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Shop Smart

A new school year is on the horizon, which usually means shopping for supplies. Whether you have kids or not, August is a good time to purchase clothes, shoes, office supplies, food, and more. And with the annual tax free weekend approaching fast, you'll want to create a smart shopping plan.

Coming Home to the Alamo

The Alamo and Beyond: a Collector's JourneyAre you a fan of world-famous musician Phil Collins?  Well, he's a fan of yours.  Or rather, a fan of Texas and its history.  From childhood he's followed the stories and legends of our state's progression from territory to Republic to State.

Goodbye City Life...

Over the past century, the American population began to trade a life of rural agriculture for a place in the big city. More than 80% of the population now lives in or near a city. What happens when today's city-folk try their hand at various farming endeavors today? Read these books to find out:

Book Hunters in Brief # 29: Our Founding Fathers...and Mothers

This week, Book Hunters salute the men and women who defined what it is to be an American.

Book Hunters in Brief #28: Armchair Adventures

Armchair AdventuresGas prices are high, and that whole take-off-your-shoes-and-empty-your-pockets thing at airports is getting old. Book Hunters suggest you find a comfy chair and let these writers do the traveling for you.

Go Green

Best Green Drinks EverGoing green isn't just about being more friendly to the environment.  It's also being friendly to your body - specifically, the digestive system.

Local Tourist

Why not take a mini-vacation around town? These books will give you a new view of Houston and give you ideas for quick weekend trips.

Book Hunters in Brief #26: Outdoor Entertaining

Book Hunters Outdoor EntertainingSummer’s here! It’s time to fire up the grill, ice down the beverages and plug in the bug zapper. This week Book Hunters suggests some books for outdoor entertaining.

Outdoor Entertaining Idea Book by Natalie Ermann Russell

Virgil’s Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook: The Best Barbecue from Around the Country, Without Leaving Your Backyard by Neal Corman & Chris Peterson

Get Your Quilt On

This Thursday June 5th, the Kingwood Branch Library will be the gathering place for a Fun4Seniors excursion to the historic Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange.  If you’re interested in historical accounts of the craft, try Gone to Texas by Betsy Chutchian.

If you can’t make it to the museum, try the Lone Stars titles by Karey Bresenham, a fixture of the Texas quilting scene, or Gee's Bend: the Architecture of the Quilt, a collection of African American quilts from Alabama.

Happy Wheels

Ride a bike and be happier? Researchers from Clemson University recently found that when people use bikes as a form of transportation, they are happier than when they use other modes of transportation such as cars and buses and even walking.

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