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NEWS FROM THE BARBARA BUSH LIBRARY FRIENDS

Logo for Barbara Bush Library FriendsRead about the latest library events and services, courtesy of the Barrbara Bush Library Friends. Or subscribe to receive the news in your own mailbox each month, Choose your favorites from the newsletter archives.

To join the Friends and support their efforts, use the membership form on their website.

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PEN & PAINTBRUSH BOOK CLUB

A View of Mt. FujiThe Pen and Paintbrush Book Club, which partners the Barbara Bush Library with the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, will be reading "36 Views of Mount Fuji" by Cathy Davidson this summer. This non-fiction work, has been described as "one of the best explanations of Japanese culture, and our problems in understanding it, that has come along in years." You are invited to join the discussion of this book on Thursday, August 4, at 1:30pm in the museum conference room. It will be followed by a tour of the museum's current exhibit entitled "Views of Mt. Fuji", led by Education Director Rosemary Hickman.

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BARBARA BUSH BRANCH -- AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB

Cover Art for "Still Alice" Title to be discussed: Still Alice, by Lisa Genova. Date of meeting: Thursday, July 28, 1:30pm, Robin Bush Activity Room. Repeated Friday, July 29, 2:30pm in the Women's Council of Realtors Conference Room. Summary: "This is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by a first-time author who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience."  Next month's selection:

JUNE IS AUDIOBOOK MONTH

June is Audiobook Month, so it is a good time to experiment with challenging your reading group to become a listening One For the Moneygroup. Audio can help make the most of time in today's multi-tasking world. Just think -- you can listen while you drive, exercise, cook, or clean! In addition to asking the regular book club discussion questions, you can talk about whether or not the story worked well on audio. Did it add or detract from the experience of the book? Did the narrator's voice "fit" the character or the locale? Did the choice of a male vs. a female narrator affect your listening experience? If you haven't listened to an audio book before, I recommend one of my favorite series: Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum mysteries, starting with

THANKS TO OUR COMMUNITY!!

 In these tough economic times, support from our community is more important than ever. Thanks to these individuals and organizations for their recent donations:

      Individual donor -- $2000 for children’s books

      Wal-Mart -- $1500 for literacy programming

      North Harris AAUW -- $1250 to buy children’s concept books

      Junior Guild -- $750 for adult books

      National Charity League, Cypress Creek -- $306

      Memorial NW Ladybugs Gardeners --  An orchid plant & book

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BARBARA BUSH BRANCH -- AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB

Those Who Save Us Title to be discussed: Those Who Save Us, by Jenna Blum. Date of meeting: Thursday, June 23, 1:30pm in the Earl Elliott Room. Repeated Friday, June 24, 2:30pm in the Women's Council of Realtors Conference Room. Summary:  Driven by the guilt of her Nazi heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother's life. Next month's selection:

SHOP @ THE BOOK FAIR!

B&N Book Fair

If you shop at the Champions Barnes & Noble on Saturday May 21, between 9am and 11pm, and present the attached voucher, the Barbara Bush Library Friends will receive a percentage of the sale. Prefer to shop online? Between 5/21/11 and 5/26/11, go to bn.com/bookfairs and enter the bookfair ID 10475036 at checkout. Either way, you can support your community library.

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TEEN SUMMER WRITING CONTEST

Teen writer

If you are between the ages of 12 and 18 (grades 6-12), your writing skills and your creativity can earn you some prizes this summer. The Young Adult Librarians at the Barbara Bush Branch and the LSC-Tomball Community Library are sponsoring a writing contest for teens. To enter, you must submit an original short story or poem before the 5:00pm deadline on July 30. For more details, see the attached entry form.

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OUTREACH TO ALDINE ISD

Conley Elementary (AISD) Open House, 3/8/11It was inspiring to see the crowd of families in attendance at the Conley Elementary School Open House (Aldine Independent Schhol District) on Tuesday evening, March 8. Conley is located halfway between the Aldine and Barbara Bush branches of the Harris County Public Library. Members of the Barbara Bush Library Friends distributed handouts about the library system and gave the children bookworm erasers and READ temporary tattoos. Best of all, they made 33 library cards for the children and their families. It is great to see the schools, libraries, and parents working together for the good of these young children.

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BARBARA BUSH BRANCH - AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB

Girl in a Blue DressTitle to be discussed: Girl in a Blue Dress, by Gaynor Arnold. Date of meeting: Thursday, Mar. 24, 1:30pm in the Earl Elliott Room. Repeats Friday, Mar. 25, 2:30pm in the Women's Council of Realtors Conference Room. Summary: "This debut novel recreates the domestic life of author Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine, in the process detailing much about the status of women in Victorian England." April selection:

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