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Once Upon a Time

I imagine that many romance readers spent their childhoods repeating the same request I did, "Tell me a story."  The favorite stories were always fairy tales.  Romance novels and fairy tales have quite a bit in common:  they contain some level of formula and some element of fantasy, they focus on a romantic pair, and they are both often dismissed as trivial.  To the last claim, I will say that almost anyone, anywhere knows a basic version of the stories grouped below without me having to give any further information.  That's cultural power.

These books are some of my favorites that take a familiar fairy tale plot and spin it into a romance novel.  Did I miss any of your favorites?

New Hours at South Houston Branch Library

The South Houston Branch Library will have a reduction in hours on Fridays starting August 16th.  Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new South Houston Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 1-8, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-6, Friday Closed, Saturday 10-5.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

New Hours at Parker Williams Branch Library

The Parker Williams Branch Library will have a reduction in hours on Tuesdays starting August 16th.  Renewals, requests, and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new Parker Williams Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 1-9, Tuesday Closed, Wednesday 10-9, Thursday 10-6, Friday 1-6, Saturday 10-5.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

New Hours at Galena Park Branch Library

The Galena Park Branch Library will have a reduction in hours on Fridays starting August 16th.  Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new Galena Park Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 10-6, Tuesday 12-8, Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-6, Friday Closed, Saturday 9-1.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

New Hours at Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library

The Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library will have a reduction in hours on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings starting August 16th.  Renewals, requests and other online services will still be available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library schedule will be:  Sunday 1-5, Monday 10-9, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 10-9, Thursday 1-9, Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

Hours Change at Four Library Locations

Four library locations will have new hours starting August 16th, 2010.  The new schedules for the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, Galena Park Branch Library, Parker Williams Branch Library and South Houston Branch Library are:

Team Other

As a fan of paranormal romance, sure I love reading about the vampires and werewolves.  But, what about the other creatures?  You know, the ones that don't make it into Burger King commercials. Fear not, for they also have their own romance series.  Demons, dragons, Valkyries, witches, shifters, the Fae, even warriors from Atlantis.  You'll find at least one of each in the stories listed below.  Why not read one for the "other" team?

Darkfever

Karen Marie Moning

Fever:  start with Darkfever, the latest is Dreamfever

Nobody is really sure just what exactly the mysterious Jericho Barrons is, but we are all eagerly awaiting the final book in January to find out!

Summer Reading: the Reviews are In!

Did you ever wonder what happens to the reviews you write for the Adult Summer Reading Program?  For one thing, they're linked to the library's catalog and posted on the ASRP page of the library's website.  Harris County readers can use them to help decide what they might like to read next, based on your recommendations.  Librarians also read these reviews to keep in touch with popular titles and discover new titles that would be good to add to the library's collection.  Just this month, these titles (and more!) were ordered based on positive Reader Nation reviews:

Sizzling Romantic Suspense

There's nothing more relaxing than a good romantic suspense novel for a vacation read, even if you never leave the house.  You're taken on a vicarious adventure in a setting different from your own and you get a double sense of closure with the mystery being solved and a HEA for the protagonists.  If only travel agencies could provide the same kind of trip...

Have You Signed Up Yet?

baby with book

Don't forget to sign up for a Summer Reading Program!  We've got programs, books and drawings for children, teens and adults.  Join us and celebrate the joy of reading with the whole family!

Look for magicians and clowns, variety shows and crafts, computer camps and art camps, movies and music, book discussions and storytimes...and much, much more!

Check the schedule at your branch to catch it all.

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