Houston

Local Tourist

Why not take a mini-vacation around town? These books will give you a new view of Houston and give you ideas for quick weekend trips.

Houston's Ever-Changing Cityscape

Last Sunday, 70 years of history disappeared in ten seconds.  What was once the downtown Houston Foley's (and later Macy's) department store was demolished in ten seconds to make way for an office tower. Foley's opened its doors in the 1940s and was a popular place to shop for many Houston locals. Its popularity as a shopping destination slowly declined as the decades passed and the land was purchased by an outside company. It is just one of many changes to the downtown Houston landscape through the years. If you're curious about Houston's architectural history, these books will lead you on a tour back down the streets of the past.

True Crime Houston

Some of Houston's local crime stories have made national headlines over the years. If you're a true crime buff, you can read more about a few of the city's infamous crime cases with these titles:

World Class Performances Are Closer Than You Think

Houston’s Theater District Open House is this Sunday, August 26 from noon - 4 pm!  You can sample some of the many performances offered right here in Houston for free!  There’s something for everyone, from STOMP to ballet, and the whole family is welcome.  It’s also a great time to buy tickets for future performances because many are offered at a reduced price.  Check out the website for complete details and a schedule.  Houston has excellent performers and productions so don’t miss this great event! 

 

Gotta Go

Sure, we love Houston and all it has to offer, but sometimes it's nice to get away for a little bit. But what if you don't have the time or the ability to go on a big adventure to a faraway place? That's when you pick up a copy of Quick Escapes from Houston. Choose your direction of escape and jaunt off on a two day Texas journey to places like Brenham,  Fredricksburg, or Port Aransas.

Get on the Bus! FREE trip to the Museum of Fine Arts!

MuseumOn Saturday, March 17th, a charter bus will pick up the first 50 people and take us to the Museum of Fine Arts. We will have free admission upon arrival! No driving, parking or admission hassles; just fine family fun!
Library Departure - 9:30 AM
MFAH Arrival - 10:30 AM
MFAH Departure - 1:15 PM
Library Arrival - 2:15 PM
All are welcome to attend. Spaces are limited. First come, first seat! Tickets will be issued starting at 9:00 AM. Parental supervision is required for under 18.

Time for Dessert

Houston Classic DessertsHouston is known for being one of the best restaurant cities in the United States.  And the best part of every meal (in my drooling opinion)?  Dessert!  Check out Erin Hicks Miller’s Houston Classic Desserts: Recipes from Favorite Restaurants.

 

Houston Restaurants

Fearless Critic Houston Restaurant Guide 2010Don’t you just cringe when people are brutally honest?  Well, you won’t when it comes to advice on local restaurants.  Check out the Fearless Critic’s Houston Restaurant Guide 2010.  As it says on the cover, “Brutally honest local food critics rate and review 450 places to eat.”  Bon apetit!

 

Why Are Book Clubs So Important?

Book clubs have been important to women throughout history. Ever wonder why? Book clubs: women and the uses of reading in everyday life by Elizabeth Long takes a look at how book clubs have evolved. She focuses on an academic study of women's book groups in Houston which makes it especially interesting for us in Harris County. You can reach out to more readers for your groups using a table top sign offered by Ingram Library services.

Art @ your library

Are you a fan of art, but don't want to drive all the way downtown? Come on into the library. Upcoming exhibits are always on the horizon. The library has two display areas featuring local Northwest Art League members. Next spring, we look forward to hosting an exhibit of ceramics from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston that is sure to spark conversation and creativity! Can't wait until then...
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