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The opening of doors

The Aldine Library served as a warming center for the Greenspoint community on Friday, January 8th and Saturday, January 9th, 2010. The library opened at 9 AM on both days to provide shelter for those wishing to escape the freezing temperatures. Aldine library was fully operational with reference assistance, Internet access, and checkout of materials.

A crew from channel 45 Univision came to interview library staff and patrons on Friday, January 8th. The interviews were featured on the evening news at 10 PM.

During the summer of 2009, the Aldine Library served as a cooling center for the community. The library was open longer hours to provide shelter from the heat.

Last Minute Ideas

Looking for some last minute holiday shopping ideas? Why not stop by the Aldine library's book sale shelf?

Check these great deals on donated items for kids and adults:

Paperbacks: .10   Hardbacks: .50    Cassettes: $1.00    CD's: $1.00      DVD's: $1.00

All proceeds from sales go to the Friends of the Aldine Library.

 

Don't Tread on Me

Did you know the image of a rattlesnake, first employed by Benjamin Franklin in a newspaper cartoon, was a popular symbol of protest against British injustice? Aldine library customers can learn more about the First Navy Jack flag- and other historical American flags- by taking a look at our book display case in the lobby. A set of flags will be on display during the month of December.

Stop by today and catch a glimpse of American history.

More Than Words

"There is more to reading together than just saying the words." This statement graces the activity page of a pamphlet entitled Shining stars: pre-schoolers get ready to read. Copies of the pamphlet are available at the Aldine library on a bookshelf in the children's area across from the circulation desk.

Produced by the National Institute for Literacy, this guide presents ways parents can help their pre-school age children (during the ages of 4 and 5) get ready to read. It suggests talking about the story with your preschooler, asking "Why" and "What" questions when you read. Also, the publication suggests talking about words and their sounds, including new words children are not familiar with.

Lore Galore, Texas style

What is folklore? According to the Texas folklore society webpage, there are five characteristics which folklorists use to distinguish what is or is not considered folklore. Folklore is: 

Help Along the Way

 Want to take a GED practice exam? What are your career goals? Feeling overwhelmed by the job search experience? Learning Express Library is here to help!  

 Learning Express Library is a database available through the Harris County Public Library Homepage under the Education & Libraries heading. If you are away from the library, you need to enter your library card number to access the information. Once inside, you can easily create a User Name and Password.

Enable the Coffee Table

I have always enjoyed coffee table books. There's something special about those heavy, oversize titles that catches the eye and peaks the interest.

The Aldine library has many coffee table books available for checkout.

Nuestra colección en español

When it comes to the Spanish language, HCPL is covered. All Harris County branch locations have Spanish-language items available to customers for checkout.
The Aldine Library has the honor of having the largest collection of Spanish language books and materials in the library system. Stop by and take a look at our assortment of Spanish language books for children and adults in addition to our collection of audiovisual materials. We are always adding to our Spanish language collection.

Registration Celebration

The Aldine Library placed third in overall registration for Readernation- the Adult Summer Reading Program during summer 2009. This year, ALD had 256 adult registrants (this does not include staff) compared with 34 adult registrants in 2008.  This is a 653% increase over 2008 registration figures! Good work, Aldine Library staff.

 

Different Voices in Our Choices

The Aldine Library staff have chosen 10 books to put on display in the book display case in the branch lobby. First Things First, by Kurt and Brenda Warner, explores the formula for success for these parents of seven who are going into their 12th year of marriage.

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