By Lisa Youngblood

Bookmarks from the library

One of the most enjoyable parts of a librarian's job is helping patrons find good books. Luckily there are so many good books available, we spend more time narrowing down the lists than in hunting for interesting titles.

Fiction, non-fiction, mystery, science fiction, children's materials, picture books, audiobooks - there is something for everyone.

If you are looking for a good book, the Harker Heights Public Library should certainly be your first stop. Between our computer catalog and our helpful staff, the library offers a variety of methods for finding great reading materials.

Just ask a librarian. Most have lists of their favorites and are happy to share them. For an in-depth list of books that might peak your interest, fill out a reader recommendation form either at the library or online. Librarians will look at your personal reading interests and recommend a large list of titles for your reading pleasure.

Also look online at our "What Do I Read Next" website at http://www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/default.aspx?name=lib.advisory. This site contains reading maps, booklists, links to other readers' advisory websites, and book club information.

Booklists provide examples of print and audio books compiled by topic or by recommended merit. Reading maps help you explore different aspects of books that you have enjoyed.

While some individuals consider reading a solitary activity, others enjoy the inherent social nature of sharing reading experiences. Join the library staff and other patrons the last Tuesday of each month at noon for a discussion of a particular book title. Even if you have not read the particular chosen book, you are welcome to join the discussion with comments about other similar books and themes.

If you are unable to attend in person, try our online book discussion blog at http://hhplbookdiscussion.blogspot.com.

Lisa Youngblood is the director of the Harker Heights Library.

Discussion Books and Club Meetings

November in-person and online book discussion - "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen

Book Club meeting - Tuesday, Nov. 30 at noon.

December and January in-person and online book discussion – "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission To Promote Peace … One School at a Time" by Greg Mortenson.

Book Club meeting - Tuesday, Jan. 25 at noon.

February in-person and online book discussion - "Persuasion" by Jane Austen

Book Club meeting - Tuesday, Feb. 22 at noon.

Also check the library's schedule of events for more literature-related programs for all ages.

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