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Gulf Coast Reads One Amazing Thing

one amazing thingGulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is an exciting new initiative supporting community reading and discussion that will be held each September.  This program replaces and expands the Big Read and Books on the Bayou programs from previous years and brings together libraries and community groups from Houston, Harris County and surrounding counties.

The premise of the program is that people living in Harris County and the surrounding areas along the gulf coast will all read the same book at the same time, generating discussion among co-workers, friends, families and classrooms. The goal of Gulf Coast Reads is to cultivate a culture of reading in the local area by encouraging people to come together in libraries, bookstores, community centers, homes, churches, and schools to discuss the book. 

This year’s selection is One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.   This book was selected because it shows that culturally diverse people can come together during their collective struggle to overcome adversity. In a moment when the psychological and emotional stress seems nearly too much for them to bear, the characters in the book each tell a personal tale, "one amazing thing" from their lives, which they have never told anyone before.  The novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself.  We invite you to share your "one amazing thing" story on the Gulf Coast Reads website.

New Releases in Romance

canyons of the nightPerhaps my perception is off, but it seems like August and September are full of an extra helping of new release romance goodness.  Take a look through the list below and see if one of your favorite authors has a book hot off the presses or the eBook equivalent.  Maybe there's one you forgot about and you can place your hold today!

 

Escape the Heat at Your Local HCPL Branch

reading at evWith temperatures often in the triple digits these days, we invite you to cool off at any of our branches. All branches have air conditioning and plenty of places to sit and relax. You might want to peruse our collection of books, DVDs, and audios, take a free computer class or bring your child to storytime. All branches offer a variety of programming this summer to expand your mind and help keep you cool.

County health officials offer these tips to keep cool:

Jacinto City Branch Renovations Begin August 15th

jacinto city branch libraryStarting August 15, 2011, grant funded renovations will begin on the Jacinto City Branch Library to update the building and add a meeting room for public use.  The library will be closed during renovations, which are expected to be completed by March, 2012.  While the Jacinto City Branch Library is closed, customers may use the nearby North Channel Branch Library, which is located at 15741 Wallisville Road.  In the upcoming months, the South Houston Branch Library and the Galena Park Branch Library will undergo their own renovations.  Information about these locations will be shared as it becomes available.   For more

Are Dragons the New Vampires?

Okay, I don't really think dragon romances are going to become as popular as vampire romances.  But, there are several excellent new series featuring dragons available from the library and I wanted to bring them to your attention.  I actually think the fantasy/urban fantasy romance blend has overtaken the vampires in popularity, and I consider the dragon books part of that trend.

Meet the Evelyn Meador Staff

It's been a while since Hurricane Ike closed the old Evelyn Meador Library, and now that the new building is open we have some fresh faces to introduce to the community.  Next time you stop by, say hello to the Evelyn Meador staff!evelyn meador staff

Pictured from left to right: Back Row - Luchiann Chang, Technology Training Assistant, Ashley Welborn, Young Adult Assistant, Shelly Lynn Pearson, Assistant/Childrens Librarian, Barbara Mellin, Shelving Assistant, Elaine Long, Circulation Assistant, Andrea Wyrick, Reference Librarian, Vera Thomas, Circulation Assistant

Front Row - Greg Burns, Branch Librarian, Shana Stacy, Senior Circulation Assistant, Susie Le Canu, Circulation Assistant, Jazmin Gracia, Circulation Assistant

A Grand Opening, Indeed!

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate the opening of the new Evelyn Meador Branch Library.  A grand time was had by all!

 

Do You Watch Book Trailers?

What is a book trailer, you ask?  Imagine the promos you see for upcoming films when you go to the theater, only these are promoting upcoming books and are viewed online.  They cover a wide range of book categories and a wide range of video capabilities, but some of them are funny, well-made and intriguing.  The book trailer embedded below is for Sherrilyn Kenyon's most recent Dark Hunters book, No Mercy:  

What do you think?  Embarassing or enticing?  Would a book trailer convince you to try something you might not normally read?

Evelyn Meador Grand Opening Activities

Please join us for a day full of entertainment when the new Evelyn Meador Library opens on Tuesday, June 28th, from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.  Many thanks are due to the Friends of the Evelyn Meador Library for their generous support of the new building, activities and refreshments!  Stop by the Friends book store to thank them in person and support the library.

  • 10:00 AM Opening Ceremony with Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman
  • 11:00 AM Author Storytime with Ana Maria Rodriguez
  • 11:30 Author Storytime with Kimberly Morris
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM Happy the Clown
  • 2:00 - 3:00 PM Face Painting
  • 2:00 - 4:00 PM Marsha's Petting Zoo
  • All Day Technology Petting Zoo in the Computer Lab
  • 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Teen Gaming
  • 4:00 PM Water Balloon Battle
  • 7:00 - 8:30 PM Bay Area Bluegrass Association Performs

Countdown to Summer Reading

dig up a good bookEveryone is invited to "Dig Up a Good Book" this summer with HCPL summer reading programs for the entire family.  The fun begins Friday, June 3rd and runs through Friday, August 5th Saturday, August 6th, but you can set up your account starting May 31st if you would like a few extra days before you begin logging the books you read.  Registration and reading logs are online, but we encourage you to check out the events calendar and visit your local branch to take part in the great free family entertainment happening all summer long. 

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