Books

SPANISH BOOK CLUB/CLUB DE LIBROS HISPANOS

The Spanish Book Club will meet on Wednesday, October 5 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  This bestselling thriller has been made into a movie to be released on October 7.
Les invitamos a que todos los meses se reúna con nosotros para converser sobre un libro: La Chica del Tren - Paula Hawkins.
The Spanish Book Club meets the first Wednesday every month at 6:00 p.m.

Book Hunters in Brief #145: Gulf Coast Reads Edition; What to Read When You Have Finished The Train to Crystal City

Imagine you're a teenager, your country--the only home you have ever known--has just been plunged into war, and you are being put on a train with the rest of your family that will take you to what amounts to the ends of the earth not because of anything you have done, but because your father was born in one of the countries, your country is at war with.

And that's just the beginning of your story.

Intrigued?

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Train to Crystal CityTitle to be discussed: The train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell.  Date of meeting: October 11,  6:30 p.m.  Summary: "From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered more than 10,000 civilians to Crystal City. The trains carried Japanese, German, Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The only family internment camp during World War II, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called "quiet passage." During the course of the war, hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City, including their American-born children, were exchanged for other more important Americans behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany. Focusing her story on two American-born teenage girls who were interned, author Jan Jarboe Russell uncovers the details of their years spent in the camp; the struggles of their fathers; their families; subsequent journeys to war-devastated Germany and Japan; and their years-long attempt to survive and return to the United States. Combining big-picture World War II history with a little-known event in American history that has long been kept quiet, "The Train to Crystal City" reveals the war-time hysteria against the Japanese and Germans in America, the secrets of FDR's tactics to rescue high-profile POWs in Germany and Japan, and how the definition of American citizenship changed under the pressure of war."

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 Tuesday Evening Book Club will discuss The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell on October 11th @ 7:00pm

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. The October selection will be the 2016 Gulf Coast Reads book The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell

The dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR-approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II, where thousands of families--many US citizens--were incarcerated.

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.

TEEN BOOK CLUB

The Teen Book Club meets Tuesday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m.  Join us for a great discussion of The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees.  This is an awesome novel with a fantastic main character.  If you haven’t had a chance to read the book, come anyway to discuss your favorite books and authors.  As always, snacks will be provided.

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.  

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