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Thank You, Jamaica

Jerk from JamaicaIs sugar usually on your shopping list?  Does a trip to the grocery store involve a trip down the spice aisle?  Is vanilla extract a necessity in your kitchen?  Can’t face the world without your morning coffee?  These things we love so dearly are all products of Jamaica. Come celebrate this beautiful island country with us next Monday, February 18, at 6 pm, as we present some of the delicious culinary contributions of the Jamaican people, both sweet and savory. 

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

Fathers and SonsJoin us Monday, March 4, 6:30 pm, for a discussion of the Russian classic, Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev.  

Summary:  Bazarov--a gifted, impatient, and caustic young man--has journeyed from school to the home of his friend Arkady Kirsanov.  But soon Bazarov's outspoken rejection of authority and social conventions touches off quarrels, misunderstandings, and romantic entanglements that will utterly transform the Kirsanov household and reflect the changes taking place all across nineteenth-century Russia.

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

Annie JohnJoin us for a discussion of author Jamaica Kincaid and her novel, Annie John, on Monday, February 4, 2013, 6:30 pm.  Summary:  Annie John is a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua.  An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived an idyllic life.  She is inseparable from her beautiful mother, a powerful presence, who is the very center of the little girl's existence.  Loved and cherished, Annie grows and thrives within her mother's benign shadow. Looking back on her childhood, she reflects, "It was in such a paradise that I lived." 

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

Signet Classic Book of Southern Short StoriesTitle to be discussed: Selections from The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories.  Time of meeting:  Monday, January 7, 6:30 pm.  About the book:  This collection includes thirty-three stories of the American South from such literary luminaries as Edgar Allan Poe, Alice Walker, Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Truman Capote,

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

A Christmas MemoryPlease join us to discuss the three stories by Truman Capote included in the book A Christmas Memory.  Time of meeting:  Monday, December 3, at 6:30 pm.  Summary:  Three short stories describe a boy's relationship with his elderly cousin and alcoholic father and the indelible holiday memories they provided him.

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

A Dish Taken ColdTitle to be discussed:  A Dish Taken Cold, by Anne Perry.  Time of meeting:  Monday, November 5, at 6:30 pm.  Summary:  Edgar Award-winning novelist Anne Perry turns her unerring historical eye to Paris 1792.  Revolution is yielding to the Terror, and the city is hungry--for justice, for vengeance, for bread.  So, too, is Celie Deleure, a servant in the household of the celebrated Madame de Stael, when her infant son suffers an inexplicable dea

New ESL Class

ESL classDo you know someone who wants to learn English?  Next month Baldwin Boettcher will begin a brand new ESL class for adults who speak little or no English.  The new class will meet on Thursdays from 1 to 3 pm, starting on October 11.  As with all library programs, this class is free.  Those interested are encouraged to drop by the library to fill out a student contact form, but pre-registration is not necessary.  For more information, please contact Cindy at the library (281-821-1320).  Photo credit:  Baldwin Boettcher Branch photo

Gulf Coast Reads @ Baldwin Boettcher

Extremely Loud and Incredibly ClosePeople across greater Houston are reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer.  This acclaimed novel is the 2012 choice for Gulf Coast Reads, a series of programs aiming to get Houstonians on the same page for enlightening discussions of a single book. 

Hat Day 2012

The Cowboy HatJoin us next Thursday, September 13, for our Second Annual Hat Day, an all-day celebration of the fashionable and purposeful hat, in honor of Reference Librarian Cindy Groover (aka The Hat Lady).  We will be giving out prizes throughout the day for the most imaginative and most interesting hats worn by ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages, so dig deep in your closet to find those treasures of yesteryear.  This is the one day of the year that you will see every staff member in a hat, so plan to visit Baldwin Boettcher Branch next Thursday and let&

By Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs by Walter IsaacsonBenjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein,  and Steve Jobs.  What do these men have in common?

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