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Getting to Know Your Smartphone

If you feel you aren't taking full advantage of your phone's capabilities, sign up for the free class "Getting to Know Your Smartphone" on Thursday, May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. on the library calendar or by calling us at 281-484-2036. The class will help you learn about apps, take pictures and share them with friends and family, use email on your phone, text, and more. 

Considering starting a contractor business?

Thinking of starting a construction contracting business? Make sure you get the details right by joining Keith Stine, a SCORE mentor and retired electrical contractor, at a free presentation at the Parker Williams Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16.

The presentation, “What Do I Need to Know to Start My Construction Contracting Business?,” will help participants learn about the different types of construction firms, estimating and bidding, how general contractors differ from sub-contractors, labor management, getting paid on time, job scheduling, change orders, contract negotiations, lien releases, bookkeeping and insurance, and more.

Networking opportunity for construction careers

Are you interested in advancing in a career as welder, pipefitter, electrician or another construction craft? Drop by on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. to learn about a networking resource here in Houston that connects construction job seekers, potential employers, and other resources such as training programs. Sign up to attend by calling 281-484-2036.

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See you on Tuesdays too!

We have been closed for a few years on Tuesdays, but no longer! Starting next week we will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. The library’s schedule on other days will remain the same. 

Learn about construction skills training at San Jacinto College

While parts of Houston’s economy struggle because of low oil prices, construction jobs such as welding, pipefitting and industrial electrician are in demand because of new plants to be built east of the city. Join Dr. J.D. Taliaferro Jr, director of Applied Technologies & Trades at San Jacinto College, on Monday, Feb. 29 at 6:30 p.m. to learn about classes available in construction and related fields, funding to cover class costs and job placement.

Author Robert Jacobus talks about integration of UH sports in the 1960s

Be a part of Black History Month by joining us on Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. to talk with Robert Jacobus, author of Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century. Here is a brief description:

Construction professionals: new career resources are here

Construction professionals seeking a career boost have a great new resource at Parker Williams Branch Library thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Science and the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

The grant enabled the library to purchase trainee guides in 15 different craft areas for area construction professionals seeking certification from the National Center for Construction and Education Research. NCCER certification is widely recognized in construction industries and indicates that workers have achieved journey-level status, which translates to higher pay and additional job opportunities.

Everyone can code

December 10, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. To celebrate Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week, we will be doing a small workshop on the computer programming language "Scratch." For school-aged children.

December 11, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Create a program as the first part of a free online class using the Python programming language. Continue the class on your own later if you want to with the help of your librarians whenever needed. All ages including adults welcome.

Create better resumes, job applications and cover letters

If you are submitting applications for jobs, it is important to show potential employers that you are the right person for the job. Learn how to develop professional applications, resumes, references, cover letters and thank you letters that make the most impact with employers. "Creating Resumes, Completing Applications, and Writing Cover Letters," a presentation by Workforce Solutions, will help you with these skills. Join us on Wednesday, December 9, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Call the library at 281-484-2036 or see our events calendar to register.

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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.

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