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Tween Reader's Book Club Today @4pm

Today is Monday, April 29 and the Baldwin Boettcher Library will be having a tween program at 4 pm.  It is the Tween Reader’s Club.  Each month we will read a book and then meet to talk about it and eat some delicious treats.  Future books for the club will be available following our meeting.  This month’s book is the Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough. It will take place under the Tree House and is for ages 9 to 12 years of age.    To see what programs we have coming up, check our events calendar at hcpl.net, or just come by and see us at the Little Blue Library inside Mercer Botanic Gardens.  We would love to see you there!

Read Across America

Read Across America is an event which takes place in March and celebrates reading and literacy. Children are invited to our Read Across America program on Monday, March 4th at 4:00 pm. Participants will be able to play games, choose a free book to take home, and enjoy a slice of delicious cake. 

Thank you to Panaderia Tierra Caliente for the generous donation of a cake for our celebration.

 

 

Monday at the Little Blue Library

 Today is Monday, Jan 28th and we have two kids programs for you today.  First at 10:30 am we have our Story Time in the Garden.  It is for ages 2 to 6 years of age.  There will be a craft following the story.  It will take place under the Tree House.  Then we will have our Tween Readers Club at 4 pm.  It is for ages 9 to 12 years, and we will be discussing this month’s book, Amal Unbound.  We will also have some delicious treats while we are there.  It will also take place under the Tree House.  Come join us!

Fantasy Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on Fantasy.

Why read fantasy?  Story lines feature good versus evil, and protagonists battle and ultimately conquer the dark forces. The characters often attain special magical gifts, and the story lines explore ways to discover one's own potential. Characters may include mythical creatures --dragons, unicorns, elves, wizards -- as well as animals that are more may also find a home in Fantasy. Quests commonly drive the plot, and adventure elements play an important role. Elaborately detailed settings describe another world, often Earth, which does not follow earth's time line. Thus the setting may be a pseudo-Medieval world with knights and dragons or a fictional future world with elves on motorcycles. Gritty urban settings are almost as popular as more traditional historical ones. 

Romance Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on Romance novels.

Why read a romance? The primary appeal of Romances is to the emotions. Readers feel an emotional link with the protagonists and are invested in the satisfactory outcome of their story.  Characters may be stereotypes -- bright, independent heroines pitted against strong, dangerous heroes -- but readers expect this and find satisfaction. Authors mayexperiment with characters, settings, and story lines, but the happy ending is sacrosanct. Readers don't want surprises at the end!

Science Fiction Rocks!

Have you read your science fiction book for our summer reading challenge yet?  We would LOVE to help you find the science fiction book right for you.  Earn a chance (or 10) to win our science fiction basket.

Science Fiction is speculative fiction and raises controversial questions in worlds based on plausible scientific theories. Traditionally it posits future worlds and technologies, but settings in the past, rich in future technologies, have grown in popularity. No matter the time and setting, science supported by known scientific principles drive the stories.

Historical Fiction Rocks!

The Genre Challenge Has Returned at the Maud Marks Library for Summer 2018.  The way this works, you read books in different genres and then turn in slips to be entered in for drawing for various gift baskets.  If you read 5 different genres over the summer, you will receive an entry for the grand prize basket.  This basket includes a Kindle Fire, a $25 gift certificate to Katy Budget Books, and 4 tickets to the Alamo DraftHouse movie theatre.

Genre Challenge Coming to the Maud Marks Library

It's almost here!  Libraries Rock! 2018 Summer Reading Program Starts THIS Monday, June 4.  The Maud Marks Library is prepared!  We have all kinds of fun things going on this summer.  Movie buff?  We will be showing movies every Friday.  Technology Buff?  Our computer and technology classes are on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Have an elementary aged child?  Check out our Elementary Book Club every other Wednesday or Afternoon Adventures on Mondays.  Teenager?  Teen time is every Thursday.  Top it off with our regularly offered Storytimes, Book Clubs, and other adult programs.  There is something for EVERYONE this summer.  Click here to see what we have to offer.

Join Book Buddies

Book BuddiesDo you have a child in K - 3rd grades or ages 5-9? Do you want to help your child Book Buddiesdevelop a love for reading? Pick up an application for Harris County Public Libraries Book Buddies at Northwest Branch.  What is it all about? Book Buddies is a free program that brings children and teens together to share the joy of reading.  It pairs trained teen volunteers (Big Buddies) with children in K-3rd grades (Little Buddies).

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