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The Impact of the Internet

The Internet is many things to many people. It can be a way to keep up with friends and family, learn a new skill, order dinner, watch TV, read books, get a college degree, find a job, pay bills, and more. No one can argue that the virtual world has a tremendous impact on our physical world whether we're online daily or have never used a computer. How is it affecting us overall? A recent crop of authors have tried to tackle the question. Read a few of their thoughts on the subject in these books:  

All About Music

If you are music crazy, try these books for a different take on the sweet sounds that fill our lives:

How Music Works by David Byrne

Musicophilia: And Other Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

Music: The Definitive Visual History from DK Publishing

Skate the City

When was the last time you strapped on a pair of roller skates or inlines? If you can't remember, it's been too long! October is National Roller Skating Month, so get outside or visit your local rink. Once you do, you will remember how much fun it is to skate. And you won't even realize you're burning around 350-550 calories every single hour. It's a fun way to burn off all those snack size candy bars you know you'll be eating this Halloween!

Aviation Thrills & Spills!

Stop by the library this Saturday anytime between 2-4 PM for Aviation Thrills & Spills, our free airplane extravaganza. The Civil Air Patrol will be on hand to teach you everything you've ever wanted to know about flying! Get an up-close look at pilot gear, learn how planes soar through the air, try your hand at a flying in a SIM game, view in-cockpit crash footage, and learn how Search & Rescue crews find downed aircraft. Whether you want to be a pilot, join a Search & Rescue team, or are just curious about flying, this program is for you. Model rocketry will also be on display.

Aviation Thrills & Spills is geared towards teens and adults, but all ages are welcome to attend.   

Houston's Ever-Changing Cityscape

Last Sunday, 70 years of history disappeared in ten seconds.  What was once the downtown Houston Foley's (and later Macy's) department store was demolished in ten seconds to make way for an office tower. Foley's opened its doors in the 1940s and was a popular place to shop for many Houston locals. Its popularity as a shopping destination slowly declined as the decades passed and the land was purchased by an outside company. It is just one of many changes to the downtown Houston landscape through the years. If you're curious about Houston's architectural history, these books will lead you on a tour back down the streets of the past.

True Crime Houston

Some of Houston's local crime stories have made national headlines over the years. If you're a true crime buff, you can read more about a few of the city's infamous crime cases with these titles:

Hardworking Pups

International Assistance Dog Week began five years ago as a way to honor the hardworking pups in our midst and to raise awareness of their contributions to both individuals and society. This year, IADW is celebrated August 4 - 10.

Read these books and find out how these incredible pooches change lives through their intelligence, obedience, and hard work:

 

All Your Secrets

Little words are easily overlooked, but these tiny titans often play a significant role in language. Consider our much used (yet almost invisible) set of pronouns. Holding a conversation would be near impossible without them and confusion would reign. I, you, he, she, it, etc. work quietly in the background letting us know who we're talking to or with or about. They're also doing something else in the meantime. They're giving away our secrets.

Find out what they those secrets are in The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us by James Pennebaker.

If you like this book, try a few other "secret" titles:

Summer Treats

Frozen goodies are always a welcome sight at any gathering during the summer. Check out few of these books and make your own cool creations:

School's Out for Summer...

Congratulations to all the high school graduates of 2013! If you're taking some time to prepare for college this summer, be sure to read these college survival guides before you begin your undergraduate studies this fall:

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