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Love to write short stories?

The Texas Association of Authors is hosting it's 3rd Annual Texas Short Story Writing Contest.  If you fancy yourself a writer, this is a great chance to submit your work for prizes and possible publication in a short story collection.
 
The contest is open from March 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017.   The author must live in Texas and the story must be between 1500-3000 words in length.  If you think you have what it takes, please go to the Texas Shorts website for more information.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Rainwater by Sandra BrownTitle to be discussed: Rainwater by Sandra Brown.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "In the midst of the Great Depression, Ella Barron strenuously works to keep her Texas boardinghouse up and running. Between cooking, cleaning, and caring for her misbehaving child, Ella struggles to get by. However, when the enigmatic David Rainwater shows up out of the blue, looking for room and board, Ella happily takes him in. But when Conrad Ellis and his gang of hoods threaten violence, Ella and Rainwater are put to the test."

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Wayfaring strangerTitle to be discussed: Wayfaring stranger by James Lee Burke.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 pm.  Summary: "It is 1934 and the Dust Bowl is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland escapes certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounters Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.  Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and return to Texas to seek their fortunes. There, they enter the oil business, and later the Hollywood film industry. They meet Roy Wiseheart and his wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite, who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita's life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon's grandfather and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon's plans for saving his family from the evil forces that threaten to destroy them all."

August 3rd is National Watermelon Day!

 

Every year on August 3rd it is National Watermelon day. So, I thought that it would be fitting to tell you some juicy facts about watermelons and also share a few fun books. 

JUICY FACTS

Do you know, that in Japan they grow square watermelons? Why? Round watermelons take up a lot of room in a refrigerator and they are also more difficult to cut into slices. Seems like a very logical and creative solution. That being said, MSN news recently reported the that square watermelon sold for $856. What??? I think that I'll stick with the round ones for now. 

Know Your State

Texas Got It Right!Think you know all there is to know about Texas?  I thought I did.  Then, I read Texas Got It Right! by Sam & Andrew Wyly.  It's a fun, visually entertaining read. 

Holidays in the Texas Hill Country - Not so merry

Mistletoe Man by Susan Wittig Albert set in the Texas Hill Country is an easy read featuring China Bayles.

Seguin: Unsung Texas Hero

Join us for the premier performance of Seguin: Unsung Texas Hero, a new play for young audiences commissioned and produced by the Alley Theatre, on Monday, October 1st, at 2:00 p.m., in the Library meeting room, L-129.
The production is free and it's most appropriate for families and students in grades 4 through 10.

Seguin: Unsung Texas Hero is a high-paced and extremely informative 50-minute play about Juan Seguin, an authentic hero of the Texas Revolution. It's a play within a play in that it follows a Texas history teacher who interrupts a school performance about the Texas Revolution after discovering that the actors know little about their subject matter. In an effort to educate the actors about unrecognized Texas hero Juan Seguin, the teacher joins the actors in their story’s telling.

The three quickly improvise their way through the major and minor battles of the Texas Revolution, from the Grass Fight to the Battle of Concepcion. Events soon become status updates as the battle of the Alamo plays out like a wrestling match. The play is written by Alvaro Saar Rios, directed by Joe Angel Babb and features Chris Rivera, Kalob Martinez and Autumn Knight.

The Most Yummy Texas Vittles Around

Just in time for summer travel, Lynn Beckwith, local travel expert, will be presenting "Road Trip Vittles: Great Texas Food Stops".  If you want to know the best places to shop and eat while on the road, come join us on Saturday, June 16, at 1:00 p.m. in the library Meeting Room. No registration is required. For more information, please contact the library at 281-360-6804. 

Summer Reading is for Adults, too!

Our Summer Reading Program got off to an uproarious start Monday, June 4th, with a puppet show for children. Tuesday, June 5th, the teen program kicks off with a Hunger Games party that references the book by Suzanne Collins that has teens reading vociferously this summer.

For adults, we're taking on the Summer Reading Program theme 'Get a Clue' by featuring mysteries by Texas authors and/or with Texas settings. Our book display on the round wall has been up for two days and in that time we've stocked it twice, so enjoy Texas mysteries this summer and keep our librarians running to keep you supplied!

Texas Quilts You Gotta See

Lone Stars IIII don't know how to quilt, but I can certainly appreciate the skill it takes to make some of the quilts found in Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011 by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes.  You'll be surprised by how non-traditional & ey

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