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Animal Friends Visit the Library

Mobile Dairy ClassroomChildren of all ages enjoyed visits from Molly the Cow and a colorful array of snakes last Tuesday, July 20, in back-to-back Summer Reading Programs at Baldwin Boettcher. Robert Koonce, of Southwest Dairy Farmers’ Mobile Dairy Classroom, and Thomas Davis, also known as the Snakeman, accompanied the animals and presented these informative and fun programs.

At 10 AM, right in front of the library, Mr. Koonce talked about dairy farming and, with Molly’s help, demonstrated milking techniques. Children lined up to pet Molly and to get a closer look at one of the working animals we depend on for nutritious food.

Mad Men Count Down

Madison AvenueOnly a few more days and perhaps we will know something of the future of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and the cast of characters linked to the fledgling ad agency formed in the last episode of Mad Men, Season Three. No question where I and many others will be this Sunday evening at 9 PM. But whether you’re waiting on your hold for Season One, Two, or Three, or you’re one of the first Maddicts from the Summer 2007 premiere of this Emmy-winning AMC drama, you might enjoy slipping into the aura of the era with these late ‘50s—early ‘60s movies with a Manhattan setting. How well do these movies tell the real story of Madison Avenue? Of New York? Or of America 50 years ago?  

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Strangers by Anita BrooknerTitle to be discussed:  Strangers by Anita Brookner.  Date of meeting:  Monday, August 16, 6:30 PM.  Summary:  Wishing to avoid the complications of turning down his cousin's widow's Christmas invitation, reclusive retiree Paul Sturgis sets off from the quietude of his London flat for a holiday in Venice. There he meets Mrs.

Spotted on the New Book Shelf

Bonobo HandshakePricelessAll Over the Map

One perk of working in a library would have to be seeing the new books arrive in delivery each week, and I sometimes feel like a child at Christmas when I open these red tubs of new materials to be checked in.

Baldwin Boettcher Receives Literacy Grant

 

Baldwin Boettcher is thrilled to be one of 70 public libraries in 21 states recently selected by the American Library Association to receive a $5,000 grant as part of "The American Dream Starts @ your library" initiative.  This initiative is funded by Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Grant recipients include libraries in large cities and rural towns throughout Dollar General's market area.  Grant funds will be used by the libraries to build innovative literacy services for adult English language learners living and working in their communities.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The Body in the LibraryTitle to be discussed: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie. Date of meeting: Monday, July 12, at 6:30 PM. Summary: Miss Marple investigates the death of a stylish blonde who is found murdered in front of a library hearth at Grossington Hall.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Persuasion

Title to be discussed: Persuasion, by Jane Austen. Date of meeting: Monday, June 7, at 6:30 PM. Summary: Persuasion celebrates romantic constancy in an era of turbulent change. Written as the Napoleonic Wars were ending, the novel examines how a woman can at once remain faithful to her past and still move forward into the future. Anne Elliot seems to have given up on present happiness and has resigned herself to living off her memories.

Ginger, Nutmeg, Cinnamon...

Dance of SpicesThese are some of the well-known spices used in Indian cooking, but there are many more that may not easily bring to mind a familiar scent or flavor. India has a long and rich tradition of delicious food, well-known for its variation and complexity. We invite you to sample some recipes selected from the Indian cookbooks in the HCPL collection at A Taste of India, on Tuesday, May 25, at 5 PM.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Club de Literatura Hispana

Tan veloz como el deseo / Swift as Desire

Title to be discussed: Tan veloz como el deseo by Laura Esquivel. Date of meeting: Tuesday, May 18, at 6 PM. Summary: Laura Esquivel regresa con una novela de gran belleza y compasion. Mientras Como agua para chocolate se baso en la vida de su madre, en Tan veloz como el deseo Esquivel hace un trabajo de ficcion acerca de la vida de su padre en Mexico. Nacido con la curiosa habilidad de entender los mensajes ocultos en los sentimientos humanos, Don Jubilo se convierte en un traductor que ayuda a otros a solucionar problemas de comunicacion en sus relaciones.

Now that tax season is over and we can all relax...

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

We invite you to look at our May calendar and see the exciting activities we have planned for Asian Pacific Heritage Month at Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library. Click on the Branch Calendar link at the top of the page.

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