Great news! There is still time to get your tickets to the Wild West Casino Night fundraiser. This year’s fundraiser, on September 17th from 6:00-10:00 pm, will feature an authentic Jalisco-style taquiza, a 360 video keepsake, slot machines, poker, blackjack, and much more! Tickets are available through our payment portal by going to www.southtexasbookfestival.com and clicking on the QR code. Or just call us at (956) 681-3006 and we can take your information by phone. All proceeds benefit our 9th annual South Texas Book Festival. While you’re at the Festival website, check out schedule of authors and encourage a youngster in your life to enter the bookmark contest. The theme is “Mythology & Folklore.”
On August 30th, walk-in traffic at the Main Library was redirected while we got a mini-makeover. That is, we did a recarpeting project from the entry gates to the interior of the Library. We hope you love the results as much as we do. Main receives so much foot traffic, that we opted to install a tough-duty carpet tile at the entry point to keep the rest of the Library’s carpeting looking bright and inviting. On September 1st, we begin a major makeover at our Lark and Palm View Branches. Phase 1 was completed this year when both branches received a fresh coat of paint. Phase 2 is the recarpeting project in the public and staff areas to revitalize and improve environment. Phase 3 will take place in the near future and I will tell you more about that in a subsequent newsletter!
Just in time for the end (hopefully) of hot weather and into some snuggly fall weather comes biblio+, a streaming movie and TV show service, free for MPL patrons through the cloudLibrary app. The app is available to download for free from iTunes or Android Playstore. Biblio+ features a curated collection of all-you-can-watch popular movies and TV shows, which showcase content for children, high-profile casts, films based on or inspired by books, Hallmark romances and comedies, Canadian-based shows, and much more. New titles are added to the service each week. This streaming service on the cloudLibrary app is in addition to a wide variety of free, downloadable e-books, e-audiobooks, and magazines. Need guidance? Just ask one of our friendly staff for help in English or Spanish.
Until next time – stay cool!
Kate P. Horan, MLS
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Meet with other parents, ask questions about your child's growth to our professionals, and have fun with us!
Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with our annual Chips and Salsa event hosted by the Palm View Branch Library. Come eat and try your luck playing some lotería! Prizes will be given to lucky winners. You don't want to miss out on this event!
Hispanic Heritage Month: Mexican Fiesta
Lark Branch Library
Saturday, September 17th at 1:30PM
Join us for an afternoon celebrating our Hispanic culture! The Mission Parks and Recreation Folkorico Dancers will share with us a wonderful performance of traditional dances from the various states of Mexico. You don’t want to miss them! We invite you to a great event for the whole family.
Living Healthy at MPL
September 1,6,8, 13 & 15 at 11AM
DIY Macrame Mason Jar (Palm View Branch)
September 8th at 10AM
Adult Painting Class (Lark Community Center)
September 10th at 1:30PM
Knitting Group (Lark Branch)
September 13, 20, & 27 at 2PM
Virtual Painting Class (Lark Branch)
September 17th at 7PM
September 17th and 24th at 10AM
Tech Help (Lark Branch)
September 17th & 24th
Adult Sketching (Lark Branch)
September 20th at 6PM
Pop Up Fans Craft (Lark Branch)
September 29th at 6PM
Love Beyond Body, Space and Time editedby Hope NIcholson
Nicholson again brings together a strong collection of works by talented Native writers. This time, the short stories all have an LGBTQ sci-fi twist. The introduction gives readers background information about how two-spirit people have always been a part of life. The pieces are varied as people find one another on Mars, on their way to Mars, or through a touch that transforms humans into hummingbirds. The diverse characters experience transitioning,
virtual-reality romance, and the transformative power of love. The only downside: the yearning for more tales to continue. VERDICT An accessible book that will intrigue readers looking for love in unusual places.- Amy Zembroski, Indian Community School
Registration is required for new members.
Contact reference at 956-681-3000 to register.
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
Luis Alberto Urrea is a master storyteller, and he delivers a masterwork with The House of Broken Angels, a dazzling display of narrative fireworks. There are lives intimately depicted and fully realized, losses redeemed by love; and larger-than-life characters across two borders who cross all borders and become ours. We laugh and tear up and shake our heads in wonder all the way to the ending of a book we don't want to end. Urrea delivers on every page.
— Julia Alvarez, Author of How the Garcia Girls Lose Their Accents
Registration is required.
Please call 956-681-3100 to register.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Our Missing Hearts comes a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who opened their lives. “Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel.”
— Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and A Slow Fire Burning
Join MPL's New Diverse Voices Book Club! Enjoy a variety of literary works and meaningful discussion amongst peers! Registration required. Please call 681-3000 to register.
A Ballad of Love and Glory by Reyna Grande
“Panoramic and sweeping, A Ballad of Love and Glory immerses us in the history of the Mexican-American War, a history all the more relevant today as we face the legacy and painful aftermath of that bloody war. Grande integrates a sweeping Tolstoyan vision and command of language with her very own Latin American popular traditions . . . This is indeed a grand and soulful novel by a storyteller who has hit her full stride.”
-— Julia Alvarez, bestselling author of In the Time of the Butterflies and Afterlife
Join us for the new Sunday Afternoon Book Club!
The first meeting will be September 11th at 2PM in the Board Room.
Registration required. Please call 681-3000 to register.
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