Make Your Own Halloween Comics

Posted October 28, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

MakeBeliefsComix.com is a site that invites you to make your own comics. This year they’ve created a special program to help you make scary comics for Halloween. The Halloween Digital Write-Able asks: Imagine you could create a frightening ghost story. What would your opening lines be, your key characters, and your closing lines?  Go fill out your story now!

“The Whole World Was Watching” Exhibit Opens this Saturday

Posted March 4, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

 

The Whole World Was Watching, a photography exhibit tracing the Civil Rights Movement, opens this Saturday at the Menil Collection and The African American Library at the Gregory School.  The collected works from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil portray a vivid and haunting  account of what it meant to be an African American living in the turbulent South, fighting  Jim Crow segregation. Reverend William Lawson, a forerunner of Civil Rights activism in Houston, will speak on the Menil bookstore deck; other highlights include songs by Heritage of Zion Quartet, music by Tierney Malone, and exhibit tours.

What: The Whole World Was Watching: Civil Rights Era Photographs from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil

When: Saturday, March 5 through September 25

Where: Receptions 2-4 p.m. at The African American Library at the Gregory School; 4-6 p.m. at the Menil bookstore.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Additional info: The Whole World Was Watching launches “Freedom Now Project,” Houston’s commemoration of  sit-ins, marches, and boycotts that changed the social landscape of the South and help shaped the history of  the Civil Rights across the country. WITS joins other nonprofits  to present a variety of educational programs, lectures,  activities, and events leading up to and extending beyond the May 16th  premier of the PBS documentary Freedom Riders.

For more information, visit the Freedom Now website and follow the conversation on Facebook.

Houston Public Library’s Summer Program Enriches Young Readers

Posted May 26, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

 

June 1st –  August 1st, Houston kids can escape the summer heat and discover the enchanting world of “From Fables to Fantasy,”  the Houston Public Library’s free and fun-filled reading program open at 38 neighborhood locations. Parents can register online or at any HPL branch.

The summer reading program promotes literacy in children by rewarding them each time they finish a new book. When they read 5, 10, or 20 books, they are eligible to receive cool prizes, gift certificates to restaurants, passes to entertainment venues, circus tickets, and more. Children who read 20 books or more are entered in a drawing for major prizes as a HP mini netbook, board games, books, craft kits, and coupons. With special programs planned featuring magic and puppet shows, dance and theatrical performances, arts, crafts, and video games, there will be plenty to keep the entire family active before the next school year.

For more information, visit your local library, or register online.