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Horror Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on Horror.

Why read horror? These tales feature nightmares come to life, complete with the monsters -- human, inhuman, and psychological -- that inhabit readers' worst fears. As in nightmares, surprise is a key element. Some horror tales begin in a fairly normal world, suddenly and disastrously invaded by monsters, and lead to a horrific climax The key to horror is that although the evil may be beaten down, it is never destroyed completely.  It lurks just beneath the surface, waiting to emerge again. 

Fantasy Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on Fantasy.

Why read fantasy?  Story lines feature good versus evil, and protagonists battle and ultimately conquer the dark forces. The characters often attain special magical gifts, and the story lines explore ways to discover one's own potential. Characters may include mythical creatures --dragons, unicorns, elves, wizards -- as well as animals that are more may also find a home in Fantasy. Quests commonly drive the plot, and adventure elements play an important role. Elaborately detailed settings describe another world, often Earth, which does not follow earth's time line. Thus the setting may be a pseudo-Medieval world with knights and dragons or a fictional future world with elves on motorcycles. Gritty urban settings are almost as popular as more traditional historical ones. 

NonFiction Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on NonFiction.

Why read nonfiction?  A well-written, perfectly edited oral history is like attending a cocktail party with the most interesting people -- moving from group to group and hearing everyone's version of a story.  These biographies, histories, and memoirs explore the struggles and triumphs of people as they experience everything from grieving for a loved one to breaking professional ground in their fields. Some are famous and some aren't, but they each have a unique story. 

Romance Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on Romance novels.

Why read a romance? The primary appeal of Romances is to the emotions. Readers feel an emotional link with the protagonists and are invested in the satisfactory outcome of their story.  Characters may be stereotypes -- bright, independent heroines pitted against strong, dangerous heroes -- but readers expect this and find satisfaction. Authors mayexperiment with characters, settings, and story lines, but the happy ending is sacrosanct. Readers don't want surprises at the end!

Thrillers & Suspense Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on Thrillers & Suspense novels.

Why read a thriller or suspense story? Thrillers are page-turning, heart-pounding stories we read because they are very much about life as we currently know it.  We read them for the satisfying moment when our hero triumphs over the bad guys.  Regardless of the setting, fathomless levels of secrecy and duplicity lead to moles,  double agents, and opportunities to inflict betrayal.  Current events, politics,  contemporary values, and state-of-the-art technology form the backdrop of the story.

Mysteries Rock!

What are  YOU reading this summer?  How about joining our Adult Genre Challenge at the Maud Marks Library?  This week we are reading MYSTERIES!  Why read a mystery?  Mysteries examine human nature, probing the why, the who and how. Justice is at the heart of the solution in a mystery. When "legal justice" is not an option, investigators take the law into their own hands. Readers expect the good guys to win and the bad guys to be punished.  Detectives run the gamut from amateur detectives and snoops to seasoned police detectives and hard-boiled private investigators. 

Science Fiction Rocks!

Have you read your science fiction book for our summer reading challenge yet?  We would LOVE to help you find the science fiction book right for you.  Earn a chance (or 10) to win our science fiction basket.

Science Fiction is speculative fiction and raises controversial questions in worlds based on plausible scientific theories. Traditionally it posits future worlds and technologies, but settings in the past, rich in future technologies, have grown in popularity. No matter the time and setting, science supported by known scientific principles drive the stories.

Historical Fiction Rocks!

The Genre Challenge Has Returned at the Maud Marks Library for Summer 2018.  The way this works, you read books in different genres and then turn in slips to be entered in for drawing for various gift baskets.  If you read 5 different genres over the summer, you will receive an entry for the grand prize basket.  This basket includes a Kindle Fire, a $25 gift certificate to Katy Budget Books, and 4 tickets to the Alamo DraftHouse movie theatre.

Genre Challenge Coming to the Maud Marks Library

It's almost here!  Libraries Rock! 2018 Summer Reading Program Starts THIS Monday, June 4.  The Maud Marks Library is prepared!  We have all kinds of fun things going on this summer.  Movie buff?  We will be showing movies every Friday.  Technology Buff?  Our computer and technology classes are on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Have an elementary aged child?  Check out our Elementary Book Club every other Wednesday or Afternoon Adventures on Mondays.  Teenager?  Teen time is every Thursday.  Top it off with our regularly offered Storytimes, Book Clubs, and other adult programs.  There is something for EVERYONE this summer.  Click here to see what we have to offer.

Stop Drowning Now!

Summer is right around the corner.  In Houston, this means, heat, air conditioning, shorts, and large bodies of water.  Unfortunately, those pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans come with the high risk of drowning.  This Tuesday, May 29, at 7 PM, national organization, Stop Drowning Now, will be here to talk about the dangers of children and the water.  Learn what you can do to keep your child safer this summer as we all use water to cool off from the heat of the season.

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