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Meet the Author—Susan Muller

Susan C. MullerWith our panel discussion approaching, we wanted to take a moment to let you meet the moderator for on November 9th—Susan Muller.

Susan is a fourth generation Texan. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she majored in Business Administration. She started her first novel at age eleven, but it wasn’t until after she had worked many years and raised a family that she returned to her first love, writing. She is a member of Northwest Houston RWA, Kiss of Death online RWA, and The Houston Writers Guild. Her novel, The Secrets on Forest Bend, has won several awards.

We are very grateful to Susan and NHRWA for helping us coordinate this event. This is a wonderful opportunity for those of you who have the writing bug, but need a little insight on the industry and the process. Plus a book signing will follow! To meet the rest of the authors, come back and visit the site each week.

Aspiring Writers Unite!

Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America LogoDo you have an urge or desire to write a book, but feel overwhelmed by the idea? Perhaps you have question about how to start. Or maybe you’ve started a project and feel a little stuck. You may have gotten your project on paper, but need some direction on which steps to take next.

On Saturday, November 9, the Barbara Bush Branch Library @ Cypress Creek will host I Want to Write a Book, Now What? panel discussion. The discussion will be led by the Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America. The writers will cover various topics for those who are eager to tackle that goal of becoming a writer. The program is free to the public, so join us at 11 a.m. in the Earl Elliott Room (Foyer) for this wonderful opportunity.

Tote Bags For Sale

Tote Bags

Who knew supporting the library could be so stylish and practical? For just three dollars you can get yourself a Barbara Bush Library Friends tote bag. With your bag you can grab plenty of books to keep you busy for days! The sale is sponsored by the Barbara Bush Library Friends. All net proceeds go to support library programs. How great is that?

Dust Off Those Legos

Boy With Block Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesDo you have LEGOS that need a new home? Give them to the Barbara Bush Library! We are now collecting LEGOS for future children's and tween programming, so any gently used pieces would be greatly appreciated. With the donations we're hoping to do some really cool stuff down the road.

Just look for the striped box located in the library lobby and feel free to make one last creation before donating. You know you want to!

Teens4Teens is Back!

Teens StudyingTeens, are you academically strong? Do you need volunteer hours? You can become a Teens4Teens (T4T) tutor. Or is it that you need a little help in school? If so, then register to get matched with a volunteer Teen Tutor.

Tutors and students meet on a weekly basis at a prearranged time in the YA Area of the library on the 2nd Floor. You must fill out paperwork to participate in this program. You can get that paperwork on the 2nd Floor as well.

The NW Houston Photo Club Comes to the Barbara Bush Branch

Photographs On A Wall
We have a new display for you to enjoy in our art alcove this month. It is a collection from the NW Houston Photo Club and it is impressive. Fortunately our picture here doesn’t do the display justice, so you will just have to come to the second floor and see it for yourselves. Want to visit more of their work? Well you’re in luck because the group also has an exhibit at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts right next door. Hitting up a library and a museum in one day--your friends will be so impressed!

Holi Water War Recap

The Summer Reading Program (SRP) has come and gone and boy did we have fun. Hundreds of teens enjoyed all the offerings we had for them. One of the highlights had to be the Holi Water War. If that event didn’t scream Fun Had By All then nothing did. Kudos to our Rebecca, our Young Adult Librarian, and her fabulous assistant Margaret for putting on such a great program and a great SRP! 

Last Stop! Ireland!

Irish Countryside - Photo Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesThis year’s Summer Traveling Series has been a great one. We’ve learned a lot about places like Japan, New Zealand, Argentina, and Norway. We will be ending our travels with a visit to Ireland.On Monday, July 29, we will be joined by a nationally award-winning poet and genealogy blogger, Lisa "Smallest Leaf", who will share what her extensive research on Ireland has taught her.

Holi Water War This Saturday

Teens, join us this Saturday for a Holi inspired water war. Using the pigments from the Indian festival of Holi we will engage in a colorful battle sure to brighten your day. NOTE: The pigments used during Holi WILL stain clothing and may temporarily dye skin or hair. DRESS ACCORDINGLY.

We will gather at 3:00pm in front of the Glass Display Case on the 1st floor and then walk to the field behind the staff parking lot. Wet teens will NOT be allowed back into the library unless they change to dry clothes. The Library closes at 5:00pm on Saturdays. A signed permission form is required to participate. See the reference desk on the second floor for paperwork. We’ll see you there!

Got Vikings? We Do!

VikingYou think Scandinavia is cool, but you wish you knew more? Have no fear. You’ll do just that with the next stop on our summer traveling series, Vikings Don't Wear Crowns: The Development of Kingship in Scandinavia. This free talk, sponsored by the Norwegian Society of Texas, will enlighten and entertain as it covers a very fascinating spot in the world.

And don’t forget that we will have a door prize drawing for a $20 gift card to a local bookstore. See you Monday, July 15th, at 2pm in the Earl Elliott Room.

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