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Poetry for Native American Heritage Month

Cover Art: The Winged Serpent: American Indian Prose and PoetryYou can see them in our landscape, in place names like Anahuac, Wichita Falls and Navasota. You can see them in our language, in the words shack, lagniappe and totem. They are in the food we eat—they were first to cultivate potatoes, corn, coffee, and chocolate. They had empires, architecture, science, mathematics and art to rival anything in their conquerors’ lands.

Off the Shelf and Into the Future: Free Technology Training at HCPL

140/365 Computer Magic by Sarah G. courtesy of the artist and Flickr Creative CommonsYou want the latest Janet Evanovich? You go to the library. You have a big report due?. You go to the library. Your grandma always said you have royal blood and you want confirmation? You go to the library. But what if you want to get your hands on an iPad before you sink your cash into one? What if you need to learn Microsoft Excel and get some help polishing your resumé? What if somebody said, “Just google me” and all you could do was blush?

2011 National Book Award Winners

Cover Art: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn WardThe National Book Awards were handed out on Wednesday night in New York City. As you might recall, the announcement of the NBA finalists received more attention than usual this year (though not the kind the organization would have wanted). Amid the customary, and probably justified, grousing about the nominees’ obscurity and the snubbing of well-received works by better-known (and better-selling) writers, was the mistaken nomination, and forced withdrawal, of Lauren Myracle’s Shine.

Florence Parry Heide (1919 - 2011)

Cover Art: The Shrinking of TreehornChildren’s author, Florence Parry Heide, passed away on October 24 at the age of 92. The author of over one hundred books for children and teens, she is perhaps best known for The Shrinking of Treehorn and its sequels, all illustrated by Edward Gorey.

Scary Fun Stuff for Halloween at HCPL

Photo Credit: Jack o' Lantern by wwarby via flickr/creative commonsAh, Halloween! A time to gather with loved ones around a cozy fire…and scare them out of their wits! Harris County Public Library has books, music and videos to help you celebrate this spookiest of all seasons. Also, many HCPL branches will be presenting special Halloween programs--from crafts and costume contests to pumpkin-carving and blacklight karaoke.

Gadgets and Goblins Come to Freeman

Overdrive's Digital Bookmobile Banner http://www.digitalbookmobile.com/
If the cost of eBooks has you worried you might have to use your Kindle for kindling this winter, or if your credit card balance has turned your eReader into an ePaperweight, help is rolling your way, On Friday, October 28 from 10 AM to 2 PM, the Digital Bookmobile will make a stop on its nationwide tour at the Freeman Branch Library.

Picture It @ Your Library: Teen Read Week, October 16 - 22

YALSA Teen Read Week 2011 Picture It! official banner
Adults—usually teachers or well-meaning relatives—are always urging teens to read one book or another, and most of the time it is not necessarily because the book is particularly good, but because it is supposed to be good for the teen. Libraries, families and other organizations that participate in Teen Read Week do just the opposite. They encourage teens to read for the sheer pleasure of it.

Update: Jacinto City Branch Renovations

Jacinto City Branch-Computer Lab foundation constructionThe renovations to the Jacinto City Branch Library are moving along nicely. While last weekend’s rain was much needed, it slowed exterior work slightly, but we are happy to report that the foundation for the branch’s new, grant-funded meeting room has been poured and framing of the structure is well underway. Work on the interior of the existing structure is in progress and painting is almost complete.

2011 National Book Awards Finalists

National Book Award medal - courtesy of the National Book FoundationThe finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards were announced on October 12. As usual the list is a mix of relative unknowns and old reliables, critically acclaimed bestsellers and small press prestige titles. The NBA, along with the Pulitzer, is the most coveted prize awarded to American writers. The roster of past winners reads like a Who's Who of the last half century in American letters. They include Jonathan Franzen, Ha Jin, Cormac McCarthy and Alice Walker for fiction; Patti Smith, Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe and Maxine Hong Kingston for nonfiction; Galway Kinnell, Elizabeth Bishop, W. H. Auden and William Carlos Williams for Poetry; and Sherman Alexie and Jeanne Birdsall for young people's literature.

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