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Upcoming Events
Title
Date
Friday, October 24, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
This ESL computer class will focus on the basics of using Microsoft Excel.
Location
Computer Lab
Library
George Memorial Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 24, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Description
Early voting hours 10-7, Conference Room. Library business hours 12-5 only.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Sugar Land Branch

Title
Date
Friday, October 24, 2014
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Description
English language learners of any level can practice casual conversation in a friendly relaxed environment. Registration is not required, but space is limited so please come early.
Location
Meeting Room 2
Library
Cinco Ranch Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Description
Early voting hours 7-7, Conference Room. Library business hours 10-5 only.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Sugar Land Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Come join us for an afternoon at the movies! In conjunction with Gulf Coast Reads, we are showing "War Horse." Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe in 1914 during World War I, this film begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse and the teenaged farm boy who befriends him until they are forcefully parted by the war effort. The movie follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, and chronicles the impact the horse makes on the lives of the people he encounters. When the boy and horse are reunited at last, will the end of the war tear them apart once again? Based on a children?s book by Michael Morpurgo, this feature film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture. This movie is rated PG-13, and it is intended for mature audiences. Viewers should be aware that the film includes themes such as war, violence, and adult language. No registration required.
Location
Small Meeting Room
Library
University Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, challenges aspiring authors to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel between November 1 and November 30. Join us for an introductory session to learn how it works, exchange tips and ideas, and meet with other participants.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
George Memorial Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Come listen to retired NASA scientist F. Don Cooper share his experiences in creating the technology to launch Apollo 11. Cooper will also discuss how his team contributed to bringing the Apollo 13 crew safely home in 1970. Additionally, Cooper will review the history of the U.S. rocket program. Come find out how math and physics are used to solve real world problems. No registration required.
Location
Large Meeting Room
Library
Sienna Branch

Title
Date
Monday, October 27, 2014
Time
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Description
Early voting hours 7-7, Conference Room. Library business hours 12-9 only.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Sugar Land Branch

Title
Date
Monday, October 27, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
English-language learners of any level can practice casual conversation in a friendly, relaxed environment.
Meets every Monday. Registration is NOT required, but space is limited, so please come early. For more information, call 281-238-2140.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Sugar Land Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Description
Early voting hours 7-7, Conference Room. Library business hours 10-9 only.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Sugar Land Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
English-language learners of any level can practice casual conversation in a friendly, relaxed environment.
Meets every Tuesday. Registration is NOT required, but space is limited, so please come early.
For more information, call 281-341-2652
Location
Learning Lab
Library
George Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Bring your own artwork to the library for critique and discussion with the Sugar Land Area Artists. Discussion will focus on composition. If you do not have any artwork, please feel free to drop by to pick up tips and advice. No registration required.
Location
Small Meeting Room
Library
University Branch

Title
Date
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Description
Early voting hours 7-7, Conference Room. Library business hours 10-6 only.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Sugar Land Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Description
Early voting hours 7-7, Conference Room. Library business hours 10-9 only.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Sugar Land Branch

Title
Date
Friday, October 31, 2014
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Early voting hours 7-7, Conference Room. Library business hours 12-5 only.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Sugar Land Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Come join in a Write-in. Bring your story to write, share with your fellow writers, gain some new ideas or techniques.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
First Colony Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Description
Would you like to start your own business or expand an existing business? SCORE counselors, Kenneth Wohlberg and Keith Stine, will discuss business creation, business plans, marketing, business growth, and employee retention programs. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration; SCORE counselors provide practical business advice to help small business owners from conception to growth. This program is free of charge. No registration required.
Location
Small Meeting Room
Library
University Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Learn about the Houston writing scene and how to get your ideas out of your head and onto paper. This presentation is for novices and experienced writers in celebration of National Novel Writing Month.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Missouri City Branch

Title
Date
Monday, November 03, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
English-language learners of any level can practice casual conversation in a friendly, relaxed environment.
Meets every Monday. Registration is NOT required, but space is limited, so please come early. For more information, call 281-238-2140.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Sugar Land Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
English-language learners of any level can practice casual conversation in a friendly, relaxed environment.
Meets every Tuesday. Registration is NOT required, but space is limited, so please come early.
For more information, call 281-341-2652
Location
Learning Lab
Library
George Memorial Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Learn how to make an elegant decoration or gift from only a piece of paper. Staff will demonstrate and teach participants how to fold a crane and a star-shaped box. No registration required.
Location
Room 2C
Library
George Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month? Come meet with your fellow writers for encouragement and inspiration! The library will provide a room, electricity, and Wi-Fi so that you can just concentrate on your writing.
Location
Room 2C
Library
George Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Time
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
If you have ever aspired to be a writer, no doubt you are familiar with the difficulties of writer’s block. Sienna Branch Library invites all writers – and aspiring writers! – to join us Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons in November for write-ins. Write-ins provide an opportunity for those interested in writing to gather and discuss or exchange ideas. Creative writing materials, including Plot Ninjas and Mad Libs, will be provided to help stretch you creatively and break through your writer’s block! No registration required.
Location
Medium Meeting Room
Library
Sienna Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Are you nervous prior to speaking to an audience? Would you like to learn how to get your point across with confidence? Jan Poscovsky, a member and former District Governor of Toastmasters, will show you how to connect with your audience. Additionally, she will show you how to turn weaknesses into strengths and control nervousness. This program is free and open to the public. No registration required.
Location
Small Meeting Room
Library
University Branch

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Important Messages
Welcome to Fort Bend County Library's
Adult Summer Reading Club

The Adult Summer Reading Club is for those in 9th grade to adult.
Recording books or hours read weekly will enter you in a weekly drawing. When you read 4 books or for 10 hours, you win a prize and you will be placed in the Grand Prize Drawing.

