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It's That Time of Year!

Our Christmas Tree

Here at Aldine we are getting ready for the holidays and getting into the holiday spirit. Things are looking very cherry here! You may need some holiday books or information. Maybe you need some books on how to make gifts or you may want to try a new cookie recipe. Come by and see us and we'll be glad to help you make your holiday bright!

Farewell to Ryan

Ryan Fennell has been the Teen librarian here at the Aldine Library for the past 6 years. He created our teen program from scratch and accomplished a lot! Ryan introduced the teens to digital storytelling and other ways of creating and expressing themselves. They won a national award for one of their videos and received recognition in the Houston Public Library's Reel Teen Film Festival.  And every year, they have  created a decorated book truck for the Art Car parade.  Ryan has had a great impact on the lives of our teenagers and we will miss him very much. He won’t be far though. He’ll be working at one of our other Harris County Public Library locations, creating and serving inpicture of Ryan at work  various new ways. We wish him well!

Black Cherry Blues

I grew up in Louisiana and remember when James Lee Burke was just getting his start. For various reasons, I had not read any of the Dave Robicheaux novels. So recently I got around to reading picture of gray heron, Black Cherry Blues,  one of his early mysteries.  In this title, Robicheaux is dealing with his wife’s murder, while he runs his fishing business and cares for his adopted daughter. An old friend comes by and shares some troubling secrets with him. Dave winds up framed for murder and trying to solve the murder of Indian activists in Montana. Burke is an excellent writer. His descriptions of natural beauty in both Louisiana and Montana are wonderful. And his characters are engaging, realistic and interesting. I will be reading more of Mr. Burke’s work

Native American Film Fun!

Come see us on Wed. at 1pm for our Native American Film Festival! There will be a movie, crafts and refreshments! All this is to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. You're out of school so come have some fun with us!

kids eating popcorn

Books, Books, Books!

We check out a lot of materials here at the Aldine Library! I knew we were busy but didn’t realize how much our customers checked out until I saw these numbers.  Over the past 12 months, Aldine customers have checked out:
2,735 Spanish picture books
1,636 English picture books
5,310 adult booksgirl holding books
Thanks for using your library and bringing those books home!

More Dresden Files

cover of Blood RitesI’ve been continuing to read the Dresden Files series, featuring wisecracking Chicago wizard-detective Harry Dresden. In Death Masks, he’s challenged to a duel by a powerful vampire, while he also is hired to find the Shroud of Turin! Harry has to turn to all his friends to escape a terrifying group of demons.

Snapshot Day!

Recently picture of computer usersAldine Branch Library took part in the Texas Library Snapshot Day program. All over Texas, libraries gathered data, gave out survey forms, and took pictures to capture a “snapshot” of a regular day at their library. Our day was Oct. 30th and it was great! We had over 600 people walk into the library and 187 reference questions were answered. We got great comments on our survey forms like, “This place is important to me.”  Thanks for taking part in our Library Snapshot Day!

Snapshot Day!

lady with cameraTomorrow, Aldine will be taking part in the Texas Library Snapshot Day! All through Texas, libraries are counting the number of customers, reference questions and program attendees. We're asking customers to fill out surveys. And libraries are taking pictures of customers and events. All of this information will be provided to the Texas State Library so that they can continue to promote Texas libraries. Take part in our Snapshot Day by attending a program, filling out a survey form and maybe even letting us take your picture!

 

The Dresden Files

I’ve been reading the Dresden Files series for a while, ever since the TV series based on the books got me interested. So far, I’ve only gotten to the first four books in the series, and last I heard there were 14 in the series. So I can look forward to enjoying these for a while. Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, the son of a magician,

The Truth of All Things

I ordered The Truth of All Things because a fellow mystery reader raved about it to me. I did find it interesting, although not as fantastic as she described. This is a first novel by Kieran Shields and it’s set in the author’s hometown of Portland, Maine. The time is 1892 and Decover of The Truth of All Thingsputy Marshal Archie Lean is faced with a case featuring ritually slaughtered victims.

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