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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:

Construction professionals: new career resources are here

Construction professionals seeking a career boost have a great new resource at Parker Williams Branch Library thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Science and the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

The grant enabled the library to purchase trainee guides in 15 different craft areas for area construction professionals seeking certification from the National Center for Construction and Education Research. NCCER certification is widely recognized in construction industries and indicates that workers have achieved journey-level status, which translates to higher pay and additional job opportunities.

Everyone can code

December 10, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. To celebrate Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week, we will be doing a small workshop on the computer programming language "Scratch." For school-aged children.

December 11, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Create a program as the first part of a free online class using the Python programming language. Continue the class on your own later if you want to with the help of your librarians whenever needed. All ages including adults welcome.

Create better resumes, job applications and cover letters

If you are submitting applications for jobs, it is important to show potential employers that you are the right person for the job. Learn how to develop professional applications, resumes, references, cover letters and thank you letters that make the most impact with employers. "Creating Resumes, Completing Applications, and Writing Cover Letters," a presentation by Workforce Solutions, will help you with these skills. Join us on Wednesday, December 9, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Call the library at 281-484-2036 or see our events calendar to register.

photo by www.flazingo.com

Welcome our new butterflies

Whether you are a longtime citizen, a new citizen or still working on it, one way you can celebrate Citizenship Month in Houston is by coming into the library and making a paper butterfly. While you are here, see if our painted lady butterflies have emerged from their chrysalises. That will probably happen later this week. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a citizen, we have classes on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Drop by anytime to register or call us for more information.

Ask a Lawyer

Bring your legal question for some free advice from William Hemby and Tiffany Wade, attorneys at law, on Saturday, November 14, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. November is Citizenship Month in Houston, so the theme of this session will be the citizenship interview. However, other questions are welcome too. Call us at 281-484-2036 to let us know if you plan to attend.

Write-In for National Novel Writing Month

Ready to write your novel for National Novel Writing Month? Don’t worry – either way, you aren’t supposed to start writing until November 1. First, register at www.nanowrimo.org or ywp.nanowrimo.org (young writers program). At these websites, you can track your word count, find out about local events for participants, and get help preparing on topics such as characters, plot, setting, and more, and even have your own author coach. Then, get started writing on Nov. 1. Come here to the Parker Williams on Saturday, November 7 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a “Write In” with brainstorming activities and refreshments.

November book discussion

Our next book discussion features The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. Click the link, see a review, and download a copy to read or listen to -- or drop by and pick up a copy. We talk about it on Thursday, November 19, at 1:30 p.m.

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