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Programs for Adults (PDF)

Programs provided in the community room at Friendswood Public Library.  

All programs are free, open to the public, no registration needed – Just Come!

Friends of the Library Book Club

Beginner Computer Classes

Technology Q&A Sessions

Friendswood Library flicks

Special Topic Programs (e.g. Genealogy, Poetry, Art, History, Authors)

 

Friends of the Library Book Club

Book Club meets the 2nd Tuesday each month at 7:00 p.m.  Refreshments are provided.  The library has several copies of the book.  Click on the book title to access the library’s online catalog and place a request for the book.

Book Titles & Group Discussion Dates are:

January 10: Cover Her Face by P.D. James     

February 14: Halsey's Typhoon by Bob Drury

March 14: Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene                        

 

Beginner Computer Classes

Computer Class topics rotate and include Internet searching, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Files and Folders, E-mail, HeritageQuest genealogy database, Twitter, Skype, Facebook, and  Homework Help resources.  Some computers available to first arrivals on a first come, first serve basis.

Dates & Topics for Classes are:   (PDF flyer)

Classes are held in the newly renovated community room.  WiFi is available.  You are welcome to use your laptop or mobile device for the class.

 

Daytime Classes:  (PDF flyer)

Tuesday, January 3 at 1pm:  Smartphones and Tablets:  Beginner Jump Start   This is a question and answer session for smartphone or tablet users that have questions on how to access and use apps, contacts, camera, photos, email, and the Internet.  

Tuesday, January 10 at 1:00pm:  Word: Beginner Jump Start   Learn and practice the ribbon commands and formatting techniques used to create letters, resumes, certificates, and flyers.

Tuesday, January 17 at 1:00pm:  Excel: Beginner Jump Start   Learn and practice the skills needed to create and format a spreadsheet of information.

Tuesday, January 24 at 1:00pm: No class

Tuesday, January 31 at 1:00pm:  PowerPoint: Beginner Jump Start   Learn and practice the skills needed to create and format a slide presentation.

Tuesday, February 7 at 1pm:  Email: Rev Up Your Correspondence   Learn the basics of reading, creating and sending, replying, attaching documents and printing.

Tuesday, February 14 at 1pm:  Internet: Beginner Surfing…Catch the Wave   Discover resources available to locate information of interest to you on the Internet.  We will discuss the web browser, search strategies, interpreting search results, and navigating websites.

Tuesday, February 21 at 1pm: Free eBooks and audiobooks   Learn how to use OverDrive to download free eBooks and audiobooks to your mobile device or computer.  Bring your mobile devices.

 

Technology Q&A Sessions:

Downloading eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines.  Learn how to access and download free eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines.  Bring your mobile devices for assistance.  Free WiFi is available.  Call and schedule a time for one-on-one assistance, 281-482-7135 ext. 2.

 

Friendswood Library flicks

Classic or contemporary film is shown every other Thursday at 6:20 p.m.  Film is free and shown on an 8x10 ft. projection screen.  Refreshments provided.  Contact the library at 281-482-7135 for movie details.

Dates & Movie Titles are:  

Thursday, January 19 at 6:20pm: Laura starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Vincent Price. Directed by Otto Preminger in 1944. This film is not rated and runs 90 minutes.  Laura was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1999.  AFI named it one of the 10 best mystery films of all time, and it also appears on Roger Ebert's "Great Movie" series. Movie Flyer  

Thursday, February 2 at 6:20pm: McFarland USA starring Kevin Costner, Maria Bellow, and Morgan Saylor. Directed by Niki Caro in 2015.  This film is rated PG and runs 129 minutes. Movie Flyer

 

Special Topic Programs (e.g. Genealogy, Poetry, History, Authors)

 

Tuesdays beginning January 10th from 1 - 3pm

Workforce Solutions Job Search Workshops: 1/10 - Resumes, 1/24 - Interviewing, 2/14 - Evaluating Your Skills, 2/28 - Making Connections.  These workshops are free and open to the public. No registration required. Workshop flyer

Wednesdays: Starting January 11 to February 15 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

ESL Conversation Classes.  Free, no registration, open to the public.  Come when you can. (PDF flyer)

Saturday, January 28 from 10:00am - noon

SCORE Houston (www.houston.score.org) presents a FREE workshop "Simple Steps For Starting Your Business."  Click here to access more information and register for this workshop (Flyer)

Saturday, January 28 from 7 - 8pm

Friendswood Library's Off the Page Poetry series featuring acclaimed local poets Varsha Shah, Choonwha Moon, and Eloisa Perez-Lozano.

