Books

Anti-Valentine's Day Books for Teens

Are you a person that would rather their star-crossed lover burn up while entering the atmosphere? Would you rather invest more time developing your relationship with your cat? When you think about romance, does it make you want to gag? Are you interested solely in the aftermath of a bad break-up? 

The Parker Williams Branch has a selection of YA titles available in our Teen Area that might be the right fit for you. Come on down a take a browse. 

 

 

Orphan Train Book Discussion

Join us 7pm Monday when our Evening Book Club will discuss the Orphan Train by Christina Kline.  This 2013 bestseller features a teenager struggling with living in foster care who reluctantly befriends an elderly woman who teaches her much about life, especially through her own experiences as a member of the Orphan Train.  The Orphan Trains were an attempt to send children out from New York to the supposedly healthier life in the Midwest, from the 1850's to 1929. This is a moving story of resilience and empathy.  There’s still plenty of time to pick up a copy of The Orphan Train from our customer service desk and join the discussion in the meeting room this coming Monday, February 6th.

Programs for Adults: February 2017

Photo of La Porte Community LibraryAdult Programs at La Porte Community Library, 600 S. Broadway, in February:

Thursday, February 2, 10:30 am -- Computer Class: Facebook

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 am -- Master Gardener-Composting. Harris County Master Gardener Captain Carol Curtiss will give a program on the topic of Composting. Get ready for those spring gardens!

Monday, February 13, 6:30 pm -- Book Discussion ‘The Story of Land and Sea: A Novel’ by Katy Simpson Smith.

Tuesday, February 14, 10 am -- Knitting Circle for Adults. Bring your current knit or crochet project.

Thursday, February 16, 10:30 am -- Computer Class: Email- Attachments & Spam

Thursday, February 23, 10:30 am -- Computer Class: Internet-Google, Maps, YouTube

Saturday, February 25, 10 am -- Movie Time for Adults. Grab a cup of coffee and join us for 'Gravity' ©Warner Brothers, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, on Saturday, February 25, at 10 am. Rating PG-13. Free. No registration required.

Library: La Porte Branch Library! 

Saturday, February 25, 10:30 am -- Crafting for Adults-Make a Greeting Card. Registration Required. Please call 281-471-4022.

Tuesday, February 28, 10 am -- Knitting Circle for Adults. Bring your current knit or crochet project.

All Programs are Free! Please call 281-471-4022 for more information.

Rhythmic Books Your Toddler Will Love

Finding a book that a two year old will sit through is hard enough.  Finding one they will actually enjoy?  Yikes!  Some things to look for are books with rhythm and rhyming.  There's a reason Dr. Seuss and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom are so popular!  The rhythm in these books allows for easier storytelling and helps your toddler develop their language skills.  It allows them to differentiate sounds and recognize words.  Plus, they're just fun! 

Here's some more examples of great Toddler books with rhythm:


 Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Adult Program: Book Discussion Group

Book Jacket of 'The Story of Land and Sea' by Katy Simpson SmithWe are starting a Book Discussion Group for Adults Ages 18 and Older!

The first discussion will be on Monday, February 13, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  We will discuss the book ‘The Story of Land and Sea: A Novel’ by Katy Simpson Smith. 

Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, this moving debut novel follows three generations of family--fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave--characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery, and love.

The book is available for checkout from Harris County Public Library as a regular or large print book, and as an eAudiobook through Hoopla. Please call the library at 281-471-4022 if you would like assistance in placing the book on hold.

Free. Please register online through the Events Calendar or call the library at 281-471-4022 to register. 

Name that Book Read Aloud – Nightmares by Jason Segel January 17th @ 5 PM [8+]

     Continuing on the Pasadena ISD Name That Book List, we will be reading Jason Segel’s Nightmares! This month’s book is about Charlie Laird’s problems that begin with his new witchy stepmom and continues through his inability to get any sleep. With a mix of Monsters Inc. and Patterson’s Middle School series, Nightmares! is a Bluebonnet nominee that won’t disappoint.

     Please join us in the Library Community Room at 5 PM on January 17th at the Parker Williams Library to get a head start or just listen to this great story.

For More Name That Book:

It's Official

It has arrived!  We have the lists of top ten books checked out by Harris County Public Library customers during 2016.  How many have YOU read?

Top Ten Adult Fiction Books:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Guilty by David Baldacci

Tricky Twenty-two by Janet Evanovich

Computer Class: E-Books and More!

Last year Harris County Public Library checked out over 1 Million E-Media titles.  Want to enjoy the freedom of checking out books and movies from home?  Join us this Saturday at 3:30 pm to learn about all the E-Media Harris County has to offer.

Goodreads Choice Awards: Romance

Voting began this week for the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards.  Opening round voting ends on Sunday, 11/8, so if you’d like to cast your vote in the Romance category get over to Goodreads now.  Semifinal Round voting is November 10-15 and Final Round Voting is November 17-23.  You don't get to vote for the RITA award, so here is your opportunity to vote for your favorite romance book from 2015!

 

Book Sale This Weekend

book saleLooking to give some books this holiday season?  Come shop at the Friends of the North Channel Library Book Sale!

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