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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.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The Thin Man by Dashiell HammettTitle to be discussed: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett. Date of Meeting: Monday, July 11, 2011, at 6:30 PM. Summary: Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners. --summary from library catalog

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Mildred PierceTitle to be discussed: Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain. Time of meeting: Monday, June 13, 2011, at 6:30 PM. Summary: "Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter." Out of these elements, James M.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Hard Times by Charles DickensTitle to be discussed:  We continue our discussion of Hard Times by Charles Dickens.  Date of meeting:  Monday, May 16, 2011.  Summary: 

American Dream and Ice Cream

The American Dream @ Your LibraryOur ESL students and tutors have been working so hard, we are throwing a party for them, and everyone is invited! On Tuesday, March 29, at 5:30 PM, the Baldwin Boettcher Branch staff will have a wonderful variety of luscious ice cream flavors and scrumptious toppings all ready for you to prepare an ice cream sundae to die for. This program for all ages will honor the students in our American Dream ESL Program, which is funded through a generous grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the American Library Association.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Hard Times by Charles DickensTitle to be discussed: First half of Hard Times by Charles Dickens.  Date of meeting: Monday, April 18, at 6:30 PM.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The Mammy by Brendan O'CarrollTitle to be discussed: The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll. Time of meeting: Monday, March 21, at 6:30 PM. Summary: A popular Irish comedian chronicles with raw humor and great affection the comic misadventures of a large and lively North Dublin family in the 1960s.  Here is the heartwarming and hilarious story of an Irish widow who raises her seven children alone, refusing to be overwhelmed by any obstacle in her path.

American Dream for English Language Learners

 The American Dream Starts @ Your Library

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