Fiction

Dr Seuss Storytime @ Stratford Library - Highlands!

Join us to Read Across America with Dr Seuss!

 

Thursday March 2

11 AM

Read and check out Dr Seuss books and make your own

red and white striped hat!

A Portrait of Harris County in 50 Books: HCPL's Most Checked Out Books of 2016

Here are 2016's most checked out books at Harris County Public Library. Taken together, they paint a pretty good likeness of Harris County. That is to say, if all of you were squeezed into one body, you could do worse than using it as your online dating profile. Here is what the lists say about you: you like a little mystery in your life and are a bit of thrill-seeker; you like to eat, but you're watching your weight; your house, well, frankly, your house could use a little tidying up. Your kids are fond of stories with talking animals, dorks and wimps and they really, really, really like Mo Willems.

Want to know more? Keep reading.

 

Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016) and Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)


It was a shock to those of a certain age.  Maybe to everyone. 

Book Hunters in Brief #154: Snow Fantasy

Like ice cream for breakfast, a pet boa constrictor, and face tattoos, snow sounds great in theory, but if you ask folks who have to face the stuff day in-day out, they have a very different take on it. This week, Book Hunters in Brief gives you and your young ones a chance to enjoy some winter wonderlands in the best possible way: from a nice, warm sofa with cups of hot cocoa. Enjoy!

Book Hunters in Brief #149: Scary Stories (But Not Too Scary)

Millions of years of evolution was aimed at one thing: to make it possible not to live in a constant state of fear. Our big brains allowed us to out think those that would make us their lunch, our forward facing eyes enabled us to see them before they could decide whether we would taste better broiled, fried or fricasseed, and our opposable thumbs let us make weapons so that we could make them OUR lunch as well as build shelters in which to enjoy the meal in comfort.

And what do we do as soon as our safety becomes more or less a given? We invent stories to scare ourselves witless.

Book Hunters in Brief #146: Teen Read Week #146

It's our fault--us, adults. It's our fault that an awful lot of teens think the word "reading" and "fun" are, for all intents and purposes, opposites. Yes, our intentions are good. There's no doubt about that. We know how important literacy is for success. We know--because we've seen it--how hard life is for people who struggle with the written word. From traffic sign to mortgage contracts, the ability to read keeps you out of a lot of jams.

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?

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

Book Hunters in Brief #137: Stranger Things

The advent of streaming video from services like Netflix, Hulu and HCPL's own (FREE!) Hoopla, has given rise to more lost weekends than Friday happy hour two-fer tequila shots. I'm speaking, of course, of the binge-watch. You know how it goes: you plop down on the couch to commune for a short while with the more vegetative aspects of your nature. The next thing you know, you're rooted to the cushions, you haven't showered in two days, and you've footed the pizza guy's tuition bill for the coming semester. You have also methodically consumed entire runs of obscure, short-lived but eminently worthwhile TV series--which makes it all worth it.

Book Hunters in Brief #135: On the Campaign Trail

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why anyone would want to be president. Sure, even if you do a lousy job (maybe especially if you do a lousy job) you get your picture in the history books.

Still, If you think about it, it's really just a glorified temp job and the whole country is your janus-headed supervisor.

You say, "But you get to be leader of the free world!" I say "leader" is probably too strong a term. At best you're a cat-herder and half of the cats aren't going to do what you say no matter what just because you vote blue and they vote red or vice versa.

Who needs that kind of aggravation?

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