Clara Maynard's blog

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

 

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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.

Blue Shoes and Happiness

On a long trip recently, I brought a copy of Blue Shoes and Happiness. This is part of the popular Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.  The titles offer a view of everyday life in Botswana as the ladies seek to earn an honest living as detectives.  In this title, Mma Ramotswe is married now and Mma Makutsi is engaged. A customer named Poppy comes to them.

Driveway Repair!

picture of road constructionThe city has been working on driveways all along Airline Drive and now it's our turn. On Wed. afternoon we will have our big public driveway torn up so that they can pour new cement. This means all of our customers will have to enter and leave through the small staff driveway. Please take this into account when you plan your visits with us for the next few days. Schedule extra time to get in and out of the parking lot and please be careful!

Line of Fire

I’ve read and enjoyed Stephen White’s series featuring Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory throughout the years. There are 18 previous novels and in Line of Fire, White starts to bring the series to a close. Alan and his friend Sam Purdy have a deep, dark secret and events have made it likely that their secret will be revealed. At the same time that they are dealing with this, Alan’s business partner, Diane, is coping with recent traumas and she is not doing well at all. The summer has been very dry and wildfires are blazing in the countryside around Boulder. The real mystery here is not who did it, but whether Alan and Sam can make it out of this.

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Hundred-Dollar Baby

I had a long trip to make so I checked out the audio book Hundred-Dollar Baby by Robert B. Parker. In this title, Spencer is reunited with April Kyle. April had been a teenage prostitute that Spencer had rescued in the past. Now she’s grown up and she says she needs his help. However, as he tries to help her, more and more lies pile up, and then Ollie, a minor gangster, is killed. Spencer, and his sidekick Hawk, go between New York and Boston, trying to uncover the truth in this case. Spencer begins to wonder if he really saved April, and can he save her again this time?

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