Wednesday, February 8 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Genealogy: The "WHO" of Genetic Genealogy  Come watch this live webinar hosted by Legacy Family Tree and presented by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D, an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and author of The Genetic Genealogist blog.   Webinar description:  Genealogists are increasingly using autosomal DNA to find genetic cousins and examine specific genealogical questions. But knowing who to test is one of the biggest hurdles of autosomal DNA. For example, why are second cousins so great to test? Why should we test the oldest generation first? Together we’ll answer these questions and help you formulate an optimal DNA testing plan. Webinar flyer

Thursday, February 9 from 7 - 8pm

Household Hurting? Dr. Grandma can help! Great tips for getting your household organized and running efficiently.  

Monday, February 13 from 10am to 2pm

AARP Free In-Person Tax Preparation Assistance to anyone of any age – especially if you are 50 or older or can’t afford paid tax preparation.   Individuals will be served on a first come first serve basis.  Alternative Locations Flyer

Wednesday, February 22 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Genealogy: Finding Missing Persons With DNA Testing   Come watch this live webinar hosted by Legacy Family Tree and presented by Diahan Southard, creator of www.YourDNAGuide.com, featured author for Family Tree Magazine.   Webinar description:  Do you have an adoption in your line, or are you adopted yourself?  Do you have an ancestor who just refuses to be found?  DNA testing can be a very powerful tool to help fill in the blanks in your family tree.  But how helpful can it really be when you know absolutely nothing about the person you are trying to find?  As it turns out, with the right techniques and a careful search, your DNA might be able to tell you more than you think.  Webinar flyer

Thursday, February 23 at 6:30pm

Astrospies: The Art of Neil Jacobe - Neil Jacobe created amazing acrylic paintings of NASA's Manned Orbiting Laboratory in the 60s.  Celebrate his life and art with presenter Dr. John Charles, Space Life Sciences Manager at the Johnson Space Center, Historian, Researcher, and Author.  No registration required. 

Monday, March 13 from 10am to 2pm

AARP Free In-Person Tax Preparation Assistance to anyone of any age – especially if you are 50 or older or can’t afford paid tax preparation.   Individuals will be served on a first come first serve basis.  Alternative Locations Flyer

Tuesday, March 21 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Genealogy:   Are You My Grandpa?  Men of the Same Name   Come watch this live webinar hosted by Legacy Family Tree and presented by Rebecca Whitman Koford, Certified Genealogist.  Webinar description:  This lecture reviews tactics for sorting our ancestors from other men or women of the same name in the same general time period and location. Several case studies show how these methods were effective.  Webinar flyer

Thursday, March 23 at 7pm

The U.S. Doughboy: 1917-1919 - WWI Historian and Reenactor Kevin Burke will give a presentation on the U.S. Doughboy during WWI.  The presentation will include a brief overview of the Great War, the Citizen Soldier, enlistment vs. conscription, training, uniforms and equipment, weapons, mobility, combat experience, daily life and routine, the return and reintegration into civilian life, and the lasting legacy. 

Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30pm

Astrospies: The Art of Neil Jacobe - Neil Jacobe created amazing acrylic paintings of NASA's Manned Orbiting Laboratory in the 60s.  Celebrate his life and art with presenter Dr. John Charles, Space Life Sciences Manager at the Johnson Space Center, Historian, Researcher, and Author.  No registration required. 

Thursday, April 6 at 7pm

Improving Relationships through Conflict Resolution with April Reynolds. This workshop provides information on: Benefits of expressing differences without hostility, What makes criticism hard to handle, Common responses to criticism, and How to deal with & resolve conflicts non-defensively.

April has a degree in Youth Leadership with additional studies in Applied Sociology.  She is the President of the Clear Lake Communicators Toastmasters Club.  She has worked for over 30 years with groups of adults, teens and children, structuring lessons and events to teach them the skills and mindsets that will help them to succeed.

Tuesday, April 18 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Genealogy:  "The Genealogy in Government Documents"   Come watch this live webinar hosted by Legacy Family Tree and presented by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA.  His areas of expertise encompass records of the National Archives, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, including military records, land records, using maps in genealogy, urban research, and government documents  Webinar description:  An often under used resource, evidence of kinship abounds in publication such as the Serial Set, American State Papers, and the Territorial Papers. We will explore these publications and discover efficient ways to access them.  Webinar flyer

Wednesday, May 31 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Genealogy:  "The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors"  Come watch this live webinar hosted by Legacy Family Tree and presented by Michael L. Strauss, an Accredited Genealogist and forensic investigator.  Strauss is a national genealogical lecturer and instructor for military courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.  Webinar description:  Researching your World War I ancestors can be challenging. With the losses of records by fire in St. Louis in 1973 and stricter privacy laws; this lecture focuses on ways to reconstruct military service for family who served their country including records of draft registrations, war casualties, troop manifests, and many other related records.  Webinar flyer

 

Visit from the reference desk to learn more about library programs and events.

 

 

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last updated 2/06/2015.




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