Friends of the Library
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.
Titles & Group Discussion Dates are:
Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
in Translation by Jean Kwok.
the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White.
World's Greatest Short Stories edited by James Daley.
Beginner Computer Classes
Class topics rotate and include Internet searching, Microsoft
Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Files and Folders,
E-mail, HeritageQuest genealogy database, and Homework Help
resources: the hidden web. Some
computers available to first arrivals on a first come, first serve
& Topics for Classes are:
July 31 at 10:30am: Introduction to Microsoft Excel - Learn to use the essential tools of this
August 7th at 6:30pm: Microsoft Word - Learn the essential
elements of this word processing program.
August 21st at 6:30pm: Microsoft PowerPoint - Learn how to
create a slide presentation.
These question and answer sessions provide opportunities for you to work on a specific issue or
skill in the following areas:
Using a new device (e.g. eReaders,
Downloading eBooks and/or audiobooks to your mobile device.
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
are welcome to bring your own equipment. Assistance is provided
on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendees are welcome to come
and go during the scheduled hour.
& Topics for Q&A
July 29 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
August 11 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
August 18 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
August 25 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
or contemporary movie is shown every other Thursday at 6:20 p.m.
Film is free and shown on an 8x10 ft. projection screen.
Contact the library at 281-482-7135 for movie details.
& Movie Titles are:
31: Rebecca starring Joan
Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940.
This film is not rated and runs 130 minutes. Rebecca
14: My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated
fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by
Studio Ghibli. Released in the U.S. through Walt Disney Pictures.
Film critic Roger Ebert identified My Neighbor Totoro as one
of his "Great Movies", calling it "one of the
lovingly hand-crafted works of Hayao Miyazaki". This film is
rated G and runs 86 minutes. My
Neighbor Totoro flyer
28: The Devil is a Woman starring Marlene Dietrich,
Lionell Atwill, and Edward Everett Horton. Directed by Josef von
Sternberg in 1935. This film is not rated and runs 79
Devil is a Woman flyer
11: The Red Shoes starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook,
and Marius Goring. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
in 1948. This film is not rated and runs 133 minutes.
Filmmakers such as Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese have named it
one of their all-time favorite films. Scorsese has stated that
The Red Shoes, along with Jean Renoir's The River, are
the two most beautiful color films. The
Red Shoes flyer
Special Topic Programs (e.g. Genealogy, Poetry)
Monday, July 28th at
Diabetes 101 presented by RN and
Diabetes Educator, Rocio Asgari-Tari. This presentation covers
basic diabetes information and terminology and provides convenient
tips for eating healthy and staying active.
Monday, August 4th at
Paying for College: What
to Know Before You Go.
presenter Raymond Van Buskirk, MBA, is a financing expert and a
former director of the U.S. Department of Education Grants and
Contracts. Raymond will share: The inside scoop about how
college scholarships and other aid are determined, strategies that
will help your family maximize aid,
tips for preparing your assets and income for maximizing aid,
and steps you can take NOW to begin strategizing your college
workshop is applicable to all families, but especially those with
students in middle school through high school. Program
Wednesday, August 6th
Author Kathryn Lane will
discuss New Border Voices: an
anthology published by Texas A&M University Press. New
Border Voices is an anthology of recent and rarely seen writing by
Borderlands artists from El Paso to Brownsville—and a hundred
miles on either side. The
vibrant community represented in this collection offers tasty bits
of regional fare that will appeal to a wide range of readers and
students. Among the contributions are: A “Southern Renaissance”
for Texas Letters —José E. Limón; The Texas-Mexico Border:
This Writer’s Sense of Place —Rolando Hinojosa-Smith; and The
Rain Parade —Paul Pedroza. Kathryn
Lane is originally from northern Mexico. She has a
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico and
worked for several years as a painter in oils. After becoming
a certified public accountant, Kathryn worked for a multinational
corporation in various Latin American countries and recently decided
to leave corporate life to pursue her passion to write fiction and
poetry inspired by Latin American cultures. Her story Baseball
Over the Moon is featured in New Border Voices. Program
excerpts from Baseball Over the Moon.
August 7th at 10:30am
Genealogy: Introduction to African-American Research
(part 1 of 3) Nick Cimino, a professional genealogist, will
present three sessions on researching African-American
ancestors. Topics covered in this session are getting started
with your living family's knowledge; checklists, charting,
timelines, and interviewing; African-American surnames. The
next sessions are Thursday, September 4 at 10:30am, and Thursday,
October 2 at 10:30am.
