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Proud Bragging!

We have to brag a bit about how well everyone did in our Summer Reading Programs this year. We had 1,710 kids sign up and they read for 22, 061 minutes! For the teen program, 170 teens took part, and they read a total of 33,142 minutes. And our adults, all 128 of them, read for 27,672 minutes. Our Aldine customers love to read!

The Expats

Kate Moore has a dream life. She’s living a luxury life in Luxembourg. However, Kate is a former CIA agent and her past is filled with dark secrets. Her husband, Dexter, does not know. Once in Europe, Dexter becomes secretive also, working for a banking client that he cannot name. Another American couple becomes their friends, but Kate soon realizes that they are not what they seem. Is her past catching up to her? Are her husband and children in danger? The Expats was very entertaining, and hard to put down, especially when twists and turns start to happen in the plot. 

cover of The Expats

 

New pics created by our teens

Our teens got creative and made some special pictures for our young adult area. Come by and take a look!

our teen space         one of the pictures

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!

copy of kids playing                                       

 

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. 

dover of the dogs of riga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
 

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