Bilingual Opera Storytime/ Tiempo de Cuentos Bilingüe estilo Ópera


El Mes de la Herencia Hispana esta casi por llegar! Inicia el sabado, 15 de septiembre hasta el lunes, 15 de octubre. el Mes de la Herencia Hispana nos permite celebrar nuestras comunidades Hispanas y nuestros líderes que han echo un cambio positivo en nuestra historia. Ayudanos a celebrar este mes festivo y acompañanos para una presentación de Storybook Ópera. Van a presentar el libro "Bantam of the Ópera" estilo ópera. Todos son bienvenidos a la presentación. El programa sera el 22 de septiembre a las dos de la tarde. Los boletos estaran disponibles media hora antes de las dos. No se lo pierdan! Una cosa mas, es totalmente gratis!

Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th!

Ahoy, mateys! Did ye know that next Wednesday, September 19th be Talk Like a Pirate Day? Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ye ready? 

If not, you can brush up on your Pirate speak by heading to our Mango Languages database.  To get there, first head to our website,  Click on the Databases tab and then select “Languages”.  Click on the Mango Languages database.  You will have to enter your library card number to access Mango Languages outside of the library. 

Once in, you will be prompted to either log in or create a profile.  Creating a profile is good if you want to track your progress on learning a language, but it’s probably unnecessary if all you want to do is learn Pirate speak.  Instead you can just select “Start Learning”.  Choose the Pirate “foreign course”, launch it, select a lesson, and yo-ho-ho you’re good to go!

Short Cuts as Multimedia Experience


It started rather innocently.  I wanted some “light” reading to take on vacation.  I had this book called Short Cuts, an anthology of nine short stories and one poem written by Raymond Carver, which had been sitting on various bookshelves of mine over the past ten years or so.  Earlier in the Summer, I had read his classic short story anthology, Cathedral, and was rather impressed, so I figured I’d finally give Short Cuts a try.

The book starts with an essay by director Robert Altman. As it happens, the stories and poem in Short Cuts were hand-picked by Altman himself, meant to serve as a companion piece to, and inspiration for, his 1993 movie, also called Short Cuts. The stories themselves are exceptional – Carver was a master of his craft, and Altman’s selection does not sell him short.  But I was blown away by the film.  The manner in which Altman took these individual stories and interwove them, synchronized them, and even involved the same characters in multiple storylines is nothing short of masterful.

I had an added appreciation for the film because I read the stories first.  I think this is how the film is truly supposed to be experienced.  Harry Potter and Twilight and Hunger Games diehards may have similar sentiments – that you have to have read the series to truly appreciate and understand the films.  But Short Cuts is the first film I have ever honestly felt this way about.  And that’s saying a lot, because my favorite film is The Graduate, which was based on the novel of the same name by Charles Webb

That isn’t to say you can’t make it through (and thoroughly enjoy) the 187 minute movie without reading the stories beforehand, or vice versa.  I’m making the argument that the multimedia approach to experiencing Short Cuts is far more rewarding than experiencing either the book or the film alone.

We happen to have both the book and the film available for checkout from HCPL. Follow the links in this post to place them on hold and, more importantly, enjoy.

Word up “Sci Fi”

Science fiction is the word around Northwest Library. Are you a science fiction fan? Have you ever read it before?
Do you read it sometimes? Well, we have a place for you. Northwest Library is starting a new book club. Would you believe a “Sci Fi” book club? We are looking for people like you with the same passion for science fiction. If you are interested, all you need to do is come by the library and sign up. Please don’t be shy; your response is well needed.

Here are a couple of titles you might like:

The Android's dream by John Scalzi

 The last Colony by John Scalzi


Time to travel

Travel, VacationGet away from the stresses of work, school, and your daily routine.  Plan now and you could be enjoying beautiful Italy or relaxing at the Bahamas.  Stop dreaming about your dream vacation and live it!  We have wonderful books sitting on our shelves waiting for you to whisk them away to exciting destinations. Find romance in Germany, discover Australia, or unearth treasures in England. Afraid of flying? No problem, drive to destinations in the United States.  Explore the Grand Canyon, visit America's capital Washington DC, or have an adventure through North and South Carolina. Even better, take advantage of what our fabulous city of Houston has to offer.