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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.


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: Little Bee.

African American Read-In

Authors at the African American Read-InMore than 100 people of all ages and ethnic groups joined together on Feb. 26 to celebrate Black History month with the African American Read-In. Five authors (Cathy Clay, Karen Brown, Tracy Burries-Hall, Wanda Purnell, and Stella Alexander) displayed and read from their works. This is the 22nd national celebration of this event, and the fourth that has taken place at the Barbara Bush Library. It is co-sponsored by the Barbara Bush Library Friends and the E.B.O.N.Y. organization (Enrichment & Brotherhood Organization of Northwest Youth).


Library supporters in Rep. Patricia Harless's office in the CapitolLibrary supporters travelled to Austin on Library Legislative Day, Feb. 16. Their purpose was to make the case for restoring some of the devastating cuts to libraries in the proposed state budget that would impact library-provided databases, interlibrary loan services, computer access, and other services to customers. Pictured are Stephanie Green from Klein ISD; staff and Friends of the Barbara Bush Library; and Colby Beuck (center), aide to Rep. Patricia Harless. The group also visited with aides to State Sen. Dan Patrick, Rep. Debbie Riddle and Rep. Dwayne Bohac. Visit this Texas Library Association website to see how your voice can be heard, too.


Rose Castro, the Enrichment Coordinator at Paradise Springs retirement center (5600 Cypresswood Dr.), and several reParadise Springs visits the librarysidents of the facility surprised the staff at the Barbara Bush Library with a cake to celebrate the New Year. The center is reaching out to partners in their area to says "thanks" to those who provide services to the community. Residents of the center regularly visit the library to check out books, participate in the knitting group and book clubs, take computer classes, and use the Internet. It was a sweet way to meet our neighbors!


Mrs. Barbara Bush and her dog Mini visit the library

Mrs. Barbara Bush and her 18-month old Maltese poodle named Mini made a surprise visit to the Barbara Bush Branch Library on January 5, 2011, to do a special preschool story time about dogs. Debbie Hudson, Children's Assistant , began by reading several stories for the children. I Love Dogs, by Saltzberg

Then Mrs. Bush read the children the book called I Love Dogs. When she finished, she invited the children to come up to pet Mini, who seemed to love all the attention. A dog puppet craft rounded out the event. And a good time was had by all!



Holy Walkamolies Fitness Challenge Team

This fall, Harris County offered its employees the chance to form teams to participate in the Step-2-It fitness challenge. The Barbara Bush Library formed a team of ten members who called themselves the Holy Walkamolies. We are proud to announce that this group scored in the Top Ten by coming in eighth place among all county-wide teams. These ladies walked an incredible average of 737,601 steps or 368.8 miles during the 50 days of this challenge. Most of it was probably just doing their daliy work!! It was great motivation to have fun and get healthier at the same time.



Quilt WinnerCongratulations to Olga Tompkins, winner of the raffle for the lovely quilt donated to the Barbara Bush Library Friends by the Serendipity Quilters.  All proceeds from the raffle will be used to buy books for the library.


Undecorate the Tree

Susan Greer, Ways and Means Chair for the Barbara Bush Library Friends, is pictured beside a very unusual tree in the library lobby. Susan says, "The Undecorate the Tree fundraiser is a creative way for the Friends to raise their goal of $2,011 for buying books for the library in 2011. When it first went up, the tree had over 200 envelopes on it. Library users were invited to take off an envelope, add a donation of any size to it, and drop it in the donation box at the Customer Service Desk. As of Dec. 21, with only ten days to go, we are 1/3 of the way to our goal."

Donations have ranged from a few cents to $100. Probably the most creative was a supporter who donated $20.11. The Friends would like the tree to be completely undecorated by Dec. 31. Can you help support your community library by Undecorating the Tree?

Barbara Bush Library - Afternoon Book Club

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

Title to be discussed: Nefertiti, by Michelle Moran. Date of meeting: Thurs., Jan. 27, 1:30pm in the Earl Elliott Room. Repeated Friday, Jan. 28, 2:30pm in the Women's Council of Realtors Conference Room. Summary: Fast-paced fiction but historically accurate, it is the dramatic story of Queen Nefertiti and her sister, two unforgettable women living through a remarkable period in history. Next selection: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.

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