Sara West's blog

Pac-Man vs. Productivity

If you've visited Google today, you've seen the new interactive logo celebrating the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man.  The logo is a fully functional game based on the original - complete with original sounds and a mind-numbing 255 levels.  Have you been pulled into it?  Is it keeping you from working?  No worries!  Take back some of your

Lost At Sea

When you think of stories involving people stranded out to sea or

What If...

Ever wondered what life would be like if a key point in history was missing or altered?

New Nonfiction Titles

If you're like me, you're always on the hunt for new books to enjoy.  Nonfiction books are my favorite, so I spend time each week searching for new and interesting books on the New York Times Nonfiction list and the Publisher's Weekly Nonfiction list.  I also ask around for some good tips from other readers.  And, of course, I always check the

Spring Cleaning

 
It's a popular time of year to get organized by cleaning out all that built up clutter.  Need some guidance and motivation to get started?  Grab these helpful titles and put your organization game plan into action!
 
 
 

Calling All Coaches

 Spring is almost here!  It's no longer chilly enough to be uncomfortable, yet it's not too humid to be unbearable.  A lot of parents and families find themselves outdoors this time of year watching youth sports.  Some parents even find themselves coaching those sports.  If you're a newly nominated coach or even a returning coach looking for new strategies, you can find some helpful and informative guides at the library:
 

Get Ready, Get Set, Garden!

Sure, parts of Houston just recorded snowfall last week, but don't let that stop you from planning your Spring garden.  No matter what type of garden you're looking for, we have a book for you: 

Shopping Secrets

I like shopping.  I also like saving money.  Maybe you do too.  It's not easy to do both at the same time, but it is possible when you know the secrets of the game.  Make sure you sharpen your shopping game plan with these titles.  And best of all, it won't cost you a cent to request them from your local Harris County Public Library branch.  Watch as the deals roll in and your savings add up:
 

Video Game History

The Winter Olympic Games start on Friday.  Thousands of athletes from around the globe will compete for the gold and the glory.  I certainly won't be one of them, but at least I can still compete when it comes to video games.  Sort of.  I could kick some pixels in the days of Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble, and BurgerTime. And if something went wrong, I could always blame the controllers. "It's the button!  It's sticking!" or "I'm telling you, this joystick is messed up."  Admit it.  You know you did it too.

All In A Day's Work

Water Cooler Dairies
 
Are you curious about what it must be like to work for the FBI or even the IRS?  Do you wonder what life would be like if you worked on a cruise ship?  Have you ever thought about what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurant?  If you want inside knowledge about some unusual (and everyday) professions, try some picks from this list:
 
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