Book Clubs

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Christmas bellsTitle to be discussed: Christmas bells by Jennifer Chiaverini.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 p.m..  Summary: "In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings. Sophia's music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children's choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss. Christmas Bells chronicles the events of 1863, when the peace and contentment of Longfellow's family circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime. Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellow's patriotism never failed, nor did the power of his language. "Christmas Bells," the poem he wrote that holiday, lives on, spoken as verse and sung as a hymn."

November Book Clubs

 

The Northwest Branch Library has several active book clubs that meet regularly each month. If you would like to participate, consider joining one (or all) of the clubs. Fellowship and fun for all. If you have any questions related to the book clubs, please contact the Northwest Branch Library at 832-927-5460 or via email at nw@hcpl.net and a staff member will assist you. This months meeting times and selections are:

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

MartianTitle to be discussed: The Martian by Andy Weir.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "When a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, astronaut Mark Watney finds himself stranded on Mars's surface, completely alone. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength--Mark embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, but will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

Reading, Learning, and Community Involvement: Gulf Coast Reads @ Jacinto City Branch Library

Jacinto City Branch Library is hosting two programs this week as part of the Gulf Coast Reads series of events. This endeavor provides an opportunity to participate in a community-wide discussion by reading and sharing views about the same book. Sharing this goal encourages community members to make reading, learning and community involvement a lifelong pursuit.

2017 Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles

This is a special Gulf Coast Reads book discussion of "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles. The discussion will be held on October 23rd at 2:00pm at the Northwest Branch Library. In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world.

Gulf Coast Reads News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Gulf Coast Reads starts October 1! Join Harris County Public Library and libraries all across southeast Texas for book discussions and special events.

Get ready for Gulf Coast Reads

Join us on Tuesday, October 24 at 2 p.m. for a discussion of News of the World by Paulette Jiles. It is the Gulf Coast Reads selection for 2017. Click on the book's title for a link to our catalog to read more about it, place a hold or download an ebook. Or, you can always drop by the library and we will help you get a copy. 

Book Club: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

On Wednesday, October 11 at 11:00 am our “A Novel Idea” book club convenes again to discuss “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware. Enjoy light refreshments as you immerse yourself in lively discussion of the work and general social interaction.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

For more information contact Sharon or Monica at 281-590-1456

 

Pages by the Pint Book Club

  Join us at No Label Brewery on Tuesday, September 19th at 8:00pm as we discuss "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. Join us for beer, books, and bonding.   Please bring your own lawn chair to the book club as seating is limited. Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks are welcome. See you then!

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

News of the worldTitle to be discussed: News of the world by Paulette Jiles.  Date of meeting: October 10, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. Arriving in San Antonio, the captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember -- strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become -- in the eyes of the law -- a kidnapper himself."

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