Books

An Important Change in the HCPL Digital Media Catalog

Due to recently implemented licensing restrictions imposed upon libraries by electronic book providers and the Library’s budgetary issues, access to HCPL’s Digital Media Catalog will be limited to Harris County Public Library card holders only, starting Monday, March 7, 2011.    Digital Media Library customers who are currently using a Montgomery County Memorial Library System library card to check out digital materials will have two options for accessing HCPL’s downloadable content after March 7th:

Moonlight & Mistletoe: Holiday Romance Reads

There's nothing that speeds along the blossoming of your annual holiday spirit like a heartwarming festive story.  Probably because it's a genre that's all about the heart, you'll find no shortage of these in the romance category.  From series titles to bestselling authors, there's something for everyone, so put away your inner Grinch and pick up a novel full of holiday cheer!

Heart of Christmas by Mary Balogh, Nicola Cornick & Courtney Milan 

Cowboy Christmas by Janette Kenny

Outta Sight!

Grave SightI’m sure many of you are familiar with Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse/ Southern Vampires series. Now, I do love a good vampire story as much as the next person, but I was in my ‘burn-out’ stage with paranormal fiction When I came across the Harper Connelly books. When this series was recommended to me by a friend, I was hesitant about reading it.

ReaderNation 2009 Winners

Thanks to all who participated in the 2009 Adult Summer Reading Program! We look forward to reading with you all again in Summer 2010!

ReaderNation 2009 Winners

Books on the Bayou 2009 - Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching GodTheir Eyes Were Watching GodThe 2009 Books on the Bayou Selection is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Books on the Bayou runs from October 1 throuch October 31.

"THIS I BELIEVE:" BOOKS ARE A PRIORITY

KUHF-Houston Public Radio (88.7 FM) sponsors a daily five-minute series entitled "This I Believe," a national project designed to engage people to write and record the core values and beliefs that guide their daily lives. The hallmark of this program is sharing the guiding principles of average citizens...our neighbors, our coworkers and the people with whom we worship. On Friday, August 28, 2009, the entry was submitted by a local Woodlands resident.  Carolyn Boyd is an educator, currently teaching at the John Cooper School. Among her many joys is reading. Carolyn says it's been a life-long pursuit and as she explains in her essay for KUHF's "This I Believe", books will be a priority for her, for the rest of her life.

2009 Hugo Award Winners

Presented at: Anticipation, Montréal, Quebec, August 6-10, 2009
    * Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
    * Best Novella: The Erdmann Nexus, Nancy Kress (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2008)
    * Best Novelette: Shoggoths in Bloom, Elizabeth Bear (Asimov's Mar 2008)
    * Best Short Story: "Exhalation", Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)

Photo Books

The AmericansMy head always turns when I see a photography book sitting face out on a shelf. It’s probably a throwback from when I was little and only liked books with pictures. But now I can appreciate “picture books” with more grown-up themes. The latest one I’ve come across is a re-issue of The Americans by Robert Frank with black-and-white pictures from the 1950s. The faces of the people and the moments Frank captured are sometimes comical, sometimes haunting. Most of all they give you a picture of who we Americans were not so long ago.

 

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