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Summer's End

Sadly, summer is coming to an end! But you still have time to join our Summer Reading programs! And we have some great programs coming our way. On Monday, Aug 5th at 2 pm,  the teens will be playing Minute To Win It games. If you've seen the TV show, you know it's going to be fun. And on Wed. Aug. 7th at 3 pm,  we'll have an end of summer celebration for all the kids with treats, magic and face painting. Be sure to join us!

Margin for Error

Edna Buchanan has won the Pulitzer Prize for her crime reporter, and she has a popular following for her Britt Montero mystery series. Britt is a Miami crime reporter and she is not pleased when Hollywood movie star Lance Westfell arrives to shadow her in preparation for his new movie. Britt doesn’t want to babysit a movie star, but her boss demands it. Lance is being stalked by an obsessed fan, and soon violent things start to happen. Also, Britt falls for Lance so a little romance sweetens the story. Margin For Error was not my usual cup of tea, but I might read some of the other Britt Montero mysteries as I did like the character. 

Edgar Awards 2013

cover of live by night

 

 

The Mystery Writers of America announced their Edgar Allan Poe Award winners recently. Here are the winners:


Best Novel    Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
Best 1st Novel  The Expats by Chris Pavone
Best Paperback  The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

 

Harry Potter Fun at Aldine

The other day some students from the Sam Houston Quidditch team came and taught the Aldine kids how to play the game. For those who may not know, quidditch is the game played by the characters in the Harry Potter books and movies. My husband wanted to know where we were going to get the flying broomsticks! Well, they didn’t fly but they had a great time!

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The Dogs of Riga

I’ve been reading the Wallander series since PBS ran a series of TV adaptations based on this series. The Dogs of Riga is the second of the series, translated from the original Swedish. When the story starts out Wallander is mourning the death of his mentor, worried over his father and daughter, and upset over his wife leaving him. Sweden is changing, the crime rate is going up, and he’s not sure if his efforts to combat that are being effective. He is thinking about applying for a private security job. Then two male bodies are found in a life raft, tortured and executed. The case leads to the country of Latvia, and Wallander is asked to assist their police. His experiences there are life changing. I enjoy the look at a different country, in this case two different cases, and Wallander is a complex, flawed but enjoyable hero. 

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Ongoing Construction

picture of construction on DynaWhen you plan your visit to the Aldine Library, be aware that Airline Drive is going through some driveway and sidewalk improvements. As part of that construction, Dyna and Buckboard streets are closed at Airline. So you may have to work around that a bit. But it’s not causing traffic jams, and we are definitely open, so come see us! And soon we’ll enjoy a more beautiful Airline Drive. 

Meditation and Near Death Experiences

Join Dr. Andrew Vidich, author, educator, consultant and international speaker who has been meditating for over 40 years as he presents this workshop which provides an introduction into the multi-faceted, magical, and mystical world of meditation and near death experiences. women meditatiingThere will be an opportunity to participate in an introductory meditation practice and in a question and answer session.
 

Computer Classes

We will start having computer classes here at the Aldine Library starting July 1. They will be taught in our computer lab by Ms. Joiner and you can pick up a class schedule at our information desk. You must sign up to attend and you can do that at the info desk also. Classes taught will be Computer Basic, Internet Basic, E-mail Basic, Word Basic, Internet 2 and Word Basic 2. Come and learn with us!

New Magazine!

Recently we had some budget cuts and we had to cancel the subscriptions to some of our magazines. We’re happy to announce that we have one new magazine to tell you about. It's the Houstonia magazine which started publication a few months ago. It covers all the neat things going on in our fair city, and you can come and read the magazine for free at your library!

Teen Creations

As always, our teens here at Aldine are always doing something creative. The other day they were creating zines (small press, do it yourself, alternative magazines.)  Everyone got into it and had a great time. There will be a Houston ZineFest in Oct. and our teens will have the opportunity to swap zines with other zine creators. Thepicture of zines next teen event will be Monday, July 1 at 2 pm when we will celebrate all things Harry Potter!

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