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Volunteer to help adults learn English

If you enjoy helping others learn important skills, becoming an English as a second language tutor may be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Parker Williams Branch Library will be hosting a training session on Saturday, February 28, to help new volunteers learn about the materials provided by the library and the kinds of activities common in ESL classes.

February book discussion: The Good Lord Bird

"Mcbride ... pulls off his portrait masterfully, like a modern-day Mark Twain: evoking sheer glee with every page" (New York Times review). Drop by the library to pick up a copy of James McBride's The Good Lord Bird.  Come again on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m.

MOOC!

Want to challenge yourself by learning a programming language? Interested in a course on jazz or classical music? Are you a history buff and interested in learning more about the civil war from a top university? These and many more university level classes are available to anyone to take at websites such as www.edX.org and www.coursera.org.

Help adults gain U.S. citizenship

Volunteer Linh Nguyen and new citizen Thuy Thanh PhamHelp adults reach an important goal in their lives and in the lives of their families -- becoming a U.S. citizen! Parker Williams Branch Library will host a free training session for volunteer instructors on Thursday, January 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. As an instructor, you would be helping a small group of adults prepare for their citizenship interview.

January Book Discussion: The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans book coverPick up a copy of The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman here at the library and join us on Thursday, January 29 at 11 a.m. to tell us what you thought of the book.

Travelling? We have the latest guides

Going out of town for the holidays, or beginning to plan a vacation for next year?   Drop by and pick up one of the library's travel guides.  We have a large selection for locations within the United States as well as abroad.

December Book Discussion: The Book of Jonah

Join us on Thursday, December 18, at 11 a.m. as we discuss The Book of Jonah by Joshua Max Feldman.

New college planning and financial aid resources

Applying to colleges?  If so, A Compendium of Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar 2014-2015, which we just received, arrives at a good time.  Actually the entire book, sponsored by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, is available on the internet too.

Talk with Kat Kirst about writing and then "write in"

Talk with Kat Kirst, author of four books for young adults, this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. about writing or publishing a novel.  And then do some writing yourself.  For the latter, you could be part of  National Novel Writing Month,  a national program every November that enables you to join a local and national community of writers and  find great resources on its website, nanowrimo.org.

Need health coverage?

If you need health coverage or would like to change your plan, join us this coming Wednesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. for an overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace. This program is presented by the Light and Salt Association, a non-profit organization that received a federal grant to provide outreach and in-person enrollment assistance.

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