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Welcome our new butterflies

Whether you are a longtime citizen, a new citizen or still working on it, one way you can celebrate Citizenship Month in Houston is by coming into the library and making a paper butterfly. While you are here, see if our painted lady butterflies have emerged from their chrysalises. That will probably happen later this week. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a citizen, we have classes on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Drop by anytime to register or call us for more information.

Ask a Lawyer

Bring your legal question for some free advice from William Hemby and Tiffany Wade, attorneys at law, on Saturday, November 14, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. November is Citizenship Month in Houston, so the theme of this session will be the citizenship interview. However, other questions are welcome too. Call us at 281-484-2036 to let us know if you plan to attend.

Write-In for National Novel Writing Month

Ready to write your novel for National Novel Writing Month? Don’t worry – either way, you aren’t supposed to start writing until November 1. First, register at or (young writers program). At these websites, you can track your word count, find out about local events for participants, and get help preparing on topics such as characters, plot, setting, and more, and even have your own author coach. Then, get started writing on Nov. 1. Come here to the Parker Williams on Saturday, November 7 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a “Write In” with brainstorming activities and refreshments.

November book discussion

Our next book discussion features The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. Click the link, see a review, and download a copy to read or listen to -- or drop by and pick up a copy. We talk about it on Thursday, November 19, at 1:30 p.m.

Stories of the Galveston Hurricane

As a library customer and resident of the Gulf Coast area, you have probably heard about Gulf Coast Reads. This year's book selection -- The Promise by Ann Weisgarber -- is particular appropriate for our area, being set just down the freeway in Galveston and featuring story of a woman who arrives on the island just before the most significant natural disaster in our area's history. Join us this Saturday, October 10, at 11 a.m. to hear the stories of some of the people who survived the 1900 hurricane from fourth generation Galveston resident Linda MacDonald, whose grandfather survived the storm and who has told his and other survivors' stories to many groups nationally and internationally.

Friends book sale this Saturday

The Friends of the Parker Williams Branch Library are cleaning out their closet and will be having a book sale this Saturday, September 26th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and find your book(s), at a bargain price! The selection includes paperbacks and hardbacks, CDs, DVDs, VHS, magazines and more. Bags will be furnished by the Friends.

Basic computer skills for health information

If you know someone who needs help with basic computer skills such as using the mouse or keyboard or navigating to a website, let them know about our class series in September: "Basic Computer Skills for Health Resources." We will be practicing these computer skills while also browsing wellness topics and searching health conditions, diagnoses and therapy at and other websites. This class meets in our computer lab in four parts on September 14, 16, 21 and 23 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Please contact us at 281-484-2036 for more information or to register, or click on the link in our online calendar.

September book discussion

Join us on Saturday, September 19, at 10:30 a.m. to talk about The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. Click on the link for more information about the book or to download an electronic copy. Or, drop by the branch to check out the book in print. 


Registration open for fall ESL classes

Fall ESL classes at Parker Williams Branch Library begin September 9. Get the word to someone you know who needs help with reading, writing or spoken English, and also let them know that the registration deadline is August 31! Visit anytime between now and that date to register for a class and take a pre-test.

The library's ESL classes are led completely by volunteers and help more than 85 adults every month with English language skills. If you are interested in volunteering, the library will host a training session on August 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All materials are provided and no second language skills are necessary. For more information or to register, contact us at 281-484-2036.

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