Finding Good Books

Logo for Harris County Public Library Book HuntersOne of the many wonderful advantages to the Internet is the way it makes finding good books easier.  Two websites to help with this are Goodreads and LibraryThing. To use them, sign up for a free account and then list books you have read and enjoyed.  Goodreads gives this invitation to readers on its website:  “Tell us what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and we’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations.” LibraryThing describes itself as “a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.”  Join one or both and discover some books you just love! And remember we have our very own Book Hunters service, where you tell us what you like and we suggest similar titles for you to try.

THE LIVES OF GIRL SINGERS

Did you watch the Grammys?  Were you touched by the Whitney Houston tribute?  Here are some books about other girl singers who have made their mark in the music industry. 

 Between a Heart and a Rock Place: a Memoir by Pat Benetar

 

 

Doris Day : the Untold Story of the Girl Next Door by David Kaufman

 

 

 

Little Girl Blue : the Life of Karen Carpenter by Randy L. Schmidt

 

 

 

 

Teen Craft: I Have a Dream Board

Clipart of words "I have a dream" with American flagCelebrate Black History Month by creating a board filled with your dreams for the future. All Materials provided. Ages 10-17. Wednesday, February 15, at 4 p.m.

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HAPPY 200TH BIRTHDAY, CHARLES DICKENS

I'm sure you were required to read some of Charles Dickens' work in school and you thought never again.  However, there is a reason his books have lasted as classics. They are simply great stories of people dealing with life as it happens. So in honor of his 200th birthday, pick up one (or more) of his books and rediscover his greatness. Here are a few to whet your appetite:  Great ExpectationsBleak HouseDavid Copperfield, and Oliver Twist.

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Share Your Favorite Book & Be a Star

StoryTubes LogoThe StoryTubes Contest is a national program that offers the chance for young people ages 5 - 18 to make a video about their favorite book. Come to the library on the first three Thursdays in February to find out more about the program. You will learn how to create your own video and enter it in the contest. For school-age children, February 2, 9, & 16, 3:15 pm, at the library.