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Snippets from the Trenches

Snippets from the TrenchesWe were delighted to have author Freda Wagman visit us yesterday, and give a book talk about her memoir Snippets from the Trenches.  "Snippets from the Trenches, a mother's AIDS memoir, is a time line of the twelve-year journey of the author's son living with HIV/AIDS. Upon learning his diagnosis early in 1983, a time when treatment options were limited, she joined the fledgling AIDS Foundation Houston. Throughout the book, she tells of her involvement in helping other people, along with the hope of learning how to cope with her own impending loss.” Review from Amazon.com

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West University Book Club-Book Selection for February 2

Bridesdhead RevisitedTitle to be discussed: Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh.  Wednesday February 2, 11 a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary: "One of Waugh's most famous books, Brideshead Revisited tells the story of the difficult loves of insular Englishman Charles Ryder, and his peculiarly intense relationship with the wealthy but dysfunctional family that inhabited Brideshead....

West University Lapsit Storytime

We will be having our regularly scheduled lapsit storytime this Wednesday, 10/22/10, at 10:30am.  It is recommended for babies 3-24 months, and features bouncing, clapping, singing, and nursery rhymes.  We hope to see you there!
 

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West University Book Club-Book Selection for January 5

Mountains Beyond MountainsTitle to be discussed:  Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder.  Wednesday January 5, 11 a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary:  "In this excellent work, Pulitzer Prize-winner Kidder immerses himself in and beautifully explores the rich drama that exists in the life of Dr. Paul Farmer.... Throughout, Kidder captures the almost saintly effect Farmer has on those whom he treats." From Publishers Weekly

 

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Fall Book Sale

I would like to thank everyone who helped make our fall book sale such a success.  All of the proceeds benefit the programs and collections of the library, and your support is invaluable.  I would also like to thank Carol Turpin who contributed the quilt that was raffled, as well as Keddy Outlaw, Nancy Antle, Kelly Edna, and Connie Little, for running the book sale.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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West University Book Club-Book Selection for December 1

The ImperfectionistsTitle to be discussed:  The Imperfectionists: a novel, by Tom Rachman.  Date of meeting: Wednesday December 1, 11:00a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary:  "In his zinger of a debut, Rachman deftly applies his experience as foreign correspondent and editor to chart the goings-on at a scrappy English-language newspaper in Rome....

Halloween Craft Program

Get ready for Halloween by creating a trick-or-treat bag at the West University Library on Wednesday October 27 at 3:15 PM. All supplies will be provided and children may use markers, stickers and glue-on shapes to customize their bags to collect candy.
This program is for ages 5 years and older.
 

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West University Book Club-Book Selection for November 3

By Fire, By WaterTitle to be discussed: By Fire, By Water, by Mitchell James Kaplan.  Date of meeting: Wednesday November 3, 11:00a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary: “Debut novelist Kaplan depicts a turbulent period in 15th-century Spain, focusing on the story of Aragon’s royal chancellor… Deftly moves through a complex web of personal relationships, religious zeal and political fervor.”  Kirkus Reviews
 

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West University Library-Book Club Selection for October 6

BlameTitle to be discussed: Blame, by Michelle Huneven.  Date of meeting:  Wednesday October 6, 11:00a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary: In this gripping tale, Huneven charts the parameters of guilt and how a young, wisecracking intellectual becomes a shadow of her former self. Patsy MacLemoore, a boozy history professor, is helping her boyfriend, Brice, take care of his niece, Joey, whose mother is undergoing cancer treatment....

Summer Reading Program Winner at WU

SRP winner

Yolanda Athaide is the winner of a $50 gift certificate from Amazon.  She succesfully completed ReaderNation, and her name was chosen from all the participants at West University Library.  This is the second year that Yolande has participated in the Adult SRP, along with her two children. She describes herself as a having been a big reader since she was a child, and her parents always said that she could never set a book down. These days she mainly reads children's books, so that she stays one step ahead of her children. Recently she enjoyed reading the young adult novel, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly.
Yolande plans on using her gift card to purchase a world history book for her family.
 

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