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We have an App for that!

Ms. Nora is doing something new at Toddler Storytime. Every first Tuesday, in addition to the awesome stories she tells, there will be iPad activities.  Sometimes, these will be activities for the parents and children to do together. Sometimes, the stories will come from the iPad. Either way, it’s a new way to bring stories and reading to our children.  If you enjoy the apps that are used, you can get them for your own iPad.  Or come in and check out an iPad with your library card to use in the library for 2 hours. Toddler time is every Tuesday at 10:30 am in our meeting room. See you there!abc go app picture

Best of 2012

Every year, Library Journal magazine chooses the best genre fiction of the year. Here are their choices for Best Mystery of 2012.
Box, CJ   Force of Nature: A Joe Picket t Novel.  This series has been running for a long time, but LJ ccover of A Fatal Winteralled this a “stunningly fresh entry.”

Magazine Cancellations

picture of magazinesDue to budget cuts, we will be cancelling some of our magazine subscriptions in 2013. . Unfortunately the cost of magazine subscriptions has gone up, while our budget remains the same. Thirty subscriptions all together had to be cancelled. If you don't see your favorite magazine, please check with our staff. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes to our customers.  

Brand New!

If you’ve used our computers lately, you may have noticed a change. We replaced all of our computers with brand new ones. The new computers use Windows 7 so things look a little different on the desktop. If you need help with the new system, please ask for help and we’ll be glad to assist. picture of a computer

Color Printer Issues

Just a quick note to let you know that our color printer is having issues. Our technicians are working hard to get this resolved. However, the black and white printer works fine. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

In the Outback

outbackAustralian Emily Tempest is half white, half aborigine and she has grown up in both worlds. After traveling widely, she returns to her outback home, Moonlight Downs, and tries to fit in with her old friends. Right after she arrives, a dear friend is found strangled. A local eccentric is blamed and Emily tires to find him. This debut novel won the Ned Kelly award for best first Australian mystery.  Besides the mystery, I found this look into Australian culture very interesting.

POSADAS NAVIDENAS

We are having a wonderful event here on Monday, Dec. 17 at 5 pm in the meeting room.  The local community will gather for the annual Christmas bellsPosada.  At this traditional Hispanic Christmas event, the Holy Family’s journey and attempt to find shelter are remembered. This event is being presented in partnership with Bonding Against Adversity.  Come and enjoy refreshments, songs and fellowship!

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

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