Libraries – The Original Recyclers

RecycleI had never thought about it that way.  Then yesterday I saw two t-shirts, one that said, “Libraries: Recycling since 300 B.C.” and one that said, “Read Green: Borrow from Your Public Library.”  Wow!  Imagine all of the trees that have been saved by people sharing books (scrolls, manuscripts, etc.) through libraries in the past 2300 years.  That’s a lot of trees.  We were eco-friendly when eco-friendly wasn’t cool.  And now we’re sharing CDs and DVDs, so that’s like recycling, too.  FYI, November 15 is America Recycles Day.  [Clipart © Jupiter Images.]

Finding Your Roots @Your Library

At one time or another, we all become interested in finding out about our individual family history--the family origins, how the family name came about, family ancestors, and other family history.  Various books are available to help with researching family history, and we have a new display of several recommended titles to guide you on your search.  The Harris County Public Library also provides access to genealogical databases which provide comprehensive treasuries of family lineage and local histories and which can be used to trace family lineage and American culture from the original 13 colonies.  Happy Reading and Researching!

National Novel Writing Month

AuthorNovember 1st through the 30th is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word (about 175 page) novel by November 30. Because of the short time period, quantity not quality is required. The key to success with this challenge is to just keep writing. Fight the urge to stop, re-read, edit, etc. If you feel overwhelmed, remember that there are people all over the world who are scrambling to write the "Great Frantic Novel" too.

Over 200,000 people participated last year and more than 30,000 met the midnight deadline. You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums by visiting www.nanowrimo.org

Coming Soon!

Coming SoonThe Friends of the Library will be having a book sale on Saturday, December 3.  What can you do to help?  (1)  If you have any books, CDs or DVDs that are clean and in good condition, you can donate them to the Friends for the sale.  Donations are tax deductible.  (2)  You can volunteer to help set up the sale on Friday afternoon or work the sale on Saturday.

Many Thanks

CheckJean H. puts in a lot of volunteer hours at the library, doing literacy tutoring, going through the donated books and other items, restocking the shelves in the front hallway, and acting as Treasurer for the Friends of the Library.  Because she puts in so many volunteer hours here, her employer, CenterPoint Energy, has donated $500 to the Friends of the Library.  Thank you Jean and thank you CenterPoint!!  [Despite how much Jean does, the library is always looking for additional intelligent, reliable volunteers, especially adults, because they can volunteer while the teenagers are at school.]  Clipart © Jupiter Images.