Books

Over the River and Through the Wood

Book Jacket-'Over the River and Through the Wood' by L. Maria ChildWhile searching for Thanksgiving books for our November display, I came across several children’s books which have the poem 'Over the River and Through the Wood' by Lydia Maria Child, about a boy who is going to his grandparents' house for Thanksgiving.

These books brought back childhood memories of singing this song when my family made the long drive to northeast Texas to visit my grandparents.

The poem was published in 1844 in L. Maria Child’s book Flowers for Children, Volume 2, and it was originally called 'A New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day'. The author based the poem on her own memories of visiting her grandfather’s house for Thanksgiving. The house of her grandfather still stands in Medford, Massachusetts near the Mystic River.

Note: The information in the previous paragraph is from Over the River and Through the Wood: The New England Song About Thanksgiving Day by L. Maria Child; illustrated by Matt Tavares. This book is also featured in the book jacket displayed above.

Halloween Story Time

HalloweenGet in the spirit for Halloween with our special Halloween Storytime on Thursday, October 30th at 10:30 AM.  All ages of children are welcome.  Kids are welcome to come in their costumes!

Vintage Halloween picture by Flickr user Jhayne

A Ghostly Encounter

It’s October!!! Don’t you just love October? I do! Well, if you do then you know what the month is all about. Yes! It’s Fall and it’s time to turn your scary on because it’s Halloween. So we at the library are gearing up to make and create something fun and “ghostly”.

Gulf Coast Reads @ Kingwood Branch Library

Gulf Coast ReadsOctober is Gulf Coast Reads Month, an "annual regional reading initiative focused on promoting the simultaneous reading or listening to a selected title by those living along the upper Texas Gulf Coast." Join other library members around the Texas Gulf Coast in reading this year's selection, Stephen Harrigan's

Don't Forget to...What???...

Clipart of Smilley Face with words "Don't Forget!" from Vital Imagery Ltd....Remember Ben Clayton! 

Gulf Coast Reads month is here and we will be celebrating this year’s selection with two programs:

-Wednesday, October 8 (tomorrow!), 10:30 am -11:30 am, will be our Book Discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

-Monday, October 13, 7 pm – 8 pm, Lisa Struthers, Library Director for the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library at the San Jacinto Museum of History, will be here to tell us about the materials available at the Monument library. Ms. Struthers will highlight items that relate to the themes in Remember Ben Clayton. Light refreshments will also be served at this gathering.

Both events will be held in the big Meeting Room at the library.

You are welcome to attend either program whether or not you have read the book, but please be aware that the Book Discussion will contain spoilers! 

Hope to see you at one or both events!

Clipart: © 2014 Vital Imagery Ltd.

This Week in History . . .

H G Wells was born on September 21, 1866.  He authored over 100 works but is best known for his science fiction.  Wells, like Jules Verne, is often called “the father science fiction.”  His most famous stories are The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine,

Fall Booksale at WU

Check out the book bargains at the Friends of the West University Library used Book sale on Saturday, October 11 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The sale will be held on the covered walkway surrounding West University Library at 6108 Auden Street. All proceeds benefit the programs and collections of the library. For further information or to donate books, call 713-668-8273.

Everybody Loves Book Clubs!

Are you a home schooler? Are you reading books nominated for Texas Bluebonnet Award 2014-2015? If you are, then join our Home Schoolers Book Club at Barbara Bush Branch Library! Even if you are not a Home Schooler or you haven’t read those books, you can still come. We meet on alternate Mondays at 3:30 PM.

Join Us in October: Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

Jacket for Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen HarriganGulf Coast Reads is an annual program for readers on the Texas Gulf Coast to read and discuss the same book. The title selected for this year’s Gulf Coast Reads is Remember Ben Clayton: A Novel by Texas author Stephen Harrigan.

We will have a book discussion for Remember Ben Clayton at La Porte Community Library on Wednesday, October 8, 10:30 – 11:30 am in the Meeting Room. The event is free and registration is not required.

The novel revolves around a bronze statue commissioned by Lamar Clayton to memorialize his son Ben who was killed in World War I. The artist commissioned for the sculpture is Francis ‘Gil’ Gilheaney, a New Yorker who relocated to San Antonio along with his wife and adult daughter Maureen, who works as his assistant. The characters in the novel are richly drawn and memorable.

One of the underlying themes of the book is the power of art to move us, and the way an artist must wrestle to bring a work to completion. Another focus is the relationship of parent to child and the misunderstandings that are inevitable. Also explored is the erosive effect of secrets upon relationships.

Remember Ben Clayton is compelling historical fiction that will appeal to both men and women. It is available from Harris County Public Library in book format as well as audiobook on CD, eBook through HCPL Digital Media Catalog, and as an eAudio through OneClickdigital.

If you would like to be part of this community-wide event, read or listen to Remember Ben Clayton and join us for the book discussion at the library on October 8.

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