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Keeping It Clean at the Library

Green House-Courtesy of Vital Imagery Ltd.Our adult summer reading programs are rolling along and spots are going quick for our FREE Eco Cleaning class this Saturday at 10:30 AM in the Earl Elliott Room.

In this workshop, Pop Shop America will show you how to make your own rose water and honey face wash, laundry soap, and hand sanitizer. Whatcha makes, ya keeps! Plus, there will be a drawing for a free gift card to a local bookstore. Registration is required, and like we said, spots are going fast. Don’t miss out!

Take a Trip to Japan!

Girl Waiting for Train--Vital Imagery LtdThe branch can’t thank Insperity Observatory enough for coming out last Saturday. Not only did we get an amazing presentation on observing the Sun, but we were also treated to a viewing with a solar telescope. Seeing sun spots a solar flares was just the coolest thing ever, so thank you.

Weekly Prizes for Adults

Cheering Man Courtesy of Vital Imagery LtdThe Barbara Bush Branch Library is hosting a Science Saturday Series for adults this summer. Each Saturday programs will be held on various topics. One week you can practice 3D design. The next week you could be making your very own laundry soap.

Not only that, but there will be a door prize given away each Saturday as well. That’s right. Those who attend a program will be entered to win a $20 gift card for a local bookstore. We’ll draw the name at the end of the presentation and one lucky winner will walk away with the gift card right then and there. How cool is that?

Look Up to the Stars with a Purpose

Galaxy - Courtesy of Vital Imagery Ltd.The Barbara Bush Branch is very excited to host an intro to astronomy presentation on June 14 at 10:30 AM. We are lucky enough to have the North Houston Astronomy Club coming to share what beginners need to know about stargazing.

In addition to the presentation, you’ll get a chance to do some daytime watching with the club’s solar telescope. How cool is that? But wait! It gets better. One lucky adult will win a $20 gift card to a local bookstore. Now, how cool is that?

Knowledge Exchange is on the Move

Ball of Yarn © 2014 Vital Imagery LtdFor years knitters and crocheters of all ages and experience levels have been meeting here at the library every Friday at 2:30 for Knowledge Exchange. Many brought their own projects to work on. Some were beginners and came to practice. Others would help make lap blankets for veterans and chemo caps for M.D. Anderson patients.

It has been a great time of learning and conversation. And now it is on the move. Starting June 6, Knowledge Exchange will no longer start a 2:30, but 12:30. So if you get a lunch-time hankerin' to get creative, then come by and visit! 

Thank You to Troop 13596

Girl Scout Troop 13596On May 15, Junior Girl Scout Troop 13596 presented to the Barbara Bush Branch Library, a rejuvenated courtyard garden and a donation of over 1,000 books. The presentation was the conclusion of their Girl Scout Bronze Award project. Earning this award involved a minimum of 20 hours: building your team, exploring your community, choosing your project, planning it, putting your plan in motion, and concluding with spreading the word about the project.

These Scouts designed their project with two main components. The first was to organize and implement a children's book drive at their three elementary schools. The second was to rejuvenate the garden space between the Barbara Bush Library and the Pearl Fincher Museum. From their Bronze Award project, these Scouts learned a sense of  community, creativity, to be helpful, to be considerate, leadership skills, team work, organization, communication and to use resources wisely.

Thank you, Junior Girl Scout Troop 13596 for choosing to help the library in these special ways!

Asian Heritage Program This Saturday

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Join us Saturday, May 17th, from 2:30-4:30PM as Klein High School's Asian American Club hosts an all ages Asian Heritage Program. Games, activities and snacks from a variety of Asian countries will be featured.

We’ll see you in the Earl Elliott Room this Saturday!

Barbara Bush Library Friends Annual Meeting

Sonja KleinOn Monday, May 12, at 7pm the Barbara Bush Library Friends will hold its annual meeting. Everyone is invited to attend this special event, celebrating the past year's accomplishments. New officers will be elected, and volunteers will be honored as well.

In addition author, Sonja Klein, will be speaking about her latest book which details her adventures to 20 different countries. How often do you get to learn more about your local library and what sliced watermelon signifies in China in the same night? Speaking of, refreshments will be served.

The Fabulous '50s

Malt StationThis past week the staff at the Barbara Bush Branch Library hosted a luncheon for its volunteers. Like every year, the luncheon had a theme and this year's celebrated The '50s. The outfits, music, and cuisine (Chocolate malts, anyone?) all represented that fabulous decade. You can checkout some pictures on Flickr.

The luncheon is held to thank our volunteers for the tremendous work they do for this library and the community. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, then learn more here.

Having Fun with Munnies

Barbara Bush MunnyA big thanks goes out to InsomniaVGC for providing the Munny display this month in our lobby. All month customers have been taking a moment to take it all in. If you are not familiar with Munnies, then just imagine blank canvases in the shape of action figures. How cool is that? One of the artists even did a Barbara Bush! Of course she has a book in her hand.

As a bonus InsomniaVGA and Kidrobot have teamed up to provide a MICRO MUNNY to those 16 or under for FREE! Just visit the Children’s Department to get one. Supplies are limited. One per person. The recipient must be present.

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