This week on the Amazing Read we challenge you to read a book that has been (or will be) turned into a movie! For bonus points (not that we're keeping track) you could also watch the movie. I always like to compare the two and see what they decided to change and which one I like better. Spoiler alert: the book is (almost) always better. I watched Warm Bodies, a zombie rom-com, over the weekend and I'm looking forward to reading the book this week. We’d love to hear what you’re reading, so consider sharing with us through your Summer Reading Program log, by commenting on this post, or on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
In addition to the suggestions below, be sure to check out our Pinterest board: "Before They Were Movies." Are we missing any of your favorites?
HCPL would like to congratulate Katy Branch Library customer Dawn Woytek. She is the winner of the first random drawing of Adult Summer Reading Fun 2013. Here she is receiving her brand new Kindle Paperwhite from Katy Assistant Branch Librarian Donatta Clarke.
Don't miss out on your chance to win. We will be holding system-wide, random drawings throughout the summer. All you have to do is register for Summer Reading Fun. Additionally, at the conclusion of Summer Reading, all HCPL branches will hold drawings for $30 bookstore gift cards. For complete rules and to register, please visit our Summer Reading Fun page!
Congratulations again to Dawn. Here's wishing you a great summer of reading!
This week on the Amazing Read challenge we have the chance to read about a place we want to visit. You could, for example, pick up a travel guide for a place you plan to visit, grab a cookbook featuring regional dishes, read a fiction or non-fiction title with an interesting setting, or follow your favorite blogger who lives in a cool place (I’m partial to an interior design blogger who lives in London). For me I like to learn as much about the journey as the destination, so below I’ve listed a few titles for readers of all ages that feature interesting settings but which also focus on journeys. This week I’ll be reading
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Welcome to Summer Reading 2013! We're continuing our reading challenge this year, encouraging everyone to read a little outside of your comfort zone from week to week. We'll post a topic each week to go along with our theme this year, Have Book, Will Travel, and ask you to respond by sharing your reading choices through your Summer Reading Program log, comments on the blog post, through Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, or in conversation with family and friends.
This week's challenge is simple: Have Book - Will Travel this Summer. So, let's read something that has a summer theme. It could be a beach read, a scary campfire story, a picture book about learning to swim, or a grilling cookbook. This challenge is for all ages and all reading tastes. I'm going to read Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. I've listed a few other suggestions for different ages below. What are you reading?
Ah, summer! The kids are out of school, the mosquitoes are out in force, and before you know it, you’ll be out of ideas for things to do that don’t involve long hours sitting on car seats you could fry bacon on, getting sand in your bathing suit, and/or adding more negative numbers to your bank statement.
Harris County Public Library’s Summer Reading Fun is your answer.
This year’s theme is Have Book – Will Travel, and HCPL wants to encourage everyone—from infants to seniors--to explore the worlds that reading open up. Starting Monday, June 3, register online at www.hcpl.net and join your friends and neighbors in traveling the world through the pages of a book.
Effective June 1, 2013, Harris County Public Library’s Kingwood Branch will expand its hours of operation from five to six days a week offering you more opportunities to browse the library’s continually refreshed collection of books, movies, music and journals, in addition to making it easier for you to take advantage of a wide range of library services.
The new hours reflect the needs of the community and will give you greater access to free Wi-Fi and internet, as well as to facilities including meeting, conference and study rooms. What’s more, the expanded hours mean the Kingwood Branch’s expert staff will be available seventeen additional hours every week to assist you with research, provide entertaining educational programming for all ages, or to just suggest the perfect book.
In observance of the 6th Annual LightsOutHouston initiative, Harris County Commissioners Court has authorized Facilities and Property Management to lead a countywide effort, in conjunction with the City of Houston, the Greater Houston Partnership and Central Houston Inc. to turn off all non-essential lights at the end of the day.
Turning out unnecessary lights when you leave a room is one of the easiest ways you can help the environment, conserve valuable resources and save money. Remember--unlike humans and other living things, furniture does not need light to survive. Your sofa, ottoman and coffee table, as well as your work station and file cabinets are not afraid of the dark.
Harris County Public Library encourages you to make turning off unnecessary lights a year-round habit. If a light is not needed for safety or some other necessity, turn it off!
Writers in the Schools (WITS), is a local nonprofit organization that sends professional poets, fiction writers and playwrights into over 350 area schools to help children, K - 12, discover the "pleasure and power of reading and writing." Each year in April, WITS celebrates National Poetry Month by sharing the poems of some of its many talented students through its A Poem A Day project.
We at Harris County Public Library are excited to once again participate in this year’s event. Starting this Monday, April 1 and running through the month, fans of HCPL’s Facebook page will get to read these amazing poems.
Don’t miss a single one. ‘Like’ us on Facebook now (and as an added bonus you’ll get library news, information on upcoming library events, new title announcements, and other fun and interesting stuff with a bookish bent.
It has happened to all of us. You check out DVDs planning to catch up on that TV series everyone is talking about. Then life happens: the kids remember their science project is due; your mother shows up unannounced; your secret crush finally calls to ask you out. Harris County Public Library can’t do anything about life’s little surprises, but we can give you more time to watch those videos. Starting April 15, 2013, HCPL will extend the checkout period for all DVDs, including new releases, from one week to two.
With more and more classic and current TV series coming out on video, and with PBS’s Downton Abbey and Showtime’s Homeland among our most requested DVD sets, it makes sense to extend the checkout period so that you can have the time to enjoy them. No one should have to cram a season’s worth of viewing into a single weekend.