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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

 

Irish Green at Aldine

Children at the Aldine Library got into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day at the Bilingual Storytime program on Thursday, March 18th with a craft. Hope yer St. Pattie's Day was a good one!

Alexander in the House

In Honor of Read Across America Day on Wednesday, March 2nd, Alexander from Main Street Theater was at the Aldine Library to talk about his terrible, horrible, no good very bad day. Thanks for sharing your story, Alex! We hope that today is a better day for you.

HATCH early learning

Visitors to the Aldine Library may have noticed them. Parents may have considered them to be regular desktop computers for children. However, these are no ordinary machines. These two computers in the children's section of the Aldine Library are Hatch learning centers. These desktops offer educational games that touch upon skill areas of pre-literacy, language, math, social studies, and science. The content of these games is tied into national pre-k standards and the findings of the National Early Literacy Panel and the National Research Council Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics.

Have your child pull up a seat at one of our Hatch computers today. Take advantage of an opportunity for your child to learn and have fun!

A Film About Jimi Hendrix

blue guitar

The year was 1969. Guitarist Jimi Hendrix had disbanded his group the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Looking towards new musical directions, Hendrix recruited some friends to form a band. Bassist Billy Cox, together with drummer friend Buddy Miles, formed a group with Hendrix called the Band of Gypsys. They made their live debut at the Fillmore East in New York City on New Year's Eve, 1969, for a series of four shows spread over two nights. The performances were recorded to fulfill Hendrix's obligation to produce an LP of new material on the Capitol records label.

Literacy Training at Aldine Library

Help someone gain a skill that they can use in any aspect of life.  Aldine Branch Library is seeking volunteer tutors to help adults improve basic reading and writing.

A training session will take place at the library on Saturday, Feb. 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Afterwards, tutors will schedule once or twice weekly meetings with an adult student to work on phonics and word patterns using materials provided by the library.  Tutors also help students meet daily life needs such as reading for work, reading to children, or reading for pleasure or inspiration.

The training workshop is free and there are no requirements to volunteer, other than an interest in reading and three hours per week to help someone learn to read. To register for this workshop, or if you know of an adult who would like to improve his or her reading, please call the Aldine library for more information at 281-445-5560.


 

Opera Cat

If you were in the Aldine Library on the morning of January 20th, 2011, you may have heard some opera singing in the building! Ms. Cecilia Duarte of Houston Grand Opera was on hand to read “OPERA CAT" by Tess Weaver at the Aldine Library's Bilingual Storytime. Ms. Duarte presented the book through storytelling and song in English and Spanish. The performance was a real treat for the children and parents in attendance.

Warm Up to Some Good Books at Aldine

Brrrrr it's cold outside! Why not come into the Aldline library and warm up to some good books? We have some hot titles in our book display case that are ready to be checked out. Stay warm!

Celebrate the New Year with the Kids

Christmas has come and gone. The New Year will soon be upon us. "The New Year is most often celebrated by adults without children, as they party late into the night on New Year's Eve," write Meredith Brokaw and Annie Gilbar in The Penny Whistle Christmas Party Book.

Test Guides on the Move

man pushing dolly with moving boxes

A change is taking place at the Aldine Library. The test guide books are on the move. All the great titles dealing with SAT, GRE, GED, and TOEFL preparation- together with TAKS guides- will shift in the upcoming days. Currently shelved together across from the Large Print fiction, the test guides will move to the regular adult non-fiction section of the library where they will be interfiled with the general collection.

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