What do “Tales of Texas Cooking: Stories and Recipes from the Trans-Pecos to the Piney Woods and High Plains to the Gulf Prairies,” “The Material Culture of German Texans,” “Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror,” and “Children of Katrina” have in common?

They were published by a university press in the state of Texas, specifically the University of North Texas Press, Texas A & M University Press, Baylor University Press, and the University of Texas Press.

These and other university presses are being celebrated during University Press Week for their “contributions to culture and an informed society” per the Association of American University Presses.

Culture starts at home, and is nurtured in the community through school and education, organizations for the fine and performing arts, for sports, and for community service.

The Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library is not only a reading resource, but a place to learn and grow for patrons of all ages and interests.

This week homeschoolers participated in a songwriting workshop with musician Joe McDermott, giving them an opportunity to learn more about the craft of music, and see what a musician does when not performing.

Lives are enriched when curiosity is encouraged, and a love of learning is easy to instill in children, and is easy to maintain as an adult at the library.

Often readers want to become writers. And writers wanting to learn about book publishing have that opportunity at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Culturally enriching programs such as theseare staples at the Harker Heights Public Library, and complement the quality, quantity, scope and selection of books the library has.

And perhaps may nurture a budding writer whose future work will someday show up on the shelves of the local library here in Harker Heights.

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