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The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 10

amazing readI'm back from last week's visit to another world.  I decided to visit Graphic Novel Land, and spent some time in the Sandman's dream world and the altered Victorian detective world of Ruse, which I found as a suggestion from another summer reader.  I enjoyed my time "out of this world" thoroughly.

We are now in the final week of The Amazing Read, so let's end on an inspirational note:  Read something that helps make you a better person.  You can take the spiritual or philosophical route, or pick something that will aid in self-improvement, like The Power of Habit.  You can focus on your professional life, with a book like The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future.  Or, enhance your parenting skills with a book like Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success.  Improve your physical self with the latest yoga guide or stress management tool.  We all have something we could work on!  What are you reading?

We hope that you've all enjoyed The Amazing Read challenge and all of summer reading this year.  Don't forget to register for the program and record your titles by August 11th to be eligible for prizes.

Houston Housing Choice Voucher Program

keysFor one week from Monday, August 20 to Sunday, August 26, 2012, the Houston Housing Authority will for the first time in 6 years be accepting applications to get onto the waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. The voucher program helps low-income families, senior citizens and persons with disabilities rent safe, affordable homes in and around Houston. 

Houston Housing Authority’s online application for the Housing Choice Voucher Program is available at www.housingforhouston.com.   Complete an application to sign up for an online lottery for the housing assistance waiting list.  The application is offered in English and Spanish.

The program begins on August 20th at 8 a.m. and ends August 26th at midnight.  Beginning August 13th, applicants with questions can call a special hotline:1-855-702-9130.  The hotline will support English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese speakers as well as hearing impaired applicants.

Flickr CC:  House Keys by stevendepolo

Reading Romance Out Loud

romance audiosI am an avid audio book listener, but I don't usually listen to books from the romance genre.  The first reason is that I'm given to inappropriate giggling when hearing some chapters, rather than reading them, and that takes you right out of the story.  The second reason is that I think it is very hard to get the voices right for a romantic novel.  A recent experience I had listening to the latest by a favorite author made me recoil every time the narrator used a man's voice.  The voice she used for the hero reminded me of the millionaire on Gilligan's Island, who I'm sure was a very nice man, but not really the figure I wanted to imagine.

We Have a Winner at Fairbanks Branch Library!

ereadersCongratulations to Ryan from our Fairbanks Branch!  He is the latest winner of a Nook Simple Touch in the Adult Summer Reading prize drawings.  Remember to register, read and log five books or 600 minutes by Saturday, August 11th to be eligible for the grand prize drawings.  Winners will be randomly drawn from those who complete the program for a Kindle Fire, a Nook Tablet, and one $30 Amazon gift card for each branch location.  Happy Reading!

The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 8

amazing readI could spend the whole summer exploring last week's challenge, but I'm learning to mix up my reading diet.  My funny read revisited some old friends, P.G. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves.  I chose Right Ho, Jeeves because it features my favorite of Bertie's silly friends, Gussie Fink-Nottle, and his hilarious prize-giving speech at Market Snodsbury grammar school.

This week we're going to be a bit more informative and challenge you to read something in the news.  It could be a book about the upcoming elections or the latest in true crime.  Or you could pick up Time or Newsweek to read about current world events.  It could be old news, like All the President's Men by Woodward and Bernstein, or fake news, like I am America by Stephen Colbert.  You could even read Bloggers Boot Camp and learn to create your own news. 

I'm going to start by reading the latest issue of Wired magazine at lunchtime.  What are you reading?

 

We Have a Winner at Kingwood Branch Library

kindle winnerCongratulations to Sarah Jensen, winner of this week's Kindle Touch prize drawing in the Adult Summer Reading program!  Sarah is pictured here with her children Davis, Vance and Sophia, and Kingwood branch librarian Christi Whittington.  Don't forget to register and keep reading this summer for your chance to win.

Summer Reading is Crafty Fun

cy clipboard craftkw figurineSummer Reading fun brings all sorts of creative craft opportunities to your local branch.  As you see here, Crosby teens are creating custom clipboards with help from Harris County Precinct 2, young Freeman customers are creating art from cardboard boxes, Kingwood teens are learning to paint figurines with help from Texas Battle Bunker, and Katy teens made self portraits in cupcake form.  Check out the events calendar to see what crafty fun is happening at your branch!

Have You Read the Latest in Romance?

into the dreamingTime for another update on the latest available by your favorites to hit the library catalog.  Even with a job that focuses so much on books, sometimes I forget to check for the latest releases.  Take a look through the new listings below and see if one of your favorites is yet to be read:

 Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning    Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Samurai Game by Christine Feehan                Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand

Summer Reading is for Babies, Too!

alise flemingMeet Alise, the youngest participant to complete the Summer Reading program at the Northwest Branch Library.  This seven-month-old is a regular at Baby Time and is a fan of Dr. Seuss books read to her by her mom, Shaneeca.  Her older sister is currently reading her way to completion of Summer Reading.  All children who read 10 books or log 500 minutes of reading get to pick out a paperback book from our special selections and she chose The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.  Congratulations, Alise!

We Have a Winner at Parker Williams Branch Library

nook winnerCongratulations to Traci Patterson, winner of a Nook Simple Touch in the second 2012 Adult Summer Reading prize drawing!  Don't forget to register and keep reading this summer for your chance to win.

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