Am I Official Yet?

OK. I admit it. Until recently, I had not read any of the Harry Potter books. In fact, I had only seen the first movie (on TV, after falling asleep in the middle of the movie on my first couple of attempts to watch it). I still haven't seen any of the other movies, but now I can report I have read all seven of the books.

You see, shortly after I began working as a Children's Assistant here at Parker Williams, my associates in children's services expressed shock that I had not read the Harry Potter books. After admitting this serious deficit in my training, I embarked on a mission to read the novels. Did I mention there are seven of them? And they are big?

It was fun. The books are well written, the characters are intriguing and the plot is fast-paced enough it was hard to put the books down. I would recommend them to anyone young or old who enjoys fantasy or science fiction. Now where's my gold star?

March Computer Classes

You can begin signing up for March computer classes on Monday, February 15th. Call or visit the reference desk to sign up. Don't delay, space is limited!

Gone Fishin'

Today's drizzly morning must have been a good fishing day along the Beamer Ditch here in Southeast Houston.

My osprey was back, this time on the Parker Williams side of the ditch about half a block northwest of the library. A flock of egrets was gathered another couple of blocks away toward the Beltway, eying the murky water with visions of breakfast in their heads. I usually see one or two egrets along the ditch on my way to work, but today about half a dozen were gathered. The cormorants that usually perch above the creek were gone today.

Parker Williams Celebrates Bill Martin, Jr.

Recent news on the education front has reminded me of some of my favorite books by author Bill Martin, Jr. After all, who could hate an author who writes about such dangerous topics as purple cats, blue horses and rhyming letters? 

What I did not know, until yesterday, was that Martin had worked as a school principal and as editor-in-chief of the school division of Holt, Rinehart and Winston. He also managed to write more than 300 children's books, as well as conducting educator workshops that trained more than 50,000 teachers throughout the United States. Because I am so impressed that an author could write so many great books, I have decided to feature a few of those books in some of my Toddler Times this spring. (Yes, I know it's technically not spring until March 20, but for a Hoosier transplanted to Texas it sure feels like spring already.)

Movie Madness

Join us at Parker Williams Branch Library Thursday to view a flick about a clumsy inventor who tries to solve world hunger but succeeds in making food fall from the sky. The free movie is based on an acclaimed book written by Judi Barrett. It is rated PG and will begin at 4 pm.