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An Ancient Tradition

Simple ingredients: Flour, water, salt, and possibly yeast. Bring them together with varying degrees of pressure, time, and heat and you have created a traditional staple of life celebrated around the world - homemade bread.

The smell of baking bread triggers warm memories of yesterday and creates new ones today. It brings us together to share our stories, memories, and experiences around a common space. Life magnified through nourishment and community.

Be inspired to bake your own homemade bread for your upcoming celebrations with these books:

8-Bit Beginnings

Pack your bags, you're going on a video game nostalgia trip. Read, watch, and listen to these titles to remember the joys of your youth. If you're too young to remember the golden age of video games, it's time for an education. Learn all you need to know about the dawn of video games with these titles:

Last Summer Hurrah

There's still time for some lazy summer fun before school is back in session. These books can help you enjoy the unofficial end of the season with family and friends before the bell rings and the autumn leaves begin to fall:

Get Up And Go

Going on a trip this summer?

Bring along one of these five unique travel stories to enjoy as you embark on your own personal journey:

I'll Ask You Three Times, Are You OK? Tales of Driving and Being Driven by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World by Leon Logothetis

Cheese and Chocolate: Adult Summer Reading Kick-Off

Escape the ordinary this Saturday, June 6th during our Adult Summer Reading Kick-Off event from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

Take a little me-time this Saturday to enjoy fine cheese and chocolate as you browse our summer reading program catalog. You can learn to play guitar, plan an off-season trip to Disney World, experience Nature's fury during our Houston Museum of Natural Science program, and much more this summer. We'll give you all the details this Saturday.

Writer Spotlight: Erik Larson

If you enjoy historical nonfiction, don't miss the work of New York native Erik Larson. Larson's brand of narrative nonfiction has been a hit on many bestseller lists, starting with a book written in 1999 recalling the Great Storm of 1900 in Galveston. He currently occupies the #10 spot on the New York Times nonfiction list with his latest book,

More Treats for SNL Fans

Did you watch the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special earlier this week? If you laughed all the way through, you might also enjoy these books and DVDs:


Tame the Tech

It seems as if kids are born knowing how to tame technology. Many kids can navigate their way around a tablet even if they've never used one. You, meanwhile, would be happy just to get the goofy screen to stop rotating. Don't you wish there was a manual for this stuff? Well, there is.

Lost... and Found

Losing extra pounds, bad habits, and clutter are always popular resolutions for a new year. Losing something you don't want is nice, but what happens to all the stuff we lose when we don't really mean to? Sometimes, it ends up in places you never expect:

Nonfiction Movies

Book to movie adaptations happen fairly regularly, although nonfiction adaptations are a bit less common. A round of movies based on nonfiction will debut this month. Here's your chance to read (or re-read) the books before they hit the big screen:

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