Outsmart the Scammers & Don't Get Nailed!

Are you in the process of rebuilding and don’t know who to hire? The Maud Marks Library can help with that! On Saturday, December 16 at 10 AM, Leslie Corley of Edward Jones and Candice Twyman from the Better Business Bureau will be here to help make sure we don’t get taken by those out there looking to make an easy buck. Learn how to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter, resources you can turn to in the event you or a loved one is targeted, and steps you can take now to help protect yourself and your loved ones. Also, learn how to find a reputable repairman and more about current home improvement scams. Don’t let disaster hit twice! Learn how to protect yourself from those trying to take advantage of Hurricane Harvey.

Want to Help? Join our Friends!

Would you like to help the library rebuild after Harvey? Consider joining the Barbara Bush Library Friends. This support group raises funds to help provide the extras that the County budget can't cover. Everything from extra books to puppet shows for the kids is paid for with Friends funding. And they have fun while doing it! To join, see


Quickbooks for Beginners

Are you a small business owner who is wondering how to keep track of the following?

  • Your sales, inventory and assets
  • Accounts receivable/payable and payroll
  • Sales and payroll taxes
  • Cash in and out
  • Profit or loss
  • Getting ready to file tax returns

This Saturday's workshop (10:30 a.m.) here at the Parker Williams Branch Library, sponsored by SCORE Houston, will provide you an overview of QuickBooks that will help you decide:

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town December 20th @ 6:30-8 PM [All Ages]

Clipity-clop on the Parker Williams rooftop, what’s that sound?

Is it an A/C repairman? A raccoon? Or, a reindeer!

Join us in the Library Community Room on December 20th for a special family Christmas Storytime from 6:30 to 8 PM with a visit from the man himself, Santa!

Bring your family camera for pictures and your holiday joy. 

Adults - Saturday, 12/16 @ 3:00 PM - Freeman Live Series - Afternoon Tea at Freeman: Educational Tea Talk & Tasting!

What's better in the winter than a good cup of tea?

Join The Tea Mistress for an entertaining and educational talk on the wide world of tea and its many wonders and benefits!

Please register for this event by contacting the Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, TX 77062 or at 832.927.5420.

The Friends of Freeman support this free event. 

Teens & Adults - Saturday, 12/16 @ 10:30 AM - Bright Futures College Financial Planning Seminar!

No one wants to be "a day late and a dollar short" - especially in regards to a higher education. Elana Denham of Bright Futures Consulting will provide parents and students with clear, relevant information on financial planning for before, during, and after college. This includes a review of financial aid and repayment plans, and spotlights Texas-specific programs.

(Elana Denham, M.Ed. Higher Education, Bright Futures Consulting)

The Friends of Freeman Library support this free event.

Cooks and Books

For our December meeting, read the “animal” book of your choice and bring it along for discussion and games. By popular demand, we will be making mini-pizzas!


Date: Wednesday, December 13
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Space is limited. Please arrive early to ensure participation.
Registration for after-school programs opens 30 minutes prior to the program.

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Teen Book Club @NC

SnowflakeTeens and tweens, you are invited to North Channel's Teen Book Club.  This month, be ready to discuss your favorite holiday or winter themed book!  We will will have snacks and fun with our friends. We will be in the meeting room tomorrow, Dec. 12th at 4:30 pm .  

Next month, we dare you to read a book with a dare or a challenge.  You pick the titled and meet here ready to discuss.

Katherine Tyra @ Bear Creek Pop Up Library on Tuesday, December 12th at BCUMC

Please join us at our Pop-Up Library on Tuesday, December 12th from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Bear Creek United Methodist Church on 16000 Rippling Water. We’ll be in the tan buildings on the backside of the parking lot, in rooms Hope 1 and Hope 2. Programs and services at the pop-up library include:

  • Bilingual Storytime at 11:15 AM- Theme: Los animales en la granja/Farm Animals (Stories and songs in both English and Spanish.)
  • Infant Time at 2:00 PM
  • • Keepsake MakerSpace from 12 to 3 PM-  Tealight Snowman Ornaments
  • Library Material Check Out and Returns
  • New Card Services and Replacement Card Services
  • Internet Cafe

We are so grateful to the Bear Creek United Methodist Church for providing a space for us to serve the community.

If you have any questions, please contact Melinda or Shandy at 713-466-4438.

Crosby Book Club Meeting Friday, December 15 at 2 pm

Crosby Book Club will meet Friday, December 15 at 2 pm to discuss The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, by Timothy Egan.  The Big Burn, or the Great Fire of 1910, is believed to be the largest single fire in recorded U S history, destroying more than 3 million acres in Idaho, Montana, and Washington.  In addition to the story of the fire, Egan chronicles President Theodore Roosevelt's struggle to protect the nation's shrinking wilderness for future generations, and the early years of the U S Forestry Service.  The Big Burn is a historical account whose lessons are applicable to contemporary political issues.

New members are welcome.  Copies of the book are available for check out at the front desk.

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