2013

Psst...Have You Seen These Yet?

About this time of year, I begin to see several booklists  for "best books" of the year. You can find these lists on blogs, websites and journals, and many are outstanding resources for anyone who is interested in discovering more about books.  However, occasionally, I feel that items are overlooked and not given the due recognition that they deserve.

Below you will find a few of the picture books that have not been acknowledged on multiple sites, but  I feel are worth your time to discover. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have. 

A Satisfying Smörgåsbord of Picture Book Choices

It's nice to have options; in fact, I think that one could say that it's actually quite satisfying. So, this week, I am highlighting a little bit of everything.  Have you read a book lately that you really enjoyed?  If so, I would love to hear about it.  Like others, I have found some of my favorite books from suggestions made by my friends. 

The Life of a Book

 Where the Wild Things Are , by Maurice Sendak, was one of my favorite books as a child. Not only did I love the story, but I found the illustrations to be magical. 

Libraries are not only a great place for the newest books, but they also provide an opportunity for us to experience and discover classics, such as this. 

In 1964, Where the Wild Things Are, won the Randolph Caldecott Medal. This award is named in honor of nineteenth century English illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, and is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children. It is sponsored by the Association of Library Service to Children a division of the American Library Association.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Observed by numerous cultures throughout Asia, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival was on September 19th this year.  I was lucky enough to hear about this holiday from someone who was planning to celebrate, and I also had the opportunity to sample traditional Chinese moon cakes (pictured below).

Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Grace Lin    

This simple, young, and satisfying story follows a Chinese American family as they celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Each member of the family lends a hand as they prepare a moonlit picnic with moon cakes, pomelos, cups of tea, and colorful lanterns. And everyone sends thanks and a secret wish up to the moon.

Book Clubs News

Here’s what our book clubs are reading in September:
Afternoon Book Club (1st Tuesday, 3 pm): Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Paranormal Book Club (2nd Monday, 7 pm): Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Inspirational Book Club (2nd Thursday, 7 pm): Scoop by Rene Gutteridge
Homeschool Book Club (3rd Monday, 1 pm. Because space is limited, pre-registration is required): The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Non-Fiction Book Club (3rd Tuesday, 3 pm): The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr
After Austen Book Club (Last Monday, 7 pm): Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Mystery Book Club (4th Thursday, 1 pm): Defending Jacob by William Landay

A couple of notes: sadly, we have retired the History Book Club. We have also changed the name of the Tweens Book Club to the Homeschool Book Club. And because it has proved to be so popular and our space is limited, we’ve had to require a first-come first-served pre-registration for that club alone. Registration opens August 27th. To register, phone the main library number, 832-559-4200,and ask for the YA Librarian.

Summer Reading Countdown!

 

Let the countdown begin! The Summer Reading Program is only a few days away so make sure you stop by the library starting June 3rd to register or visit our website from home. The program will run from June 3rd - August 10th. Everyone is invited to participate which means babies, children, teens, and adults. Read books and log in your minutes of reading for a chance to win awesome prizes. Also, come join us for movie days, story times, performers, and crafts! Did I mention this is all FREE? Well, it's free! Don't miss out on this great chance to have a fun and exciting summer. Visit our online calendar for more information. See you here!
 

A.P.E. Volunteers & the Art Car Parade 2013

May 11th was Houston's 26th annual art car parade and the Aldine Project Experience (APE) teens were part of the festivities. Our teen volunteers worked for weeks to create their own book cart. They also cut out many cardboard cars and trucks for children to decorate. On the day of the parade they set up the library's spot in the "Kid's Zone," asked kids to join in the craft, and helped them create their own little art cars. The craft was so popular that we ran out of cars before the parade even started. It was a great event and the teens were thrilled to be part of it.
 

under 50 over is Now TGIF Programs

Happy 2013!

The Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library proudly announces that the under50over Program is now called TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Friday) Programs. We look forward to the continuing tradition of excellent Friday morning programs but with our new name. TGIF Programs is made possible by the support of the Friends of Freeman Library and the Freeman Library Community.

Please contact the Reference Desk at (281) 488-1906 or visit us on the Second Floor for more information.
 

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