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Asian Pacific Heritage Month: Japanese Settlers of Webster

Ever wondered how Kobayashi Road got its name?  May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Freeman Library is celebrating in several ways, one of which is highlighting the influence a group of Japanese settlers had on our area.  Come up to the second floor of the library to see our display and learn about the Saibaras, Kobayashis and others who came over from Japan to farm rice and other crops in the Webster area.  If you want to learn more about the subject, check out Thomas K....

Texas Association of Original Doll Artists

Freeman Library is lucky to have the Texas Association of Doll Artists (TAODA)'s Storybook Doll Exhibit on display in our lobby.  TAODA has been in existence for over 10  years, and its members have been displaying their storybook dolls in area libraries since 2001.  They have displayed both their storybook dolls and other exhibits in Houston's Heritage Society Museum, the Heritage Museum in Montgomery County, and the Houston International Quilt Festival's Storybook Exhibit just to name a few.  The dolls and the books on which they are based are both on display in our lobby.  I was excited to see one of my favorite books as a c...

1040 Instructions Are Here!

If you heard a loud scream of joy coming from the library this afternoon around 2:30, now you know the reason why - our IRS 1040 All Instructions have finally arrived!  We've got some on the first floor in the rotunda area, and many more copies upstairs in the reference area.  We know you've been waiting forever, so come on over and get your copy now.  Below are our opening hours:

Sunday - closed

Monday - 10-9

Tuesday - 10-6

Wednesday - 10-9

Thursday - 1-9

Friday - 10-6

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Black History Month Displays @ Freeman

February is Black History Month, and here at Freeman we’re lucky enough to benefit from the work of the Gulf Coast Apollo Chapter of Links, Inc. who have created a wonderful display for our lobby entitled “Buffalo Soldiers, An American Legacy”.  Be sure to check it out on your way in or out of the library. 

Come up to the 2nd floor and check out the "Faces of Harris County" display which showcases well known African Americans with ties to the Houston area.  We encourage you to add your own bio or that of somebody you’d like to honor to the display.  You’ll also find a list of resources that focus on African American history and genealogy. 

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Basic Knitting Class for Adults

Always wanted to learn how to knit, but just haven't found the time or the perfect class?  Join us over the next 4 weeks for basic knitting class for adults on Thursday nights at 7 p.m....

Retirement Education Classes

Have you made a new year's resolution to get your finances in order?  Come check out our upcoming retiirement education seminars presented by Dan Martucci and Christne Walker of MWA Advisors, Inc.   Gain the confidence needed to make informed retirement decisions with less stress. Each class covers a different topic useful to those planning for retirement and those already in retirement. Classes are free, open to the public and for educational purposes only.  We will be meeting at 6:30 p.m....

MFAH @ Freeman

People have been creating art to tell stories since the beginning of time - in fact it's one of the main reason why people make art, to communicate ideas that sometimes can't be expressed any other way.  Both museums and libraries are repositories of stories. 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has created the special traveling exhibition, titled Once Upon a Time: Telling Stories Through Clay, to bring original art from the MFAH collection to eight Harris County Public Libraries, and it will be at Freeman through January 18, 2011. 

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Let's Go To The Opera

Join us Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. for Ann Thompson's Let's Go To The Opera.  She will preview two operas from Houston Grand Opera's Fall Repertory: Madame Butterfly by Puccini and Peter Grimes by Britten. Come join us in the 2nd Floor Conference Room.  Interested in learning more about what performing arts venues are in the area?  Check out our Performing Arts links on the HCPL Arts & Humanities page.

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Hispanic Heritage Month - Movie Time!

Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us this Thursday night, October 7th, by watching a Spanish language caper flick. The movie is rated PG-13, and will be starting at 6:30 p.m in the Marge Jacobson Community Room.   Snacks & drinks provided by Friends of Freeman Library.  If you want to know which movie we'll be watching, give us a call at the library at 281-488-1906 or visit us at 16616 Diana Lane. See you Thursday night!

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Workforce Solutions Seminar - Interviewing

Increase your chances of getting your next job!  Tuesday, September 28th will be the last of the September Workforce Solutions job search seminars.  The topic is "Interviewing", so come join us at 2:00 p.m. in the Marge Jacobson Community Room to learn all about interviewing techniques, how to answer difficult interview questions and tips for achieving the salary and benefits you need. 

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