Author Peter Heller Kicks off Gulf Coast Reads 2013

An Evening with Peter Heller
Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library
Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Author photo by Tory ReadHarris County Public Library gets Gulf Coast Reads 2013 off to a flying start when Peter Heller, author of this year’s selection The Dog Stars, visits Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library on October 3 at 7:00 p.m. He will give a brief talk about how he came to write the novel, followed by a Q & A, and book signing.

Gulf Coast Reads is an annual regional reading initiative that encourages everyone living near the upper Texas Gulf Coast to read (or listen to) a selected title during the month of October.

Peter Heller’s appearance, made possible by the Friends of Freeman Library and a bequest from the estate of Jocelyn H. Lee, is just one of many events across the area in conjunction with Gulf Coast Reads and related to themes explored in the novel. Programs include sustainable gardening seminars, disaster preparedness workshops, a visit from the Houston Police Department canine unit, and many more—including, of course, plenty of discussion groups where you can share your thoughts on the book. Check your branch's events calendar for complete local listings, and ‘Like’ Gulf Coast Reads on Facebook to keep up-to-date on all the happenings in October.

There's a mystery in the Children's Department...

     Psst...there's some books in the Children's Department that some people may not want you to see.  They're covered completely in brown paper.  If you'd like to solve this mystery, stop by our  Banned Books display and find out what's going on out there. 

 Elizabeth Hunt, a Children's librarian, does a display each year in observance of Banned Books Week (this year it's September 22-28).  The display is to inform parents, children and other adults about books that have been banned or challenged in libraries around the country.  The books are wrapped in brown paper, but there's a red flap you can pull up to find out about the book and the story behind the challenge or banning.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Children and adults are invited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this Thursday, September 19 from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Community Room.  There will be fun crafts, festive music, challenging activity sheets and a colorful pinata!  This program is funded by the generous donations of the Friends of Freeman Library. 

TGIF Programs Presents Technology Petting Zoo This Friday in Training Lab!

TGIF Programs of the Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library asks you join us Friday, September 13th at 10:30 AM in the 2nd Floor Training Lab for our Technology Petting Zoo. We will have a variety of gadgets and gizmos for you to experience firsthand. Also, we will have staff to help you discover many bells and whistles on these items.