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Celebrating National Adoption Month with Author and Judge Vanessa Gilmore at the Houston Public Library

WHAT: In celebration of National Adoption Month the Houston Public Library is honored to present Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore, author of “Saving the Dream.” This is her most current novel and the community is invited to hear her discuss her book. DeNita Logan, from DePelchin Children’s Center, will also speak about the adoption process and will be answering questions. This event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 10 AM

WHERE: Heights Neighborhood Library, 1302 Heights Blvd., 77008, 832-393-1810

Erica was a 15 year-old high school student when she discovered she was pregnant. Alexa Pierce was a thirty year old pediatrician when she learned that fertility issues would not allow her to conceive. Erica’s decision to have her baby and raise it, or alternatively, to give the baby up for adoption is the foundation for this two-part story of hope and discovery. As the book reveals insights and lessons about adoption, parenting, and the choices that families make.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Judge, author, and mother are just some of the ways to describe this Renaissance woman. After a first career as a fashion buyer, Vanessa Gilmore decided to undertake a career in law after representing herself and winning a minor civil lawsuit. In 1994 when she was sworn in, she was then the youngest sitting federal judge in the nation. Motivated in part by her own experiences and those of other women and families who struggle with work/life integration, she decided to write about adoption in “Saving the Dream.” Gilmore is also the author of “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Tales From a Judicial Diva,” a humorous autobiographical look at her life on and off the bench and “A Boy Named Rocky,” a book for the children of incarcerated parents. Judge Gilmore is a frequent speaker and lecturer on issues relating to these children and their families.

About Nation Adoption Awareness Month
Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care. Activities and celebrations are kicked off with a Presidential Proclamation, and while efforts made at the national level certainly help build awareness of adoption, participation in local programs, events, and activities by those with a direct connection to adoption can often be the most effective way to promote positive perceptions, debunk the myths, and draw attention to the tens of thousands of children in foster care who wait and hope for permanent families. To view President Obama’s proclamation visit

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library, located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials, and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.


Contact: Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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