Mardi Gras Season Has Begun!

Mardi Gras Season has officially begun (yes, there is an official start to the Mardi Gras season)! We love to celebrate holidays here at Northwest, and Mardi Gras is just the reason we need to party hardy. This year we (or rather our talented John has) decorated the bulletin board behind the desk. Fat Tuesday is coming early this year, so make sure you enjoy yourself before the fun is over!

A History Lost to the West

If I said the names, Ramses the Second, Socrates, Cleopatra, Julius Ceasar, and so on, most of you would not only know who they are but be able to write a paragraph about them. After all, you learned about them in school. If I said the name, Chandragupta Maurya, Vardhamana Mahavira, Ashoka, Samudra Gupta, I am guessing that few of you would be able to tell me who they were or much about them.

Celebrate Black History Month with Academic Reference and Instruction Librarian Kimberly Gay w/ African American Genealogy 101

Northwest Branch Library is pleased to present African American Genealogy 101. Ms. Kimberly M. Gay, BS, MLS from the John B. Coleman Library on the campus of Prairie View A&M University will be teaching on how to begin researching your family's past. This session will be held on February 20th at 3:00pm in the Adult Reading Area. All are welcome to attend. For further information contact Northwest Reference Librarian Gwendolyn McDaniels.

New Year! New Book Clubs!

Did you know the library has several book clubs? You can join the Reader's Perspective Book Club if you are interested in current fiction. How about the Hallelujah Book Club for inspirational fiction? We also have the Classic Readers Book Club for those of you who would like to get back to the literary greats. Each book club is held on a Monday at 2:00 pm. Check the library newsletter and online calendar for details.

Exercise in the New Year!

Losing weight is probably foremost on everyone’s mind after the holidays. We at the library can help you with your goals (no, we’re not going to be your personal trainers, and don’t offer to pay us to be your personal trainers because some of us might be tempted to take you up on that offer). What we do have here are exercise DVDs and books to aid you, as well as cook books to help you make healthy meals. I’ll give you a hint: check out nonfiction sections 613 and 641.5. Don’t give up this year! You can lose weight.