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Romance Writing Teams

When my best friend and I were in high school, we decided we were going to write a book together.  One week later, we weren't speaking to each other.  We couldn't agree on what the characters would be named, what they would look like, what they were going to do, or what they were saying to each other.  We won't even get into the delusion that we could actually write.  Needless to say, I have a great respect for the special skills of authors who can collaborate to tell a single story. I mean ones who really collaborate, not become a brand with a second author.  I am baffled by how they can make it work as a truly equal effort, but some very successful teams of friends, husbands and wives, even mothers and sons have proven it can be done.

New Hours at West University Branch Library

The West University Branch Library will have a reduction in hours starting April 6, 2011.  Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new West University Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 10-8, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 1-6, Friday 1-6, and Saturday 10-5.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

New Hours at Octavia Fields Branch Library

The Octavia Fields Branch Library will have a reduction in hours starting April 6, 2011.  Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new Octavia Fields Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 1-7, Tuesday 10-9, Wednesday 10-7, Thursday 10-9, Friday Closed, and Saturday 10-5.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

New Hours at Northwest Branch Library

The Northwest Branch Library will have a reduction in hours starting April 6, 2011.  Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new Northwest Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 1-8, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 12-8, Thursday 10-6, Friday Closed, and Saturday 10-5.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

New Hours at Barbara Bush Branch Library

The Barbara Bush Branch Library will have a reduction in hours starting April 6, 2011.  Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new Barbara Bush Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 1-9, Tuesday 10-9, Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-9, Friday 10-6, and Saturday 10-5.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

New Hours at Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library

The Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library will have a reduction in hours starting April 6, 2011.  Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 1-8, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 12-8, Thursday 10-6, Friday 1-6, and Saturday 10-5.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

New Hours at Atascocita Branch Library

The Atascocita Branch Library will have a reduction in hours starting April 6, 2011.  Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new Atascocita Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 11-8, Tuesday 1-9, Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-8, Friday 1-6, and Saturday 10-5.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

Hours Change at Six Library Locations

Six library locations will have a change in hours starting April 6th, 2011.  The new schedules for the Atascocita Branch Library, Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library, Barbara Bush Branch Library, Northwest Branch Library, Octavia Fields Branch Library and West University Branch Library are:

The Benefits of eRomance

sony readerIt’s not exactly breaking news that the eBook business is booming right now.  At HCPL, our customers check out at least 20,000 eBooks and eAudio books each month.  A blog post I read today compared the rise of eBooks with the debut of mass market paperbacks around the time of World War II, and many of the issues sound similar.  Pricing issues – check.  Publisher paranoia – check.  Genre domination – check.  Literary snobbery – check. 

2011 Audie Award Nominations

audie awardsThey might not receive as much attention as The Oscars, but each year The Audies highlight the best in audiobooks from the previous year.  The Audies feature 30 categories, including Biography/Memoir, Fiction, History, Humor, Solo Narration, and Original Work.  The awards will be announced at the Audies Gala on May 24, 2011, but you probably won't see the winners strutting down the red carpet on television.

There are some strong contenders this year, including the titles listed below.  Why not branch out from your usual audiobook selections and try one of these quality guaranteed nominees?

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