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Hispanic Heritage on Display

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of LoveHispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15, but we are getting an early start.  Beginning Tuesday, September 6, the display table in the center of the library at Baldwin Boettcher will show off books, audiobooks and music by writers and artists of Hispanic countries or heritage.  As materials are checked out, we’ll be adding more, so keep checking throughout the month. 

Hispanic Heritage Month programs at Baldwin Boettcher:

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Auto Audio Class

classroomAs much as I love listening to audiobooks in my car, sometimes I just long to hear a human voice talking, rather than reading to me.  That means it’s time to take a break from the books on CD and check out something from Modern Scholar or Great Courses.  These two series present audio recordings of college lectures from some of the country’s top professors, and while that may sound a little dry and uninteresting, these CDs are anything but. 

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Volunteer as an ESL Tutor

Intermediate ESL classBaldwin Boettcher Branch needs volunteer ESL tutors for both one-on-one and small group classes.  Several tutor training sessions are planned in the coming weeks, including one on September 10 at nearby Barbara Bush Branch.  For more information on the ESL program, please stop by Baldwin Boettcher or call 281-821-1320 and speak with Cindy or Elise.  Helping new adult immigrants learn or improve their English skills is rewarding, fun, and a way to make a positive difference in people's lives.

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Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The House on Mango StreetTitle to be discussed: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Date of meeting: Monday, September 12, 2011, at 6:30 PM. Summary: The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes -- sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous -- it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. This book club selection celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The Moviegoer by Walker PercyTitle to be discussed:  The Moviegoer by Walker Percy.  Time of meeting:  Monday, August 8, 2011, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  The Moviegoer is Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker who surveys the world with the detached gaze of a Bourbon Street dandy even as he yearns for a spiritual redemption he cannot bring himself to believe in....

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The Thin Man by Dashiell HammettTitle to be discussed: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett. Date of Meeting: Monday, July 11, 2011, at 6:30 PM. Summary: Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners. --summary from library catalog

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Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Mildred PierceTitle to be discussed: Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain. Time of meeting: Monday, June 13, 2011, at 6:30 PM. Summary: "Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter." Out of these elements, James M....

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Hard Times by Charles DickensTitle to be discussed:  We continue our discussion of Hard Times by Charles Dickens.  Date of meeting:  Monday, May 16, 2011.  Summary: 

American Dream and Ice Cream

The American Dream @ Your LibraryOur ESL students and tutors have been working so hard, we are throwing a party for them, and everyone is invited! On Tuesday, March 29, at 5:30 PM, the Baldwin Boettcher Branch staff will have a wonderful variety of luscious ice cream flavors and scrumptious toppings all ready for you to prepare an ice cream sundae to die for. This program for all ages will honor the students in our American Dream ESL Program, which is funded through a generous grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the American Library Association....

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Hard Times by Charles DickensTitle to be discussed: First half of Hard Times by Charles Dickens.  Date of meeting: Monday, April 18, at 6:30 PM....

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