New for 2014: Scroll down to see reviews!

To Register
1. Click on the “Sign Me Up” Button
2. Complete the information
3. Keep a copy of your Username and Password to update log

To Update Reading Log
1. Log in to your Summer Reading Club account
2. Click "Add/View Log"
3. Complete the information for the book/hours read or listened

To Submit a Book Review
1. After logging in, scroll down to the Reviews section
2. Click on "Submit Review"
3. Write your review and click "Save"

Note: All reviews must be approved before they will appear on the Fort Bend County Libraries website. Any inappropriate reviews will be rejected.

Rewards
All rewards must be claimed in person, at the library branch chosen at registration.

Completion Prize
Receive a prize when you have read 4 books or for 10 hours. This year's completion prize is a drink cozy to keep your drinks cold.

Weekly Drawing
Logging books or hours weekly will enter you in the weekly drawing. This year's weekly drawing prize is a tote bag. First drawing will be June 9.

Grand Prize Drawing
Completion of reading 4 books or for 10 hours will enter you into the Grand Prize drawing for a $25 bookstore gift card donated by the Friends of the Library. Grand Prize drawing will be July 28.

Last day to pick up prizes is August 30.


Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Reviews
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Title
The Goldfinch
Author
Donna Tartt
Review
First of all. Whoa. I have never read any of Tartt's novels before and am afraid that I may now be as obsessed with her as Theo is with the painting. Maybe not quite so, but still. This novel about obsession, loss, love, and most importantly, self, is nothing short of a masterpiece and my words will never do it justice. The most important thing, for me, in the novel was Tartt's commentary on what it means to be and to be happy in this life. Is the secret that we all seek simply to "Be Yourself," and if so, does that mean at all costs? She controversially suggests that we are who we are and may lack control over that person and asks that due to that supposed lack of control whether we should be allowed to go forth as ourselves and be who we are even at the risk of hurting ourselves or others. It is an interesting question and first, I guess, the reader must believe that we do not control who we are. To some extent, I agree. But Tartt's somewhat cynical view, to me, feels like a lack of accountability to other humans and if, as I do, you believe that figuring out how to love and be accountable to others despite or perhaps, in spite of, suffering (yours or theirs)is part of that great question - what is it to be alive? - then buying into Tartt's idea about happiness proves difficult. However, her presentation, and probably her cynicism is what makes this novel beautiful. It IS exactly the paradigm she describes. Good and Evil. Beautiful and Wicked. Lovely and Ugly. It is a painting of true life. Impossible to resist but excruciating to look at. It is art.  

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Title
Gotrek & Felix: Road of Skulls (Warhammer Novels)
Author
Josh Reynolds
Review
This was a wonderful addition to the Gotrek & Felix (Warhammer) series. Some of the authors involved in these tales have disappointed me in the past, but I will definitely pick up another Josh Reynolds novel!  

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Title
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
Author
Tracy Hogg
Review
I read this book in one sitting. A good common-sense approach to communicating with your baby before he is able to speak. Pretty helpful in deciphering babies' cues and cries. I ran copies of a few of her charts to help me decipher what my son is trying to tell me. Would recommend to new parents.   

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Title
Stranded
Author
Jeff Probst
Review
Kids go on a boat ride with an adult or two but in a storm the kids and adults are separated, leaving the kids shipwrecked on an island figuring out how to survive and return to civilization. A blended family faces trauma that forces them into teamwork. These plots have been used before, but I think because Jeff Probst is the host of Survivor, he adds a better reality flavor.

Carter and Jane's mom has just married Vanessa and Buzz's dad. Carter and Jane's Uncle Dexter and first mate Joe take the four kids out on his boat for a several day cruise. Four days later the adults are washed away on a raft and the four kids start learning about their individual talents and how they can work together.

My middle school daughter begged for this book at a book fair. The reviews were good. She couldn't stop talking about it from page one. When we purchased book three, I decided to give the series a try. I am glad I waited because now that I have finished the first installment I have to find out for myself what happens in book two! Probst and Tebbets have created an exciting adventure that middle grade boys and girls can enjoy as well as adults.  

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Title
Beautiful Ruins
Author
Jess Walter
Review
"He has one of his wistful, fanciful thoughts - that he's somehow summoned from his mind not a fifty-year-old memory of the moment in which he first saw this woman but the actual moment itself. After all, isn't it the same sea, same sun, same cliffs, same them? And if a moment exists only in one's perception anyway, then perhaps the rush of feeling he has now is THE MOMENT, and not merely its shadow. Maybe every moment occurs at once, and they will always be twenty-two, their lives always before them."

In a Q&A session, Walters says that Beautiful Ruins is a book about moments - about the outcome or events that follow a moment being unimportant compared to the moment itself. Think of the moment you first saw your husband, or the moment you first heard your child's cry. Don't we always return to pivotal moments in our lives because they somehow define us? Walters suggests that we are who we are or as he puts it, "We want what we want." We were, are, and always will be/want what we are/want. So do these moments that stand out to us in our lives shape where we go or do they serve as highlighters to remind us who we are?

Funny thing about moments. Finishing this book is one of those moments. When something sparks inside you and you feel that the world should stop for a moment while you take it all in. You struggle to hold onto it and really feel it but the world just keeps spinning around you. But you are who you are. Let the world spin.
  

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