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Container gardening with Harris County Master Gardeners

Don’t have much space for a vegetable garden? Needing to beautify your porch or take care of plants that need to be protected from Houston weather extremes? Join Harris County Master Gardener Jean Fefer on Saturday, June 10 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Room 3 and learn about vegetables that grow well in containers, types of containers to use, and how to take care of them.  Ms. Fefer also will provide tips on growing houseplants. All ages are welcome. Please register by calling us at 281-484-2036 or by clicking on the library events calendar.

Visit with Rice University's Global Health Fellows

Rice University’s Rice360 Institute for Global Health brings together students and faculty from a variety of disciplines to design and deploy new technologies to solve health challenges around the world. This year, the institute is a semi-finalist for a $100 million MacArthur Foundation grant for neonatal technologies they designed for mothers and newborns in Malawi, where they will return again this summer. Talk with the institute’s Global Health Fellows about their experiences on Monday, June 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room (register please by calling 281-484-2036 or by clicking on our events calendar).

How to talk with your doctor

Talking to your doctor shouldn’t be very difficult, but it can be. Come and learn how to be more involved in your health care and how to make sure your doctor is not just hearing you but also listening. Presented by Memorial Hermann's Community Benefit Corporation. In English and Spanish. Register please by calling 281-484-2036 or by visiting the library events calendar at https://host4.evanced.info/harris/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?libnum=20

Learn about your destination before you go

Planning a trip? Whether it is to Hawaii (which we are highlighting for Asian Pacific Heritage Month) or anywhere else, we have resources which can help you learn more about that location before you go, from up to date information about accomodations to magazine articles about travel to books and articles about history and culture. Tuesday, May 16 at 2 p.m.

May book discussion

Join us for a discussion of Faithful by Alice Hoffman on Thursday, May 25 at 2 p.m. In the meantime, drop by and pick up the book!

Work with others to make a rag quilt

Come by anytime to relax, talk with others, and help make a rag quilt that will decorate part of the library. We will provide the materials and get you started. This projects starts Tuesday (May 9). Photo by Nesha's Village Niche.

Volunteer to help adults learn to read and write

Many adults need assistance improving their reading and writing skills. Now is your opportunity to learn how to assist an adult new reader and to volunteer as a tutor. After attending a training session on Tuesday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we will match you with an adult learner who has asked for assistance at the library. You and your student will set up individual meetings on either a weekly or twice weekly basis, at a time convenient for both of you. The training and materials provided by the library explain lessons in detail, so no experience teaching reading is necessary. To register or for more information, please call the library at 281-484-2036 or register on our events calendar.

Discussion with Houston Grand Opera: Music, Literature and the Human Experience

There are certain stories that weave their way into centuries of art and literature because they are central to our understanding of who we are. Faust and his infamous deal with the devil is one of these stories. Come explore the dichotomies of human experience through the story of Goethe’s Faust. This event encourages group participation in discussion, and you don't have to be an expert on opera or world literature. These stories are universal and well known in treatments from contemporary TV to film to opera. Everyone is welcome. Join us on on Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. Please register by calling us at 281-484-2036 or by clicking on the library's events calendar.

Estate Planning and How to Avoid Probate

Join attorney William D. Archer on Tuesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. here at the library to learn about the Transfer on Death deed can help you in estate planning, power of attorney, and other topics related to wills and estate planning. This program is free, but please register by signing up on our events calendar or calling the library at 281-484-2036.

Soils and Composting

Visit us on Saturday, April 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to learn useful concepts and calculations for the home composter-magician, led by Harris County Master Gardener Carlos Domenech. We will talk about the different soils and how they affect your garden, the importance of organic matter, and then we will talk about compost and composting in your back yard. This presentation will be valuable for first time composters and for the ones trying to make the process go faster. Questions are welcome throughout. Please register by calling the library at 281-484-2036 or by visiting the library's events calendar.

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