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USE THE NOVELIST DATABASE FOR BOOK DISCUSSION GUIDES

Harris County Public Library subscribes to a database entitled Novelist Plus that contains a wealth of resources for those of us who love to read.

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One great section for book clubs is "Book Discussion Guides." To access this:

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BOOK SALE EXTENDED THROUGH SEPT. 5!

The Barbara Bush Library Book Store is overflowing with great materials thanks to the generous donations of our community. To create more space for new items, the Friends are having a 50%-off sale. This means that hardbacks are only $1.50; large trade paperbacks are $1.00; and regular mass market paperbacks are only $.50!! Come to the library by Saturday, September 5, to take advantage of this limited-time opportunity.

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HEALTHY SNACKS

Calling all kids between the ages of 8 and 12 years who love cooking and eating! The 8-to-12 Club starts again Tuesday, September 1st at 4:30pm in the Robin Bush Room. Come and learn to make simple, tasty, healthy snacks. Set those taste buds tingling when you try these quick and easy recipes! See you then!

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Museum Art Workshop Begins for Seniors 55+

Barbara Bush Library continues to build cooperation with its newest neighbor, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts that occupies the old Cypress Creek Library building at 6815 Cypresswood Dr. The museum is offering a monthly 55+ Art Workshop series starting Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 9am-12pm in its Northgate Forest Conference Room. Each month, participants will work on a different project guided by Education Specialist Evelyn Bouley. All skill levels are welcome and the class is especially appropriate for those who are new to painting.

 

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Book Clubs Bring People Together

Book clubs are a great way to bring people together. Readers of all backgrounds can share their opinions in a neutral arena, and the book selected provides common ground for discussion. A dramatic example was cited recently by the CBS Evening News. A book club in Boston was formed by a lawyer and a homeless man who happened to meet in a park. Their conversation over a period of months drifted to books, and eventually expanded to include others in the park. Today this group, called the Homeless Book Club, meets weekly at lunchtime. Read the story and watch a video about it at "A Tale with a Storybook Ending."

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What If There is No Discussion Guide for Your Book Club?

It is always helpful to have some starter discussion questions ready for your book club. Often you can find these at the back of your book, on a publisher's website, or on one of the reading group sites. But what do you do if none are available? The Reading Group Guides website offers some general questions that can be adapted to a wide variety of books, from biographies to mysteries to historical fiction.

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New Book Club Premieres July 1

A cooperative effort between the Barbara Bush Library and the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts begins tomorrow with the first session of the "Pen and Paintbrush Book Club." This group will meet during each exhibition cycle at the museum, and will include a museum tour, a discussion of a classic book tied to the exhibition theme, a viewing of a related film, and one or more special lectures.

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