Remembering Al Johnson

ESL Tutor Al Johnson

Barbara Bush Library staff are saddened to report the passing of Al Johnson, our beloved volunteer tutor. Al began teaching ESL at the library in 2001. Since then he had logged more than 2,400 hours and taught nearly 150 ESL students. Al also conducted weekly Spanish classes at Barbara Bush and German classes at the Doss Center.

After Retirement There is Knowledge Exchange!

 Francoise Hodges and Marge Kannapinn have knitted and crocheted over five hundred chemo caps, and a thousand plus lap blankets all donated to M.D. Anderson and The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center in Houston. Their work has made a difference in the lives of many men, women and children.
This dynamic duo guides the participants of the Knowledge Exchange through the basics of knitting and crocheting to complex patterns for charity. From the youngest participants to the oldest members they are the quiet inspiration for all of us to share our talents and live enriched lives by serving others.
If you would like to participate, the Knowledge Exchange meets every Friday from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM in the Earl Elliott Room.
Thank you Francoise and Marge for all of your beautiful work.

There's still time to read a book this summer!!

You can still join the Adult summer reading club. Read four books and be eligible for prizes. Choose your favorite authors or titles and relax with a book out of the heat.  Register by August 7th and enter your books in your log by august 14th. Go to to register.


Here are some cool titles to help you chill out:

Whiteout by Ken Follett

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

The Shining by Stephen King

Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat

It's not too late!


Have you ever waited for the next book of a series to be printed? Do your favorite authors leave you hanging for a year and you just want to find out what happens next?
The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley has me waiting on pins and needles to find out what will happen to the young orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm. Their life is NOT what fairy tales are made of. The cantankerous caseworker, Ms. Smirt has found their grandmother and is bringing them to Ferryport Landing. Granny Relda claims that they are the descendents of the Brother’s Grimm whose books are really a collection of case files from the magical world and they must now enter the family business of becoming detectives. Their first case is to stop a giant from destroying Ferryport Landing!
There is still time left this summer to get into a great series. Place a request for The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley today!

Just For Kids July 20 to 22, Zoomobile, Craft Buffet and a Film about a Young Lion Slated to be King!

Programs next week for children of all ages include: A special Craft Buffet takes place on Tuesday, July 20 at 3pm in the Community Center Activity Room. Children will choose from a variety of crafts to make.  On Wednesday, July 21 at 2:30 in the library Earl Elliot Room an animated movie featuring a lion cub who is expected to become King will be shown. Thursday, July 22 at 3pm in the Community Center Activity Room the  Houston Zoomobile visits the library.  Don’t miss this event!  Come to find out which animals they bring!   It’s not too late for children to join the Summer Reading Club and Catch the Reading Express! Make this your Readingest summer ever!