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Walking With Their Hearts

Start Heart Walk

HCPL staff members joined other Harris County departments and formed three teams to take part in this year's American Heart Association Heart Walk 2009. Together, the Library Goddesses, the Power Walkers, and the Great Hearts raised $1,800 for cardiovascular research, treatment and education.  They also had a great time walking together for a good cause.  Way to go, Teams!

HCPL Heart Walk

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Authors Who Can Read

In most cases, my advice would be "drop it and run" if you were about to check out an audio book narrated by the author.    Bringing a story to life on the page is much different from hearing a story out loud.  There are, however, some glorious notable exceptions:

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Psychologist Sleuths

I just received the latest Val McDermid mystery to check out, and I've had to put it away in the cabinet so I'm not tempted to start reading on duty.  I enjoy all of her books, but the Dr....

North Channel Festival Fun

Thanks to all who helped put together this year's Hispanic Heritage Festival at the North Channel Branch Library, thanks to all of the great volunteers, and thanks to everyone who attended! Some highlights from the day:

Fans of Chaplin

I heard a story this morning on NPR about an Indian doctor who prescribes Charlie Chaplin movies as a cure for depression, leads a Chaplin fan club, and dresses up as the Little Tramp for performances.  I am not in his league, but I am a huge fan.  One of my dogs is even named Charlie, since his walk is a four legged version of the Tramp's.  For those of you who hesitate to watch a black and white movie, let alone a silent film, I challenge you to resist the magic of one of Chaplin's best films.  His personal favorite was City Lights, a poignant story about the Tramp falling in love with a blind flower girl, that still managed to be very funny.  My favorite is

Love in Space

Obsidian PreyI love to read books that combine genres, and some of my favorite romance series combine romance with science fiction or fantasy. Not all of these novels take place on another planet, but they do borrow science fiction elements, like space travel, or fantasy elements, like the use of magic. If this genre mix sounds appealing to you, try some of these:

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Summer Reading Programs - What Do You Think?

Adult SRP        Children's SRP      Teen SRP

Did you participate in one of this year's Summer Reading Programs?  If you did and you'd like to share your opinions, or if didn't and you'd like to tell us what would make you join next year, please fill out this survey by September 8th.  Help us make next year's program the best one yet!

Update 9/8: The survey has closed. Thank you for your interest.  If you have additional comments, please leave them below.

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Summer Reading Programs - What Do You Think?

 Adult SRP        Children's SRP      Teen SRP

Did you participate in one of this year's Summer Reading Programs?  If you did and you'd like to share your opinions, or if didn't and you'd like to tell us what would make you join next year, please fill out this survey by September 8th.  Help us make next year's program the best one yet!

Update 9/8: The survey has closed. Thank you for your interest.  If you have additional comments, please leave them below.

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Mysteries in History

AlienistI love to read historical mysteries.  I don't know if this began when I read Caleb Carr's The Alienist for the first time or with my discovery of Anne Perry's William Monk series, but the fascination hasn't dimmed.  Most people who read in this genre are attracted to a particular historical era and some of my favorite settings include Victorian England, post-World War I Europe, and Ancient Rome.  In just the World War I category are great authors like 

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