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Make a Difference in Your Community!

Volunteer instructors are needed to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, citizenship, and adult literacy in our community.  Training and materials are provided along with flexible scheduling. Make a difference in your community today. If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor for ESL, citizenship, or literacy classes, please contact the Northwest Branch Library for more information.You can reach us at 281-890-2665 or you can email us at NW@HCPL.NET .

**** The Northwest Branch Library Will Close at 1PM Friday and Will Remain Closed Through Monday***.

All Harris County Public Libraries will close at 1PM Friday, August 25 and will remain closed through Monday, August 28.

Branches that have not opened as of 11:30 AM Friday will remain closed through Monday.

A decision as to Tuesday operating hours--if any--will be made Monday afternoon. Please monitor this site, Facebook or Twitter @harriscountypl for further announcements.

NO LATE FEES WILL BE CHARGED DURING THESE CLOSURES: Borrowing dates will be adjusted when libraries reopen.

 

Smart Parents. Ready Kids.

What is ReadyRosie?

ReadyRosie is an early education tool that is currently helping schools and communities across the nation deepen and scale their parent engagement efforts by leveraging the power of video modeling and mobile technology to meet and equip parents where they are. ReadyRosie has hundreds of brief videos in English and Spanish that model everyday interactions in familiar environments with real parents.

All it takes is 2 minutes a day.

Here's How:

S.C.O.R.E.S. Workshop - Funding Sources: Simple Steps, November 10th at 3:30 pm

Another quality small business workshop c/o SCORES. Financing your business is one of the most important issues facing small businesses today. Learn about the various sources of funds in the marketplace, the best place to start, what the lenders look for when reviewing a funding application and the key ingredients for success when borrowing money. The workshop will also cover sources of equity and how to use equity as an alternative to borrowing funds.

SCORE is an all-volunteer group with real-world business experience, dedicated to your success. Our Mission: Help Small Businesses Succeed. Our Mantra: We educate, counsel, mentor. Founded in 1964, SCORE is a non-profit association and a Resource Partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

August Book Clubs

The Northwest Branch Library has several active book clubs that meet regularly each month. If you would like to participate, consider joining one (or all) of the clubs. Fellowship and fun for all. If you have any questions related to the book clubs, please contact the Northwest Branch Library at 832-927-5460 or via email at nw@hcpl.net and a staff member will assist you. This months meeting times and selections are:

Inspirational Book Club, August 17th at 2:00pm

Technology Topics for August

To register for a technology class at the Northwest Branch Library, please visit the calendar here. Technology education classes and topics for the Month of August include:

How to Make Business Cards with Microsoft Publisher

Whether you need to replenish your stock of business cards in an hour, not a week, you need look no further than Microsoft Publisher to easily make quality business cards. Use Publisher's templates to ensure you’ll get the measurements and positioning correct and that you’ll always have a saved version to reprint or adjust for new employees. August 1st at 10:30am.

Learning Express Graduate School Edition

Make a Difference in Your Community!

Volunteer instructors are needed to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, citizenship, and adult literacy in our community.  Training and materials are provided along with flexible scheduling. Make a difference in your community today. If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor for ESL, citizenship, or literacy classes, please contact the Northwest Branch Library for more information.You can reach us at 281-890-2665 or you can email us at NW@HCPL.NET .

Blogging Basics in August

Introducing Blogging Basics. A blog, short for weblog, is a website in which a person shares his or her personal thoughts, opinions, activities, and experiences. It is an online version of a personal diary or journal. People called bloggers typically blog, or share posts, about whatever interests them. Some people blog about their personal lives, jobs, and families, while others blog about a particular topic or subject of interest such as food, politics, home decorating, health and fitness, sports, or pets. People blog for a variety of reasons such as to share their lives, educate others, and make money. In addition, blogs allow writers to interact with readers known as followers by letting them leave comments about blog posts.

Smart Parents. Ready Kids.

What is ReadyRosie?

ReadyRosie is an early education tool that is currently helping schools and communities across the nation deepen and scale their parent engagement efforts by leveraging the power of video modeling and mobile technology to meet and equip parents where they are. ReadyRosie has hundreds of brief videos in English and Spanish that model everyday interactions in familiar environments with real parents.

All it takes is 2 minutes a day.

Here's How:

Technology Topics for July

To register for a technology class at the Northwest Branch Library, please visit the calendar here. Technology education classes and topics for the Month of June include:

Website design with WIX

In the online age that we live in, having a professional website is an absolute necessity for nearly all career choices and business ventures. A great website can simultaneously operate as a marketing tool, a store platform, a display of works and skills, a communication channel and as an engine for branding. Ability Level: Intermediate. Requirements: Must be able to type, use mouse, have an email address and have some familiarity with social media. Dates: July 8th and July 22nd at 10:00am. 

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