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Top 10 Fiction in September

Take a look below at the top ten most circulated adult fiction titles at Kingwood Branch Library during the month of September:

1.  Whiplash, by Catherine Coulter

2.  Maybe This Time, by Jennifer Crusie

3.  The Vigilantes, by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV

Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week, when libraries and other institutions everywhere celebrate the freedom to read and reemphasize the importance of the First Amendment.  Here at our branch, we've set up a book display in the second-floor lobby with many of those titles that have been challenged at various times and places in the near and distant past.  Some of those you see may surprise you!  Also, if you're curious, take a look at the American Library Association's site here for an ample list of few of the most challenged classics over the years along with the reasons they were banned.  You just might get interested in reading some of them yourself!

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Hispanic Heritage program

Join us on Thursday, September 23rd, from 11:00 AM to 3:45 PM in the Community Room as local ladies Hispanic group Club de Damas will be available to present music and discussion about the ancient culture of the Mayans and contemporary Hispanic Countries.  Don't miss this free and informative event!

Book Clubs at Kingwood Branch Library

Did you know we have a couple of book clubs that meet regularly here at Kingwood Branch Library?  You can certainly be a part!  Our evening group, which meets the third Monday evening every month at 7:00 PM, will be gathering in the Conference Room on the 20th to discuss People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks.  On that same Monday, the Bookworms Book Group, which also meets every third Monday but at 1:00 PM, will gather to discuss In the Valley of the Kings, by Daniel Meyerson. 

Also, the annual Books on the Bayou event is back again, and this year's selection is the acclaimed graphic novel Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi.  On Monday, September 27th, at 7:00 PM, we will host a discussion of this thought-provoking title in the Conference Room.  If you enjoy a good read and delight in conversation about books, don't hesitate to join in!

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Organizing your home & ADHD student

Need a little help getting things in order?  Join us on Tuesday, September 14th, at 1:00 PM as professional organizer Ellen Delap, CPO, joins us to present "Fall Refresh," a program designed to help participants organize their homes for the coming season.  On the following Tuesday, September 21st, at 1:00 PM, Ellen will join us again to present a program titled "Organizing your ADD student," designed to help parents and kids who struggle with attention-deficit disorder in the process of organization.  Don't miss these free and informative programs!

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Top 10 Summer Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Are you a science fiction or fantasy reader?  Take a look below at the top ten circulated summer sci-fi/fantasy titles at Kingwood and see if you find anything that grabs your interest.  Some you may recognize, but others you may not!

1. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J. R. R. Tolkein

2. Changes: a Novel of the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher

3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

Teens, don't forget to vote!

Hey, teens, don't forget to vote!  Here's another friendly reminder: On the tables up in The Hideout are slips for you to fill out that will let us know how we can schedule programs with you in mind.  We've planned at least one per month, and the sooner we know what works for you, the better!  Swing by as soon as you can and give us your vote!

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Blood Drive

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be on site in the Community Room on Monday, August 30th, from 1:00 to 5:30 PM to received blood donations from the public.  Walk-ins are accepted, but it is encouarged to sign up ahead of time for an appointment at either the reference or children's desks or at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center webiste here.  The entire process takes 35 to 40 minutes, and this year qualified donors may be eligible for a gift card!  Don't miss out on this opportunity to give the gift of life!

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Teens, pick your program times!

The summer is finishing up, and school is around the corner.  But that doesn't mean, teens, that there won't be plenty for you to do here at the library!  We still have some great activities planned, but we'd like to know the best days and times for you.  On the tables up in The Hideout are slips for you to fill out that will let us know how we can schedule programs with you in mind.  We've planned at least one per month, and the sooner we know what works for you, the better!  So, swing by as soon as you can and give us your vote! 

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Identity Theft and "How the Fed Works"

In our increasingly digital world, identity theft is a very real and present problem.  Join us this Saturday, August 21st, at 1:00 PM in the Community Room for a program presented by Max Anderson, an expert in the field of identity theft.  Come learn about the seriousness of identity theft, six types of identity theft, and steps you can take to protect yourself. 

After that, don't miss Monday, August 23rd, at 7:00 PM for a repeat presenter, Alberto Antenangeli, as he comes to discuss "How the Fed Works."  Mr. Antenangeli will discuss financial markets, monetary theory and policy, and will focus generally on how the federal reserve functions.  Don't miss either of these free and informative programs!

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