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

Barbara Bush Branch -- Afternoon Book Club

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

Title to be discussed: The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. Date of meeting: Thursday, Aug. 26, 1:30pm in the Earl Elliott Room. Repeated Friday, August 27, 2:30pm in the Women's Council of Realtors Conference Room. Summary: In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, wiith the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another. Next selection: Persepolis (a Books on the Bayou selection).

Remembering Al Johnson

ESL Tutor Al Johnson

Barbara Bush Library staff are saddened to report the passing of Al Johnson, our beloved volunteer tutor. Al began teaching ESL at the library in 2001. Since then he had logged more than 2,400 hours and taught nearly 150 ESL students. Al also conducted weekly Spanish classes at Barbara Bush and German classes at the Doss Center.

After Retirement There is Knowledge Exchange!

 Francoise Hodges and Marge Kannapinn have knitted and crocheted over five hundred chemo caps, and a thousand plus lap blankets all donated to M.D. Anderson and The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center in Houston. Their work has made a difference in the lives of many men, women and children.
This dynamic duo guides the participants of the Knowledge Exchange through the basics of knitting and crocheting to complex patterns for charity. From the youngest participants to the oldest members they are the quiet inspiration for all of us to share our talents and live enriched lives by serving others.
If you would like to participate, the Knowledge Exchange meets every Friday from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM in the Earl Elliott Room.
Thank you Francoise and Marge for all of your beautiful work.

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 www.hcpl.net 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