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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).

Little Buddies needed for Spring Book Buddies Session

 

It's time to sign up your little ones for our Book Buddies program!

Book Buddies is a free program that brings children and adults together to share the joy of reading. It pairs trained adult volunteers (Big Buddies) with children in K-3rd grades (Little Buddies.) For 10 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.

Our meetings will be Mondays at 5:00pm. The dates for the program are 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, and 4/16.

Applications for the Little Buddies can be obtained at the Katy Branch Library. Please contact Children's Librarian, Misty Wright with any questions. misty.wright@hcpl.net. - Misty

Tried and True: HCPL's 2017 Top Ten Lists

top ten 2017 graphicJust when you think the world has become a little too predictable, the sky dumps Lake Michigan on you in the span of about 18 hours. That's when you decide that maybe that rut you were stuck in was kind of cozy and comforting in a way. 

This year's top ten most circulated novels at Harris County Public Library reflect that very human need for stabiliity. The list is chock full of familiar names like Grisham, Evanovich, Sparks and Baldacci (twice). These are writers who have consistently produced high quality work--not particularly groundbreaking perhaps, but entertaining and immanently readable. 

There are one or two surprises sprinkled in because humans are, in the end, predictably unpredictable.

Faithful Paws

All school-age kids are welcome to practice their reading skills by reading a story to a furry, certified, non-judgmental audience. The kids can bring their own book or choose one from the library collection. The program lasts from 2-3 pm this Saturday, November 18 at the Fairbanks Branch Library. Call 713-466-4438 for more information.

Harvey

A big storm named Harvey is headed to the Texas Gulf coast. The Houston area is poised for heavy rain and flooding. Make sure you are prepared with an emergeny kit. Also, stop by the Kingwood Library and stock up on some books! Inclement weather can be a good time to catch up on some reading. Here are some book recommendations from Penguin India blog.

We'll keep you posted about any library closures if they are needed. Stay safe everyone!

(image courtesy of Hansueli Krapf via WikiCommons)

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