Books

Book Hunters in Brief #112: Starcrossed Lovers

Not only is there something in a story of starcrossed love that sparks a special wire in the circuitry of most human brains, there is something in that kind of love itself that makes it a little more passionate, a little more urgent, a little more...um...more.

Foodie Essential

Basil is basil, right? Not if you're reading The Illustrated Cook's Book of Ingredients. You'll learn the difference between Purple Ruffle and African Blue, and ten other types of basil with this guide. This handy book is made by the same people who make the DK Eyewitness series, which means it is highly visual and thoroughly informational. The Illustrated Cook's Book includes both common and exotic ingredients split into 10 major categories.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Fannie Flagg I still dream about youTitle to be discussed: I still dream about you by Fannie Flagg.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie's life seems perfect, practically; she is lovely, charming, and a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can't help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition. Maggie had been on her way to becoming Miss America and realizing her childhood dream of living in an elegant old home on top of Red Mountain, with the adoring husband the 2.5 children, but then something unexpected changed everything.... But just when things seem completely hopeless, Maggie suddenly comes up with the perfect plan to solve it all. Maggie has heartbreaking secrets in her past, but she soon discovers that everybody has secrets of their own...."

YOUNG ADULT BOOK CLUB

Hey teens, join us for a lively discussion of The Book Thief, Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m.  Haven’t read the book, come anyway to help select books for future meetings.

Book Hunters in Brief #111: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

One cannot help thinking that Jane Austen is rolling over in her grave with today's release of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies which seems entirely in keeping with the occasion. All I know is that the filmmakers are some uncommonly gutsy people. Not only are they courting the ire of a legion of diehard (sorry) Austen fans, but also the possible awakening of an undead Austen who, one suspects, would be a tad cranky after such a long nap, and most likely hankering for a big, steaming skullful of brains.

SPANISH BOOK CLUB/CLUB DE LIBROS HISPANOS

Join the Katy Library’s Spanish Book Club for lively book discussions the first Wednesday of each month.  The club will meet Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss Detras de la Lluvia by Joaquin M. Barrero.

Romantic Teen Reads

romantic reads for teensWhether you’re looking for something swoon-worthy and realistic or a blend of romance, fantasy or science fiction, consider picking up one of these terrific reads.

Welcome to Night Vale

Based on the of (in)famous podcast of the same name, Welcome to Night Vale is set in the little desert town of Night Vale. A place that, on the surface, is just like any other small town you might come across, with a friendly, tight-knit community, quaint mom-and-pop stores, and mysterious plastic lawn flamingoes that cause you to relive every moment of your life from the moment of your birth until the end of time itself…. Oh, wait…

Become a Weather Guru

The Extreme Weather Survival ManualBe proud of me - I can now understand what they're talking about during the weather segment on the news.  I can read a weather map, recognize how the warm and cold front is coming in, and stun my friends and family with big, impressive weather words.  You can too if you read The Extreme Weather Survival Manual by Dennis Mersereau.  It's a glossy, beautiful book made up of infographics, photos, and charts.  

Gene Luen Yang appointed 2015-2016 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Congratulations to graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang for being appointed as the 2015-2015 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

What does this title mean? This position was created “to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.” (www.read.gov/cfb/ambassador/about.html)

The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is co-sponsored by Library of Congress, Children’s Book Council, and the Every Child a Reader Foundation. To see past ambassadors and other information, visit here

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