For book people, having the opportunity to share a good book with a friend or two is one of the many pleasures that come with the reading life. Imagine what it would be like to share one with thousands of friends. Harris County Public Library and other area library systems are doing just that.
Today we are kicking off Gulf Coast Reads 2012 . During the month of October, we are encouraging everyone to read Jonathan Safran Foer 's bestselling novel, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close , and to join us for book discussions, movie screenings and many other special events inspired by the novel; capped off with a conversation and book signing with the author on October 27.
Along with HCPL, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, Houston Public, and Montgomery County Libraries are all participating, so there's sure to be something fun and interesting going on at a library near you. Below are just a few of the programs we have planned.
Katy Branch Library
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Scavenger Hunt .
A new "reconnaissance expedition" is released every Monday. Complete all four to reveal the location of a final clue.
All month. Deadline for completion: Saturday, October 27.
Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
Digital Scrapbooking 
A 50+ program teaching how to using iPads to put together digital scrapbooks.
Tuesday, October 2
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Brazoria County - Freeport Library
Breakfast with a Hero 
Have breakfast with a first responder
Tuesday, October 9
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Fort Bend - George Memorial Library
Extremely Live and Incredibly Close: A Readers Theater 
Students of Main Street Theater will present a performance-based workshop that consists of a staged reading of selected passages from the novel
Saturday, October 6
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Northwest Branch Library
Gandhi Celebration 
Enjoy food, books, and films celebrating the life and message of Mahatma Gandhi.
Saturday, October 13
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kingwood Branch Library
Crisis Events and Stress Management Responses 
Dr. Thomas Shane will discuss our psychological and physical responses to events like the September 11 attacks and suggest ways to manage the stress they cause.
Monday, October 15
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Montgomery County - Charles B. Stewart West Branch Library
Third Thursday Reader Group : Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Thursday, October 18
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Barbara Bush Branch Library
Telling Your Story Through Scrapbooking 
Presentation and hands-on activities for ages 12 and up. Tell your story through scrapbooking. Topic: Your Favorite Trip Bring 3 to 5 photos to build a page. Presenter is Sandy Kippes.
Saturday, October 20
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Ages 12 & up
Houston Public - Central Library
Gulf Coast Reads Closing Celebration 
A special day of activities including a performance by Main Street Theater, and a conversation and book-signing with the author of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer.
Saturday, October 27
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
All events are free and open to the public. Keep up-to-date on all things Gulf Coast Reads on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gulfcoastreads