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Festival Fun at the South Houston Library

This year's HCPL Hispanic Heritage Festival was held at the South Houston Branch Library on September 25th.  As  you can see in the pictures below, a great time was had by all in attendance.  Special thanks go out to Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia, the South Houston Library Friends, community partners and the South Houston Library staff!

 

 

Love and Laughs

Having long been a fan of the screwball comedy, I enjoy finding romance novels that feature many of the same laugh-out-loud characteristics.  You'll find the delightfully familiar kooky protagonists with love/hate issues, the gleefully eccentric secondary characters, the compounding misunderstandings, and the physical pratfalls, all tied together with sharp dialogue.  If you would like to try some laughs with your romance, why not try one of the titles below?lady be good

Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Lady Emma Wells-Finch has come to Texas to finally find some trouble and pro golfer Kenny Traveler is finally trying to avoid it.  When Kenny is blackmailed into chauffeuring Emma around town, he has to try to bail her out of one wacky situation after another.

HCPL Receives "A Place for All People" Award from MFAH

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Harris County Public Library was honored to receive one of the First Annual "A Place for All People" awards from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on September 15, 2010.  The "A Place for All People" award honors select partners whose mission, goals and work reflect and complement that of the museum.  "MFAH partners share a longstanding commitment to the Houston community and a belief in the importance of arts in education as a part of a well-rounded life, for all," said Victoria Ramirez, W.T. and Louise J. Moran Education Director, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Inspired by Arthur

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I have always been a fan of the different stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  Rosemary Sutcliff, Mary Stewart, T.H. White, Marion Zimmer Bradley, I read them all, even Malory and Chretien de Troyes in college.  They are very romantic tales, in fact, the word romance as we are using it here derives from the medieval tales of knights and adventure written in the French language.  But the actual romances; Arthur and Guenevere, Lancelot and Guenevere, Lancelot and Elaine, Tristan and Iseult, Arthur and Morgause, Merlin and Nimue, well, you get the picture.  All pretty tragic stuff.

Bring On the Tortured Heroes

Thank you, Charlotte Brontë! If you hadn't created Mr. Rochester to be not very handsome, but mysterious, with a dissolute past, a strange sense of humor, and a honking big secret (not to mention the consequences of his ultimate trip through the fire), we might not be reading books featuring the modern romance version of the tortured hero. This character may have often suffered physical or emotional abuse, complete with internal or external scarring; he probably seems like an outsider, mysterious and/or dangerous, and still carries some pain within. So, what's the appeal? Next to him, the well-adjusted boy next door seems, well, boring.

Share Your Opinion About Summer Programs

srp 2010 posterWe'd like to hear your opinions about this year's Summer Reading Programs.  This year's Children's, Teen and Adult programs just ended and we'd like to encourage you to take our Summer Reading 2010 survey to assist us as we begin planning for next year.  The survey will be open through August 27th and paper copies are available in the library branches, if you prefer that format.  Help us make next year's programs the best yet!

 

Once Upon a Time

I imagine that many romance readers spent their childhoods repeating the same request I did, "Tell me a story."  The favorite stories were always fairy tales.  Romance novels and fairy tales have quite a bit in common:  they contain some level of formula and some element of fantasy, they focus on a romantic pair, and they are both often dismissed as trivial.  To the last claim, I will say that almost anyone, anywhere knows a basic version of the stories grouped below without me having to give any further information.  That's cultural power.

These books are some of my favorites that take a familiar fairy tale plot and spin it into a romance novel.  Did I miss any of your favorites?

New Hours at South Houston Branch Library

The South Houston Branch Library will have a reduction in hours on Fridays starting August 16th.  Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new South Houston Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 1-8, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-6, Friday Closed, Saturday 10-5.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

New Hours at Parker Williams Branch Library

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

New Hours at Galena Park Branch Library

The Galena Park Branch Library will have a reduction in hours on Fridays starting August 16th.  Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new Galena Park Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 10-6, Tuesday 12-8, Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-6, Friday Closed, Saturday 9-1.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

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