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One Step Over the Line

Do you have any superstitious habits? Do you make a mental note to not step on a crack or walk under a ladder?

Mural Repair

The Aldine Library's beloved mural is in need of repairs once again. Nearly a year ago, the Museum of Cultural Arts, Houston came out to the branch to patch up areas of the mural that needed attention. A few weeks ago, we noticed that pieces of tile had fallen off once more. We are again working with the folks at the Museum of Cultural Arts to fix the mural. We'll have it repaired as soon as we can. We hope that by providing additional caulking and taking other measures we will have a more permanent fix to the problem.

In the Works

Visitors to the Aldine Library may have noticed plywood covering one our windows in the YA section. Our window was shattered by a stray soccer ball in February. A new window has been ordered and we'll have it replaced as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!

 

Door Prize Winners

triplets with backpack and blanket

The Aldine Library's Read Across America Day on 3/8/12 featured two door prize drawings. One family of triplets had two lucky winners. The siblings took home a Dr. Seuss backpack and blanket after the celebration.
 

Spring

Spring is here. What better way to express the change in seasons than in a poem? 

The poet Dylan Thomas evokes images of the seasons in his Collected Poems:

"Symbols are selected from the years'

Slow rounding of the four seasons' coasts,

In autumn teach three seasons' fires

And four birds' notes."

In addressing spring, Dylan writes "Here in this spring, stars float along the void; I should learn spring by the cuckooing. . ."

Happy Spring to you!

 

Read Across America Day 2012 @ Aldine

Aldine Library celebrated Read Across America Day at Bilingual Storytime on Thursday, March 8th. The children enjoyed games, crafts, and the Dr. Seuss book "Ten Apples Up on Top." Read Across America Day is an annual events that fosters reading practices and celebrates the birthday of the famous Dr Seuss.

Live at Aldine Library!

The Aldine Library was treated to an impromptu live musical performance in the parking lot on the evening of Wednesday, February 29th. Castro Reyes (on right) showed up to serenade his girlfriend, Janisse Flores, (on left) and to ask her to the Senior Prom. Afterwards, the couple played guitar and sang to the delight  of staff and customers alike.

Read an eBook!

March 4th-10th is Read an eBook Week!

Are you new to eBooks and eBook devices such as the Kindle, iPad, or Nook? Join us to find out how to download and read eBooks from Overdrive, the HCPL Digital Media Catalog. We'll gather in the Meeting Room on Tuesday, March 6th at 2 PM for fun and eBook learning. See you there! 

 

Jimi Hendrix: a Black History Month Celebration

Tooth Guitar Solo at Woodstock

Monday, August 18th, 1969. 8 AM. African-American rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix hits the stage at Woodstock and plays a stunning musical set, capping off an historic weekend. 

Join us on Thursday, February 9th at 4 PM in the Meeting Room as we celebrate Black History Month by viewing footage of Jimi Hendrix's legendary concert performance at Woodstock. Refreshments will be served.

 

10 Mindful Minutes

morning sun

Stress and anxiety reduction. Happier and healthier living. Sounds good! In 10 Mindful Minutes, Actress Goldie Hawn, driven by her lifelong interest in mindfulness, teaches children and adults the tools to deal with stress and negative feelings while developing compassion and empathy for others. The book uses simple techniques like mindful breathing to show the reader how to focus on feelings of gratitude, kindness, and optimism. Pick up this practical and inspiring work today.

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