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AN AFTERNOON OF HOLIDAY FUN AT THE HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Celebrate the winter holiday season with family friendly, literary inspired programs at the Houston Public Library’s Season’s Readings series presentations. On Saturday, December 15, 2012 everyone is invited to enjoy an afternoon full of holiday cheer with two outstanding programs presented at the Library. These programs are free and open to the public. For details visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

FEATURED SEASON’S READINGS PROGRAMS FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2012

MUSIC FOR THE SEASON
Houston Youth Symphony, celebrating 65 years of music education, presents string and brass chamber music ensembles performing classical and holiday favorites.

Saturday, December 15 at 1:30 PM
Central Library, Gallery Area, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313

About the Houston Youth SymphonyWith almost 65 years of history, the Houston Youth Symphony (HYS) is one of the largest and oldest continuously operating youth orchestras in the United States. Founded in 1946 through a collaboration between the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Houston Independent School District, its first concert was performed on December 28, 1946. Today, 300 young musicians between the ages of five and twenty-one come from across the greater Houston area to perform in one of the Houston Youth Symphony’s four orchestras. In addition to the core orchestra program, HYS offers a chamber music training and performance program and the HYS Melody Program, which provides free private music lessons for talented youth in select economically disadvantaged communities.

Houston Youth Symphony is the recipient of national acclaim, including four straight years as the national first prize winner of the Mark of Excellence Award from The Foundation for Music Education (2008 – 2011) and the American Prize in Orchestral Performance – Youth Orchestra Division (2010 and 2011). Dr. Michael Webster, Artistic Director and conductor of the Symphony, has also been recognized with the 2011 American Prize in Conducting.

POPCORN KIDS: CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
Enjoy a colorful collection of short films from around the world, hand-picked as audience and jury favorites from the 2012 New York International Children’s Film Festival, and brought to the library by the Aurora Picture Show. Kids and kids-at-heart will love this collection of short films that includes a sweet film adapted from the enormously popular “Gruffalo” picture book by British author Julia Donaldson. After the screening there will be a special reading of “Gruffalo” and related crafts.

Saturday, December 15 at 3 PM
Julia Ideson Building, Norman Meldrum Room (Building across Central Library Plaza)
550 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313

About Aurora Picture Show
Aurora Picture Show is a non-profit micro-cinema that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video. They are dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art.

Founded in 1998, the Aurora Picture is located near The Menil Collection and houses the Aurora Video Library and Aurora Video Salons. Since 2009, Aurora screenings and events have been nomadic and travel all over the City of Houston in unique settings and alternative art spaces.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library 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 www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

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Contact:
Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448
sandra.fernandez@houstontx.gov

Aurora has distinguished itself as a home for vanguard work that falls outside of conventional moviemaking and traditionally has fewer exhibition outlets. Their screenings are known for being memorable and not-to-be-missed as they are not often repeated and are difficult to duplicate

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