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Apollo 11 Anniversary

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Were you watching it live as the images were beamed back to Earth on July 20, 1969? Maybe you have never seen the original broadcast.  If you would like to see it again, or for the first time, you can now view NASA’s restored clips of the transmission online.  

If you're curious to know more about the Apollo 11 mission, check out these titles from the HCPL catalog:

Frank McCourt Passes

Angela's AshesIf you've read Angela's Ashes, you probably feel like Frank McCourt was a well-known friend.  His writing style made you forget your own life and get absorbed into his.  Frank McCourt passed away yesterday at the age of 78.

Short Stories for Summer Reading

Summertime is an excellent time to peruse some new short stories. The
Nebula Awards Showcase 2009 is a great collection of stories, all Nebula

Poems for the Road, Part I

The longest journey is inward.  -Dag Hammerskjold

It's vacation time again and I've been thinking a lot about journeys.

Whenever I go on a trip, along with the beach reads and travel guides,  I take along a book of poetry or two, and I'll tell you why:  because most poems are relatively short and poetry collections don't rely on narrative flow the way novels do, you can slip in and out of them more or less randomly. Waiting for the waitperson to bring you coffee? Grab a slice of Dickinson. Can’t bear to hear the summer’s official anthem even one more time? Read one of Rilke's Duino Elegies aloud to the cows grazing in the pasture at the side of the road. 

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Have Gun Will Travel: the Western Heard

I’m a lucky man. I was caught in rush hour traffic coming out of Houston yesterday afternoon, but what could have been a miserable and frustrating trip was actually quite pleasant. I had Louis L’Amour in the car with me. At least, I had a collection of some of his western short stories on CD. Within moments after turning on the player I was completely tra

THE ART OF APPRECIATION

I really appreciate a book that can intrigue me from page 1. That is so delicious! Other books are like eating dry bread; they seem bland and unsatisfying and I don't know why I continue reading. I'm hungry for something sweet, something to captivate me, entertain me, delight me, right away. So Susan Vreeland almost lost me as she painstakingly assembled her cast of characters for 

A Summer of King

I’m a big horror fan, and at the beginning of the summer I realized that there were a number of Stephen King novels I have never read. Summer, for me, has always been a time that I’ve given myself little “reading projects.” Basically I might pick an author or genre I hadn’t dipped into in a while and pick up a few good reads to that end. I decided that the summer of 2009 is the Summer of King.

Manage my Time - Please!!!

Getting Things Done by David AllenHeard this lately: “Where did the time go?!?” Or this: “I know I’m forgetting something…..just…can’t…remember…what.....” 

Wild and Wacky Romances

Are you looking for something a little different, something to make you sit up and take notice? Try one of Katie MacAlister’s slightly off kilter romances.  I love them!  I can never predict what her characters are going to do or say next. Try one you’ll like it. Bet you can’t read just one! 

Staycation Tips @ HCPL

The latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary contains nearly 100 new words. One of those newly minted entries is staycation and you may want to take one before the summer ends.

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