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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.

Credit score questions?

Haven't checked your credit record in awhile, and need to make sure all information collected is correct? Would you like to know more about how your score is calculated and how to improve your score? Do you need to dispute a report or sign up for an individual consultation? Join staff from the United Way Thrive Center at Bay Area here at the Parker Williams Branch on Thursday, April 6 at 2 p.m. to find answers to all of these questions and more. Call us at 281-484-2036 or click on the events calendar to register. Photo by creditcafe.

SCORE presents: how to be a successful bidder

Contractors must juggle between two possibilities when estimating costs for their customers: If my bid is too low, I will lose money. If I bid too high, my customers will leave me, and use my competitor.

Join us on Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. for a discussion about how to accurately set the sales prices you need to quote to your customers. Keith Stine, a retired electrical contractor and current SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) mentor, will help participants with the following topics and more:

Get help downloading music, movies, magazines, books and more

Not sure you are taking advantage of your phone or tablet's capability to play digitial media from our library collection? Drop by on Friday, March 10 at 2 p.m. and we will help you! Register please by calling 281-484-2036 or clicking on our events calendar.

Learn strategies to build your savings

Get back on the path to being able to save money for an emergency, or for school or retirement. Learn how to check your credit, how to improve your credit score, budgeting skills, available financial products, or how to sign up for an individualized consultation. Join United Way Thrive Center at Bay Area on Tuesday, March 21 from 2 - 4 p.m. and learn about these and other strategies for building up savings. For more information or to register, please call 281-484-2036 or click on the library events calendar.

Transform your life through meditation

The new year is a time of great reflection and positive changes that can be put into action in our lives. Discover strategies to help you let go of anger, fear and worry and create more harmonious relationships, which will help you achieve a deeper sense of personal peace. Join long time meditator Daya Sharma and receive first-hand experience of this meditation practice which can be used daily to reduce stress and find inner fulfillment. Join us on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. 

Improve your resume and interviewing skills

Our "Interviewing, Resumes and Applications" series, sponsored by the United Way Thrive Center at Bay Area, continues this Friday at 1:30 p.m. The following topics will help you get better results in your job search:

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