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Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Train to Crystal CityTitle to be discussed: The train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell.  Date of meeting: October 11,  6:30 p.m.  Summary: "From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered more than 10,000 civilians to Crystal City. The trains carried Japanese, German, Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The only family internment camp during World War II, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called "quiet passage." During the course of the war, hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City, including their American-born children, were exchanged for other more important Americans behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany. Focusing her story on two American-born teenage girls who were interned, author Jan Jarboe Russell uncovers the details of their years spent in the camp; the struggles of their fathers; their families; subsequent journeys to war-devastated Germany and Japan; and their years-long attempt to survive and return to the United States. Combining big-picture World War II history with a little-known event in American history that has long been kept quiet, "The Train to Crystal City" reveals the war-time hysteria against the Japanese and Germans in America, the secrets of FDR's tactics to rescue high-profile POWs in Germany and Japan, and how the definition of American citizenship changed under the pressure of war."

September Computer Classes

SmartphoneNow that the school year has started, why not put yourself in a student’s chair and brush up on a few computer skills?  This month we are offering:

Beginner Internet—September 1
Beginner E-mail Part 1—September 8
Beginner E-mail Part 2—September 15
One-on-One: phones/laptops/tablets—September 22—bring your own device
One-on-One: phones/laptops/tablets—September 29—bring your own device

All sessions are scheduled for Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.  One-on-One sessions are ½ hour long.

Sign up at the Information Desk or call 713-464-1633.

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Save the Rain--Rainwater Harvesting

Rain barretMaster gardener Teresa See will come to the Spring Branch-Memorial Library to discuss how to capture, divert and store rainwater for future use.  She will also show you how to make your own barrel at home and provide a handy set of instructions.

Date: Tuesday, September 27

Time: 6:30 p.m.

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Labor Day Library Hours

Labor DayWe will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day.  We will reopen on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 10:00 am.

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Green Thumb 2016 Gardening Series: Decorate Your Garden

MushroomsDo you have a garden but are not quite sure how to add those last finishing touches that enhance its look and show off your style? Then come to our next program where you can find out how to place beautiful elements that will add visual interest and, maybe, a bit of whimsy to your backyard.

Place: Spring Branch-Memorial Library
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: Free

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Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Rainwater by Sandra BrownTitle to be discussed: Rainwater by Sandra Brown.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "In the midst of the Great Depression, Ella Barron strenuously works to keep her Texas boardinghouse up and running. Between cooking, cleaning, and caring for her misbehaving child, Ella struggles to get by. However, when the enigmatic David Rainwater shows up out of the blue, looking for room and board, Ella happily takes him in. But when Conrad Ellis and his gang of hoods threaten violence, Ella and Rainwater are put to the test."

Winning the Homework Battle

Huntington logoAre your children struggling with homework and not getting the grades they deserve?  Are you trying to help them discover their strengths but feel they have not achieved their potential?  Then come to the workshop offered by the Huntington Learning Center® that will give you tips for happier homework hours.

Place: Spring Branch-Memorial Library
Date: Monday, August 29
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
 

Summer Reading Program Is (Almost) Over

Summer reading sloganThank you for participating the Summer Reading Program!  We hope you had fun reading books and attending library-sponsored activities.  Remember: you still have time to log books and pick up prizes until August 20.

Congratulations to all our star readers who have already completed the program!

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

A man called OveTitle to be discussed: A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  Date of meeting: August 9, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon--the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations."

Green Thumb 2016 Gardening Series: Container Gardening

Container gardenAre your gardening dreams thwarted by space, soil or time?  Do other factors limit your success in having attractive and thriving plants? Or maybe you would just like add more color to your existing yard?  Then come to our lecture on container gardening led by the Harris County Master Gardeners.

Place: Spring Branch-Memorial Library
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: Free

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