Bob Gardener Cuba Exhibit

In case you haven’t yet seen Robert Gardener’s spectacular “Cuba as I See it” exhibit in Room L-129 here at the library, this week gives you one last chance. Robert Gardener recently returned from Cuba as part of a cultural “Art Exchange” program that allows American citizens to visit Cuba under existing embargo laws. The exchange emphasized interaction with a variety of arts as well as participation in the everyday life of the people. Bob spent several days in Havana and Trinidad, photographing the old, colorful, and restored structures of both cities.

Havana and Trinidad both offer the visitor a rich experience of bustling streets filled with farm tractors, old cars and trucks, children everywhere, men on horseback, street vendors, bicycle and horse drawn taxis, smells of rich coffee brewing, food cooking, laughter and music everywhere.

The selections he has chosen are designed to give you a sense of the people, lifestyles, architecture and arts of today’s Cuba, before they become inevitably changed by increased tourism and outside influences.

This week is your last week to see it! Come on in.

The Train to Crystal City: This year's Gulf Coast Reads selection

Did you know that from 1942 to 1945 secret government trains regularly delivered American civilians to an internment camp in Crystal City, 110 miles southwest of San Antonio? The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children; the vast majority of whom were deeply loyal to the United States, were never charged with a crime, and were unable to understand why they had been forced to leave their homes. Jan Jarboe Russell, a writer at large for Texas Monthly and other publications has written a gripping record of the World War II Crystal City, and it has been chosen as the Gulf Coast Reads selection for this year.

Children's Area Changes 1.1

Much like Apple does with Iphones and computers, we’ll be sending you updates as we continue to make the upgrades/changes to the Children’s Area.  The most recent and recognizable one is that we have moved all the books previously shelved in the “series” section into Fiction.  The reason: there are so many fabulous books that are part of a “series” that we simply don’t have the room to highlight all of them in that area.  As of today, all series books are now shelved by author. We have pulled a few of the more popular series and they are located on one side of the 2x2 pyramid shelf near the center of the children’s area.  On this shelf, you will find favorites such as Disney, Star Wars and Superheroes. On the shelves at the front of the fiction section (the former series shelves) you will find our Spanish collection, which consists of biographies, fiction, non-fiction and picture books as well as a small selection of Chinese language books. As always, please ask at the reference desk if you need help finding or requesting a book.  More great changes ahead…we’ll keep you posted! 

Art Explorers go to the Lascaux Caves

On Tuesday, September 13th, children 8-12 can learn about the famous prehistoric Lascaux Caves in France and create cave art.  We will turn our tables on their sides and tape brown paper to them to re-create cave walls. The lights will be turned off except for two spotlights and children will create whatever they want as if they were in an actual cave. Does that sound like fun?

That's Tuesday, September 13th at 4:30 pm.  Registration is open now.

Children's Area Changes!

   We are in the beginning phases of a complete Children’s Area overhaul.  Similar to Spring cleaning your house - this type of "cleaning" will be done Library style!   What that means is a shift in the collection, new programming being added and current programming being re-vamped!
One of the most obvious changes to the collection is the location of the Graphic Novels.  They have been moved from the far corner of the children’s area to the shelving unit directly to the left of the Children’s Activity Room.  The Juv. Ref, Country and State books have been shifted down one shelving unit and the current Blue Bonnet books can now be found on the top of the magazine section.
So, bear with us as the changes evolve – we’ll keep you posted as they happen!