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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.

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.

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.

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.  

GED class begins soon

Does lack of a high school diploma prevent you, or someone you know, from moving forward in your work? If so, there is an opportunity to overcome that hurdle.  College of the Mainland, which sponsors a free preparation class for the General Educational Development test at the library, will host registration on April 5 from 10 a.m.

Put your small (or very small) business idea to work

Do you have an idea that might benefit others? If so, join us for a presentation by SCORE on March 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Black History Month: Read and discuss "Red River"

Join us on Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. to discuss Red River, a historical novel  by Lalita Tademy.  Tademy tells the story of two families in Louisianna beginning after the civil war and continuing into the 1930s.  After speaking with relatives about family history and finding vague accounts, Tademy, vice president of Sun Microsystems before becoming an author, found that they were tied to a state historical marker near the town that told the story of a tragedy from only one point of view.  As Tademy says in Red River, “This novel attempts to overlay the rich anecdotes passed down in my family lore with the times in which they unfolded, a blend of fact and fiction told from the point of view of people whose voices were lost in official records.”

Register for a free GED class

Register for a GED classRegister for a GED class here at Parker Williams Branch Library on January 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You must have access to the internet and a valid email address to be able to participate in the free class, which is sponsored by College of the Mainland. For more information, please call the college at 409-933-8294 or 888-258-8859, extension 8294. 

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