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Poetry Jam: So Many Ifs

It is time again for another teen Poetry Jam submission. Check out Jeniffer's So Many Ifs. It was inspired by Rudyard Kipling's If. Pretty cool.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Tomorrow!

Photo Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesDon't forget that in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month the Aldine Branch will be hosting a celebration tomorrow. There will be many things to enjoy like music, crafts, and so much more. The event is free to the public and will run from 10am to 2pm. We hope to see you there!

Local Student Raises Money for the Library

Elodio with his Donation BoxMeet Elodio. He's a student in the area and enjoys coming to the Aldine Branch. He likes it so much that he took it upon himself to raise money for the branch. Lately he has been collecting the loose change he finds and keeping it in an old candy box so that he can give it to the branch once it is full.

When he turned in his first donation we asked him why he was gathering the change for us. He said that he wanted to make sure the "library stays open forever." Also according to Elodio, it is his hope that kids will always be able to come to the library and have fun. We thank you, Elodio, for your efforts. We are glad that we can be here for you.

Aldine Teens Recognized for Innovation

Teen VolunteersThe Harris County Public Library annual report for 2011-2012 has been released and we are proud to announce that the teens of the Aldine Branch Library were singled out for their efforts. The report highlights their 2nd Place finish in the American Library Association's "Why I Need My Library" Video Contest, as well as the branch's participation (spearheaded by the teens) in the Houston Art Car Parade.

As Summer Ends Web 2.Yo! Begins

Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesTeens, now that the Summer Reading Program is completed, Web 2.Yo! will be returning to its regular weekly meetings. Starting September 10th the Internet class for those who want more will be back every Monday from 4pm-5pm. We will kick off the session with a number of activities, including starring in a music video, as well as visiting resources dedicated to remembering 9/11.  

Film School (Sort Of)

Reel to Reel Projector: Photo Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesTeens, school for Aldine ISD starts on Monday. It will be a busy day. There will be new subjects to study, new textbooks to read, and new friends to make. Once it is over, you'll need to wind down and what better way to do so than with a movie? That's right. The Aldine Branch will be showing a movie to celebrate the first day of school. The show starts at 3PM in the meeting room and we'll see you there. And bring that new friend you made along with you.

The Poetry Jam Continues

We have the latest installment from the teens' Poetry Jam sessions. Watch how Johana tamed her computer's visualizer with her very own poetry tune!

HCPL Technology Lab Finds Home at Lincoln Park

Choto Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesGood news! In partnership with Precinct 1, HCPL offers computer classes, PCs for public access, and WiFi services at Lincoln Park. This is a great opportunity for those who wish to strengthen his/her computer skills. Remember though, this is a technology lab. To check out materials please visit the Aldine Branch Library.

Poetry Jam

The teens at the Aldine Branch have been hard at work on their latest project. With the help of on-line sources, like ujam, they have been able to convert their recordings of popular poetry into original musical scores. What does that mean? Well, what you are hearing when you listen to the pieces is their voice converted into a musical instrument. Pretty cool, right?

The new series is being called Poetry Jam and make sure you don't miss the other works as we release them in the coming weeks. First up--checkout Daniela's take on an Edgar Allan Poe classic. She really captures the anxiety his work typically conjures up, if you ask us.

Art is All Around at Aldine

ShelvingInspired by the beautiful mural on the outside of the Aldine Branch building, the teens of the library decided to create their own murals inside for all to enjoy. They didn't want to put their art on the walls though because according to them, "That's been done." So the next time you find yourself browsing the Manga in the our Young Adult area look up and take in what we're calling Shelf Murals!

This is being considered the first phase in a, uh,  teen beautification project, if you will. Be sure to be on the on the lookout for other works and updates as the teens get inspired. 

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