Books

Let's Taco 'Bout Food

Ah, food. So good there are about a million hashtags dedicated to it-from weekly trends (Taco Tuesday, anyone?) to the ever classic plate pic (like a selfie, but for your food), it doesn’t take long to find some sort of documented deliciousness on someone’s social media page. But what about food that’s not only picturesque, but oh-so-yummy? And more importantly, what about food that’s easy? I’m no expert, but here are a few titles that have not only helped me create awesome looking food (that yes, may have ended up on my Instagram) but have also resulted in cleared plates and full bellies.
 

Book Club Meets Friday, June 15 @ 2 pm

Crosby Book Club will meet Friday, June 15, at 2 pm to discuss Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.  Published posthumously, Haruf's last novel is the story of two lonely septuagenarians and their tender, late in life love.  Our Souls at Night quietly considers the value of living in the present and appreciating the simple pleasures in life.

See the movie adaptation of the book, starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, on Netflix.

A Novel Idea: JUNE BOOK REVEAL! @High Meadows Branch Library

june book clubWe are happy to reveal that our June Book Club selection is Shari Lapeña’s The Couple Next Door.

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all-a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. One hot summer night they are invited to a dinner party next door, and a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents, but the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the Conti's house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets they’ve kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family-a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness.

Mental Health and Teens

May is Mental Health Awareness month, started in 1949 in order to raise awareness and educate the public about mental health, what it’s like to live with these conditions and strategies for getting help. Talking about mental health can be scary; there's a stigma around it that makes people want to shy away from the subject, but here's the thing: it's important. One way that stigma can be erased is by representation. We all want to see ourselves in the books we read, and some authors have worked hard to create compelling, rich characters that happen to suffer from mental illness. From depression, to schizophrenia, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, agoraphobia and more, here are thier stories:
 

May Activities

May activities are up on the library's event calendar. Check out the many programs and services that are available to you here. Proudly serving the community of Cypress since 1984, Northwest Branch Library strives to provide innovative services, programs, and activities for customers of all ages. If you would like to ask a question about a particular service or program, please contact the Northwest Branch Library at 832-927-5460 or via email at nw@hcpl.net. 

My Cup of Tea

teaTea, I think we can all agree, is a great, delicious thing. It's comforting, warming and pairs so well with a cozy blanket and a new book. The story behind tea itself, it's preparation and the culture surrounding it, is just as interesting and next Thursday, May 10th, at 11 am you can witness some of that history for yourself as we present a Chinese Tea Ceremony. You'll be able to experience this elegant tradition, as well as sample some Oolong tea from the high mountains. This program is intended for ages 18 and up, and you can register by contacting the branch. While you wait, here are some books to get you started on your journey. 

 

 

Financial Literacy

piggy bankI know, I know...financial literacy. Not the most exciting of topics I agree, but it is a worthwhile one. It's also Houston Money Week, an initiative designed to provide individuals and familes with financial knowledge.

Crosby Book Club Meets Friday, April 20 @ 2 pm

Crosby Book Club will meet on Friday, April 20 at 2 pm in the meeting room.  We will discuss The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel.  This is the true account of Christopher Knight, who so preferred solitude to society, he lived alone in the Maine woods for nearly three decades, sleeping in a tent, and conversing with no one.  How did Knight survive the bitterly cold winters, isolated and undetected, for so long?  And why would he choose this extreme lifestyle in the first place?

This adult program is free and open to the public.  Join us!

      

Blackout Poetry

blackout poetryCelebrate National Poetry Month by creating blackout poetry. No, it doesn't require writing in the dark, in fact, it doesn't require writing at all. All you need are a few pages of text (typically from an old book, magazine, or newspaper) and a black marker. Simply blackout all of the words you want to hide, and voilà, the visible words that remain create a blackout poem. View a gallery of blackout poetry from the simple to the sublime from @makeblackoutpoetry via Instagram.

Want to try your hand at blackout poetry? Stop by the 1st floor reference desk in April and we'll provide supplies to help you get started.

Literary Siblings

bronte sisters image from wikipedia

Celebrate National Siblings Day with a collection of famous (and not so famous) literary siblings. From real-life sibling authors, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, to fictional siblings, the Baudelaire trio of a A Series of Unfortunate Events. 

Fictional Siblings

• The Famous Five from Enid Blyton
• The Baudelaires from a Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
• The March sisters from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
• The Bennet sisters from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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