit I am taking advantage of from the eBook phenomenon is the discovery (or rediscovery, sometimes) of older titles by authors I really enjoy.  Whether it's through their normal publisher, a digital publisher, or self-publishing, many popular authors are now making previously hard-to-find backlist titles available to the eBook crowd. 

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Who's Your Book Boyfriend?

shadowfeverI was talking with a friend the other day, and I'm not really sure how this came up, but she said that Jericho Barrons would always be her imaginary boyfriend.  I'm sure her real husband doesn't have a problem with that.  It would be a rare woman who did not think that Barrons was uniquely appealing, but I find that I am a much more fickle reader.

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Self-Pub Success

on dublin streetI am not only an extreme book nerd, I am also a book publishing news junkie.  I've been particularly addicted lately, when the latest book publishing trends have such a huge impact on libraries.  One trend that I find fascinating is the change that's taken place in self-publishing over the last few years.  We've come a very long way from the days when John Grisham self-published A Time to Kill and sold it out of the back of his car...

Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Programs at HCPL

HC fun for seniorsHarris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program (SAP) will begin offering special programs at the Barbara Bush Branch Library and the Fairbanks Branch Library in February for adults 50 years of age and older. SAP events are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents.

Barbara Bush Branch Library:  Tuesdays, February, 5 and 12:

10 a.m.  Senior Fitness Class
Safe, effective, and fun fitness class designed for active older adults!

1 p.m.   Art Class
Pursue any type of artwork, in any media, in t...

Baby, It's Cold Outside

deep kiss of winterOkay, it's actually been kind of cold for a couple of days in Houston, Texas and many of us have been enjoying the chill before we start wearing our shorts again.  I think that people who have always lived in warm climates romanticize snow and wintry temperatures, with pictures of fireplaces, snowmen and hot chocolate dancing in our heads, instead of snow tires, shovels and bursting pipes.  While safely ensconced in our temperate zone, what's the harm in that?

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