Book Sale This Saturday!

Big Sale! Northwest library is having a Book Sale this Saturday, April 27, 2013.  Our Friends of the Library will be hosting this event.  Everyone is invited to come support your Northwest Library.

We have gently-used hardcover and paperback books, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs and audio books, magazines of general interest such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Texas Monthly, cooking or decorating magazines and select children's magazines.

Give yourself the gift of helping out your library as well as getting that so desired book at a bargain price.  Remember, funds collected go straight back to this library. 

Poetry Debut

Rise and shine your debut has come for Northwest Branch library. April is called poetry Month.
We want to celebrate by asking Young Adults and Homeschoolers who like poetry to participate in this event.  All you need to do is bring your own poetry, or read a poem by someone else. Come see Gwendolyn and sign up. The date of your debut will be April twentieth at 1:30 PM in the meeting room. Now don’t be shy, this is a time to have fun.

Name that Genre

Northwest Branch has a book club which reads most of the fiction genre. The book club is named Reader’s Perspective. Books include romance, legal drama, historical fiction, mystery and when possible the new fiction releases. In our club you do not purchase the books, they are supplied through the library. We are readers of like mind, who like to read and talk. It is a very relaxed book club. We meet every fourth Monday of the month. Would you like to be a part of the book club? Come by the library and pick up your book. We will discuss Suspicion of Innocence by Barbara Parker on April 22nd at 2:00 PM. Come join in the fun.

Nook Update: 3 YA Nooks Now Available for Checkout!

I'm here with an update on our Nook checkout pilot program here at Northwest.  We're still working out some kinks with our three adult-oriented Nooks.  However, our three YA-oriented Nooks are now officially available for checkout!  These YA Nooks are preloaded with 30 YA titles, including most of the titles on this year's Lone Star Reading List, as well as several other popular YA titles.  The complete list is as follows:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Almost Home by Joan Bauer
Steve Jobs: the Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
Planet Tad by Tim Carvell
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Reached by Ally Condie
Outlaw by Stephen Davies
Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore
Legend by Marie Lu
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ripper by Stefan Petrucha
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

All three of these Nooks are available to be checked out today, so come on by and pick one up!  More details on the Nook circulation program here.

Music Soothes the Soul

Music has been around for a long time. There are all types of music such as jazz, country western,Gospel ,the classics and many more. Music has been known to soothe the soul and set one’s spirit to a blaze. The idea of music as a healing influence which could affect health and behavior is as least as old as the writings of Aristotle and Plato. The 20th century profession formally began after World War I and World War II when community musicians of all types, both amateur and professional, went to Veterans hospitals around the country to play for the thousands of veterans suffering both physical and emotional trauma from the wars. The patients' notable physical and emotional responses to music led the doctors and nurses to request the hiring of musicians by the hospitals. Today, we are still using music to help patients. We don’t necessarily hire musicians but we have technological devices to help out. Music is used by everyone. Here at northwest branch we have various types of music that can be use for check out. Take a look around, you just may be surprised at what you find.