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Book Buddies

Book BuddiesDo you have a child in grades K-3, or who is 5-8 years old?  Do you want your child to develop a love for reading?

Sign up your child to be a Little Buddy!

Book Buddies is a free program that brings children and teens together to share the joy of reading.  Trained teen volunteers (Big Buddies)  are paired with children (Little Buddies), and in 10 weekly sessions, they participate in 45 minutes of shared reading. 

When: Mondays, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13

Where: Spring Branch-Memorial Library's meeting room

Ask for an application at the information desk.

For more information, contact Elizabeth at 713-464-1633.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

The unthinkableTitle to be discussed: The unthinkable: who survives when disaster strikes--and why by Amanda Ripley.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "Today, nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? Amanda Ripley retraces the human response to some of history's epic disasters, from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917, a plane crash in England in 1985, to the journeys of the 15,000 people who found their way out of the World Trade Center. Then, to understand the science behind the stories, Ripley turns to leading brain scientists, trauma psychologists, and other disaster experts. Finally, Ripley steps into the dark corners of her own imagination, having her brain examined by military researchers and experiencing through realistic simulations what it might be like to survive a plane crash into the ocean or to escape a raging fire. Ripley comes back with precious wisdom about the surprising humanity of crowds, the elegance of the brain's fear circuits, and the stunning inadequacy of many of our evolutionary responses."

August Computer Classes

InternetIn August, we are offering the following computer classes:

Computer Basics—August 3
Beginner Internet—August 10
Beginner Excel—August 17
Intermediate Excel—August 24
Mobile Devices One-on-One—August 31

All classes are scheduled for Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.  One-on-one sessions are 30 minutes each.  You are welcome to bring your own device.

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

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Rosie projectTitle to be discussed: The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date.... So when an acquaintance informs Don that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet Don must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical; most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things, and is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent, and on a quest of her own. Rosie is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie, and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper."

Green Thumb Lecture Series: Fall Vegetables

Fall gardenHave you ever thought about extending the growing season for your edibles into the fall?  If not, here’s your chance to find out how to grow and harvest autumn crops.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Harris County Master Gardeners will present their July lecture on fall vegetable gardening.  Get ready to get busy!  The days will eventually get cooler, working in the garden will be fun again, and hopefully, you’ll be ready to show off fall’s bounty. 

Place: Spring Branch-Memorial Library
Date:  August 15, 2017
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: Free

Photo credit: www.motherearthnews.com

Pokemon in the Park

PokemonJoin us in the Hedwig Village Park for an hour of Pokemon Go. We'll provide the WiFi, you catch the Pokemon! Feel free to bring other Pokemon games to share with your fellow trainers.

Make sure to bring your special Spring Branch-Memorial Library Pokemon-in-the-Park badge from June to enter for a prize drawing!

No registration required.


Place: Hedwig Village Park

Date: Saturday, July 29

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

All Ages!

©CC Image courtesy of DavidRockDesign on Pixabay

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Home gameTitle to be discussed: Home game : an accidental guide to fatherhood by Michael Lewis.  Date of meeting: July 11, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "When he became a father, Michael Lewis found himself expected to feel things that he didn't feel, and to do things that he couldn't see the point of doing. At first this made him feel guilty, until he realized that all around him fathers were pretending to do one thing, to feel one way, when in fact they felt and did all sorts of things, then engaged in what amounted to an extended cover-up. Lewis decided to keep a written record of what actually happened immediately after the birth of each of his three children. This book is that record. But it may also be the funniest, most unsparing account of ordinary daily household life ever recorded from the point of view of the man inside. The remarkable thing about this story isn't that Lewis is so unusual--it's that he is so typical."

Green Thumb 2017 Gardening Series: Raised Beds, Low-Volume Drip Irrigation & Rain Barrels

Rain barrelThe Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Harris County Master Gardeners will discuss basic concepts of irrigation and rainwater harvesting as part of their Green Thumb gardening series.  They will also highlight the advantages of having raised beds in your garden.  Come and learn about soil choices, water conservation, sustainability and financial considerations.

Place: Spring Branch-Memorial Library
Date:  July 18
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: Free

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Genealogy for Beginners

Curious to find out who your ancestors were?  Learn how to get started with your search in this presentation by staff from the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research.

Tuesday, June 13

2:00 p.m.

Everyone welcome!

Clayton

 

 

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Memorial Day Weekend Holiday Hours

Memorial DayWe will be open on Saturday, May 27 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We will be closed on Monday, May 29.  We will reopen on Tuesday, May 30 at 10:00 am.

We wish you a peaceful Memorial Day.

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