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Rising Stars of Romance

iron dukeAll readers love a new release by one of the favorite authors they've been reading for years and years.  Some of us wait quite impatiently.  But, because of the work I've been doing with the HCPL Book Hunters service and my own insatiable reading habit, lately I've been enjoying disovering authors that are new to me.  I must say, there seems to be a very talented group of young romance authors right now.  Their books already have library customers waiting in line, but check one out if you haven't already beat me to it:

The Vikings are Coming!

viking shipJoin us at the West University Branch Library on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at 1:00, as the Vikings invade! 

Were there really warriors, once upon a time, with horns on their helmets?  Did these warriors have a scary dragon head on their ships?  Learn all about the Vikings (if you dare)...their tales, their history, and their impressive ships.  This family event will feature a performance by the "Little Vikings" choir and a tasty sweet from Denmark. 

Following the family program at 3:00 will be a film screening of A Viking Voyage.  Hear the tale of the reconstruction of the Sea Stallion, introduced by a crew member who was part of the voyage, documented by BBC film.

For more information, call 281-497-7382 or visit

Second Chance Romances

I love the feeling that comes with the start of each new year that you are beginning with a clean slate.  It's a time when you can try to make improvements in your life and correct mistakes of the past.  Okay, so I didn't finish my resolution to read all of Tolstoy or learn to speak Italian, I still enjoy the giddy new year second chance feeling. 

Moonlight & Mistletoe: Holiday Romance Reads

There's nothing that speeds along the blossoming of your annual holiday spirit like a heartwarming festive story.  Probably because it's a genre that's all about the heart, you'll find no shortage of these in the romance category.  From series titles to bestselling authors, there's something for everyone, so put away your inner Grinch and pick up a novel full of holiday cheer!

Heart of Christmas by Mary Balogh, Nicola Cornick & Courtney Milan 

Cowboy Christmas by Janette Kenny

Movie History

citizen kaneLike many movie buffs, I've been glued to the TV set each Monday for the past few weeks to catch Moguls and Movie Stars: a History of Hollywood on TCM.  The series goes decade by decade through the development of motion pictures, from 1889-1969, and each episode has inspired me to revisit old favorites and explore other landmark movies that I somehow never managed to see.  Last night's episode was particularly interesting, focusing on World War II efforts and the development of a social conscience at the theater.  I've got at least a week's worth of self-programming as a result.

Old School Romance Reading

I don't mean the "old school" romance writing style of the 1970s type with a bosomy cover and the word "savage" in the title.  I'm referring to the fact that I find that there are some authors whose earlier books I really liked, but their more recent books do not appeal to me.  Either they moved settings from historical to contemporary, they upped the suspense and dialed down the romance, they moved into a new genre, or their style somehow inexplicably changed.  Many became even more successful, so they probably appealed to more readers with their changes.  It's all a matter of personal reading preference. 

Wondering What to Read Next? Put Book Hunters on the Case


Not many people know good books better than librarians, though not all people agree on what makes a good book.  It's all about making the right match.  We'd like to offer our expertise in a new personalized service that connects readers with the books we think they will enjoy the most.

Perhaps you read much faster than your favorite authors can write new books.  It could be that you are overwhelmed by the number of book choices available in each genre.  Maybe you would like to encourage your teenager to read for pleasure, but have no knowledge about teen authors.  Whatever the reason, if you need any kind of reading advice, the HCPL Book Hunters can help!

Festival Fun at the South Houston Library

This year's HCPL Hispanic Heritage Festival was held at the South Houston Branch Library on September 25th.  As  you can see in the pictures below, a great time was had by all in attendance.  Special thanks go out to Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia, the South Houston Library Friends, community partners and the South Houston Library staff!



Love and Laughs

Having long been a fan of the screwball comedy, I enjoy finding romance novels that feature many of the same laugh-out-loud characteristics.  You'll find the delightfully familiar kooky protagonists with love/hate issues, the gleefully eccentric secondary characters, the compounding misunderstandings, and the physical pratfalls, all tied together with sharp dialogue.  If you would like to try some laughs with your romance, why not try one of the titles below?lady be good

Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Lady Emma Wells-Finch has come to Texas to finally find some trouble and pro golfer Kenny Traveler is finally trying to avoid it.  When Kenny is blackmailed into chauffeuring Emma around town, he has to try to bail her out of one wacky situation after another.

HCPL Receives "A Place for All People" Award from MFAH

place for all people award 2010

Harris County Public Library was honored to receive one of the First Annual "A Place for All People" awards from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on September 15, 2010.  The "A Place for All People" award honors select partners whose mission, goals and work reflect and complement that of the museum.  "MFAH partners share a longstanding commitment to the Houston community and a belief in the importance of arts in education as a part of a well-rounded life, for all," said Victoria Ramirez, W.T. and Louise J. Moran Education Director, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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