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New ESL Class

ESL classDo you know someone who wants to learn English?  Next month Baldwin Boettcher will begin a brand new ESL class for adults who speak little or no English.  The new class will meet on Thursdays from 1 to 3 pm, starting on October 11.  As with all library programs, this class is free.  Those interested are encouraged to drop by the library to fill out a student contact form, but pre-registration is not necessary.  For more information, please contact Cindy at the library (281-821-1320).  Photo credit:  Baldwin Boettcher Branch photo

Gulf Coast Reads @ Baldwin Boettcher

Extremely Loud and Incredibly ClosePeople across greater Houston are reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer.  This acclaimed novel is the 2012 choice for Gulf Coast Reads, a series of programs aiming to get Houstonians on the same page for enlightening discussions of a single book. 

Hat Day 2012

The Cowboy HatJoin us next Thursday, September 13, for our Second Annual Hat Day, an all-day celebration of the fashionable and purposeful hat, in honor of Reference Librarian Cindy Groover (aka The Hat Lady).  We will be giving out prizes throughout the day for the most imaginative and most interesting hats worn by ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages, so dig deep in your closet to find those treasures of yesteryear.  This is the one day of the year that you will see every staff member in a hat, so plan to visit Baldwin Boettcher Branch next Thursday and let&

By Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs by Walter IsaacsonBenjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein,  and Steve Jobs.  What do these men have in common?

Mental Travel Escapes

A Year in the WorldIt may not be possible to take a real vacation this summer, but if you’re weary of the Texas heat and humidity, you can plan your dream trip -- and find some stress relief and mental escape -- all without leaving home or even spending a dime.  Here are some audiobooks that will send you magically elsewhere while you are coping with Houston traffic on a 99-degree afternoon.

 

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

ConquistadoraPlease join us for this special book discussion celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.  Title to be discussed:  Conquistadora, by Esmeralda Santiago.  Time of meeting:  Monday, September 10, at 6:30 pm.  Summary:  Even as a young girl in nineteenth-century Spain, Ana Cubillas is drawn to the exotic island of Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leon.  And in twin brothers Ramon and Inocente -- both in love with Ana -- s

The Technologists

The TechnologistsBoston, 1868.  An inexplicable force causes ships’ instruments to stop working, causing chaos in Boston Harbor.  Even more baffling, in the city’s business district a sinister phenomenon causes glass to liquefy, killing citizens and resulting in fear, panic and economic havoc.  This strange case is beyond the expertise of the police, but some fearless students in the first class of the newly formed Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- the technologists -- take on the challenge, hoping to score a victory against rival Harvard.

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

Anna KareninaJoin us on Monday, August 6, 6:30 pm, for our final discussion of Anna Karenina, the Russian classic by Leo Tolstoy.  We'll talk about the entire novel and its several film versions.  Summary from library catalog:  Regarded by many as the greatest novel ever written in any language, Anna Karenina relates the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer Count Vronsky.  Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, Anna's tragedy unfolds with relentless force as she rejects her passionless marriage to the aging official Karenin and must endure the hypocrisies of society.

The Paris Wife, and…..Paris

The Paris WifeIf someone tore your heart out, crushed it into pieces, and then walked off into a brand new life, would you be able to forgive and remain friends?  What if you were Hadley Richardson, the first wife of Ernest Hemingway, and the ruined relationship in question had in its earlier years brought you great happiness and more adventure than you ever dreamed you could have?  Paula McLain’s novel, The Paris Wife, is a fictionalized but thoroughly well-researched and plausible portrait of Hadley and Ernest and their six years together.

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

Anna KareninaJoin us as we read the classic Russian novel, Anna Karenina, this summer.  At our first meeting, Monday, June 4, 2012, at 6:30 pm, we will discuss Parts One and Two of this famous work by Leo Tolstoy.  We will also talk about several film versions of the book as we move through the story over the summer.  Summary from library catalog:  Regarded by many as the greatest novel ever written in any language, Anna Karenina relates the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer Count Vronsky.  Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, Anna's tragedy unfolds with relentless force as she rejects her passionless marriage to the aging official Karenin and must endure the hypocrisies of society. 

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