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New Hours at Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library

The Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library will have a reduction in hours on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings starting August 16th.  Renewals, requests and other online services will still be available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library schedule will be:  Sunday 1-5, Monday 10-9, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 10-9, Thursday 1-9, Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

Hours Change at Four Library Locations

Four library locations will have new hours starting August 16th, 2010.  The new schedules for the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, Galena Park Branch Library, Parker Williams Branch Library and South Houston Branch Library are:

Team Other

As a fan of paranormal romance, sure I love reading about the vampires and werewolves.  But, what about the other creatures?  You know, the ones that don't make it into Burger King commercials. Fear not, for they also have their own romance series.  Demons, dragons, Valkyries, witches, shifters, the Fae, even warriors from Atlantis.  You'll find at least one of each in the stories listed below.  Why not read one for the "other" team?

Darkfever

Karen Marie Moning

Fever:  start with Darkfever, the latest is Dreamfever

Nobody is really sure just what exactly the mysterious Jericho Barrons is, but we are all eagerly awaiting the final book in January to find out!

Summer Reading: the Reviews are In!

Did you ever wonder what happens to the reviews you write for the Adult Summer Reading Program?  For one thing, they're linked to the library's catalog and posted on the ASRP page of the library's website.  Harris County readers can use them to help decide what they might like to read next, based on your recommendations.  Librarians also read these reviews to keep in touch with popular titles and discover new titles that would be good to add to the library's collection.  Just this month, these titles (and more!) were ordered based on positive Reader Nation reviews:

Sizzling Romantic Suspense

There's nothing more relaxing than a good romantic suspense novel for a vacation read, even if you never leave the house.  You're taken on a vicarious adventure in a setting different from your own and you get a double sense of closure with the mystery being solved and a HEA for the protagonists.  If only travel agencies could provide the same kind of trip...

Have You Signed Up Yet?

baby with book

Don't forget to sign up for a Summer Reading Program!  We've got programs, books and drawings for children, teens and adults.  Join us and celebrate the joy of reading with the whole family!

Look for magicians and clowns, variety shows and crafts, computer camps and art camps, movies and music, book discussions and storytimes...and much, much more!

Check the schedule at your branch to catch it all.

Summer Full of Romance

One of the most fun things about being a librarian is that it's part of your job to know the details about new books being published.  This summer has new titles from many popular romance authors -- something for everyone, so place your reserve now!Ten Things I Love About You

May Release

Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn

A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh

Reading in Other People's Shoes

zeitoun

My reading tastes run almost exclusively to fiction.  But, every now and again, I get a desire to immerse myself in biographies or memoirs.  When I was in the third grade, I read our entire classroom collection of biographies of famous Americans.  Perhaps it serves as a more grounded version of my fiction bibliotherapy -- taking a vacation from my life and experiencing someone else's thoughts and world.  I've got my hands on a particularly good crop of biographies and memoirs right now, some of which you might also enjoy:

Are You Ready for Summer Reading?

summer reading program

It's Summer Reading Program time again and we've got free family fun for everyone!  Starting June 4th, registration begins for all three programs -- for children, teens and adults.  Register at www.hcpl.net to track your progress online and visit your local library branch for exciting summer performances and activities!

Look for HCPL at the Houston Art Car Parade

Aldine Art Bookcart

Look for HCPL and this year's Art Bookcarts in the Fun Zone in Sam Houston Park at the Houston Art Car Parade this weekend!  This year's carts were decorated by teens and staff at the Aldine, Atascocita, and Bear Creek branch libraries.

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