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Island Beneath the Sea

Island Beneath the SeaA perfect audio selection for Hispanic Heritage Month would be Isabel Allende's recent novel, Island Beneath the Sea, translated from the Spanish by

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

SulaTitle to be discussed:  Sula by Toni Morrison.  Time of meeting:  Monday, October 10, 2011, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  Two girls who grow up to become women.  Two friends who become something worse than enemies.  In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in a small Ohio town. 

New ESL Classes at Baldwin Boettcher

globeDo you know someone who wants to learn English?  Baldwin Boettcher Branch currently offers two ESL classes for adults, and more are planned to start in the next few weeks.  These free classes are geared toward helping new immigrants meet their work and personal goals through English conversation study and language exercises in small groups of two to eight people.  Those interested in joining a class may stop by the library or call us at 281-821-1320 for more information.  The library also has the Rosetta Stone language learning program, as well as a selection of ESL books, CDs, and DVDs which may be checked out for an extended loan period.   

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September 11

Wake-Up CallThis date will be imprinted forever in the minds of all Americans old enough to remember the events of that morning ten years ago.  Here are some audiobooks that examine the terror attacks and their aftermath, from the point of view of novelists, journalists, and memoirists:

Hat Day at Baldwin Boettcher!

 

Hats: Status, Style and GlamourEveryone is invited to wear a hat or cap to the library next Tuesday, September 13, for our first annual celebration of Hat Day at Baldwin Boettcher.  We will have fun all day long and will award prizes for the best hat spotted in the building each hour.  Preschool Story Time at 11:00 AM will feature a special hat craft for the children, but this day is for all ages.  Hat Day is our own creation, so feel free to be imaginative!  Don’t miss out on the celebration -– go in your closet and find a hat to wear next Tuesday! 

Find out more about hats:

Hispanic Heritage on Display

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of LoveHispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15, but we are getting an early start.  Beginning Tuesday, September 6, the display table in the center of the library at Baldwin Boettcher will show off books, audiobooks and music by writers and artists of Hispanic countries or heritage.  As materials are checked out, we’ll be adding more, so keep checking throughout the month. 

Hispanic Heritage Month programs at Baldwin Boettcher:

Auto Audio Class

classroomAs much as I love listening to audiobooks in my car, sometimes I just long to hear a human voice talking, rather than reading to me.  That means it’s time to take a break from the books on CD and check out something from Modern Scholar or Great Courses.  These two series present audio recordings of college lectures from some of the country’s top professors, and while that may sound a little dry and uninteresting, these CDs are anything but. 

Volunteer as an ESL Tutor

Intermediate ESL classBaldwin Boettcher Branch needs volunteer ESL tutors for both one-on-one and small group classes.  Several tutor training sessions are planned in the coming weeks, including one on September 10 at nearby Barbara Bush Branch.  For more information on the ESL program, please stop by Baldwin Boettcher or call 281-821-1320 and speak with Cindy or Elise.  Helping new adult immigrants learn or improve their English skills is rewarding, fun, and a way to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The House on Mango StreetTitle to be discussed: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Date of meeting: Monday, September 12, 2011, at 6:30 PM. Summary: The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes -- sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous -- it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. This book club selection celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The Moviegoer by Walker PercyTitle to be discussed:  The Moviegoer by Walker Percy.  Time of meeting:  Monday, August 8, 2011, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  The Moviegoer is Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker who surveys the world with the detached gaze of a Bourbon Street dandy even as he yearns for a spiritual redemption he cannot bring himself to believe in.

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