Maggie B's blog

Teen Hangs is back!

Teen Hang Promotional Flier

After a long hiatus for Summer Reading, Teen Hangs is returning! Starting this week every Monday at 3:00pm we're going to have game consoles, computers, and game tables set up for teen enjoyment. Oh, there's also snacks and drinks every week too. So it's probably the coolest best thing you could do Monday afternoons, so you should probably start coming and never stop.

APE made new decorations for the YA area

Our APE volunteers have done it again! They've made some fun "book facing" posters to encourage all y'all to use the library to it's fullest and Read YA. Whether it's a vampire novel, a coming of age tale, or a bone chilling dystopia; YA literature has something for everyone. And now, we have posters to remind you of it!

Aldine Chimes into the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign

Today was the official launch of the the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign! A hashtag campaign trying to give voice to the need for books that reflect the many varied experiences people have walking this Earth, and call attention to the fact that the books being published right now don't reflect diversity we see at Aldine everyday. Please read more about the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign on it's website.

I was so excited about this campaign I wanted to get the whole Aldine community involved! Here are a few thoughts by a few teens about why we need diverse books!

APE's short films

This winter APE has put our energy into creating two short films for different short film contests.

The first contest was for Texas' Collaborative Summer Reading program. The challenge was to make a movie inspired by this year's theme for Summer Reading "Spark a Reaction" in 1 minute and 30 seconds (which was a BIT of a squeeze). Our artistic volunteers created a short comedic narrative they titled "The Cursed Book."

 

Unfortunately due to some scheduling difficulties APE wasn't quite able to finish this movie in time from the contest's deadline.

Snap Mobile Clinic

On February 21 the Snap Mobile Clinic rolled into the Aldine Library's parking lot and started taking in animals at 6:30am. The veterinarians preformed surgeries on Aldine's pets all day long until it was pick up time at 5:30pm. Please click on the following links to find out more information about: Houston Snap, the Mobile Clinic, and the Mobile Clinic's schedule.  Check out some photos of the animals Snap was able to care for that day:

 

The Kitten That Lived!

Or: Maggie visited a cat

The greatest joy of the holidays is getting to visit loved ones. This year, for the first time in over ten years, I did not have to travel to celebrate with my family (we celebrated in Houston!). I did, however, travel to visit some friends before the holidays, one of which I met here at the Aldine Library.

APE threw a Chirstmas party for kids, and it went great!

The Aldine Project Experience (our artistic teen volunteers) planned out a full children's program for this party. They researched children's crafts online. Then our volunteers tried the crafts out to decide which were the best based on kid's abilities, and how fun they were. They planned out a holiday snack menu (hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, candy canes, and even a healthy option of apple slices with peanut butter), and ordered the activities (crafts, then snacks, then a holiday movie).

APE volunteers are throwing a Christmas Party for kids!

After a grueling couple of months making Thirst For Hunger APE's teen volunteers could have done any number of things this winter. (I for one suggested quiet writing sessions, unsupervised free arts and crafts blocks of time, or you know long nap times...) But the teens at APE had other ideas, they wanted to throw a Christmas Party for the children of the Aldine Library.

We have put the time in. We tried out a number of holiday crafts and chose the best ones. We have put together a menu of our favorite holiday treats. And even chose a great kid's holiday film!

We are very excited to give the children of Aldine this present for Christmas! Come out and join the fun and celebration, Tuesday the 17th at 4pm in the meeting room.

Our new YA book display feels the chill

photo of the young adult winter book displayAs Texans y'all don't really seem used to this cold weather stuff. So let a Yankee clue you into how to survive: drink lots of hot beverages (spiced cider is my favorite!), always have a few warm layers (not just mittens, be sure to have slippers or thick socks), make sure you've got something that will cut the wind (wind breakers are life savers), and find an enthralling book you can crawl under the covers with it for hours!

My winter book display is going to feature my favorite reads. So you can build a blanket fort (or just pile some on top of you), get lost in the book's pages, and forget about this chilly Texas winter.

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