Mike Jones at Houston Public Library

From the Houston Public Library:

HIP HOP CAFE

Teen Program Debuts at the Houston Public Library

Special Guests Include Young Adult Author Alex Flinn and Houston’s Own Rap Artist Mike Jones

Houston: In celebration of National Teen Read Week, the Houston Public Library, H-E-B, and 97.9 The Box Radio have partnered to present a week-long Hip Hop Cafe: Dancin’ in the Streets program series for our community’s teens. All programs are free to the public and take place October 16 through October 21, 2006 at the Smith Neighborhood Library, located at 3624 Scott Street. Hip Hop Cafe: Dancin’ in the Streets programs were created to promote teen literacy and the use of library resources. During the week teens can participate in daily educational and fun activities culminating in a free day-long Hip Hop Cafe Festival, featuring rap artist Mike Jones, on Saturday, October 21.

Young adult author Alex Flinn kicks off the Houston Public Library’s Teen Read Week Monday, October 16 with a teen meet and greet at 3:30 p.m., followed by an adult session at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, October 17 teens will have another opportunity to meet the author at 3:30 p.m.

Alex Flinn is the author of Breathing Underwater, which received honors as a Top-10 Best Book for Young Adults and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Flinn’s second novel, Breaking Point, deals with school violence and peer pressure. Her third book, titled Nothing to Lose, is about a teen who joins a traveling carnival after his mother is charged with the murder of her abusive husband. Nothing to Lose is a 2005 Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association (ALA) and a 2005 Quick Picks for Young Adult Readers (ALA). Her newest novel, Diva, debuts this month.

Teens are invited to show off their dancing moves on Wednesday, October 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the Dance Dance Revolution Tournament. A Poetry Coffeehouse event encouraging teens to express themselves by reciting their own poetry is scheduled for Thursday, October 19 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Winners of these events receive gift certificates from Barnes & Nobel Booksellers.

On Friday, October 20 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Urgeworks will facilitate a dance workshop. Urgeworks dancers use street dance, rhythm poetry, and drama to teach the positive aspects and history of the hip-hop culture. The inspirational young men of Urgeworks–formerly considered at risk themselves–found focus through hip-hop dance and now work as professional artists. The group’s mission is to lead students on an exciting journey that promotes individuality, self-confidence and building self-esteem through dance.

The Hip Hop Cafe Festival wraps up Teen Read Week Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rap Artist Mike Jones and 97.9 The Box Radio will make an appearance Noon to 2 p.m. along with performances by the Yates High School Band, Five Doza, Caddy Kartel, and Soul Street. Teens will also have an opportunity to participate in an Open Mic Battle and win an iPOD Nano donated by Best Buy, or a Street Dance by Urgeworks. Free refreshments will be available Noon to 2 p.m., donated by Pepsi.

Rap Artist and avid reader Michael “Mike” Jones is from the north side of Houston. Well-known for the repetition of his own name throughout his songs, Jones signed a major record deal with Warner Bros. record company then released his first album “Who Is Mike Jones?” in April 2005. The album has since gone double Platinum in the United States. The album debuted at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album charts in 2005, later peaking at No. 1. His production team has been noted for their use of audio samples of artists ranging from yodelers to Tchaikovsky. Jones worked with Elton John in 2005 on a number of remixes. He has also guest starred on the Fox Television series “Prison Brea”. Mike Jones will release his next album, “The American Dream,” in late November 2006.

All Hip Hop Cafe: Dancin’ in the Streets events are free and open to the public.

For more information, please call the Houston Public Library at 832.393.1313 or visit www.houstonlibrary.org.

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One thought on “Mike Jones at Houston Public Library”

  1. Year there´s a good soundin album from mike jones wit´in
    his history . i´ve dealed one Album from him out the Car .
    fast runnin´frum block though block . mic i´m chilled next up to crossed some other roadz . it´s eazy to walk down
    the -H-town streetz . Real TEXAS U know i´m sayn´aight .
    Greetings from K –

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