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South Houston Branch Renovations Begin October 1.

South Houston Branch LibraryRenovations are set to begin on the South Houston Branch. The library will be open until 5:00 PM Saturday Oct. 1, with work scheduled to start on Monday October 3. The grant-funded renovations will include an update of the existing facilities and the addition of a computer lab. While the South Houston Branch is closed, customers may use the nearby Parker Williams Branch located at 10851 Scarsdale Boulevard, Suite #510. Renovations are currently underway at the Jacinto City Branch, and the Galena Park Branch will be remodeled in the near future. We will share more information about these projects as it becomes available.
 

Hispanic Heritage Month @ Your Library

Hispanic Heritage MonthIn honor of the diverse cultures that comprise Harris County, the Harris County Public Library and its branches will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month starting September 15 and running through October 15. Programs, activities and displays will be offered at branches throughout Harris County.

Harris County continues to be shaped by, and to benefit from, its vibrant Hispanic community. Harris County Public Library hopes to educate, inform and entertain the citizens of Harris County during this month celebrating the contributions of Hispanics to the cultural and economic life of our nation.

Midnight Notes on the Poet H. D.

Portrait of H. D., courtesy the Poetry Foundation (poetryfoundation.org)When we think of the poet H. D. (born Hilda Doolittle) we see her as through a prism, or perhaps more fittingly as the subject of a cubist portrait. She is fragmentary--a series of planes that don't quite make a whole but which carry undeniable significance.

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The Most Famous Top-Secret Place on Earth

Cover: Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base by Annie JacobsenArea 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base / Annie Jacobsen

I don’t believe in those big-headed, squat-bodied extra-terrestrials with the unhealthy interest in the lower reaches of the human intestinal tract. Yes, I do suppose someone is out there, if only because the place is so big the laws of probability demand it. I just figure they are not in the habit of venturing into the vast vacuum of space for a cocktail or two with the boys, then, after a few too many, ending up in Iowa making crop circles in some hapless farmer’s field of sorghum.

Sheer Genius and Dumb Luck: The Rise of a Cultural Behemoth

Cover Art: Those Guys Have All the Fun by James A. Miller and Tom ShalesThere was a time when ESPN’s Chris “Boomer” Berman was my only friend and I actually grasped the nuances of Australian Rules Football. I tend to think of that period as my own personal dark ages—meaning I spent my time in a perpetual gloom, positing lots of benighted theories of how the universe works, bathing very little, and living on a diet of root vegetables and beer.

Allen Ginsberg: Heartthrob

Cover Art: Howl: The Original Draft Facsimile / Allen GinsbergGranted, casting James Franco as the poet Allen Ginsberg in the new film Howl is not as bizarre as trying to shoehorn John Wayne into the role of Genghis Khan, nor as venal as tapping Brad Pitt to play Achilles. Still, my initial reaction was, "What? Matthew McConaughey wasn't available?"

After I managed to talk myself off the ledge with the promise of cookies and the reassuring notion that at most three or four people would pay to see a movie about an Eisenhower-era obscenity trial surrounding a poem that today could be used to sell artfully distressed lofts to red state fauxhemians, I had to concede that of today's young actors Franco is the only one with the perverse, what-the-[heck] sensibility to pull it off.

Fish in a Barrel: The Case Against Billy Collins

No BillyI hate Billy Collins.

I imagine he would say with a six-figure smile that I'm way at the back of a long line of people who hate him.

Billy can take heart in the fact that because so many people hate him, it is becoming fashionable in some circles to claim to like him, but this is a transparent contrarianism born of cocktail party boredom and too much boxed wine on an empty stomach.

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