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AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB @ BARBARA BUSH BRANCH

Rosie ProjectTitle to be discussed: Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion. Date of meeting: Thursday, March 27, 1:30pm, in the Earl Elliott Room. Repeated Friday, March 28, 2:30pm, in the WCR Conference Room. Summary: Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife. April selection will be the Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani.

 

 

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Bridging Cultures Program

The Barbara Bush Library is offering a series of programs this fall related to a grant that the library has received from the Calligraphic designAmerican Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities entitled "Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys." On Saturday, November 2, at 1:30pm, the topic will be "The Abrahamic Faith: the Muslim Perspective."  Representatives from the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and the local Al Salaam Mosque will present basic information about Islam and answer questions. This is a free event for all adults. Refreshments will be served.  You can read more about the grant at this link.

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NATIONAL READING GROUP MONTH

        October is National Reading Group Month, designed to salute reading groups everywhere.  It fosters their growth and promotes the love of literature. It's an opportunity for reading groups to reflect on their accomplishments and plan for the future. It's the perfect time to join or start a group.  National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women's National Book Association (WNBA). Founded in 1917, WNBA promotes literacy, a love of reading, and women's roles in the community of the book. Check their website for some Great Group Reads.      

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CreekFest Coming Sat., October 12

CreekFest logoThe third annual CreekFest is just ahead on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9am to 4pm. The Barbara Bush Library will be open for business that day (even opening one hour earlier, at 9am!), but other family-friendly activities will be happening throughout the day all over the Cypress Creek Cultural District. See a free concert by World Rhythm Synergy in the Centrum at 10am. Win a book in the library Book Walk starting at 11am. Bring your dog for the costume contest on the outdoor stage at 1:00pm. Enter the library Scavenger Hunt and follow the clues through the library to win a prize. Have your face painted at the Cypress Creek Community Center, or create some art at the Pearl Fincher Museum family activity tent. There is a race starting at 8am, art on exhibit and for sale, food vendors, a raffle to win a mini iPa...

Grand Prize Winner of Adult SRP is a Barbara Bush Customer

Laura Shaver (right), a Barbara Bush Library customer, is the happy owner of a Kindle Fire HD as the grand prize winnLaura Shaver, Winner of a Grand Prize in the Adult SRP 2013er in the 2013 Adult Summer Reading Club. Laura loves to read, and she encouraged her granddaughter to follow in her footsteps when they both entered the Summer Reading Club together. Over the summer she read lots of books to her granddaughter, read the Bible, and also read some novels like "House of Sand and Fog" by Andre Dubus III. Laura is disabled and can't get out everywhere she would like to go, so she found the theme of this year's SRP very appropriate -- "Have, Book, Will Travel." Laura believes that "If you read you can do anything, and you can escape to anywhere." When she can, Laura enjoys br...

Barbara Bush Adult SRP Gift Card Winner

Congratulations to Kulsum Alvi -- the winner of the $30 Amazon bookstore gift card at the Barbara Bush Branch Library. Kulsum Alvo, Gift Card Winner at Barbara BushKulsum will be a senior in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin this fall. She was home in the Houston area this summer doing an internship at Wood Group Engineering in Katy, where she worked on marketing and website development for the new onshore unit of this international company.  Kulsum relaxes by reading fiction and fantasy. This summer she enjoyed reading through the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series by Rick Riordan. It was recommended to her by her sister, Andleeb Alvi, who coincidently happens to be one of the Children’s Librarians at Barbar...

Afternoon Book Discussion

Paris WifeTitle to be Discussed: Paris Wife, by Paula McLain.  Date and Time: Thursday, Dec. 20, 1:30pm in the Earl Elliott Room. Repeated Friday, Dec. 21, 2:30pm in the WCR Conference Room.

Summary: The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group--the fabled &qu...

Open House, Saturday, December 1

Community Open HouseYou are invited!!  The Barbara Bush Library will celebrate its 10th anniversary in its new building with an Open House for the community on Saturday, December 1, from 2:00 - 4:00pm in the Earl Elliott Room. Refreshments will be served by the Barbara Bush Library Friends, with support from Rockfish Seafood Grill, Bullrito's, HEB, and Kroger's. Musical entertainment is provided by Strack and Doerre Intermediate Schools, the Happy Fiddlers from Symphony North Houston, and a quartet from Christian Youth Theatre. Holiday films and crafts are planned for children in the Robin Bush Activity Room. Please join us!

 

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Robin Bush Video

The ChPortrait of Robin Bishildren's Activity Room at the Barbara Bush Library is named for Robin Bush, the 3-year old daughter of George and Barbara Bush who died of childhood leukemia over 60 years ago. This video, aired on the Today Show on November 20, tells Robin's story and also shares the hope for a cure that has resulted from decades of research into this disease.

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Senator Dan Patrick Visits Barbara Bush Branch

Senator Dan Patrick with Ellen Sanders and Dave SmithTexas Senator Dan Patrick visited Barbara Bush Branch on October 1 to tour the facility and discuss the value of libraries for the citizens of Texas. After his visit, the Senator sent an e-mail with this message, "I appreciate the great work you and your staff do for our community. You are part of the unsung heroes we have in district 7." Patrick is pictured in the center with Barbara Bush staff members Ellen Sanders and Dave Smith. The senator is holding his current favorite book, "Killing Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly.

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