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See the World from the Library

Visit sites around the world without leaving town! Checkout the library travel section for books on Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Americas and more. Here are a few titles to get you started:


Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron

The Other Side of Russia: a slice of life in Siberia and the Russian Far East by Sharon Hudgins

That Summer in Sicily by Marlena De Blasi

The River at the Center of the World by Simon Winchester

There's still time to read a book this summer!!

You can still join the Adult summer reading club. Read four books and be eligible for prizes. Choose your favorite authors or titles and relax with a book out of the heat.  Register by August 7th and enter your books in your log by august 14th. Go to to register.


Here are some cool titles to help you chill out:

Whiteout by Ken Follett

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

The Shining by Stephen King

Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat

Legal Research Database Demo


Do I have to take driver’s ed to get a driver’s license? Can I get a marriage license for free? Come see how to use Texas Statutes online and Gale Legal Forms at our Legal Research Database Demo, one of our monthly Database Demo presentations to be held Friday July 2, 2010 at 11 AM, in our second floor computer lab. These classes are popular so please register by going online or by calling the library.

Read some books, join the fun!

Join the fun with the adult services staff at the Barbara Bush Branch Library. Read or listen to only four books and be eligible for prizes. Go to this website and register: ReaderNation. This is also where you record the books you've read. The registration for the program runs through August 7th, so there is still lots of time to get involved.

Three entries will be selected from a random drawing of all readers who complete the program. The prizes are bookstore gift cards in the amounts of $200.00 (1st prize), $150.00 (2nd prize), and $100.00 (3rd prize). The Barbara Bush Branch Library will also select a winner from a random drawing of our readers completing the program. The prize will be a $50.00 bookstore gift card.

Workforce Solutions Job Search Seminar

On Thursday, May 20 at 1:30 the library will present a seminar by Workforce Solutions titled "Interviewing." Get advice on effective interviewing techniques, how to respond appropriately to common interview questions, and how to negotiate salary and benefits for your new job.  The interview is where jobs are won or lost. Ensure that your chances of getting the job are high.

The seminar will be held in the Earl Elliott meeting room of the library, which is located at 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. Call 281-376-4610 for more information. No registration is required. There will be no employer's representatives present at the seminar.

Asian-Pacific American Month Display in Glass Showcase

Happi jacket, Laquer WareVietnamese dress, frame from Pakistan

Stop in the lobby of the library and enjoy the cultural items provided by the staff of the Barbara Bush Branch Library in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage month. These items will be on display for your enjoyment during May. We are a well-travelled and diverse staff and we are happy to share our treasures with you, our customers.


Snapshot of the Library

What happens at the library on an average day?  Tomorrow we plan to find out. We will be taking pictures at programs, and asking you why you come to visit the library, and why the library is important to you.

What services that we offer do you use the most, computer classes, databases, entertainment, DVDs, books, business research, job seeking, etc.? Stop at one of the Information Desks and share your ideas with us.

Job Search Seminar Series - Rebranding Your Skills

On Thursday, April 15 the Barbara Bush Branch Library will host a Workforce Solutions job search seminar from 1:30-4:00 pm titled "Rebranding Your Skills." Expand your job search prospects by rebranding your skills. This workshop will teach you to identify the skills you have gained in the past and present them in a way that catches the attention of employers, thus helping you to move into a new job or even a new industry.

The workshop will be held in the Earl Elliott Meeting Room on the 1st floor of the library, which is located at 5817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. Call 281-376-4610 for more information. No registration is required. There will be no employer's representatives at these seminars.

"Whirligigs" on Exhibit at the Barbara Bush Branch Library


W. Roland MCClellan has provided us with a wonderful, fun exhibit for our glasscase in the lobby. After retirement, Roland was motivated to explore his creativity. He found that whirligigs offered almost unlimited design and mechanical challenges. The whirligigs in this exhibit are only a few examples of what can be done with this interesting media.

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