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Some Rodeo Fiction for Grownups

Since the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is now in progress (and running through the 21st), this seems like a good time to highlight some good rodeo related fiction. Perhaps not strickly 'westerns' in the traditional sense, they still feature cowboys (and cowgirls), horses, cattle and other livestock we all associate with the west. Enjoy!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – WESTERN STYLE

The African-American contributions to the settlement of the western frontier is a matter of record. But for the purposes of Black History Month, following that trail of facts can be a dry and dusty endeavor. Sometimes you just need a good story. Finding good western fiction that features African-American protagonists can help slake that thirst. Here is a list of titles that may help stimulate interest beyond those February assignments.

Saying goodbye to an old friend

Well, the old Evelyn Meador building is being demolished even as I write this post. I spent a lot of time there over the past eleven years (as did a lot other people). While I am certainly glad to make room for the new and improved library, it is still somewhat like saying goodbye to an old friend, one that you know intimately and realize you will never see again…

Picture 002 by you.

Gearing up!

Picture 007 by you.  

The Official Evelyn Meador Branch Library Groundbreaking!

 

Here is what we’ve been waiting for!
The official Groundbreaking Celebration for the new and improved Evelyn Meador Branch Library will be held Friday, February 19th, 2010 at 12:00 PM.
The Friends Board will host a short reception afterwards on site.

Showdown at Two-Bit Creek

showdown at two-bit

A Makeover for Pearl

Meet Pearl the Pelican. Pearl recently underwent a makeover, and we think she looks great! The new and improved Pearl was unveiled at the Evelyn Meador Friend’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner at Bay Elementary School on January 29th. Along with our library, she was damaged by Hurricane Ike.  Pearl is one of many pelicans in the Seabrook area that are part of the Pelican Path Project, sponsored by the Seabrook Association. Tom Diegelman is coordinating the restoration of a number of the PPP pelicans needing repairs due to the storm. Pearl was originally designed and painted by Rosanne Frazier. Her rennovation was completed by another local artist, Marianne Filler.

Bloopers Western Style

I don't normally associate the word 'cute' with westerns. However, after reading Bill Pronzini’s The Last Days of Horse-Shy Halloran, I can't think of a word more appropriate. Horse-Shy Halloran is a wanna-be road agent who hopes to get his hands on an upcoming gold shipment worth millions.

Friends of Evelyn Meador Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction

 Here's a great opportunity to show your support for the new Evelyn Meador Library project!

DATE: January 29, 2010

TIME: 5:00 - 7:30 pm

PLACE: Bay Elementary School Cafeteria (Seabrook)

CATERING BY: Angelo's Pizza & Pasta

TICKETS: $6.00 Adults - $3.00 Child

Tickets may be purchased at the door or from any Friends of Evelyn Meador Board Member.

Proceeds to benefit the Friend's of Evelyn Meador Library.

 

For more information or to volunteer, please call Marianne Kolar (281-474-9242)

photo from FlickrCC: 29/04 Spaghetti with pinenuts by StimpsonJCat.

Caution: Ranger at Work

Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack generally likes to work alone. After all, his line of work is a dangerous business, and having to watch out for a partner can be a fatal distraction. For one thing, the kind of men he hunts down usually have no qualms about shooting you in the back, if they get the chance. For another, his partner is new to the Arizona Ranger force and still somewhat green, although game for anything that comes along.

The Mystery of Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse.

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