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Houston Public Library World Café to feature Laurence “Larry” J. Payne

The Heart of Houston: Lessons in Servant Leadership

The Houston community is invited to the next Houston Public Library World Café event, featuring a presentation by Laurence “Larry” Payne. The presentation will focus on Payne’s book, “The Heart of Houston: Lessons in Servant Leadership” and its themes of sustainable leadership and personal transformation. Payne will be joined by special guests for a roundtable discussion that will encompass the five impactful sectors within Houston: business, community, education, religion, and healthcare. A book signing will follow the presentation. The World Café presentation will take place on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6 PM in the Julia Ideson Building Auditorium, located at 550 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1662. This event is free and open to the public; guests can also enjoy a complimentary coffee bar provided by Java Pura!

About Laurence “Larry” J. Payne & “The Heart of Houston

Payne is host and producer of Dialogue Houston, a community affairs program on HCC-TV, CH19; and the host of Interchange a talk show on Public Radio 90.1 FM KPFT. He serves his beloved Houston through work on behalf of numerous organizations.

The Heart of Houston: Lessons in Servant Leadership” (BRIGHT SKY PRESS) explores ways in which we can create sustainable leadership, personal transformation and authentic involvement for individuals and organizations. Payne introduces a collection of essays on servant leadership by men and women across the broad spectrum of Houston’s sectors — 21essays come from five impactful sectors within Houston: business, community, education, religion and healthcare. They include religious leaders; civic and literacy champions like former first lady Andrea White; and other Houstonians, whose impact emanates from their service to the community. They exemplify the book’s central idea that the world is not solely about I or you, it is about the togetherness of us. “The Heart of Houston” includes a foreword by Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg, Rice University Sociology Professor and Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, about the ways Houston exemplifies this philosophy.

About the World Café

The World Café is a public forum co-sponsored by the Houston Public Library and the United Nations Association. Its purpose is to highlight global issues and raise Houstonians’ awareness of their impact on our community as well as identify opportunities to address them at the local level.  The World Café encourages the public to “Think Globally. Act Locally.” Enjoy a complimentary coffee bar provided by Java Pura!

About the Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four 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 seven million customers per year in person and online, 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.





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