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P.T. Barnum at 200

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus is coming to Houston! This year, the show is honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of the legendary P.T. Barnum. Just who was P.T. Barnum? You can find out by reading our excellent biography P.T. Barnum: genius of the three-ring circus. Learn about the the father of the modern circus today!

June 3rd - August 6th

The Summer Reading Program is on at the Aldine Library! Sign up and participate today.

Also, don't forget about our excellent programming throughout the summer!

See you at the library!

Clowning Around

Hey kids! Join us this Saturday, June 4th at 3 PM as we kick off the Summer Reading Program 2011!  Tolin the Clown will be here to entertain with music, jokes, imitations, prizes and games.

El Payaso Tolin te entretendrá y motivara; con su música, chistes, imitaciones, juegos y regalos.

See you this Saturday!

Shadow Play

School is almost out. What are kids to do? Thankfully, the Harris County Public Library's excellent Summer Reading Program is on the horizon. In addition, author Susan Williamson makes it easy for kids to fill their days with fun activities in her book Summer fun: 60 activities for a kid-perfect summer. There are things to do on rainy days, sunny days, and on summer nights.

One of the activities for rainy days in Williamson's book is to make a movable shadow puppet. With a pencil, some poster board, a hole punch, and other materials, kids can make a puppet and put on a fun puppet show.

Where is Tibet?

book cover "Where is Tibet?"

Where is Tibet? Tibet is a plateua in Asia located north of the Himalayan mountains. India, China, and Nepal are her neighbors. Tibet was invaded by China in the 1950s. Many Tibetans fled their country to India and Nepal. Children of these refugees are growing up in exile wondering where their homeland is.

Tibet

May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month! The Aldine Library is celebrating by showing a special movie about Tibet. Come join us on Tuesday, May 10th at 4 PM in the Meeting Room to view this film. Blending hypnotic music and breathtakingly beautiful imagery, the movie provides a glimpse of the land called "the Roof of the World."

Refreshments will be provided. See you there!

Patched Up

The Aldine Library's nice mural has been repaired! The Musuem of Cultural Arts, Houston, came out to the library and patched up our mosaic. The shifting of the building's foundation may have been a factor in the creation of cracks in the mural.

The repair work was all made possible by the generous funding of the Friends of the Aldine Library. Please consider making a donation to show your support and appreciation for the Aldine Library!

 

All That It's Cracked Up to Be

Visitors to the Aldine Library may have noticed our lovely mural. Upon closer inspection, visitors may have noticed some cracks in the mural. These cracks are due to the building foundation shifting. We have let the appropriate folks about the damage. Our nice mural will be patched up ASAP.

 

Here's Looking at Me

Van Gogh self portrait

How do artists see themelves? In the book Here's Looking at Me, author Bob Racza introduces the reader to fourteen famous artists who have made self portraits . Come on in the Aldine Library and take a look!

Get into the Spring of Things

sun rising horse eatingfirefly on a leaf

 

     A red morning sky,                  

For you, snail;                              

     Are you glad about it?              

 - Kobayashi Issa

 

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