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The History of a Language

Would you be surprised to find out Shakespeare's works are written in Modern English? It's true! Modern English started in about 1450. Granted, Shakespeare's time included the early years of the Modern English period (1450-1800), while we live in the Late Modern English period (1800 onward). There are some differences, but not many. See for yourself

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Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tale Classics

Did you know Disney's animated film Frozen is adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's story The Snow Queen? If you haven't read this classic children's fairy tale, give it a try:

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen ; retold by Caroline Peachey

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Be Rodeo Ready

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is back in town. Get ready for your visit by reading up on the people and events that make the rodeo a big draw every year:

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Cooking Up A Little History

Can you stomach these recipes from times past? Only one way to find out. Grab a book and get to cooking!

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Celebrity News

News outlets compete to report first on celebrity events and scandals and viewers tune in. Whether you eagerly anticipate the reports or wonder why such events become news, these books can give you insight into celebrity reporting and the cult of celebrity in America:

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The Impact of the Internet

The Internet is many things to many people. It can be a way to keep up with friends and family, learn a new skill, order dinner, watch TV, read books, get a college degree, find a job, pay bills, and more. No one can argue that the virtual world has a tremendous impact on our physical world whether we're online daily or have never used a computer. How is it affecting us overall? A recent crop of authors have tried to tackle the question. Read a few of their thoughts on the subject in these books:  

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All About Music

If you are music crazy, try these books for a different take on the sweet sounds that fill our lives:

How Music Works by David Byrne

Musicophilia: And Other Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

Music: The Definitive Visual History from DK Publishing

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Skate the City

When was the last time you strapped on a pair of roller skates or inlines? If you can't remember, it's been too long! October is National Roller Skating Month, so get outside or visit your local rink. Once you do, you will remember how much fun it is to skate. And you won't even realize you're burning around 350-550 calories every single hour. It's a fun way to burn off all those snack size candy bars you know you'll be eating this Halloween!

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Aviation Thrills & Spills!

Stop by the library this Saturday anytime between 2-4 PM for Aviation Thrills & Spills, our free airplane extravaganza. The Civil Air Patrol will be on hand to teach you everything you've ever wanted to know about flying! Get an up-close look at pilot gear, learn how planes soar through the air, try your hand at a flying in a SIM game, view in-cockpit crash footage, and learn how Search & Rescue crews find downed aircraft. Whether you want to be a pilot, join a Search & Rescue team, or are just curious about flying, this program is for you. Model rocketry will also be on display.

Aviation Thrills & Spills is geared towards teens and adults, but all ages are welcome to attend.   

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Houston's Ever-Changing Cityscape

Last Sunday, 70 years of history disappeared in ten seconds.  What was once the downtown Houston Foley's (and later Macy's) department store was demolished in ten seconds to make way for an office tower. Foley's opened its doors in the 1940s and was a popular place to shop for many Houston locals. Its popularity as a shopping destination slowly declined as the decades passed and the land was purchased by an outside company. It is just one of many changes to the downtown Houston landscape through the years. If you're curious about Houston's architectural history, these books will lead you on a tour back down the streets of the past.

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