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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.

New Year Reading

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

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!
 

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.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Club de Literatura Hispana

Como agua para chocolateTitle to be discussed:  Como agua para chocolate:  novela de entregas mensuales con recetas, amores, y remedios caseros  by Laura Esquivel.  Date of meeting:  Thursday, December 3, 2009, at 6:30 PM.  This bilingual book club meets monthly.  Copies of this title are currently available at the library.  Call 281-821-1320 for more information.

Our Native Past

maizeWe are excited to host back-to-back events on Monday, November 23, 2009, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month: Native American Dance at 2:00 PM and Native American Cooking at 6:00 PM. For more information, check out our calendar or call the library at 281-821-1320. To get you in the mood for these programs, we’d like to offer some suggested reading and viewing.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

December 6Title to be discussed:  December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith.  Date of meeting:  Monday, December 7, 2009, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  Set in the crazed, nationalistic Tokyo of late 1941, "December 6" explores the coming world war through the other end of history's prism -- a prism held by the unforgettable rogue and lover, Harry Niles. Raised by missionary parents, Harry should be as American as apple pie.

Wanted: Adults with Ideas

Do you have an idea for an adult program you’d like to see at the library? Maybe you would like to learn a new skill or try out a new hobby (Wii games for adults? cooking demos? learning a language?), or perhaps you’d enjoy meeting with other adults who share a common interest, such as quilting or creative writing. We would love to hear from you. Simply reply to this blog post, or fill out a comment card or talk to a staff member when you visit the library.  Let us know your ideas and also the day/time you are able to attend programs at the library.  We are already planning some exciting events for 2010. Your input will make the new year even better!

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