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Citizenship application help available here on September 21

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is coming up. Thinking about applying to become a citizen? BIA accredited representatives of Boat People SOS will be at the library on Wednesday, September 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. to provide free help in submitting applications. Drop by the library beforehand to pick up a questionnaire and checklist so that you know what to bring with you. Registration is required.

SCORE workshop: Small business funding sources

Join SCORE Mentor and Counselor Dr. Lalitha Raman on September 17 at 10:30 a.m. for a workshop on small business financing. You will learn about the various sources of funds in the marketplace, the best place to start, what the lenders look for when reviewing a funding application and the key ingredients for success when borrowing money.

The free workshop will also cover sources of equity and how to use equity as an alternative to borrowing funds.

Jump-start your construction career

Considering a career in a construction industry, or seeking a new job? If so, attending either or both of these events later this month can help you reach that goal.

On Tuesday, August 23, find out more about the demand for jobs such as pipefitter, welder, industrial electrician, and boilermaker; learn how to communicate your skills; and learn about a networking resource linking job seekers with companies hiring. Presented by Workforce Solutions, Globalwide Talent, and SteelToePro. This free program begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 12:15 p.m.

Enjoy homegrown vegetables this fall and winter

It's hard to believe, but summer is almost over. That means it is almost time to plant fall and winter vegetables. A master gardener from the Harris County office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service can show you how to prepare your garden and give you advice on the best fall vegetables to plant for our area. Join us on Saturday, August 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for this free program. Please register by calling 281-484-2036 or visiting our events calendar.

New citizenship classes starting soon

Yes, July 4 was last week, but it is never too late to become a U.S. citizen. In fact, now is a great time to consider citizenship because the library has three new classes beginning soon: Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. (begins Tuesday, July 19), Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. (begins Monday, July 18) and Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. (begins Monday, July 25). All of the classes are free and help adults prepare for the citizenship interview. For more information or to register, please call us at 281-484-2036.

Build your construction crafts career with NCCER

Learn some NCCER test preparation strategies, find out about craft training in the Houston area, use a networking and job search resource, and get other tips for building your construction career from industry experts! Carla Thompson, workforce development coordinator for Turner Industries; Blair Williamson, training manager for the Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation; and Nestor Maccagno of www.steeltoepro.com will address these topics and answer your questions on Wednesday, July 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free! Plus, check out our series of NCCER trainee guides, comprising 15 different craft areas and purchased by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Science and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Money management for small business owners

To be a successful small business owner, you need to know how to manage money. Join us on Saturday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. for "Money Management for Small Business Owners" presented by SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) Houston. This workshop will provide better understanding on the following points:

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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