Books

Spooky Tales for Teens and Adults

We’re into the heart of October now, and while next week we’ll have some not so spooky options for the younger crowd,  it’s now time to get to the truly spooky stuff—the books that will get your heart racing, palms sweating and mind whirring. I’ve got eight books for teens and eight for adults here, all terrifyingly creepy in their own way. From zombies to ghosts to monsters that go bump in the night, to the scariest thing of all: humanity, these recommendations are not for the faint of heart. Might want to sleep with a light on after these. 

 

 

Book Club Meets Friday, October 19 at 2 pm

Please join us on Friday, October 19 at 2 pm to discuss this year's Gulf Coast Reads selection: Bluebird, Bluebird by native Houstonian Attica Locke.  Set in rural east Texas, Locke's story about the intersection of race and justice is both suspenseful and timely.

The Gulf Coast Reads initiative encourages communities to share discussion about Bluebird, Bluebird.  To add historical context to the reading experience, click here to view an online exhibit of photos related to this year's Gulf Coast Reads title.

The Page Turners

Born a crimeTitle to be discussed: Born a crime: stories from a South African childhood by Trevor Noah.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Summary: "One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming-of-age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memorists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives."

Gothic Literature

It’s my favorite time of year, folks. Those October through December days are here and I, for one, am ready to kick it off with the creepy, spooky, and kooky month that’s full of tricks, treats and scarily good books to read. For this blog entry I want to take it back—back to the beginning of horror, back to 1764 with the introduction of the Gothic Novel. Gothic tales blend horror and romance, featuring large, crumbling architecture, isolated heroes, a villain who has fallen from grace, supernatural elements and a dark, foreboding sense of dread. Awesome, right?

Written in the Stars: READ!

Welcome to the beginning of our National Teen Reads Week! This is an annual celebration of our teen literature, and a time where we encourage our teens to read more (as opposed to our normal agenda, which is to discourage reading and hide books. We are a library after all.). However, if you aren’t a teen, don’t let that discourage you from celebrating this week. Everyone can come to the library and do something to participate in this amazing event. Here are some of our suggestions on how to reach for the stars at the library this week:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and High Meadows Branch Library has put together a display to honor the fight against the disease. Breast cancer touches nearly every one of us in some way. Most of us know someone; whether it is an aunt, mother, cousin, or friend, who has battled breast cancer.
Our display includes:
• Books that about survivors and question about breast cancer from your leading experts.
• Pamphlets about: Breast cancer in Young Women, What You Need to Know and organizations for survivors.
• Ribbon cards to celebrate survivors, those who have died and those who are still fighting. (Write a name/memory of someone you know who has breast cancer. They will be placed around the display.)

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

We at the Evelyn Meador Branch Library recognize and love the diversity of our community. It’s a wonderful thing to have people of different cultures and backgrounds associate and trade ideas. We love this aspect for our community and want to do everything we can to foster this. As such, the library is excited to be spending the next month celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This wonderful celebration will allow us to learn more about Hispanic cultures, and gain a greater appreciation of the great things they have. Here are a few of the things that you can do at the library to gain a better appreciation of Hispanic culture.

Teen Book Club--Fruits Basket #1

Fruits BasketCome discuss some “good reads” with fellow teens at the library while you eat pizza!

This month we will be reading the manga Fruits Basket #1.

Date: Tuesday, September 25

Time: 4-5 PM

Place: Spring Branch-Memorial Library (930 Corbindale Road)

Grades 6-12

No registration required!

Book Club Meets Friday, September 21 at 2 pm

Crosby Book Club will meet Friday, September 21 at 2 pm.  In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will discuss The Devil's Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea.  This is the true story of what went wrong in May 2001, when 26 men attempted to cross into southern Arirzona via the historic El Camino del Diablo, a road through the remote and dangerous Sonoran Desert.  Though not a book about solutions, Urrea's investigative report covers all sides of the complicated issues surrounding immigration and our porous border with Mexico.    

New members are welcome to join us in the meeting room!

The Page Turners

Please look after momTitle to be discussed: Please look after mom by Kyung-Sook Shin.  Date of meeting: October 9, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "The book follows the efforts of a family to find the mother who went missing from Seoul Station and their sobering realizations when they recall memories that suggest she may not have been happy."

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