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Shopping Secrets

I like shopping.  I also like saving money.  Maybe you do too.  It's not easy to do both at the same time, but it is possible when you know the secrets of the game.  Make sure you sharpen your shopping game plan with these titles.  And best of all, it won't cost you a cent to request them from your local Harris County Public Library branch.  Watch as the deals roll in and your savings add up:
 

Video Game History

The Winter Olympic Games start on Friday.  Thousands of athletes from around the globe will compete for the gold and the glory.  I certainly won't be one of them, but at least I can still compete when it comes to video games.  Sort of.  I could kick some pixels in the days of Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble, and BurgerTime. And if something went wrong, I could always blame the controllers. "It's the button!  It's sticking!" or "I'm telling you, this joystick is messed up."  Admit it.  You know you did it too.

All In A Day's Work

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Are you curious about what it must be like to work for the FBI or even the IRS?  Do you wonder what life would be like if you worked on a cruise ship?  Have you ever thought about what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurant?  If you want inside knowledge about some unusual (and everyday) professions, try some picks from this list:
 

Eureka!

Have you ever thought about all the inventions you use in just one day?  It's hard to imagine a world without clocks, refrigerators, TVs, seat belts, computers, and so on.  But it all had to be invented by someone.  Have you ever wondered who that someone was?  Bring these books home if you're curious to know who invented what and how it impacted everyday life:

Unforgettable Animals

 Anyone who has ever owned a pet understands how easily the cuddly critters nose their way into heart and home.  If you enjoy reading stories about animals and their human caretakers, these titles may be just what you're after:

Nonfiction in '09

We've almost hit the new year and that means top ten and best-of lists are everywhere - including here.  Did you miss out on some of the top nonfiction in '09?  Several national newspapers and magazines have revealed their top picks for the year.  Which books have you read?  Which ones have you missed? 

Holiday Shortcuts

The holidays are here and you may still have dozens of items on your to-do list.  Cleaning, cooking, decorating!  There's so much to finish before your friends and relatives visit.  You almost need a

Science Alive!

The Elements by Theodore GrayI was tapping my pencil on the desk out of complete boredom.  Our sixth grade science class was learning about the periodic table and I wasn't impressed.  All those boring boxes with strange names sitting in front of me.  The table represents all matter known to man, but to me it was lifeless.  Just words and numbers on a page.  I memorized the information I needed to know and promptly forgot everything the moment I turned in my exam.  I thought that would be the end of my journey with the table of elements.  Thankfully, I was wrong. 

Nonfiction at the Movies

Many movies begin on the bookshelf.  Take a look at this short list of nonfiction titles that began as a book and later made the jump to the big screen. 
 

Bugs Of Texas

 Have some creepy-crawlies in your backyard?  An unknown infestation in your garden?  Find out what you're facing by picking up some Texas insect field guides from the library.  These books give you the skinny on each insect.  Find out what each bug looks like, where they live, what they eat and if they're good or bad for you or your yard. 

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