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Want to challenge yourself by learning a programming language? Interested in a course on jazz or classical music? Are you a history buff and interested in learning more about the civil war from a top university? These and many more university level classes are available to anyone to take at websites such as and

Help adults gain U.S. citizenship

Volunteer Linh Nguyen and new citizen Thuy Thanh PhamHelp adults reach an important goal in their lives and in the lives of their families -- becoming a U.S. citizen! Parker Williams Branch Library will host a free training session for volunteer instructors on Thursday, January 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. As an instructor, you would be helping a small group of adults prepare for their citizenship interview.

January Book Discussion: The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans book coverPick up a copy of The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman here at the library and join us on Thursday, January 29 at 11 a.m. to tell us what you thought of the book.

Travelling? We have the latest guides

Going out of town for the holidays, or beginning to plan a vacation for next year?   Drop by and pick up one of the library's travel guides.  We have a large selection for locations within the United States as well as abroad.

December Book Discussion: The Book of Jonah

Join us on Thursday, December 18, at 11 a.m. as we discuss The Book of Jonah by Joshua Max Feldman.

New college planning and financial aid resources

Applying to colleges?  If so, A Compendium of Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar 2014-2015, which we just received, arrives at a good time.  Actually the entire book, sponsored by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, is available on the internet too.

Talk with Kat Kirst about writing and then "write in"

Talk with Kat Kirst, author of four books for young adults, this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. about writing or publishing a novel.  And then do some writing yourself.  For the latter, you could be part of  National Novel Writing Month,  a national program every November that enables you to join a local and national community of writers and  find great resources on its website,

Need health coverage?

If you need health coverage or would like to change your plan, join us this coming Wednesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. for an overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace. This program is presented by the Light and Salt Association, a non-profit organization that received a federal grant to provide outreach and in-person enrollment assistance.

November book club: Water for Elephants

Our branch book club meets next on Wednesday, November 19, at 11 a.m.  We will be discussing Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, a best seller when it originally was published and then a movie.

Write your novel here

Maybe you have thought, seriously or not, about writing a novel.  Or maybe you haven’t at all --once you’re done, you will have to go through all the more work of finding a publisher or it just isn’t worth it, right?

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