The Commons and the Public Library

This morning I turned on the radio and ‘Engines of Our Ingenuity’ was on National Public Radio (KUHF in Houston). In an episode entitled ‘The Commons Revisited’, the topic was about resources held in common and the very concept of “commons”. The first topic discussed was land held in common, but I listened carefully to hear if public libraries would be discussed. Of course they were…public libraries are built around the idea of sharing resources…of holding things in common.  

Together at Harris County Public Library we share books, movies, music, Internet accessibility, story times, and even places to hold meetings. By holding things “in common” we can do more.

Get Ready for the Grammys

Picture of Mary J. Blige from GRAMMY Awards websiteThe 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be Sunday, January 31, at 7 p.m. on CBS. This year’s telecast will feature tributes to Michael Jackson and Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. In addition, there will be a special segment, A Bridge For Haiti, devoted to Haiti earthquake relief. Nine-time GRAMMY award winner Mary J. Blige and renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform a duet of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. The audio and video recordings of the performance will be available for download after the broadcast to aid the earthquake relief efforts.  The choice of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is particularly significant, because this year marks the 40th anniversary that it received GRAMMY awards for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.

The library system has CDs with past GRAMMY award winners and nominees: Grammy nominees 2009, Grammy nominees 2008, Grammy nominees 2007, Grammy nominees 2006, etc.

ANTIQUE TOY DISPLAY

Antique toys

Come see the antique toy display provided to the Library by collector Paul Schupska. While you are here, check out some of these titles about toys and making your own toys. Let the kid in you come out to play.

STORYTUBES HELP AT LA PORTE LIBRARY

Hey kids K-12th grade! The 2010 StoryTubes Contest starts today January 20 and runs through February 28. StoryTubes is a national contest for kids in grades K-12. Participants create a video telling about a favorite book. 

If you would like some help making the 2 minute video and uploading it for the contest, Mr. D and Miss Mandy will be available every Monday afternoon from 3:00-4:30pm starting Monday January 25 through February 22. So come on over and be a star in your own video.

Do You Like True Crime?

Cover of But I Trusted You by Ann RuleTrue Crime books (also called Fact Crime) are popular at the La Porte branch. Most of these books are located under the call number 364.1. One way to find the best of true crime books is to look at the winners and nominees for the Edgar® Awards. Some of the recent Edgar® Awards for Fact Crime books have gone to:

To find other Edgar® Awards winners and nominees in the Fact Crime category, go to the Search the Edgars Database webpage and limit the search to Best Fact Crime.