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Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

News of the worldTitle to be discussed: News of the world by Paulette Jiles.  Date of meeting: October 10, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. Arriving in San Antonio, the captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember -- strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become -- in the eyes of the law -- a kidnapper himself."

September Computer Classes

In September we are offering the following computer classes:

Beginner Email—September 7
Beginner Word—September 14
Intermediate Word—September 21
One on One—September 28

All classes are scheduled for Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.  One-on-one sessions are 30 minutes each.

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

Spring Branch-Memorial Library Opens

Harris County sealSpring Branch-Memorial Library will be open on Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

We will be closed September 3-4.

Next week's hours (September 5-9) are tentatively scheduled for 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., as well.

Late fees will not be assessed through September 15.

If you have any questions, call 713-464-1633.

Teen Escape Room: Sherlocked

LockThink you can solve Professor Moriarty's puzzles? Pit your wits against our clues in this special escape room event! Try to solve the puzzles and escape the library meeting room.

Ages: 12-18

Place: Spring Branch-Memorial Library

Registration is required and opens online on September 8. Please register for only one of the times listed:

Friday, September 15, 4 pm--5 pm

Saturday, September 16, 11 am--12 pm

Saturday, September 16, 2 pm--3 pm

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."

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."

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.

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

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