November Shipwrecks to Remember

“The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they called "Gitche Gumee."
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
when the skies of November turn gloomy.” – Gordon Lightfoot

Well, as we prepare to move into December, I found myself reflecting on famous events that have happened in the month of November. One of the events that always comes to mind for me when I think of November is the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Although, I have to admit that my only attachments to the event are the Gordon Lightfoot song and also the mystery surrounding the ship’s sinking. The story is such a tra...

Things I Am Thankful For

As we approach Thanksgiving celebrations, I want to share with the Northwest Library Community the things I am grateful for as the Branch Librarian. Firstly, the Friends of the Northwest Library. This group of dedicated and determined volunteers raise so much money for the library. They host three book sales per year, keep the ongoing book sale up and running, sort the volumes of donations, contribute to programming, share ideas and knowledge about local community contacts and are some of THE nicest people I know. Secondly, volunteers! The library currently has 14 on staff, but we have well OVER 400 volunteers of various ages and various levels of donated time. They help us with library services, help to keep us a clean and well-oiled library machine. We could not do it without them....

Holiday Happenings @ HCPL

Get into the holiday spirit with HCPL! Harris County Public Libraries will have holiday programs throughout the month of December. We have programs for all ages and with a variety of themes. Listed below are our holiday programs grouped into the following categories: All Ages, Adults, Teens, and Children. Visit here for more programs. Please keep in mind some events may require registration. For more information on events, please contact the library.

Happy Holidays

All Ages

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Don’t Get Left Outside in the Weather!

As Northwest is a somewhat small branch, we have restricted and varying hours of operation. I suggest studying our hours above and taking one of our business cards home. Also, as the holiday season is nigh upon us, I must remind you that there are some (though not many) days each year when we are closed. On holidays when we are not open I have witnessed patrons amassing outside, staring into the windows and trying in vain to get in....

When Pirates Attack!

Just when I was starting to forget about the Pirate problems the United States encountered in Somalia, I read a news report saying that the same American ship that was attacked by Pirates in April, causing the hostage standoff, was attacked again off the coast of Somalia. Fortunately, the crew was able to repel the pirate attack and escape unharmed this time. Still, I find it strange to realize that Pirates are still stalking the oceans and terrorizing ships.

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