Books

Book Hunters in Brief #144: Banned Books Week 2016

Why do people ban books? Lots of reasons. But really, they all boil down to one reason: difference. Difference in opinion, in world view, in creed, in sexual orientation, and, yes, in views on race and ethnicity.

For Banned Book Week 2016, Book Hunters say celebrate the freedom to read by celebrating difference!

For Kids
George by Alex Gino
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter

Every day can be Caturday

Love cats and comics? Is Caturday your favorite day of the week? If so, this post is dedicated to you! Get your Caturday fix any day of the week with these graphic novels and comic books! Do you have a favorite cat-centric comic? If so, share below in the comments.

The Flood of Information - Whadda We Do with It?

Everydata by John JohnsonYou've probably felt it: we're bombarded today with information coming from every direction. Sometimes the sheer volume of information you're exposed to can make it hard to understand and make decisions based on it. There's a great eBook on this in our Hoopla eLibrary called Everydata: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day by John H. Johnson and Mike Gluck. (And checking out an eBook this year helps us reach our Project Mill-E goal of checking out one million eBooks and eAudiobooks in 2016. As of today, we're 81% there.) 

Book Hunters in Brief #142: Unusual Pet Memoirs

A show of hands. If you could give your pet the ability to talk, would you?

Remember this is the only being on earth who knows you eat ice cream straight out of the carton...

standing over the sink...

in your underwear...

for breakfast...

everyday...

and don't use a spoon.

Oh, and remember when you got so mad at Windows Vista, you threw your laptop across the room, then told everyone that the cat knocked it off your desk? Well, the cat knows what really happened, and probably isn't happy that you blamed your little temper tantrum on her.

Yeah. It's probably safer to do what these folks did, which is do the talking for your pet, or the writing as the case may be.

All Things Seinfeld

SeinfeldiaSay it with me now: "A Festivus for the rest of us", "These pretzels are making me thirsty", "Serenity now!". If any of these make sense to you, then you'll love a new book called Seinfeldia: How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. The print book has a waiting list, but you can download the audio with your library card from Hoopla.  

This October, Gulf Coast Reads The Train to Crystal City

October is just around the corner and for Harris County Public Library, and partner libraries, school districts,  universities and other organizations all over southeast Texas that means we are busy planning programs and booking presenters for Gulf Coast Reads 2016.

Now in its seventh year, Gulf Coast Reads is a reading initiative that encourages the reading and discussion of a selected title each October. It is meant to raise awareness of public libraries’ crucial role in building stronger, more connected communities and to remind readers just how fun it is share and talk over a great story.

Book Hunters in Brief #140: National Parks: Centennial Edition

As you have undoubtedly heard by now, this week is the centennial of our beloved National Parks. Celebrate the occasion with these great reads!

Book Hunters in Brief #139: Romance

You can still find plenty of people who look down their noses at people who read genre fiction, and particularly those who read romance, but, more and more these days, when they do, they find those same romance readers looking down their noses at them. Romance fiction's explosion in popularity has allowed writers and publishers to roll out a wildly diverse array of subgenres from chaste Amish romance to all manner of erotic romance.

This week, Book Hunters in Brief brings you a small sampling of some favorite romance fiction.

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

Book Hunters in Brief #138: The Olympics

This week, Book Hunters in Brief, along with the rest of the world, turns its attention to Rio and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

New Manga series in OverDrive

OverDrive just got better! In addition to a variety of graphic novels and comics, you can now borrow a variety of manga titles which now amps up the Comics & Graphic Novels collection to over 1700 titles. Below features highlights of the collection. Visit here to see all manga available in OverDrive.

Syndicate content