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BARBARA BUSH BRANCH -- AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB

In the Heart of the Canyon

Title to be discussed: In the Heart of the Canyon, by Elisabeth Hyde. Date of meeting: Thursday, Nov. 18, 1:30pm in the Earl Elliott Room. Repeated Friday, Nov. 19, 2:30 pm in the Women's Council of Realtors Conference Room. Summary: This is a gripping new novel about a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon that changes the lives of everyone on board. Next Selection:

NEWS FROM THE BARBARA BUSH LIBRARY FRIENDS

Barbara Bush Library Friends logoThe December issue of the Barbara Bush Library newlsetter is attached. Click on the link below  to read about events and activities that impact you.

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BARBARA BUSH BRANCH -- AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB

PersepolisTitle to be discussed: Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. Date of meeting: Thursday, Sept. 23, 1:30pm, Earl Elliott Room. Repeated Friday, Sept. 24, 2:30pm, Women's Council of Realtors Conference Room. Summary: This memoir, told in graphic novel format, tells the story of Satrapi's childhood in Iran, from carefree pre-revolutionary days, to the departure of the Shah and the takeover of the Islamic fundamentalists. This is the 2010 Books on the Bayou selection being read and discussed all across Harris Coun...

MORE SUMMER WINNERS!

Peggy MitchellPeggy Mitchell, a Barbara Bush Library customer, was the winner of a $100 Amazon gift card in the 2010 Adult Summer Reading Club random drawing from all who registered and logged at least four books read this summer. Peggy is a regular Saturday visitor to the Barbara Bush library, being occupied during the week with her job as an engineer for a local oil company.  She is a big fan of being able to search the catalog online and make requests for items she wants to read. Her favorite choices are mysteries and biographies.Carina Arredondo

Carina Arredondo, a Circulation Assistant at the Barba...

HARRIET COLE WINS BRANCH PRIZE FOR SUMMER READING

Michele KubasHarriet Cole has won the Barbara Bush Branch prize in the 2010 Harris County Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program. Harriet was awarded an Amazon $50 Gift Card! She was chosen by a random computer generated drawing of all adult customers at the Barbara Bush Branch who registered and completed the reading of four books during the summer. Michele Cole Kubas, Ms. Cole’s daughter, (pictured with Annette Main, Asst. Branch Librarian for Adult Services) accepted the gift card for her mother who is currently out of state.

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A THANK-YOU FROM THE COMMUNITY

On Saturday, August 28, a group of adults from Faithbridge Church, approached the Circulation A Thank-You from FaithbridgeDesk. When a Circulation Assistant asked, "Who's next ?",  they all replied "YOU ARE !"

Their project had been to find a group who did good work for the community and they chose us. They simply wanted to say thank you for all of our efforts, and they did it by bringing us a huge shopping bag of goodies for the staff to share.  It was a very pleasant surprise indeed! Providing good customer service is our goal, and it is so nice when our efforts are publicly recognized.
 

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AND THE WINNERS OF THE TEEN WRITING CONTEST ARE ...

The winners of the 2010 Summer Teen Writing Contest were announced August 14 at a reception at the Barbara Bush Library. Almost 70 entries were received in the contest co-sponsored by the Young Adult Librarians at the Barbara Bush and Lonestar College Tomball branches. Congratulations to all entrants on a job well done! Winners in the four categories were:

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Nominate Your Favorite Librarian!

I Love My Librarian!

The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times "I Love My Librarian Award" encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Has someone here at the Harris County Public Library or another library made a difference in your life? Take this opportunity to say thanks to him or her by entering their name in this contest before September 20. Click here to read the rules and get the form to submit.

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Barbara Bush Branch -- Afternoon Book Club

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

Title to be discussed: The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. Date of meeting: Thursday, Aug. 26, 1:30pm in the Earl Elliott Room. Repeated Friday, August 27, 2:30pm in the Women's Council of Realtors Conference Room. Summary: In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, wiith the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another. Next s...

Remembering Al Johnson

ESL Tutor Al Johnson

Barbara Bush Library staff are saddened to report the passing of Al Johnson, our beloved volunteer tutor. Al began teaching ESL at the library in 2001. Since then he had logged more than 2,400 hours and taught nearly 150 ESL students. Al also conducted weekly Spanish classes at Barbara Bush and German classes at the Doss Center.

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