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Harry Potter Fun at Aldine

The other day some students from the Sam Houston Quidditch team came and taught the Aldine kids how to play the game. For those who may not know, quidditch is the game played by the characters in the Harry Potter books and movies. My husband wanted to know where we were going to get the flying broomsticks! Well, they didn’t fly but they had a great time!

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The Dogs of Riga

I’ve been reading the Wallander series since PBS ran a series of TV adaptations based on this series. The Dogs of Riga is the second of the series, translated from the original Swedish. When the story starts out Wallander is mourning the death of his mentor, worried over his father and daughter, and upset over his wife leaving him. Sweden is changing, the crime rate is going up, and he’s not sure if his efforts to combat that are being effective. He is thinking about applying for a private security job. Then two male bodies are found in a life raft, tortured and executed. The case leads to the country of Latvia, and Wallander is asked to assist their police. His experiences there are life changing. I enjoy the look at a different country, in this case two different cases, and Wallander is a complex, flawed but enjoyable hero. 

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Ongoing Construction

picture of construction on DynaWhen you plan your visit to the Aldine Library, be aware that Airline Drive is going through some driveway and sidewalk improvements. As part of that construction, Dyna and Buckboard streets are closed at Airline. So you may have to work around that a bit. But it’s not causing traffic jams, and we are definitely open, so come see us! And soon we’ll enjoy a more beautiful Airline Drive. 

Meditation and Near Death Experiences

Join Dr. Andrew Vidich, author, educator, consultant and international speaker who has been meditating for over 40 years as he presents this workshop which provides an introduction into the multi-faceted, magical, and mystical world of meditation and near death experiences. women meditatiingThere will be an opportunity to participate in an introductory meditation practice and in a question and answer session.
 

Computer Classes

We will start having computer classes here at the Aldine Library starting July 1. They will be taught in our computer lab by Ms. Joiner and you can pick up a class schedule at our information desk. You must sign up to attend and you can do that at the info desk also. Classes taught will be Computer Basic, Internet Basic, E-mail Basic, Word Basic, Internet 2 and Word Basic 2. Come and learn with us!

New Magazine!

Recently we had some budget cuts and we had to cancel the subscriptions to some of our magazines. We’re happy to announce that we have one new magazine to tell you about. It's the Houstonia magazine which started publication a few months ago. It covers all the neat things going on in our fair city, and you can come and read the magazine for free at your library!

Teen Creations

As always, our teens here at Aldine are always doing something creative. The other day they were creating zines (small press, do it yourself, alternative magazines.)  Everyone got into it and had a great time. There will be a Houston ZineFest in Oct. and our teens will have the opportunity to swap zines with other zine creators. Thepicture of zines next teen event will be Monday, July 1 at 2 pm when we will celebrate all things Harry Potter!

The Devotion of Suspect X

 

cover of The Devotion of Suspect X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yasuko is being stalked by her ex-husband, who winds up in her apartment threatening her and her daughter. They wind up killing him in self-defense. Her next door neighbor Ishigami, a genius who teaches math at the local high school, volunteers to dispose of the body for her. She knows he has a crush on her but she doesn’t realize how devoted to her he is. Throughout the book, through all the twists and turns, the suspense lies in seeing if Yasuko and Ishigami will get away with their cover-up. The Devotion of Suspect X is written by Japan’s most popular author and I can really see why he is a bestselling author there.  This title definitely y kept my interest and I look forward to future translations of his work

Ronald is Coming!

We are all very excited because Ronald McDonald is coming to the Aldine Library on Wed, June 26th at 3 pm! Be sure to bring the kids for Ronald's special show. This is traditionally a big program for our children and we always have a great time. So don't miss it. See you then!

Happenings at the Aldine Library

Summer reading is in full swing here at Aldine. Be sure to come in and sign up for the Summer Reading Programs. We have one for every age! And next week  on Monday, June 24th at 2 pm,  ZineFest Houston will visit our teens and they will help us put together our very own Travel Zine. This will be featured in the ZineFest festival in Oct! For little kids, we have a craft this Wed. at 3 pm.

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