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Meet The Author: Ron Goodwin

Author Ron GoodwinIt’s time to get acquainted with our next author joining our panel discussion on Saturday, February 8th—Ron Goodwin.

Even though Ron was a military “brat,” he still considers San Antonio home. Like his father and brother, Ron joined the US Air Force and while enlisted received his undergraduate degree from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas.

After his honorable discharge, he completed graduate degrees from Texas Southern University in history and urban and environmental planning. His current research focuses on urban history, the impacts of planning decisions on neighborhood development, and the historical development of Texas’ black community. 

Meet The Author: Gwen Richardson

Author Gwen RichardsonThe African American Read-In will be here before you know it. The event will feature a panel discussion of authors sharing what they have learned about getting published. It is going to be a wonderful opportunity for you aspiring writers. With that being the case, we want to introduce to you those authors. First up, our moderator is Gwen Richardson.

Gwen is an author, publicist and entrepreneur.  As an author, she has four published books, three non-fiction and one fiction. As an entrepreneur, Gwen is co-founder of Cushcity.com, the world’s largest African American Internet retailer with over 20,000 products online.

In addition, Gwen is co-founder and national coordinator of the National Black Book Festival.  This annual event, held in Houston, Texas, attracts over 100 African American authors from across the U.S. and is the largest indoor gathering of Black authors in the world.

Gwen is a native of Newport News, Virginia. She resides in Houston with Willie and their daughter, Sylvia.  She is a graduate of Georgetown University with a B.S. degree in marketing.

How Do You Get a Book Published?

Before you know it our annual African American Read-In will be here. We are so proud to be working with E.B.O.N.Y. on this event and this year will be something special. This year we will feature a panel of authors addressing how to get a book published. This is an excellent opportunity for all of you aspiring writers out there to pick up some solid tips and tricks for those next steps in your goal to get published. Plus, it’s free!

In addition, there will be free activities for children and a reception to follow. Join us on Saturday, February 8, at noon. We will be meeting in The Forum across from the library. And remember—come ready with all your questions to ask the authors. You won’t want to miss out on what they have to say.

Signs of Improvement

Shelving Being InstalledYou may have noticed that there has been quite the activity with our collection upstairs. That’s because we are currently shifting our collection. After some deep pondering the branch decided that we could create a better browsing experience for you, our customers.

With the decision came the task of moving a whole bunch of books around, but it will be worth it for you, our customers. So thank you for bearing with us. If you need any help finding a book during this transitional phase (or any other time) then please don’t hesitate asking for our assistance. We expect everything to be back to normal by the end of next week.
 

Attention All Crafty Teens!

Teens Making A CraftTeens! Come and enjoy our drop-in crafting program this Thursday at 6:00 pm. Stop by for a fun and relaxing craft. Bring your own craft or create something from the materials provided. Perhaps you still have one more person left on your holiday shopping list. Well, there’s no better gift to impress than one you made with your own hands.

And if Thursday doesn’t give you the crafting fix you need, then stop by Knowledge Exchange on Friday. At Knowledge Exchange anyone can do some knitting, no matter their skill level.

Fun4Senior Bus Trips in January

Fun4SeniorsLogoHere’s some great news. The Barbara Bush Branch Library serves as a departure site for Precinct 4’s Fun4Seniors bus trips. Here’s some better news. For January, Precinct 4 is adding more trips!

Are you interested in visiting the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve? Does your sweet tooth demand a trip to a local candy factory? Do you need to do some shopping at one of Houston's most famous shopping spots? All of this and more will be possible through the January trips. For more information and reservations contact Precinct 4 at
281-893-3726.

An Undecorated Tree? At This Time of Year?

Holiday Tree Decorated with Donation EnvelopesOur faithful Friends are at it again. They’ve put up a tree to be undecorated. You're probably wondering what that means.

In our lobby you will find a tree covered with envelopes. When the giving mood strikes all you have to do is remove one of those envelopes, insert a donation, and put it in the gift box located at the customer service desk. All money received will be put towards developing the adult, children’s and teen collections.

Save the Date—Community Open House

Open House - Photo Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesSince everyone is in a festive mood this time of year it makes perfect sense to join us for our 11th Annual Community Open House on December 12th. Everyone is invited to this event celebrating the 11th anniversary of the opening of the Barbara Bush Library. Free musical entertainment, children's crafts, and refreshments will be provided. Santa and Mrs. Claus will even be available to take pictures with the kids. We’ll see you on Saturday, December 7th, from 2pm – 4pm.

Teen Movie This Monday!

Teens Watching Movie - Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesCalling all teens! There’s no better way to get ready for the holiday than with a movie. Join us on Monday, November 25, at 4 p.m. to enjoy a film with enough excitement and adventure to carry you through the break. Oh, and come and enjoy a little snack too. We are getting ready for Thanksgiving, after all.

The Future of Writing Looks Good at the Barbara Bush Branch

This past Saturday the branch hosted I Want to Be a Writer. Now What? panel discussion led by authors from the Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America. Our authors spoke to a full room of aspiring writers who were armed with pads, pens and excellent questions. The topics ranged from fleshing out ideas, to seeking representation, to eBook publishing. We can’t thank NWHRWA enough for helping us to inform and inspire so many hopeful writers.

Authors

The Panel
Front Row: Left to Right – Kara O’Neal, Sharon Migenery, Susan Muller
Back Row: Left to Right – Jen Langston, Carla Rossi, Janet Nash

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