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Let It Snow?

Snow and Skiers

A scene like this one may not be very likely here in Houston, where we sometimes run our air conditioners twelve months a year.  But we can still enjoy the idea of snow and cold weather that seems to go along with the holiday season in the minds of many.  Through the end of the year, we'll have our Christmas books on display and we invite you to come browse the table for cookbooks, craft books, novels, and movies with a seasonal theme.  As these materials are snapped up, we will replenish the display, so keep checking.

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Medieval CSI

Mistress of the Art of DeathTravel back to the twelfth century with this historical mystery featuring an early crime scene investigator in Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death.  Sent to medieval Cambridge to exonerate Jewish prisoners with financial ties to King Henry II, University of Salerno medical examiner Adelia Aguilar struggles to avoid being accused of witchcraft and discovers that the killer she searches for may be a...

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The Thurber CarnivalTitle to be discussed:  selected stories from The Thurber Carnival, by James Thurber.  Date of meeting:  Monday, December 5, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  James Thurber's unique ability to convey the vagaries of life in a funny, witty, and often satirical way earned him accolades as one of the finest humori...

Classic Horror and Detective Fiction

Dracula by Bram StokerWell finally.  Some cooler weather comes our way and just in time for Halloween.  To complement the mood, here are a novel, a novella, and three story collections guaranteed to send a shiver up your spine...  Dracula, by Bram Stoker -- The tale of the infamous Count Dracula is also a story of six mortals desperate enough to hunt and destroy him:  Mina Harker and her lawyer husband Jonathan, millionaire adventurer Quincey Morris, Lord Godalming, Dr....

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan PoeFor our next meeting we will discuss five short stories by Edgar Allan Poe:  The Black Cat, Never Bet the Devil Your Head, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget, and The Oval Portrait.  Please join us on Monday, November 7, at 6:30 PM, as we talk about these stories and explore the mind and h...

Island Beneath the Sea

Island Beneath the SeaA perfect audio selection for Hispanic Heritage Month would be Isabel Allende's recent novel, Island Beneath the Sea, translated from the Spanish by

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

SulaTitle to be discussed:  Sula by Toni Morrison.  Time of meeting:  Monday, October 10, 2011, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  Two girls who grow up to become women.  Two friends who become something worse than enemies.  In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in a small Ohio town. 

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New ESL Classes at Baldwin Boettcher

globeDo you know someone who wants to learn English?  Baldwin Boettcher Branch currently offers two ESL classes for adults, and more are planned to start in the next few weeks.  These free classes are geared toward helping new immigrants meet their work and personal goals through English conversation study and language exercises in small groups of two to eight people.  Those interested in joining a class may stop by the library or call us at 281-821-1320 for more information.  The library also has the Rosetta Stone language learning program, as well as a selection of ESL books, CDs, and DVDs which may be checked out for an extended loan period.   

photo credit:  clipart.com (school edition)

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September 11

Wake-Up CallThis date will be imprinted forever in the minds of all Americans old enough to remember the events of that morning ten years ago.  Here are some audiobooks that examine the terror attacks and their aftermath, from the point of view of novelists, journalists, and memoirists:

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Hat Day at Baldwin Boettcher!

 

Hats: Status, Style and GlamourEveryone is invited to wear a hat or cap to the library next Tuesday, September 13, for our first annual celebration of Hat Day at Baldwin Boettcher.  We will have fun all day long and will award prizes for the best hat spotted in the building each hour.  Preschool Story Time at 11:00 AM will feature a special hat craft for the children, but this day is for all ages.  Hat Day is our own c...

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