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Download library books to your new ereader

A man uses his ereader.So, someone gave you a new ereader as a gift and you are looking forward to putting it into full use – with full use meaning accessing books from the library? HCPL's digital media catalog has thousands of books for a variety of interests. Join us on Wednesday, January 11, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. to learn how to download ebooks from HCPL’s digital media catalog. Call 281-484-2036 for more information.

Contribute to one of the world's largest knowledge-sharing websites

Wikipedia, the world’s largest encyclopedia, has millions of articles created by people all over the world who share what they know about these topics.  Some of these articles may need your expertise!  Or, perhaps you know of a notable topic not yet covered on Wikipedia.  Come and learn how articles are created and edited and if you wish, get some hands on experience doing so on your own.  Learn about other Wikipedia tools, resources, and limitations.  Join us at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 19, in the library computer lab.

November book club meeting

Join the Parker Williams Branch Library book club at 11 a.m.

Create a resume or rebrand your skills

The employment market may be very different from the way it was when you started your current or previous job. Join experts from Workforce Solutions in two separate workshops as they help you navigate this new environment.

Creating a Resume. You may have the skills the employer is looking for and never get to the interview if your resume does not highlight those skills. Develop a professional resume that will match your skills and experience to the job and employer you are looking for. Most employers will ask you to complete an employment application, even if you have a great resume. Learn how to complete an application for employment thoroughly, accurately, and neatly. Wednesday, November 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Intro to ebook readers and the digital media catalog

Thinking of buying an ebook reader?  Or do you have one already and want to learn how to download ebooks, audio or movies from our digital media catalog? Join us on Wednesday, October 19, at 2 p.m. for a demonstration using a variety of readers and other equipment (or bring your own device). Call 281-484-2036 for more information.

Eat, play and read like an Aztec

Huexotzinco Codex, 1531Did you know that Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire (where Mexico City is now), was larger than most large European cities when the Spanish arrived?  That more than a million people in Mexico today speak a dialect of Nahuatl, the language spoken in the empire? Join us for an Hispanic Heritage Month program on Wednesday, October 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. with some activities common to everyday Aztec life. Decipher some pictographs created in 1531, play a game of patolli or ulama, enjoy food that Aztecs would have eaten, and more. 

Join discussion of One Amazing Thing

Just us for a discussion of One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on Wednesday, September 28 from 11 a.m.

Become an ESL tutor!

Volunteer here at the Parker Williams Branch and help someone open up a door to new opportunities in their life by being able to read, write and speak English.

We will host a training session for volunteer English as a second language tutors on August 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. After this session, tutors will work with a small group of adults once or twice per week to help them gain literacy skills for work purposes, to help their children in school, or for countless other uses.  Second language ability is not required for tutors, and materials including lesson activities are provided.

For more information or to register for this workshop, please call us at 281-484-2036.

Study for the GED online

If you have been interested in studying for your GED but have difficulty scheduling a class in person, you may be interested in an online class that will begin soon.  Parker Williams Branch Library, 10851 Scarsdale, will host orientation and pretesting on July 6 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  for an online GED preparation class sponsored by College of the Mainland.  The only requirements for registration are as follows:

Share a Book (or the Ability to Read It)

Christopher and Walter Dean MyersThis story from StoryCorps, told by beloved author Walter Dean Myers, is an excellent reminder that someone close to us -- a co-worker, family member or friend  -- may desire assistance with reading, and also a reminder to never miss an opportunity to read aloud. Volunteer as a tutor through the library literacy program or call Literacy Advance of Houston or the

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