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February Movies Celebrate Black History Month

Measure of a ManBaldwin Boettcher's Classic Cinema Club will screen four movies in the month of February, all showcasing the talents of the legendary Sidney Poitier, and produced during the years 1955 to 1966.  For title information, please call the library at 281-821-1320. This special film series celebrates Black History Month.  For more activities at Baldwin Boettcher and other locations, please search the events calendars.

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Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- El Club De Literatura Hispana

Un grito desesperadoTitle to be discussed: Un grito desesperado by Carlos Cuauhtemoc Sanchez. Date of meeting: Tuesday, February 23, at 6:00 PM. This is a bilingual book club.

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Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

BelovedTitle to be discussed: Beloved by Toni Morrison. Date of meeting: Monday, February 1, at 6:30 PM. Summary: Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free....

Wednesday Movies Showcase Stars

The SunThe Classic Cinema Club meets once a month at Baldwin Boettcher on a Wednesday at 2 PM to watch a not-so-new but treasured movie on our large screen in the library's meeting room. On January 6, we invite you to join us for a screening of an Oscar winning film from 1951, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, based on Theodore Dreiser's novel, An American Tragedy....

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Club de Literatura Hispana

La casa en Mango StreetTitle to be discussed by our bilingual book club: La casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Date of meeting: Thursday, January 7, 2010, at 6 PM. Summary: Elogiado por la crítica, admirado por lectores de todas las edades, en escuelas y universidades de todo el país y traducido a una multitud de idiomas, La casa en Mango Street es la extraordinaria historia de Esperanza Cordero....

Seasonal Joys

ornamentsWe hear a lot these days about stress during the holidays, and it's true there can be enormous pressures and expectations during this time. But there are also wonderful moments to warm our hearts, such as walking past this tree decorated with ornaments made by the children attending our story times. Just seeing the creative energy and love the children have put into this craft activity gives me a surge of endorphins every time I walk by the tree. On your next trip to Baldwin Boettcher, we invite you to take a long moment to look at these creations by our community's little ones and see if you don't find yourself smiling.

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New Year Reading

I'm making a short list of five classic novels I want to read sometime in 2010.....

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Holiday Cheer!

Frosty the SnowmanDid the snow last week put you in a jolly mood and start you thinking of the North Pole? We won't promise a winter wonderland, but if you stop by the Baldwin Boettcher Branch this Saturday, December 12, between 1:00 and 3:00 PM, we're sure you'll get a hearty taste of holiday cheer at our annual open house. On hand will be festive live music by Kevin Groover and Ivan Collins, and lots of delicious treats and goodies. We'll have a seasonal craft suitable for all ages, so bring your creative spirit. We look forward to seeing you!
 

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Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The TrialTitle to be discussed:  Franz Kafka's classic novel, The Trial.  Date of meeting:  Monday, January 4, 2010, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  The terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information....

Holidays and Their Movies

The traditional thing to do on New Year's Eve is to go to a New Year's Eve party, isn't it?  But whenever I talk with friends, family, and co-workers about their plans for this big night, many if not most of them say they aren't planning anything special and will probably stay home.  It may not be a night to remember for the ages, but staying home doesn't have to be boring if you spend the evening with a great movie.   If you plan to stay home on New Year's Eve, you might enjoy the company of one of these movies with an end-of-the-year setting.

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