Celebrate Black History Month with a Movie

 In honor of Black History Month, will be showing a movie based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959.

Synopsis:  Lorraine Hansberry's play is given sensitive treatment by filmmaker Daniel Petrie (The Bay Boy). Sidney Poitier heads a fine cast in the story of an African American family in Chicago who are struggling with mixed aspirations, not enough money, conflicts over religion, and institutional racism.-Amazon.com review

We will show the movie on Wednesday, February 23 at 11 a.m.  Refreshments will be served!

Call West University Library at 713-668-8273, if you would like to find out the title of the film. 

 

West University Book Club-Book Selection for March 2

SeabiscuitTitle to be discussed: Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand.  Wednesday March 2, 11 a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary: Gifted sportswriter Hillenbrand unearths the rarefied world of thoroughbred horse racing in this captivating account of one of the sport's legends. Though no longer a household name, Seabiscuit enjoyed great celebrity during the 1930s and 1940s, drawing record crowds to his races around the country. -From Publishers Weekly

Snippets from the Trenches

Snippets from the TrenchesWe were delighted to have author Freda Wagman visit us yesterday, and give a book talk about her memoir Snippets from the Trenches.  "Snippets from the Trenches, a mother's AIDS memoir, is a time line of the twelve-year journey of the author's son living with HIV/AIDS. Upon learning his diagnosis early in 1983, a time when treatment options were limited, she joined the fledgling AIDS Foundation Houston. Throughout the book, she tells of her involvement in helping other people, along with the hope of learning how to cope with her own impending loss.” Review from Amazon.com

Welcome Humphrey

Our library has a new member upstairs in the Children's Section.  Humphrey the hamster has taken up residence in the picture book area.  Humphrey is a long-haired, tan colored male hamster who is almost 3 months old.  We're learning his habits and are finding that Humphrey is not as neat a "housekeeper" as our previous friend, Dora, was.  He is active and enjoys racing on his wheel.  Come meet Humphrey and check out some of our books on hamsters.

The Vikings are Coming!

viking shipJoin us at the West University Branch Library on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at 1:00, as the Vikings invade! 

Were there really warriors, once upon a time, with horns on their helmets?  Did these warriors have a scary dragon head on their ships?  Learn all about the Vikings (if you dare)...their tales, their history, and their impressive ships.  This family event will feature a performance by the "Little Vikings" choir and a tasty sweet from Denmark. 

Following the family program at 3:00 will be a film screening of A Viking Voyage.  Hear the tale of the reconstruction of the Sea Stallion, introduced by a crew member who was part of the voyage, documented by BBC film.

For more information, call 281-497-7382 or visit www.aia-houston.com.