Books

Spooky E-Reads

If you're looking for fun craft and cooking books to dive into this October, make sure to check out OverDrive's Spooktacular Cooking & Crafts e-book collection. You'll find tons of creative cooking, craft and costume ideas to put together, including knitting crafts, ideas for parties and snacks, and fun do-it-yourself cosplays. E-books are free through our OverDrive and Libby apps using your library card number. 

If you haven't had a chance to stop by the library for a free library card, you can always get instant access to our e-materials by signing up online for your iKnow Digital Library Card.

 

Teen Masquerade Masks & Book Club!

Halloween. Renaissance Festivals. Comicpalooza. Whatever you are interested in, complete your attire by making a Masquerade Mask! Come to the Teen Room on Monday, October 22, at 4:30-5:30 PM, to make your very own. 

 

Then on Wednesday, October 24, at 4:45-5:45 PM, come to our monthly Teen Book Club. Discuss books, book-to-movie adaptations, and enjoy snacks. Need a suggestion on something to read? This month’s theme is “Horror.” Read any scary or paranormal book that you want and then come and share with the group! We meet in the Teen Game Room.

Spooky Tales for Teens and Adults

We’re into the heart of October now, and while next week we’ll have some not so spooky options for the younger crowd,  it’s now time to get to the truly spooky stuff—the books that will get your heart racing, palms sweating and mind whirring. I’ve got eight books for teens and eight for adults here, all terrifyingly creepy in their own way. From zombies to ghosts to monsters that go bump in the night, to the scariest thing of all: humanity, these recommendations are not for the faint of heart. Might want to sleep with a light on after these. 

 

 

One Community, One Book

Bluebird, BluebirdEvery October public libraries, school libraries, and college libraries all over southeast Texas participate in an event called “Gulf Coast Reads.” The idea is to get as many people as possible to read the same book at the same time so that they can talk about it with their families, friends, coworkers, fellow bus riders, etc. This year’s selection is “Bluebird, Bluebird” by Attica Locke, a writer

Written in the Stars: READ!

Welcome to the beginning of our National Teen Reads Week! This is an annual celebration of our teen literature, and a time where we encourage our teens to read more (as opposed to our normal agenda, which is to discourage reading and hide books. We are a library after all.). However, if you aren’t a teen, don’t let that discourage you from celebrating this week. Everyone can come to the library and do something to participate in this amazing event. Here are some of our suggestions on how to reach for the stars at the library this week:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and High Meadows Branch Library has put together a display to honor the fight against the disease. Breast cancer touches nearly every one of us in some way. Most of us know someone; whether it is an aunt, mother, cousin, or friend, who has battled breast cancer.
Our display includes:
• Books that about survivors and question about breast cancer from your leading experts.
• Pamphlets about: Breast cancer in Young Women, What You Need to Know and organizations for survivors.
• Ribbon cards to celebrate survivors, those who have died and those who are still fighting. (Write a name/memory of someone you know who has breast cancer. They will be placed around the display.)

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th. Started in 1968, this month is dedicated to honoring the histories, cultures and contributions of those in the Latinx community. It begins in the middle of the month of September because the 15th is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, with Mexico and Chile coming after, on the 16th and 18th. This culture is vibrant and its history important. That said, here is a selection of books for all ages that celebrate the intricacies of what Hispanic heritage truly means. 

 

 

Tuesday, October 2nd at 5:00 PM – Book Buddies [6 to 10]

Book Buddies is a youth literacy program brought to you from the Harris County Public Library.

Book Buddies is for children from Kindergarten to third grade who will be paired with a teen Big Buddy who will read to them each session.

This program is centered around fostering a of love as an enjoyable hobby.

It will be held at the Parker Williams Branch Library starting on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 5:45 PM in the Library Community Room for ten consecutive weeks starting October 2nd and ending December 4th.

Applications can be picked up at the Reference Desk and are due back at the latest on Tuesday, October 2nd.  

Meet Attica Locke

Join us on October 6th at 3:00pm and meet Atticka Locke, author of the 2018 Gulf Coast Reads selection Bluebird, Bluebird! If you'd like to read Bluebird, Bluebird please visit our catalog or call us at 832-927-7800 to request a copy today.

Adult Programs in October

Cover Art for Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica LockeJoin us for computer classes, crafts, Gulf Coast Reads, and the Houston Blues Museum!

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