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Snack and eat right this summer

With kids home this summer, the pantry and refrigerator will see frequent action. Learn about some additions to these summertime staples that can make sure kids (and adults too) find foods that are both tasty and healthy. Jicela Longoria, health educator for the Harris Health System, will talk about some fast and tasty foods that you and the kids can prepare, foods to avoid and healthy alternatives, preparation tips, and more.  Monday, June 17, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 3.
 

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Be fit (financially)

No one has a mastery of all things financially-related that can affect us during our lives.  In recognition of this fact, Houston Money Week, scheduled this year from April 6 through April 13, provides practical information sessions on topics such as credit, banking, investing, homeownership, starting a business, saving for college, and numerous others.

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For those who love books

If you love to read and enjoy talking about books, gather with us for informal conversation on Thursday, March 21 at 2 p.m.  Share a book that has lifted your spirits or feeling recently, or changed the way you look at the world -- or find the next book that could do so for you.  We will also briefly discuss some resources for keeping up with your favorite author and to find new favorites.

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Family's history comes to life in Cane River

Lalita Tademy, writing her first novel after a career as a vice president of Sun Microsystems, searched the historical record and oral histories of five generations in the life of her own Louisiana family.  Their story became an Oprah book selection. Join us on February 28 at 3 p.m. to for a two-part discussion.  Part of our discussion will focus on Cane River and Tademy's research into her family history.  We also would like to hear about your own recent reading and other books you would like to read as we plan for future discussions.
 

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Volunteers needed for adult literacy, ESL

Reading, writing or speaking English can be used for most anything – from getting around on a day to day basis to gaining work or school opportunities for oneself or family.  Learn how you can help adults improve their literacy skills.  Parker Williams Branch Library hosts an orientation for volunteer tutors on Monday, October 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.  For more information, call 281-484-2036.

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Volunteer as an ESL tutor

Find a window into another culture, and help someone access a window to our local community, by volunteering as an ESL tutor.  The Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library will host an orientation session for new ESL tutors on Friday, July 13, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor, you can attend this session and volunteer as a tutor here at the Parker Williams Branch Library.  For more information, call the library at 281-484-2036.

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Spread the Word: Help Someone Learn to Read

Summer is a great time to relax and do more reading -- or to consider helping someone else gain basic reading skills. An opportunity to begin volunteering as a literacy tutor is right around the corner at High Meadows Branch Library, which hosts an orientation on June 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Join us on a tour of World Book Online

World Book Online does not just feature articles about numerous topics, enhanced with audio and video.  Besides these, you can find links to primary source documents, interactive maps, a dictionary and help for science fair projects. You can even create your own timelines, collections of resources and more. And, of course, you can access all of this from home with a library card (start here at our databases page and click "Encyclopedias and Reference").  If you need help finding information for a school project or just would like to research a particular topic, join us in the library computer l...

Find funding for your small business idea

Almost everyone has a question about money involving one aspect of life or another. What is the best way to pay down debt or save for retirement or for children's college? How is my credit score calculated and how can I change it? Should I consider starting a small business? Houston Money Week, led by the Federal Reserve Bank-Houston Branch, financial institutions and several non-profit organizations, has answers to all of these questions and more in programs that take place throughout this week. For anyone considering a small business idea and who has questions about financing it, P...

Congratulations to two new citizens

Congratulations to Tuyet Le (seated, left) and Ai Khinh Hua (seated, right), who recently interviewed to become U.S. citizens. Both passed their interview exams and attended the oath ceremony this past March. Tuyet and Ai Khinh are students in ESL classes with Linh Nguyen (standing, middle), who volunteers at the library each Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m., and also on Saturday mornings, when students focus more on government and history questions for the citizenship interview.  

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