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Enjoy homegrown vegetables this fall and winter

It's hard to believe, but summer is almost over. That means it is almost time to plant fall and winter vegetables. A master gardener from the Harris County office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service can show you how to prepare your garden and give you advice on the best fall vegetables to plant for our area. Join us on Saturday, August 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for this free program. Please register by calling 281-484-2036 or visiting our events calendar.

New citizenship classes starting soon

Yes, July 4 was last week, but it is never too late to become a U.S. citizen. In fact, now is a great time to consider citizenship because the library has three new classes beginning soon: Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. (begins Tuesday, July 19), Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. (begins Monday, July 18) and Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. (begins Monday, July 25). All of the classes are free and help adults prepare for the citizenship interview. For more information or to register, please call us at 281-484-2036.

Build your construction crafts career with NCCER

Learn some NCCER test preparation strategies, find out about craft training in the Houston area, use a networking and job search resource, and get other tips for building your construction career from industry experts! Carla Thompson, workforce development coordinator for Turner Industries; Blair Williamson, training manager for the Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation; and Nestor Maccagno of will address these topics and answer your questions on Wednesday, July 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free! Plus, check out our series of NCCER trainee guides, comprising 15 different craft areas and purchased by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Science and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Money management for small business owners

To be a successful small business owner, you need to know how to manage money. Join us on Saturday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. for "Money Management for Small Business Owners" presented by SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) Houston. This workshop will provide better understanding on the following points:

Getting to Know Your Smartphone

If you feel you aren't taking full advantage of your phone's capabilities, sign up for the free class "Getting to Know Your Smartphone" on Thursday, May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. on the library calendar or by calling us at 281-484-2036. The class will help you learn about apps, take pictures and share them with friends and family, use email on your phone, text, and more. 

Considering starting a contractor business?

Thinking of starting a construction contracting business? Make sure you get the details right by joining Keith Stine, a SCORE mentor and retired electrical contractor, at a free presentation at the Parker Williams Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16.

The presentation, “What Do I Need to Know to Start My Construction Contracting Business?,” will help participants learn about the different types of construction firms, estimating and bidding, how general contractors differ from sub-contractors, labor management, getting paid on time, job scheduling, change orders, contract negotiations, lien releases, bookkeeping and insurance, and more.

Networking opportunity for construction careers

Are you interested in advancing in a career as welder, pipefitter, electrician or another construction craft? Drop by on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. to learn about a networking resource here in Houston that connects construction job seekers, potential employers, and other resources such as training programs. Sign up to attend by calling 281-484-2036.

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See you on Tuesdays too!

We have been closed for a few years on Tuesdays, but no longer! Starting next week we will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. The library’s schedule on other days will remain the same. 

Learn about construction skills training at San Jacinto College

While parts of Houston’s economy struggle because of low oil prices, construction jobs such as welding, pipefitting and industrial electrician are in demand because of new plants to be built east of the city. Join Dr. J.D. Taliaferro Jr, director of Applied Technologies & Trades at San Jacinto College, on Monday, Feb. 29 at 6:30 p.m. to learn about classes available in construction and related fields, funding to cover class costs and job placement.

Author Robert Jacobus talks about integration of UH sports in the 1960s

Be a part of Black History Month by joining us on Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. to talk with Robert Jacobus, author of Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century. Here is a brief description:

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