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Social Security 101: what you need to know before you retire

It's important to prepare for retirement well before you do so, and that includes understanding the Social Security program and how it fits into your retirement. Learn about eligibility dates and how your age at retirement affects benefits; qualification for disability, survivors and spouse benefits; how to get the most from your benefit, the future of Social Security, and more. Presented by Andy Hardwick, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration. Wednesday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. Register please by calling 281-484-2036 or by visiting our events calendar.

Learn about nutrition and flea prevention for your dog

A dog's diet can depend on a variety of factors, just like a human's. Join Renee Harbaugh, Petco dog trainer, in Room 3 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 12 and learn how to make sure your dog is getting the right amount and kinds of food. Ms. Harbaugh will also discuss how to keep your dog free of fleas. Please register by contacting us at 281-484-2036 or visit our events calendar.

Game night: Monday, August 7

Bring your favorite board or tabletop game and play it with the rest of us. Or, learn about a new game from someone else. Join us in the Library Community Room. Monday, August 7 at 7 p.m.

Two escape rooms on July 31 - teens and adults

Something seems a little out of place today at today's class ... when you're professor steps out of the lab, you decide to take a look at his desk and discover that he has plans to release a deadly virus. You and your classmates have less than an hour to find the code that activates the antidote he has created to save himself and his family.

Join us on Monday, July 31, when we will be running the escape room twice: for teens at 4 p.m. and for adults at 6 p.m. Please allow 45 minutes to 1 hour for participation. Individuals interested in participating can register at the Reference Desk or by calling 281-484-2036.

Microsoft Publisher for flyers, postcards, invitations and more

Do you need to make flyers, brochures, invitations, postcards, newsletters, or other kinds of publications for your small business, church group or other organization? A good option is Microsoft Publisher, which enables you to easily place text and pictures on the page in whatever sizes or configurations look best, and it is available on library computers (easily save as PDF to open up on any other computer). Come to a free introductory session on Thursday, July 20 at 3 p.m. to learn the basics. Then get started on your project -- the librarians are here to help and you can also attend a follow up session. Register by calling 281-484-2036 or by clicking on our events calendar.

Strategies for managing a chronic health issue

Learn how to successfully make the best choices about your health and how to create an action plan to manage a chronic condition, including nutrition, coping, pain management, and exercise. Presented by Memorial Herman Community Benefit Program in Room 3 from 10 to 11 am on July 15. Register please by calling 281-484-2036 or by clicking on the library events calendar.

Hoopla for streaming movies and media

Have you used Hoopla before? It is one of the resources we offer on our website for downloading or streaming movies, music, audiobooks, comics and books using your computer, phone or tablet. Depending on your TV, you can also cast movies from your phone to your TV. Drop by on Tuesday, July 20 to learn how to use Hoopla on your device.

June book discussion

Our book discussion this month takes place on Tuesday, June 27 at 2 p.m. We are reading Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Stop by and pick up a copy!

Funding sources for small businesses

Have a small business or planning to start one? If funds for startup costs or expansion is an important issue, join us for "Coins Under a Couch Cushion," a free program led SCORE counselor Mo Tehrani, Ph.D. Learn about 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 workshop will also cover sources of equity and how to use equity as an alternative to borrowing funds.

Solar energy for home installation

Wanting to use more clean energy? Learn about what's new in solar panels and in the marketplace as well as factors to consider if you are considering setting them up for your home. Presented by the Houston Renewable Energy Group, a non-profit organization for renewable energy enthusiasts, engineers, architects, specialists, system designers and users. Join us on Saturday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 3. Please register by calling us at 281-484-2036 or by visiting our events calendar.  

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