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Signs of Improvement

Shelving Being InstalledYou may have noticed that there has been quite the activity with our collection upstairs. That’s because we are currently shifting our collection. After some deep pondering the branch decided that we could create a better browsing experience for you, our customers.

With the decision came the task of moving a whole bunch of books around, but it will be worth it for you, our customers. So thank you for bearing with us. If you need any help finding a book during this transitional phase (or any other time) then please don’t hesitate asking for our assistance. We expect everything to be back to normal by the end of next week.
 

Attention All Crafty Teens!

Teens Making A CraftTeens! Come and enjoy our drop-in crafting program this Thursday at 6:00 pm. Stop by for a fun and relaxing craft. Bring your own craft or create something from the materials provided. Perhaps you still have one more person left on your holiday shopping list. Well, there’s no better gift to impress than one you made with your own hands.

And if Thursday doesn’t give you the crafting fix you need, then stop by Knowledge Exchange on Friday. At Knowledge Exchange anyone can do some knitting, no matter their skill level.

Fun4Senior Bus Trips in January

Fun4SeniorsLogoHere’s some great news. The Barbara Bush Branch Library serves as a departure site for Precinct 4’s Fun4Seniors bus trips. Here’s some better news. For January, Precinct 4 is adding more trips!

Are you interested in visiting the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve? Does your sweet tooth demand a trip to a local candy factory? Do you need to do some shopping at one of Houston's most famous shopping spots? All of this and more will be possible through the January trips. For more information and reservations contact Precinct 4 at
281-893-3726.

An Undecorated Tree? At This Time of Year?

Holiday Tree Decorated with Donation EnvelopesOur faithful Friends are at it again. They’ve put up a tree to be undecorated. You're probably wondering what that means.

In our lobby you will find a tree covered with envelopes. When the giving mood strikes all you have to do is remove one of those envelopes, insert a donation, and put it in the gift box located at the customer service desk. All money received will be put towards developing the adult, children’s and teen collections.

Save the Date—Community Open House

Open House - Photo Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesSince everyone is in a festive mood this time of year it makes perfect sense to join us for our 11th Annual Community Open House on December 12th. Everyone is invited to this event celebrating the 11th anniversary of the opening of the Barbara Bush Library. Free musical entertainment, children's crafts, and refreshments will be provided. Santa and Mrs. Claus will even be available to take pictures with the kids. We’ll see you on Saturday, December 7th, from 2pm – 4pm.

Teen Movie This Monday!

Teens Watching Movie - Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesCalling all teens! There’s no better way to get ready for the holiday than with a movie. Join us on Monday, November 25, at 4 p.m. to enjoy a film with enough excitement and adventure to carry you through the break. Oh, and come and enjoy a little snack too. We are getting ready for Thanksgiving, after all.

The Future of Writing Looks Good at the Barbara Bush Branch

This past Saturday the branch hosted I Want to Be a Writer. Now What? panel discussion led by authors from the Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America. Our authors spoke to a full room of aspiring writers who were armed with pads, pens and excellent questions. The topics ranged from fleshing out ideas, to seeking representation, to eBook publishing. We can’t thank NWHRWA enough for helping us to inform and inspire so many hopeful writers.

Authors

The Panel
Front Row: Left to Right – Kara O’Neal, Sharon Migenery, Susan Muller
Back Row: Left to Right – Jen Langston, Carla Rossi, Janet Nash

I Want To Write a Book. Now What?

This Saturday is the day! The library will be hosting I Want To Write a Book. Now What? panel discussion. It will be an awesome opportunity to get some insight on writing and publishing. With that said, we want to introduce the final two panelists, Carla Rossi, and Kara O’Neal

Carla RossiCarla Rossi is a multi-published, award-winning author as well as a cancer survivor, life-long music minister, and speaker. She has been writing inspirational romance for Pelican Book Group since 2007. Her first YA short story, How Nick and Holly Saved Wrecked Saved Christmas is due out in November, and her next full-length inspirational romance, Unexpected Wedding releases in early 2014. Carla lives north of Houston with her husband and writing partner –a Maine Coon Cat.

 

 

Kara O'NealKara O'Neal was born and raised in Texas. After surviving those awkward years of 7 to 16, she spent two years at Sam Houston State University where she met her husband. He followed her to Texas Tech University and was proud when she graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development. Soon after graduation Kara followed her heart and became certified to teach Special Education. Becoming an author was a dream she stumbled upon. With the encouragement of her family and friends, she didn't discard this risky adventure. She is the author of Welcome Home.

Once again we are very thankful to the Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America for sitting on this panel. With these authors’ experiences, it should prove to be an extremely informative event. We’ll see you Saturday, November 9th, at 11 am in the Earl Elliott Room.

Meet the Author—Janet Nash

Janet NashIt is our pleasure to introduce to you another author who will be participating in our panel discussionJanet Nash.

Janet Nash is a Cypress, Texas resident and a member of Romance Writers of America.  She is the Business Manager of a church in Spring, TX where she and her husband also run a youth activity program called, Friday Nite Live! He debut novel, Powerless Consent, blends the romance, suspense, and inspirational genres to create a story that pushes a fifty-something married couple to the brink of disaster who must overcome insurmountable odds to not only salvage their marriage but to survive the evil machinations of a mastermind criminal.

Don’t forget. We’ll be meeting Saturday, November 9, at 11 a.m. in the Earl Elliott Room. No registration is necessary. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet some authors and gain some insight.

We Hope You Saved Room for Some Ham Radio

Pig at RadioIf you think “Ham Radio” sound delicious, then you definitely need to come to our program on Monday because you know nothing about ham radio!

That’s right, this coming Monday we will host Amateur Radio - 3 Million Friends and Counting. Don't miss your chance to learn about the history and practice of ham radio. It is an important hobby practiced by, well, millions. The program will be presented by the Northwest Amateur Radio Society (NARS) and is inspired by this year's Gulf Coast Reads book The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.

That’s Monday, October 28, at 6:30 pm. We’ll see you there!

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