Books

Gulf Coast Reads Program: Newspapers in Early Texas

Cover art for News of the World: A Novel by Paulette JilesJoin us on Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am, when Lisa Struthers, Director of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library at the San Jacinto Museum of History, will give a program that will focus on the news theme of the 2017 Gulf Coast Reads selection News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Lisa will highlight the Texas newspapers in the collection of her library, talk about the history of newspaper publishing in Texas, and briefly discuss the Texas Newspaper Project coming out of the Depression. She will conclude with information about the Herzstein Library’s participation in the current Texas Digital Newspaper Program, which has the impressive and valuable goal of digitizing historical newspapers from all over the state to make them accessible to everyone via The Portal to Texas History. Free and open to all! No registration required.

Books without Borders Book Club

gulf coast reads bookJoin us for Books without Borders Book Club!
October 19 at 1:00pm (LRNC 131) and 7:00pm (LRNC 215)

News of the World by Paulette Jiles 

Facilitator: Bobby O'Brien, History Professor
News of the World is the 2017 Gulf Coast Reads selection. “In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.” - publisher's summary (http://newsoftheworldbook.com/)

Teen Book Club

teen book club

Teen Book Club - Fall 2017
3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30pm, Teen Room

Teens, ages 13-18, register today! Pick up a copy of the book at the first floor reference desk.

• October 18: The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

• November 15: A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Contact Tracy Williams, Teen Librarian, for more information.
281.290.3243

Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

Cover of News of the World by Paulette JilesJoin us on Monday, October 16 at 6:30 pm for our discussion of News of the World by Paulette Jiles, the Gulf Coast Reads selection for 2017. Historical fiction set in Texas after the Civil War, this well-researched novel is a fascinating and compelling read! Free. No registration required.

Note: During the month of October, News of the World will be available for unlimited eBook checkout through Overdrive. Please call the library if you would like help with checking out the eBook on your phone, tablet, or computer.

The Library in Your Community!

As the Barbara Bush Library undergoes the rebuilding process from Harvey, we are happy to announce lots of programs happening in the community. 

POP-UP LIBRARY
Every Saturday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 PM (starting Oct. 14th)
Get a library card; select books to checkout from a pop-up collection; return your books.
Cherry Blossom Yoga Studio, 16650 Champion Forest Dr., Spring TX 77379

Teen Book Club: Halloween Edition

Join us on Wednesday, October 18th at 3pm for our Teen Book Club. 

Our October title is "Anna Dressed in Blood" by Kendare Blake. Copies are available to check out in our Teen Section. Stop on by to check out your copy today. 

Here's a quick summary of Anna Dressed in Bloodf from our catalog: 

"For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before."

Hope to see you there! 

Alexander's bad day makes for a great book.

Children Reading

Looking for a great book to read with the kids after a long week at school? Look no further!

Gulf Coast Reads 2017-Coming in October!

Book Jacket: News of the World: A Novel by Paulette JilesIn October each year, residents of the upper Texas Gulf Coast take part in Gulf Coast Reads, a program in which people read or listen to the same book and attend book discussions and special programs about the book.

This year the Gulf Coast Reads selection is News of the World by Paulette Jiles, an historical fiction novel set in Texas: “In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio.”

This well-researched novel has something for everyone: men, women, and young adults. It gives a fascinating, fact-filled history of the time in early Texas, combined with a compelling, well-written story. Both history buffs and those who love a good read will enjoy!

Our book discussion on News of the World is on Monday, October 16 at 6:30 pm.

On Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am, we will have a related program: ‘Early Newspapers in Texas’ by Lisa Struthers, Director of the Herzstein Library at the San Jacinto Museum of History. Lisa will talk about the newspapers at the museum library, and she will also tell us about her library’s involvement with The Portal to Texas History program, which is an initiative to digitize old newspapers from library collections in Texas. (This effort to put newspapers in digital format is something our library is interested in considering for La Porte.)

Both events are free and open to all! Please join us for one or both programs!

Get ready for Gulf Coast Reads

Join us on Tuesday, October 24 at 2 p.m. for a discussion of News of the World by Paulette Jiles. It is the Gulf Coast Reads selection for 2017. Click on the book's title for a link to our catalog to read more about it, place a hold or download an ebook. Or, you can always drop by the library and we will help you get a copy. 

Online Book Clubs

Even though we aren't open, we still have events happening in the community. Join our online book clubs that you can attend from home! 

 

Teens Read!

https://goo.gl/161D31

This month’s selection is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

 

 

 

 

 

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