Children's Garden Club News!

Congratulations to the eight boys and girls (ages 5 - 12) in the Children’s Garden Club who completed the requirements for their Golden Ray Series Certification in Vegetables and Herbs.  Over the past few months (beginning in the Fall of 2012) each child worked hard [both] at home and the Library completing the required activities.  These included:   planning a garden, growing and harvesting techniques, nutrition in the garden and how to use vegetable and herbal products.  Each child has already received or will be receiving a Golden Ray Series Certificate and a Junior Master Gardener Vegetable Pin. This certification is a portion towards their ultimate goal of certification as a Junior Master Gardener!  Throughout the winter season, the children grew, nurtured and harvested English peas, carrots, radishes, herbs, kale, cabbage and other fabulous winter plants.  Without a doubt, these children have proven that you can have a “green thumb" at any age!

 

Cancelled: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

 We regret to announce that the film screening and discussion with filmmaker, Francis O’Donnell on Wednesday, April 3rd has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

For your reading pleasure the library has copies of the book companion to the movie. See In the Footsteps of Marco Polo in our catalog.

You can also view the 90-minute movie streaming online.

Marco Polo, Introduction to Islam: exciting programs to begin the spring season

At the beginning of April two exciting programs will kick off an international theme at the library that will continue through August. The first is a film screening and discussion with the filmmaker of In the Footsteps of Marco Polo.

Two ordinary guys, Denis Belliveau, a wedding photographer, and Francis O'Donnell, an artist and U.S. Marine veteran, had the wild idea of retracing Marco Polo's epic 25,000 mile route from Venice to China and back. They spent two years on horse-back and camel-back and in jeeps, trucks, ships, and trains  trying to do so. Come to a 90 minute film screening of this remarkable adventure and a discussion with film maker Francis O'Donnell. That's Wednesday, April 3rd, 3:30 p.m., in Room L-129.

The second is an educational event about Islam that is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant called Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys. The library has received a collection of 25 books, movies, and magazines celebrating Islamic culture and for the month of April it will be on display along with Islamic art on loan from the Houston Muslim community. Mark your calendar for the educational program, Introduction to Islam, the Religion and Its Cultures, co-hosted by Al Salaam Mosque, on Thursday, April 4th, at 2:00 p.m. in the college's Room E-100.

Community News

thumbtackLooking for a place to post flyers for community and school events, job opportunities in the area, and other useful news? The library has a community bulletin board in the Café near the back door! Just stop by the Reference Desk and ask a librarian to initial your flyer before adding it to our community bulletin board.

Flickr CC: Red thumbtack Photo by: 24oranges

Betta, Betta Read All About It!

If you were wondering why you always see children swarming around the reference desk in the Children’s department, wonder no more.  We are the proud owners of 3 betta fish and 3 catfish.  In no particular order we invite you to stop by, tap on the glass, wave hello, blow fish kisses etc, etc, etc, and meet Swimmy, Nemo and Oscar (the betta fish).  And,Spot, Speckles and Rocky (the catfish).  Who’d a thunk fish could be so much fun!