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Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Firefly LaneTitle to be discussed:  Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.  Date of meeting:  Monday, November 9, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  "In the summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all -- beauty, brains, ambition.

The Stories of Eva Luna Online Discussion

The Stories of Eva LunaIf you read The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende, but were unable to make it to the discussion Monday night due to the thunderstorm, you are invited to post a comment here.  We will have an online book club meeting.  Now isn't technology great? 

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Mystery Book Club

Title to be discussed:  Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton. Date of Meeting: Wednesday, October 28, at 2 PM. Summary: To claim her inheritance, Lori Shepherd must first travel to England and unravel a mystery hidden in the estate of her deceased Aunt Dimity. This cozy, gentle read is the first in the author's Aunt Dimity series and is a delightful blend of mystery and ghost story. 

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The Stories of Eva LunaTitle to be discussed:  The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende. Date of meeting: Monday, October 12, at 6:30 PM. Summary: The title character tells a new story to her lover each night in this mesmerizing collection by the acclaimed Chilean author.

Hispanic Heritage Craft and Hot Chocolate Tasting

Young people 9 to 17 are invited to join us for a tissue flower craft tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29, at 5 PM, during our "merienda" celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. In addition to the craft, we are inviting all ages to sample several varieties of hot chocolate, along with some sweet bread. This Spanish custom of enjoying a treat during the afternoon (especially chocolate!) sounds wonderful to me.  We will also have some live guitar music to fully set the mood and transport us mentally to Spain.

La Merienda -- Ah, the joys of chocolate!

I love chocolate and consider it essential to life. Needless to say, I think it is wonderful that the people of Spain devote time each afternoon to "la merienda," which is a light meal or snack, such as their very special hot chocolate along with sweet bread. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we are having our very own merienda here at Baldwin Boettcher, at 5 PM on Tuesday, September 29. We will have several varieties of hot chocolate which may be new to you – so why not take time for a chocolate break and experience some new flavors along with us? This is a program for all family members.

Hispanic Heritage Events

Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15 – October 15, and we have several programs planned here at Baldwin Boettcher.

Hurricane Season Not Over Quite Yet…

In fact, we are only just now coming to the most likely period for hurricanes. Harris County Office of Emergency Management will be on hand to help us all prepare for the unhappy possibility of a major storm visiting the Gulf Coast this year. This informative program will be in the meeting room here at Baldwin Boettcher on Tuesday, September 8, at 5:00 PM, and will include a question and answer period. All are invited to attend.

Classic Movie Matinee on September 2

Sometimes you just love to see a movie over and over again. New movies are great, of course, but there are times you just want the comfort and predictable outcome of a movie you are sure you love. We'll be showing one of these gems for our next Classic Movie Club selection, and we invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 2, at 2:00 PM, in the Baldwin Boettcher meeting room. This 1959 romantic comedy will put a smile in your heart, whether it’s the first or the tenth time you have seen it. For more information, call us at 281-821-1320.

Book Club Begins Reading for September Meeting

Appointment in Samarra    I’m currently on page 40 of John O’Hara’s Appointment in Samarra and finding it hard to put down. This classic novel published in 1934 lets us into the world of the country club set, in a small town in Pennsylvania during the first part of the Great Depression. I am reminded a bit of F. Scott Fitzgerald in the setting and characters, yet Mr. O’Hara is a very different (and also excellent!) writer.

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