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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.

What We're Reading

The librarians at the Evelyn Meador Branch Library read A LOT of books! I’m sure that comes as no surprise to you. Today, we decided to share some of what we are reading. This might even help you know who to ask for the next time you need a book recommendation.

The Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot out there folks. It’s the type of heat that makes you want to stay inside and not do much of anything at all, except maybe read a good book. Read a good book while sitting next to a fan, with the A/C on full blast, with a glass of iced tea next to you. Apparently, as I found out during my quick internet search before writing this blog, the term ‘dog days of summer’ can’t actually be used during any ole’ month, no matter how hot it is. The idiom is supposed to be used during the period of time when Sirius, the Dog Star and the brightest visible star from any part of Earth, rises at the same time as the sun: usually somewhere between July 3rd to August 11th.

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.
 

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.

Great Big Family Tree

It's All Relative by A. J. JacobsIf you're a fan of The Year of Living Biblically, you know how funny A. J. Jacobs can be. Why not turn him loose on the subject of genealogy and family trees. Go on the worldwide trip with him to find out what makes a family a family in the book "It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree". 

Peek Into Someone Else's Life

The Long Haul by Finn MurphyHave you ever seen someone and thought, "I wonder what it would be like to be them"? Confession: I've always thought the life of a long-haul truck driver would be kinda cool. They're like the modern day version of the old ocean explorers. What things they'd see. What people they'd come across. Well, I have to wonder no more. I can read The Long Haul: a Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy. 

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