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Habla Espanol?

Ultimate SpanishDo you speak Spanish?  If you are studying Spanish, would you like a chance to practice your conversation skills?  If you are fluent in Spanish, would you like to share your knowledge of this beautiful language with others who want to learn?  Starting on October 7, Baldwin Boettcher Branch will offer Spanish Conversation, a weekly gathering for Spanish speakers of all levels. Those attending should know at least elementary Spanish.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean RhysTitle to be discussed:  Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.  Time of meeting:  Monday, October 25, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  Jean Rhys's reputation was made upon the publication of this passionate and heartbreaking novel, in which she brings into the light one of fiction's most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from

Writing with Light

Digital SLR Cameras & Photography for DummiesI just bought a new camera and right now I am a little overwhelmed with all its new features, choices and controls.  Thank goodness for the myriad photography guides available at our branch or elsewhere in the HCPL system, including how-to manuals and DVDs, and even website suggestions -- all to be found on the library catalog.  While searching for some answers to my questions, I also came across these novels, movies and nonfiction books on the subject of photography and photographers. 

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Captain Alatriste by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Title to be discussed:  Captain Alatriste, first in the series by Spanish author Arturo Perez-Reverte.  Time of Meeting:  Monday, September 13, 2010, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  A fictional 17th-century Spanish swordsman's instruction to frighten two travelers becomes a murder-for-hire arranged by Emilio Bocanegra, the name synonymous with the Spanish Inquisition.

Adults Are Creative Too!

99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim & Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Special

Remember when you were a child, how much fun it was to have a whole sheet of blank paper in front of you and a box of crayons within reach?  No limits at all on your creativity!  Maybe you drew imaginary creatures or maybe you tried to capture the essence of a familiar face or scene, though of course at the time you didn't think too much about how creative you were being.  Do you ever miss that?

Saturday ESL Class Starts September 4

The American Dream Starts @ Your Library

Do you know someone who wants to learn English?  Thanks to a generous grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the American Library Association, Baldwin Boettcher will be offering a new beginning English conversation class on Saturday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 PM, with child care services for students enrolled in the class.  To learn more or to sign up for the program, call the library at 281-821-1320 and speak to Elise or Cindy.

Animal Friends Visit the Library

Mobile Dairy ClassroomChildren of all ages enjoyed visits from Molly the Cow and a colorful array of snakes last Tuesday, July 20, in back-to-back Summer Reading Programs at Baldwin Boettcher. Robert Koonce, of Southwest Dairy Farmers’ Mobile Dairy Classroom, and Thomas Davis, also known as the Snakeman, accompanied the animals and presented these informative and fun programs.

At 10 AM, right in front of the library, Mr. Koonce talked about dairy farming and, with Molly’s help, demonstrated milking techniques. Children lined up to pet Molly and to get a closer look at one of the working animals we depend on for nutritious food.

Mad Men Count Down

Madison AvenueOnly a few more days and perhaps we will know something of the future of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and the cast of characters linked to the fledgling ad agency formed in the last episode of Mad Men, Season Three. No question where I and many others will be this Sunday evening at 9 PM. But whether you’re waiting on your hold for Season One, Two, or Three, or you’re one of the first Maddicts from the Summer 2007 premiere of this Emmy-winning AMC drama, you might enjoy slipping into the aura of the era with these late ‘50s—early ‘60s movies with a Manhattan setting. How well do these movies tell the real story of Madison Avenue? Of New York? Or of America 50 years ago?  

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Strangers by Anita BrooknerTitle to be discussed:  Strangers by Anita Brookner.  Date of meeting:  Monday, August 16, 6:30 PM.  Summary:  Wishing to avoid the complications of turning down his cousin's widow's Christmas invitation, reclusive retiree Paul Sturgis sets off from the quietude of his London flat for a holiday in Venice. There he meets Mrs.

Spotted on the New Book Shelf

Bonobo HandshakePricelessAll Over the Map

One perk of working in a library would have to be seeing the new books arrive in delivery each week, and I sometimes feel like a child at Christmas when I open these red tubs of new materials to be checked in.

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