December Events & Courses - Adult Services & Technology Training


Adults - December is around the corner! Check out what Adult Services at FM has planned at your library next month by clicking on the following link:

TGIF Programs This Friday - Making Life's Major Decisions, A Panel Discussion

Adults - Please join TGIF Programs this Friday @ 10 AM for "Making Life's Major Decisions, A Panel Discussion" hosted by the Senior Care Advocacy, LLC & the Silver Networkers. Panelists include: Read and Vanae Flake, Assisting Hands, Kim Hegwood, Elder Lawyer, Scott Palmer, Heartis Senior Living, & Elizabeth Quigley, Senior Advocate. Presenters will take questions following the discussion.

TGIF Programs Friday Film Series - This Friday!

We look forward to showing Midnight in Paris, a 2011 Woody Allen film starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Kathy Bates. This 94-minute film is rated PG-13. Both film and light refreshments are provided by the Friends of Freeman Library. After this event, the DVD shown will be added to HCPL's circulating collection.

Refreshments for all TGIF Programs events are provided by the Friends of Freeman Library. Please contact the Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, TX 77062 or at 281-488-1906 for further information.

Check Out a Kindle eReader!

Kindle eReaders are now available for check out!  These ereaders will circulate for two-weeks, just like our other materials.  Is one unavailable at your branch?  You can put a hold on it just like a book and have one sent from another branch.  With it, you can download free ebooks from Amazon. "Cheat sheets" explaining how to use the device and service are included with each Kindle.  Take advantage of this great new service today!

Turkey Time Fum

The Children's Department will be celebrating the turkey in a couple of programs coming up this week.   On Thursday, November 17 at 4:30 pm, children 3-12 years old can make an edible turkey cookie craft and do some fun decorations for Thanksgiving.   This program requires tickets.  They are free and available starting 30 minutes before the program.

On Friday, November 18 at 10:00 am, babies from infants through 18 months can hang out and do a turkey picture during Baby Playtime.  This fun program also features toys, board books, and bubbles.  No tickets are needed for this program.

Success! HCPL Customers Checkout 1,000,000 eBooks in 2016 for Project Mill-E

Harris County Public Library is the first library system in Texas to circulate one million eBooks in a calendar year

Last January, we challenged you to checkout a million eBooks in 2016 and, in the process, make HCPL the first library system in Texas to circulate a million eBooks in a calendar year. Your response was overwhelming to put it mildly. We are delighted to announce that on Thursday, November 10, one of you put us over the top--with fifty days left in the year!  That is an average of 2,500 or so eBooks checked out every day.

All of us at HCPL want to congratulate everyone who helped us toward the goal, whether you checked out five eBooks or fifty or more, you made a difference.  We knew you were up to the task,  but we had no idea that you would embrace Project Mill-E with such gusto. Thank you all.

In the end, Project Mill-E is not about numbers or bragging rights, Edward Melton, Harris County Public Library’s Director.sees it as evidence of the continued transformation in the ways our customers access information and entertainment, and the necessity for the library to adapt to them, “HCPL and public libraries in general, are constantly evolving and changing to better meet the information needs of the community regardless of the format.”

Last Tech Q&A of 2016 is Friday Morning!

Adults -  Join TGIF Programs for our last Tech Q&A Discussion of 2016 in the Upstairs Training Lab this Friday at 10:30 AM. Let's talk about the technology issues concerning you! People from Freeman Library will be here to address questions about desktops/laptops, smartphones, digital tablets, HCPL eMedia, and more. This event is made possible by the support of the Friends of Freeman Library

Senior Care Advocacy Hosts Visit from CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics

Adults - Don't miss the visit from the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics next Monday (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM). They will provide free flu shots & light refreshments.

November Children's Programs

Here are some fun Children's Programs to attend in November:

Saturdays 11/5 & 11/19 - Family Storytime at 11:00 am - this storytime for the whole family meets in the Children's Department  on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month.  No tickets are needed.

Monday 11/7 at 10:15 am - Bilingual Chinese/English Storytime - recommended for children 3-5 years old exposes children to stories & songs in Chinese & English.  Includes fun craft.  Tickets give out at 10:00 when the library opens.

Maker Mondays Program - This weekly afterschool program is for children 5-12 years old at 4:30 pm on Mondays.  It features an activity or craft (on the 4th Monday of each month).  Tickets are given out at 4:00 pm.

TGIF Programs Hosts "Maintaining Your Jr Outlook in a Sr Body"

Adults - Please join TGIF Programs on Friday, November 4 at 10:30 AM. Mary Schmitz-Brown B.S., CCRC, Assistant Director of Research, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, will present "Maintaining Your Junior Outlook in a Senior Body—Eye Health and Safety Risks in an Aging Population."

This free event requires no registration. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Freeman Library. Please contact the Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, TX 77062 or at 281-488-1906 for further information.

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