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Read-A-Thon This Saturday

Children Being Read To--Photo Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesThis Saturday the Barbara Bush Branch Library will host Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women as they hold their Read-A-Thon. Guest readers will read books continuously throughout the day. Every twenty minutes the topics will change. They will range from Spring Into Spring to Texas and the Wild, Wild, West.

The reading starts at 10am and will wind down just before we close at 5pm. You’ll also get a chance to meet authors Warren Hanson and Kathryn Friesen.

Come and Meet a Friend

Group Meeting at a Table: Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesThere is only one thing better than making a friend and that's making a Barbara Bush Library Friend. So don't miss out on the opportunity by coming to our next Barbara Bush Library Friends planning meeting.

This meeting is open to everyone interested in supporting the library through volunteering, raising funds, and hosting special activities. We want to hear your ideas about making our library even better!

We will be meeting Monday, April 7, at 7pm in the Women's Council of Realtors Conference Room on the 2nd floor. We'll see you there.

Chocolate Study Hall Tomorrow

Chocolate--Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesTeens, the end of the school year is fast approaching. That means that those finals will be here before you know it. And if there's one thing you need to help you study it is chocolate. Tomorrow we will be providing teens a quite space where hot chocolate and chocolate confections will be available. Bring your study materials and get to work in a relaxing, sugar-fueled study session!

We will see you tomorrow at 6:00 pm in the Robin Bush Room!

Caregiver Support Group

Photo Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesThe Barbara Bush Branch Library is happy to host a newly established caregivers support group for the area. This is a group that meets on the first and third Fridays of the month. Each session covers a new topic and caregivers can share and learn from each other.

The next meeting is tomorrow, March 21, at 10 am in our Robin Bush Room.

 

A Spring Cleaning for the Moseley Hall

Cleaning the DollhouseRecently Moseley Hall, the branch's dollhouse, received a cleaning. It is now in prime condition for visitors. While we were in there, we also repositioned the resident mice. It has been a long tradition here to try to find the mice hiding in the Moseley Hall. Even those of you who found them before can now play again. Will you find them? Come and try your best!

The Library: An International Destination

Students Getting Library Cards

The Barbara Bush Branch Library has been fortunate enough to provide tours for students attending North American University. For the last two months these international students have been visiting the branch to learn about our services and to get their very own library cards. Everyone was eager to start using the library's resources and we were eager to provide them. The whole thing was a wonderful experience. 

The Time for Voting Has Arrived

Voting Signs: Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesEarly voting has begun for the March 4th elections. Be sure to visit the Election Division for Harris County to if you have any questions. Or if you consider yourself a bit more traditional and prefer looking at paper copies, then stop by the library. Here we can provide (while supplies last) voters guides distributed by the League of Women Voters, sample ballots, and early voting locations. 

Fun Had By All at African American Read-In

Well, we talked and talked for weeks about this year’s Read-In and we were right. It was fantastic! There were activities for the kids, Kathy Culmer entertain and educated with her storytelling, the Claughton Middle School Step Team performed, and our panel discussion was filled with aspiring writers looking for advice with getting their projects off the ground.

We posted pictures highlighting the event and check out this video we made.

Congratulations to our co-host, E.B.O.N.Y., for doing such a wonderful job. We are already working on next year’s Read-In, and look forward to seeing you there.

The Ball That Has It All

Pink Broken HeartTeens, what’s better than Valentine’s Day being three days away? Our Broken Hearts Ball is just two.

February can get you down with all the emphasis on Valentine's Day and the joys of coupledom.  We're here to prove that singles have more fun!  So join us for a fun night of games, awkward Valentines, morose poetry and silent raving!

Bring your MP3 player/phone and a pair of headphones to participate in the SILENT RAVE. Friends (platonic & romantic) welcome. We'll see you Thursday, February 13th from 6:30-8:00pm.

Meet The Author: Charlotte Stallings

Author Charlotte StallingsThe Read-In is tomorrow and the means we have one more author to meet—Charlotte Stallings.

A former Vice President of Investment Strategies at Ameriprise Financial, Charlotte developed a national initiative to provide investment and financial planning advice geared specifically to women. She served as the firm’s National Spokesperson on Women and Investing Issues.

Charlotte gained expertise in the nuts and bolts of sales, marketing, business and leadership from her years at US Banks, Xerox and over 20 years at American Express. By taking risks, making mistakes and gathering information, she grew into the kind of expert that you can trust.

Charlotte has made appearances on CNN and other national and regional media outlets. She is a weekly in-studio guest on Houston’s FOX26 ‘Wake-Up Money’ segment, and is also a member of the National Speakers Association. Charlotte was selected by The Steed Society and Comerica Bank as one of the Top 25 Women of Houston, and she has been a featured financial contributor in Essence Magazine and other publications. Charlotte is the author of I Wish Someone Had Told Me: Financial Lessons Learned the Hard Way

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