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water fountain

Summer does not officially begin until June 21st, 2010. However, it is already plenty warm outside.

It is important to drink plenty of water during the hot summer months.

Here at the Aldine library, we have two water fountains next to our book display case. You may not have known it, but underneath these fountains, a water filter is attached. Stop by today and enjoy a sip of cool, refreshing, filtered water. It's good stuff.

Exciting Writing

class meeting discussionChinese characters text writing packets pencils bags coins

On Saturday, May 29th, 2010, kids and adults enjoyed an introductory lesson on Chinese writing taught by Ms. Huai-jing Mu. The class was held at the Aldine Library in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Ms. Mu gave a brief overview of the history of the Chinese language and demonstrated how to write common words in Chinese. Also, she translated names into Chinese for those in attendance. Each participant was given a small, colorful bag with Chinese coins as a souvenir.

The Thrill of the Grill

grill kabobs cooking meat

With Memorial Day just around the corner- and with summer on its way- it's time for a cookout! But what if you don't know how to fire up the grill? No worries. Grill It! by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby can help. This helpful book covers grilling inside and out. It includes advice on how to choose your fuel and your tools; building and starting the fire; and deciding when your food is done.

Here's a helpful tip on when to use the lid on a grill found in the book: "you should cover the grill only when you are doing long, indirect cooking, never when you are cooking directly over the coals."

Check out this book to find more helpful information and enjoy grilling this weekend!

Assignment Refinement

man carrying large book stack

If you visited the Aldine Library this week, you may have noticed an increase in the number of students in the building, particularly in the afternoons and evenings. Wait times for computers have increased as well as the level of noise in the building. This is all due to end of school year assignments. Thank you for your patience during this busy time.

Real Characters

Chinese characters

In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the Aldine library is featuring a program about Chinese characters on Saturday, May 29th at 1 PM. A native of China will be on site to show how to write words and personal names in Chinese. The program is open to all ages. Come join us!

snapshot

YMCA teens playing wii

You may not have known it, but you were being counted at the Aldine Library on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010, as part of Texas Library Snapshot Day. 

Presented in partnership between the Texas Library Association and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas Library Snapshot Day runs April 26th through May 7th, 2010. Its purpose is to provide a way for libraries of all types across Texas to show what happens in a single day in their libraries.

Para los Niños Vuelve

parent child activity

Para los niños, un programa de aprendizaje de la familia que sirva a los padres cuya primera lengua es español, esta volviendo a la biblioteca de Aldine el próximo mes. Para los niños se ofrecerá el segundo sábado de cada mes en la biblioteca de Aldine del 10:30 AM hasta el 12:30 P.M. El programma comienza el sábado 8 de mayo y extiende hasta el sábado 11 de diciembre de 2010.

Happy Anniversary!

cakelibrary photographsRhoda Goldberg & Bruce Farrar

The Aldine Library celebrated its 34th anniversary with cake, coffee, and camaraderie. Ms. Rhoda Goldberg, HCPL Library Directory, was on site for the festivities. Staff and patrons reminisced about days gone by while viewing photographs of past branch events. Folks also enjoyed looking through a scrapbook of library happenings that featured newspaper clippings, photographs, and fliers. The Aldine Library looks forward to serving you in the years ahead!

AC Out, Spring Air In

air condition unit

Folks visiting the Aldine library today may notice a slight elevation in room temperature. The air conditioning is out of order. The county is swiftly working to resolve the issue. The AC will be up and running as soon as possible. Until then, enjoy the fresh spring breeze as we prop open the library doors.

Mural in Motion

A life-size, ceramic mosaic on a curved wall greets patrons at the entrance of the Aldine Library. Do you know its history? Under the direction of artist Reginald Adams with the Museum of Fine arts and the guidance of Israel Barbosa, Stovall Middle School students and four Aldine teens helped create the 10 foot high and 80 foot wide mosaic in the summer of 2002. The mural is based on a photo of 12 real people with books, such as Adams with his son on his shoulders, Barbosa on a skateboard, children walking, riding a bicycle, pulling a wagon, and on roller skates. The mural also features a senior adult man pushing a woman in a wheelchair.

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