Books

WANTED! Book Donations!

Do you have bookshelves full of new or gently-used paperbacks, hardbacks, VHS movies or magazines and do not know what to do with them?  The Friends of the South Houston Library will gladly accept your donations!  For questions or more information please call the branch at 713-941-2385.  All proceeds from donations benefit future library programs at the South Houston Library.  

Join Us for Freeman Nonfiction Book Club Next Monday!

Adults - Our 1st Meeting of the Freeman Nonfiction Book Club is Monday, 10/24 @ 7 PM in the upstairs Conference Room. Nonfiction Book Club has no specifically assigned book but rather an assigned subject. Each attendee is asked to come prepared to discuss at least one book related to that month's subject. This month, we'll talk about Pre-1900 Biographies (Biographies of people who lived before 1900.) Program supported by Friends of Freeman.

Great Books Discussion Group Talks about Gulf Coast Reads Book This Thursday!

Gulf Coast Reads (GCR): On the Same Page is an annual regional reading initiative focused on promoting the simultaneous reading or listening to a selected title by those living along the upper Texas Gulf Coast.*

This year's pick, Jan Jarboe Russell's The Train to Crystal City, describes "the dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II, where thousands of families -- many US citizens -- were incarcerated."

Book Discussion: The Train to Crystal City

Book Jacket for 'The Train to Crystal City' by Jan Jarboe RussellPlease join us on Wednesday, October 12, 10:30-11:30 am for our discussion of 'The Train to Crystal City', the Gulf Coast Reads selection for 2016, by Jan Jarboe Russell. This book describes a little known aspect of Texas history when, during World War II, a unique internment camp was located in Crystal City, Texas. Near the end of our discussion, we will watch a 9-minute film that was put out by the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1945 about the "Alien Enemy Detention Facility". Even if you have not yet read the book, you are welcome to join us to learn more about the topic. In the Meeting Room at La Porte Community Library, 600 S. Broadway, La Porte, TX.

TGIF Programs Hosts Local Author Mike Guardia This Friday!

Adults - TGIF Programs invites you to join us Friday at 10:30 AM in the Children's Activity Space. Local author and historian Mike Guardia will speak to us about the life and career of Lt. General Hal Moore, the legendary commander at the Battle of Ia Drang, the first major battle of the Vietnam War. His battlefield exploits were popularized by the film We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson. After his presentation, we will host a book signing. Copies will be available for purchase.

No registration is required for this free event. This presentation is open to the public. Programming support and refreshments provided by the Friends of Freeman Library.

Teen Read Week Book Club

 Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Teen Read Week. Pick up your free copy of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan anytime starting September 20th. We will discuss Esperanza Rising and other teen books, do a craft and eat light snacks. The next Teen Book Club book will be given out during this program. Supplies are limited. For Teens and Tweens 12-18.

Gulf Coast Reads (GCR) Events @ Your Library


Gulf Coast Reads (GCR): On the Same Page is an annual regional reading initiative focused on promoting the simultaneous reading or listening to a selected title by those living along the upper Texas Gulf Coast.*

This year's pick, Jan Jarboe Russell's The Train to Crystal City, describes "the dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II, where thousands of families -- many US citizens -- were incarcerated."

Please look at and join us for our GCR events this October: 

Author Dr. Menon Presents "My Mother Called Me Unni" This Saturday!

Adults - please join us as we host Dr.Venugopal Menon, on Saturday, 9/17 at 2:30 PM in the Marge Jacobson Community. Dr. Menon, retired President at the McGovern Allergy & Asthma Clinic, will talk about his book, My Mother Called Me Unni: A Doctor's Tale of Migration. Afterwards, we will host a book signing. No registration is required to attend this free presentation by Dr. Menon.

This presentation is supported by the Friends of Freeman Library.

Gulf Coast Reads: The Train to Crystal City

Book Jacket for The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe RussellThe selection for Gulf Coast Reads this year is The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, by Texas author Jan Jarboe Russell. The first non-fiction title chosen for Gulf Coast Reads, this book tells the riveting, poignant story of immigrants to the United States from Japan, Germany and Italy who were held in an internment camp in Crystal City, Texas. Taken from their homes in Cleveland, Los Angeles and other cities across the United States, these immigrants, named “enemy aliens”, were interned along with their American-born children and were held for the purpose of "repatriation" to their countries of origin in exchange for (other) Americans held there.

La Porte Community Library’s Book Discussion of The Train to Crystal City will be held Wednesday, October 12, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, in the Meeting Room of the Library at 600 S. Broadway in La Porte.

The Gulf Coast Reads program for La Porte will be a showing of the movie American Pastime at Monday, October 17, 6 pm - 7:45 pm, in the Library Meeting Room. American Pastime is a film based on a true story of a Japanese-American internment camp in Utah during World War II. The film portrays the prejudice and suspicion that Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans were subjected to during World War II. The movie includes actual footage of the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah that was filmed using a camera smuggled into the camp.

Gulf Coast Reads is an annual reading initiative in which residents of the upper Texas Gulf Coast read or listen to the same book and then join together with other readers to discuss the book and/or attend programs related to the book’s themes.

The Train to Crystal City is available at Harris County Public library in book format, large print, audio CD, eBook, and eAudio. Please stop by to pick up your copy of the book or download a copy to your computer or mobile device. Then come to the exciting programs and book discussions that will be offered for our readers across Harris County!

Read It Before You See It

Oh my goodness!  I was just looking online at upcoming movies and September is going to be a GREAT month for book lovers and knowledge seekers out there.

First up, this week we have Sully, the untold story behind "the Miracle on the Hudson" where 155 people survived a multiple engine failure on a flight out of New York City.  You can read all about the life of Chelsey Sullenberger here.

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