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LibroFEST 2015 Celebrates Latino Writers and Literature

Posted on · Hispanic Heritage Month continues through Oct.15, and Latino writers and literature will be celebrated this Saturday at the annual LibroFEST, being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Houston Public Library’s Central Library downtown. The event kicks off with a screening of “War and Peace,” the third episode in PBS’ six-part series Latino […]

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School Construction and LibroFEST: Thursday’s Show (October 1, 2015)

Posted on · In 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.9 billion bond program to rebuild and renovate 40 schools. Now, district administrators say they are $200 million short due to construction market inflation; a teachers union rep and a school board member want an outside audit. On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine this budget battle over […]

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Exhibit Honors Houston’s WWII Latino Veterans

Posted on · September marks 70 years since the formal end of World War II. Latinos were among the thousands who enlisted, but historians say that despite their service, they were still treated as second-class citizens in Houston and around the country. A new exhibit at the Houston Public Library is using photographs, documents and oral histories to […]

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Remembering Rita and Plan Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 24, 2015)

Posted on · Hurricane Rita made landfall ten years ago today. Fearing the worst, on the heels of Katrina, officials ordered a mass evacuation, which turned out, in many ways, to be more damaging than the storm itself. An estimated 2.5 million people tried to clear out ahead of what was initially a category five hurricane. Rita weakened […]

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Poverty, Health and Education: Wednesday’s show (February 11, 2015)

Posted on · According to 2013 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, 51 percent of America’s public school students were eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program in the 2012-2013 academic year. In Texas, that number rose to 60 percent. It was the first time a majority of students in our public schools met […]

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Lone Star Nation, Tough Talks with Kids, and André de Korvin: Houston Matters for Thursday, October 30, 2014

Posted on · In his new book Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America, Richard Parker examines how his native Texas has changed dramatically in the last 30 years – and how it’s in the midst of change right now and will continue to be so in the years to come. He notes how the suburbs of Houston in […]

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Third Annual LibroFEST Celebrates Latino Writers and Literature

Posted on · Hispanic Heritage Month continues through Oct.15, and Latino writers and literature will be celebrated this Saturday at the annual LibroFEST, being held from noon to 8 p.m. at the Houston Public Library’s Flores Neighborhood Library in the East End. The event features writing workshops, a discussion with award-winning author Diane Gonzales Bertrand, and a performance by […]

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Houston Libraries Adapt for the Digital Age

Posted on · The Houston Public Library last week announced it’s making available thousands of audiobooks, movies and music titles for free borrowing and streaming online and on mobile devices. It’s a reminder that libraries are much different places today than they once were – or, at least, what we may have once perceived them to be. You […]

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The Future of Houston’s Libraries, the MLK Tree, and the Transtar Control Center: Houston Matters for Thursday, January 16, 2014

Posted on · The Houston Public Library last week announced it’s making available thousands of audiobooks, movies and music titles for free borrowing and streaming online and on mobile devices. It’s a reminder that libraries are much different places today than they once were – or, at least, what we may have once perceived them to be. You […]