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Free Help with Income Tax Forms / Ayuda Gratuita con Declaraciones de Impuestos Federales

1040 2016From January 25-April 18, trained volunteers from Neighborhood Centers will be at the Aldine Library to complete federal income tax forms for area residents and file them electronically. This service is completely free. There is an income limit of $58,000. The volunteers don’t accept appointments and do not have access to a phone. Take advantage of this great, free service!

Free Computer Classes / Clases Gratuitas de Computación

Computer class 3The Aldine Library offers a variety of free computer classes, in both Spanish and English. Each class is an hour and a half long. Topics include Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Email Basics, Beginner and Intermediate Microsoft Word, Beginner and Intermediate Microsoft Excel, Beginner and Intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Docs, Coding, Basics of Digital Photography, and more. Click HERE for this month’s class schedule. Come and fill those gaps in your knowledge!

Creative Writing Club

WritingIf you enjoy writing and would like to learn more about it, come and join others writers in your community for writing exercises and practice, group projects, and giving and receiving feedback. This is NOT a class on how to write proper English, resumes, or essays. This is a group for having fun writing in different styles and genres and learning from your peers. A member of our staff will guide club members in writing prompts, exercises, and activities to strengthen your writing skills and just have fun! This is a club for those of ages 10 to 29. Because of the wide range in ages attending please be considerate of what you write or bring with you to share. Obscene or inappropriate material is not allowed.

Each One Teach One

ClassHCPL is always looking for smart people who are willing to share their time by helping adults learn to read, learn English or prepare to become naturalized U.S. citizens. We are offering training for volunteer tutors in all three of these areas in January. If you are interested in becoming an HCPL literacy tutor, please go to this link to register. Please contact Marisa Schneider at 713-274-6600 if you would like to sign up for the citizenship tutor training on January 10.

Citizenship Tutors
January 10, 2017     10:00am – 2:00pm 
Aldine Branch Library ,11331 Airline Drive, Houston TX 77037

Learn Sign Language or Spanish

TalkingThe more communication techniques you have at your disposal, the better you can express your thoughts and feelings. Be a part of a group of people learning and sharing knowledge in these peer-taught study groups. Sign Language Club will meet on the 2nd Friday of each month (next meeting January 13) at 4:00 and Spanish Club will meet on the 4th Friday of each month (first meeting February 24) at 4:00. For ages 13 and up.

Art Club

Pastel paintingIf you wonder whether you might be any good at art, come and try it out and see! If you know you’re good at art and you want to learn about different artistic media, come on over! Our resident artist will show you techniques for using various art supplies. We furnish all the supplies and the sessions are completely free. At the next session, Wednesday, January 11, from 4:00-6:00, learn how to use pastels. For ages 10 to 21.

Dance to Learn at Your Library

Highly-trained professionals will be at the Aldine Library on Thursday, December 22, from 10:30-11:30 to offer a “Dance to Learn” program for children ages 2-6. Dance to Learn teaches children exercises and movements surrounding a story book theme and characters. The theme for this program is “The Nutcracker.” Bring your tiny dancer and check it out! [Image ©2016 Vital Imagery Ltd.]

Genre Book Club for Teens

DragonAge 13-18 and love reading? Meet with like-minded people at the library on Wednesday, December 21, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Because the Christmas/holiday season is MAGICAL, this month’s genre is FANTASY! Come and talk about a fantasy book that you’ve read. Share your opinions about specific books or about fantasy books in general. Get book recommendations from others. Not familiar with any fantasy books? Then talk about fantasy movies instead! [Image ©2016 Vital Imagery Ltd.]

For Aldine Teens

TeensAre you interested in any of these things? Then check it out! @ your library.
Creative Writing Club-Monday, December 5 & 19 at 4:30
Filmmaking, Photography, and Acting-2nd Monday at 4:30
Anime and Manga Club-every Tuesday at 3:30
Art Club-Wednesday, December 14 at 4:00
Genre Book Club-Wednesday, December 21 at 4:00
Homework Help-every Thursday at 3:30
Tinker Time-Thursday, December 15 & 29 at 4:30
Sign Language Club-Friday, December 16 at 4:00

Be Crafty Next Week

Snowman2Aldine Library is hosting a mini make-a-thon! If you’re age 6-18 and looking for something fun to do while you’re out of school next week, come to the library at 2 pm Monday-Thursday and make something. On Monday, we’ll be making coasters. On Tuesday, we’re making shrinky-dink ornaments. On Wednesday, bring your own tee shirt and turn it into a purse, scarf, etc. Thursday’s craft will be a surprise.

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