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What is the Truth, Really?: Unreliable Narrators

you lie by banksyHave you ever read a book or watched a movie and you felt like the main character or narrator was leading you astray? It could be that the narrator is trying to explain a situation out of his depth; the narrator could be suffering from a psychological disorder or illness that affects her judgment; the narrator could be a pathological liar or maybe the narrator just does not want us to truly know what is going on. In English class you’d call these folks unreliable narrators. They might not be out-and-out liars, but they certainly can make the truth not so easy to uncover. What have you read with an unreliable narrator?

Mer’s Unreliable Narrator Picks:


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

day of the dead pictureEach year in the United States between September 15 and October 15 we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by paying tribute to people of Hispanic heritage from the past and present who have impacted our nation and who have enriched our American culture. Living in the Houston area, we enjoy a wonderful diversity of cultural influences and there are many different opportunities open for us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. How will you celebrate?
Mer’s Hispanic Heritage Picks:

Packing My Bags for a Deserted Island

desert islandWhat would you hope to have with you if you were stranded on a deserted island? Okay, excluding all the tools and other useful-for-survival sorts of things. If you’re stranded somewhere that doesn’t have electricity, what exactly do you do for entertainment while you’re waiting for rescue? You could dance, sing, draw using a stick, run around in circles, risk the waters and swim. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have a bag full of books, you could be occupied for hours and hours. What books would you want to have on a deserted island (you know, just for entertainment purposes…no “guidebook to edible plants”-type books allowed)?

Are You Ready for Some Football?

football in grassFootball season has arrived, especially with the first NFL games kicking off this weekend (yes, I did have to look this up to confirm). Fall is one of my favorite seasons: the weather gets cooler; the days are shorter; and curling up under the covers with a good book doesn’t require having the air conditioning on full blast to make the pastime bearable. The beginning of the football season just seems to go hand-in-hand with the changing leaves (okay, in other parts of the country) and nothing can quite rival the experience of sitting on uncomfortable metal bleachers feeling like your face is going to freeze off to the sound of a marching band’s drums and the cheer of the crowds. Who are you rooting for this season?

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Free Princeton Review SAT Practice Exam

pencil & paperAre you getting ready to take the SAT or PSAT and want a little practice before the big day comes? On Saturday, September 11th @ 11:00 AM join the Princeton Review @ the Freeman Branch for a FREE SAT Practice Exam. This is a two-part program, with a scores-back session on the following Saturday (September 18) so that you can review your scores, see what areas need improvement, and get some helpful test-taking strategies. Registration is required, so come visit us @ the Library, give us a call, e-mail me, or leave us a comment.

Labor Day & After-School Jobs

work stationWith the new school year in full swing, many of us have bid farewell to our summer jobs, but others of us have changed our hours so we can go to school during the day and still make some spending money in after-school jobs. There are some great teen books that feature working in some capacity. So whether you have to work this Labor Day weekend or have the weekend free to curl up with a good book, you might grab one of these.

Mer’s Labor Day/After-School Job Picks:


Freeman Teen Advisory Board

Uncle Sam: We Want You!Are you in 6th-12th Grade? Are you looking for volunteer hours? Are you opinionated? If so, we want you to join our Freeman Teen Advisory Board! Our next meeting is Monday, August 30th @ 4:30 pm. Stop on by and let your voice be heard! Be a teen leader and help plan library programs or help work on special volunteer projects.
Flickr CC: Uncle Sam Photo by: AJC1

Grief & Loss

dying flowerRecently it seems as though I’ve read many books about grief and loss. It is very difficult to articulate the loss of someone close to you, whether a friend or family member. Loss can make you feel as though a part of yourself has also departed. Just knowing that someone else has gone through something similar can make you feel better and less alone. Even if you haven’t suffered the loss of someone close to you, if you enjoy something heart wrenching or thought-provoking, these titles make for good reading.

On My 'To Read' Pile...

bookstackI have so many books checked out right now just waiting to be read. They’re all sitting by my desk at home, calling out to me with their beautiful covers and promises of wonderful stories. What do you have on your ‘to read’ pile?

Mer’s Current ‘To Read’ Pile: 

Effortlessly Cool

converse red roseI’ve always been a little awed by people who seem so effortlessly cool. They can wear that $2 thrift store shirt and make it look like a million bucks. They know the hippest coffee shops; they listen to bands I’ve never heard of; and they live on a mainstay of cult classic movies, books, and TV shows. I’ve put together a list of books that strike me as effortlessly cool. If these books were people they’d be more chic than skinny jeans and smart enough to finish a cross-word puzzle in pen. 

Mer’s Hip Picks:

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