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Odell Dreyer, Library Visionary

Odell Dreyer, age 88, passed away peacefully December 16, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. She had resided happily in Arlington, since December 2007, where she had moved to be near her daughter Gay Ogden. Odell leaves 3 children, daughters Gay and Karen, son Alan, and 3 grandchildren.

Friends of the Atascocita Library’s(FOAL) beginnings can be traced to 1986, when the Atascocita Hi Neighbor group, led by Odell, initiated a decade long project to have a library built in the developing Atascocita subdivision. The Atascocita Branch of the Harris County Public Library opened May 5, 1996. Odell was honored by FOAL, with the Dreams to Reality Gala on October 27, 2007.

Frederik Pohl: 1919-2013

Novelist, poet, essayist, editor, agent – Frederik Pohl (November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013) was a pioneer and champion of science fiction.  Not only did he create worlds for which he won many awards, including six Hugos as well as a Grand Master from the Science Fiction Writers of America, but he also guided and encouraged other writers.  With 75 years of influence in the genre, here are a few items worth checking out.  You can also look at the extensive summary on Frederik Pohl on the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

 

Pond Life becomes WILD about Texas at Atascocita

Please note that our Life in a Pond presentation is now WILD about Texas.  Presented by the Houston Audubon Society this program explores examples of native Texas wildlife from each vertebrate class.  Participants have the opportunity to meet live animals.  

The space is limited, and free tickets are available 30 minutes prior to the program's start at 3:30 on Monday, July 15.

Atascocita Lunch 'n' Lit, July 11: Point Omega

The Atascocita Library Lunch 'n' Lit Book Club - Join us on Thursday, July 11, at 1:00 PM as we discuss a good book and feel free to bring your lunch! This month's book is Point Omega by Don DeLillo.

An Author Recommends: George R.R. Martin

Recently, author George R. R. Martin posted "Reading Recommendations" on his blog.  While there are many of these you can find at HCPL, for your convenience, here are a few of his suggestions! 

Of the Classics suggestions:

Special Twilight Tales December 3, 7 PM

Join us for a special Twilight Tales Hanukkah Storytime on December 3. Learn more about Hanukkah from Rabbi Dan Gordon of Temple Beth Torah as he shares stories and folklore during this evening storytime for the whole family.

Adult Education Workshop: Social Security and Estate Planning

Join us in the Atascocita Branch Library meeting room, November 1 from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm, to learn more about Social Security options and benefits plus estate planning basics.  Topics include "When should I start benefits to maximize distributions?" and "What changes to Social Security benefits are legislators considering in the future?"  Presented by John Taphorn of Merrill Lynch and Deborah Currin, Attorney. 

SF Genre: Steampunk

The progression of Steampunk from fringe subgenre to mainstream has taken a few decades.  You could say it has taken a little over a century if you want to throw in H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, and we really should.  While those two authors are often relegated to the “classics” section of the library, their incorporation of the bizarre, anachronistic engineering, and influence from the possibilities of science put many of their stories clearly in the Steampunk category.

Down the rabbit hole and other adventures

This week’s Amazing Read encouraged us to share a childhood favorite, or have a child share a favorite with an adult.  Of course, there are those stories that bridge both worlds, just as they take us through the looking glass, over the rainbow, second star to the right, or on a leopard.

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