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June book talk and a way to help save monarch butterflies

Monarch butterflies are far less common than they were when you were young(er). Their numbers are down by more than 90 percent since the 1990s. In large part that is because of herbicides used in agriculture that destroy milkweeds, which is the only plant monarchs will lay their eggs on.

Congratulations to a new U.S. citizen

Congratulations to Tien Nguyen, who recently passed her U.S. citizenship interview! She will be attending her oath ceremony soon. Tien attended Linh Nguyen's citizenship class at the library to practice for civics part of the interview. For more information about citizenship classes and other citizenship resources at the library, visit or call us at 281-484-2036.

We Can! series here in June!

We are excited to invite you to upcoming events hosted by Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services starting Monday, June 1 from 6 to 8 pm.

Mango Meetup!

If you are learning a language using Mango (provided by the library on our databases page), you might be interested in practicing with a real person in that language. Here is your opportunity! Come to our Mango Meetup on Saturday, June 13 at 2:30. All you have to do to register is call us at 281-484-2036.

Looking for work or training?

Looking for work, training or education? Workforce Solutions helps with all of these. Learn about high-growth occupations and scholarships or financial aid available through Workforce Solutions and other agencies to meet qualifications for these jobs. Young adults also may be interested in summer work experience.

Join us for a fiction and non-fiction discussion in May

Join us for one (or both) of two book discussions in May. Our non-fiction book discussion takes place on May 21 at 1 p.m.

April book discussion: Unbroken

A few years after competing in the 1936 Munich Olympics, Louis Zamperini became a B-24 crewman in the U.S. Army Airforce. After his plane went down in the Pacific in 1943, he spent 47 days in a life raft, then was picked up by a Japanese ship and taken to a prison camp for the rest of the war. Read about how he survived these ordeals and talk about the book at our monthly discussion on Thursday, April 30, at 11 a.m.

Anything you can imagine

One of HCPL's Makerbot Replicator 3D printers is here for the week. We're also supplying the plastic filament. The only other thing needed is your idea for something for it to print! If you would like to see how it is done, bring your idea or browse items ready to print. Or, come to see how it is done -- learn how to go from design sketch to 3D model to finished product.

Wednesday, March 11, from 3 to 7 p.m.: 3D Print-a-Palooza

Thursday, March 12, from 4 5o 6 p.m.: Community Craft

Volunteer to help adults learn English

If you enjoy helping others learn important skills, becoming an English as a second language tutor may be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Parker Williams Branch Library will be hosting a training session on Saturday, February 28, to help new volunteers learn about the materials provided by the library and the kinds of activities common in ESL classes.

February book discussion: The Good Lord Bird

"Mcbride ... pulls off his portrait masterfully, like a modern-day Mark Twain: evoking sheer glee with every page" (New York Times review). Drop by the library to pick up a copy of James McBride's The Good Lord Bird.  Come again on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m.

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