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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.

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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!

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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   

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!

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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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Wild Things at Fairbanks Branch Library

A couple of "wild things" stopped by the Fairbanks Branch Library to celebrate Summer Reading and share the famous book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak with the crowd.  Don't miss the Summer Reading Fun at your branch library!

wild things

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The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 4

amazing readWe're almost at the halfway point for Summer Reading!  Last week, we did some homegrown Texas reading.  My choice was Texas Soundtrack: Texas Stories Inspired by Texas Music.  By eating ice cream while I read, I was able to achieve a trifecta of personal favorites.  I highly recommend this book, Texas music, and ice cream.

Since we went local last week, let's have a global challenge this week:  Read worldwide.  You can try a book by an author from another country, follow

Meet the I-Team

breaking pointI don't know if I've told you this before, but I'm kind of a hoarder.  A book hoarder, that is.  I buy books and put them in the bookcase and then sometimes forget to read them.  Recently, a novella I purchased for my Kindle led me to the discovery that I had almost all of Pamela Clare's I-Team series in my bookcase.  Once I actually read the first one, I didn't stop until I had finished the entire series.

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The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 2

amazing readI hope everyone enjoyed last week's mystery challenge!  My choice (Started Early, Took My Dog) introduced me to a British mystery series that I will definitely revisit.  

Let's get a bit nostalgic this week:  Read or share a childhood favorite.  If you are an adult, re-read a book that you loved as a child or share it with a child in your life.  If you are not yet an adult, ask a family member to share their favorite childhood book with you or get them to read your favorite book.  Don't forget to tell...

First Adult Summer Reading Prize Drawing June 11th

woman readingIf you haven't yet signed up for Adult Summer Reading at HCPL, now's the time!  We'll be drawing from registered readers to win a Kindle Touch eReader on Monday, June 11th.  Every two weeks of the program, we'll randomly draw from current registrants for an eReader prize, either a Kindle Touch or a NOOK Simple Touch.  At the end of the summer, we'll have drawings from readers who complete the program for one $30 Amazon gift card at each branch library...

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