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Find help with hobbies, crafts and home projects

Have a new hobby, or would you like to dive more deeply into a current one? Need a craft idea for kids over the holidays or to show off at a gathering? Do you have a home improvement project that needs attention? These are a lot of questions but our new databases have a lot of answers!  Join us Thursday, November 7, at 1 p.m. to see how the Hobbies and Crafts, Home Improvement and Small Engine Repair reference centers show you how to learn and do the things you have been wanting to do!

Read the book that everyone is reading

Join us at 4 p.m. on October 17 to discuss this year's Gulf Coast Reads selection, The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Hig, the main character, survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope.

Learn how to help adults speak English

            Help someone open a door to any number of new opportunities by volunteering as an English as a second language tutor. 

            These opportunities are as limitless as the variety of ways in which people read, write and speak every day.  Common goals are learning English to help children in school or interact with school staff, get a better job, or to become a citizen.

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.
 

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.

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.

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.
 

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.

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