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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. 

There's an App for That?

Photo Courtesy of sharpteam.orgTeens, we're breaking out the iPads and other devices for a special edition of Web2.Yo! this Monday (July 23rd). That means instead of previous classes where we've discovered new and awesome Web sites on laptops we'll be looking at some of the coolest apps around. This will be a great time to get some hands-on time with iPads, so don't miss out! See you at 3pm.

Music and Internet Lovers Unite!

Teen With HeadphonesTeens, this Monday's Web 2.Yo!  will be a very special music edition. Come and learn about sites that will help you discover new music, learn more about the music you already love, and create music that others will love. And you don't even have to be musically inclined!

The doors to the meeting room open at 3pm and space is limited.

The Bunny & The Book Cart

If you follow the Aldine Branch on Twitter, then you know that we participated again in last month's Houston Art Car Parade. As always, it was a blast. For the fourth year in a row the branch was there with an art book cart. To celebrate the achievement our teen volunteers created a little video for your enjoyment.

If you are having trouble viewing this video then you can watch it here.

A New Look Coming For the Aldine Branch

Teen CollagesTeens, the Young Adult area of the Aldine Branch Library is getting a bit of a makeover and here's a sneak peek of what to expect. Volunteers have been busy creating art to fill the area with some color. Installation will start this summer and will continue to grow throughout the year, so stop by anytime to witness the progress.

Aldine Branch Teens Recognized at MFAH

Teens With AwardsAs you know, the teens at the Aldine Branch library won the People's Choice Award in this year's HPL Reel Teen Film Festival. For winning, their book trailer was screened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston last week for all to see. The teens also took questions from the audience. Check out Aldine's twitter feed to see how the night unfolded.

Also, just because it is summer don't assume the teens are taking time off. Be on the lookout for some other projects they have in the works!

Aldine Teen's Film Finds Its Way to MFAH

Teens PosingNot only did the teens at the Aldine Branch place in the national StoryTubes video contest earlier this year, but their book trailer for Norma Fox Mazer's The Missing Girl also took prize in another contest.

Musician Donates Efforts to the Library System

Alan LeathermanMeet Alan Leatherman. Alan was raised in the Houston area and now finds himself dealing with the success of his debut album, Detour Ahead. Wanting to give back, Alan has donated copies of his CD to the Harris County Public Library’s collection. Alan is a former NFAA (National Foundation for Advancement in Arts) Awardee and went on to study at both Juilliard and New York University as a master candidate in Vocal Performance.

Aldine Teens Place in National Video Contest

Teens PosingThe teens at the Aldine Branch won the online voting portion of the Story Tubes contest for their book trailer for The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer. Out of all the videos submitted, theirs was voted the best by the viewers. Way to go!

This Year's Digital Storytelling Comes to an End

We have one final submission for the Aldine Branch's digital storytelling project. It's been a real blast seeing what the teens have come up with. Be on the lookout for next year's installment. Enjoy!

If you have trouble viewing this video, then click here to watch.

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