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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.  

Container gardening with Harris County Master Gardeners

Don’t have much space for a vegetable garden? Needing to beautify your porch or take care of plants that need to be protected from Houston weather extremes? Join Harris County Master Gardener Jean Fefer on Saturday, June 10 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Room 3 and learn about vegetables that grow well in containers, types of containers to use, and how to take care of them.  Ms. Fefer also will provide tips on growing houseplants. All ages are welcome. Please register by calling us at 281-484-2036 or by clicking on the library events calendar.

Visit with Rice University's Global Health Fellows

Rice University’s Rice360 Institute for Global Health brings together students and faculty from a variety of disciplines to design and deploy new technologies to solve health challenges around the world. This year, the institute is a semi-finalist for a $100 million MacArthur Foundation grant for neonatal technologies they designed for mothers and newborns in Malawi, where they will return again this summer. Talk with the institute’s Global Health Fellows about their experiences on Monday, June 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room (register please by calling 281-484-2036 or by clicking on our events calendar).

How to talk with your doctor

Talking to your doctor shouldn’t be very difficult, but it can be. Come and learn how to be more involved in your health care and how to make sure your doctor is not just hearing you but also listening. Presented by Memorial Hermann's Community Benefit Corporation. In English and Spanish. Register please by calling 281-484-2036 or by visiting the library events calendar at https://host4.evanced.info/harris/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?libnum=20

Learn about your destination before you go

Planning a trip? Whether it is to Hawaii (which we are highlighting for Asian Pacific Heritage Month) or anywhere else, we have resources which can help you learn more about that location before you go, from up to date information about accomodations to magazine articles about travel to books and articles about history and culture. Tuesday, May 16 at 2 p.m.

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