August 13th at 7pm
Pele of Polynesia Dance Group will
perform traditional dances from Tahiti, Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji,
and Hawai'i. They incorporate traditional and modern dances into
their shows set to beautiful, fun, tropical music. Program
August 18th at 10:30am
FamilySearch Family Trees.
Rawlin from the Friendswood Family History Center will introduce
Family Trees, a free resource for storing and publishing your family
history online within FamilySearch.org. She will also discuss tips, security, privacy, and
collaboration features for this product.
August 20th at 7pm
Real Value of Trees presented
by Master Gardener Linda McLean. This presentation will describe the
economics, science, aesthetics, and consequences of loss; as well as
unusual trees around the world, and trees as monuments of
inspiration and beauty. Learn how trees positively affect our
daily lives, in ways we may not even be aware. Program
Every Tuesday from
1-3pm in September
Workforce Solutions Job Search Seminars. Event
September 3rd at 7pm
Lloyd Wright: the most famous American architect - presented by Vivian
Pollock. This discussion will also include other innovative
architects who have changed the look and design of buildings around
the world; focusing on Wright's influence and legacy. Vivian Pollock is an art historian, professor, and practicing artist
with work featured in many shows and galleries throughout Houston
and the Bay Area. She has taught as an art historian at Alvin
Community College, Houston Community College, and University of
Houston - Downtown and Clear Lake campuses. Event
September 4th at 10:30am
Genealogy: Introduction to African-American Research
(part 2 of 3) Nick Cimino, a professional genealogist, will
present three sessions on researching African-American
ancestors. Topics covered in this session are 19th and 20th
Century census, vital records, and military records; and attendees
are encouraged to bring family information or memorabilia for show
& tell. The last session is Thursday, October 2 at
September 10th at 7pm
Author Margaret Symmank will speak about her new book Lower
Than the Angels. Margaret Symmank is a Texas playwright turned Texas
novelist. She lives on the Gulf Coast in the town she grew up in
where she often writes in the tree house in her backyard. She has no
plans to leave, or to stop writing. From the book jacket...Stars fall from the high, Texas sky and
storms sweep in off the Gulf as a family endures a season of
hardship in the summer of 1954...the worst, and the best summer of
September 17th at 7pm
off the page poetry series presents Poets in the Loop.
Poets in the Loop is a Houston area poetry critique group with
published and award winning poets. Join us for an evening of
creative and insightful poetry. Poets include Winston Derden,
Chuck Wemple, Vanessa Zimmer-Powell, John Milkereit, Kelly Ann
Ellis, Varsha Shah, Mary Wemple, Dom Zucone, Elina Petrova, and
October 1st at 7pm
Dickinson presentation/discussion led by past
president of the Pearland Adult Reading Center, Tom Woods, and
Philosophy and Ethics Professor Emeritus,
October 2nd at 10:30am
Genealogy: Introduction to African-American Research (part 3 of 3)
Nick Cimino, a professional genealogist, will present three sessions
on researching African-American ancestors. Topics covered in
this session are African-American history and genealogy in Texas;
sources for Texas vital records; and genealogy records of special
value to African-Americans.
Saturday, October 11th at 3pm (All
a Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars
– Astronaut Jerry Ross will speak about his book at the
Friendswood Public Library. Jerry
L. Ross is an Indiana native, a graduate of Purdue University, a
retired United States Air Force officer, and a former astronaut who
retired from NASA in 2012. Colonel
Ross is a veteran of seven US Space Shuttle missions and holds an
individual world record for the most spaceflights flown.
Becoming a Spacewalker
is a children’s version of Ross’s Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting
Frequent Flyer. Spacewalker
received an OUTSTANDING rating (the highest possible) from the
University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries and
was chosen to be used in
the “Best of the Best from University Presses” session at the
2013 American Library Association conference. This event is for
October 15th at 7pm
Historic Downtown and Strand District - Author Denise Alexander
will present information found in her 2010 book published by Arcadia
Strand, known as the Wall Street of the Southwest, contains a
significant collection of 19th-century buildings. Long the center of
Galveston's business community, its architecture is a reminder of
this historic port city. The National Historic Landmark District
includes buildings classified as Greek Revival, Italianate, and
Victorian style--sometimes with traces of vernacular building
traditions that date to the 1850s. Historic images found within this
book illustrate the development of the Strand and surrounding
streets, including Mechanic, Market, and Postoffice. Denise
Alexander is Director of Heritage Programs for the Galveston
Historical Foundation, one of the nation's largest local
preservation organizations. Over the last 50 years, the foundation
has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment,
public education, historic preservation advocacy, maritime
preservation, and stewardship of historic properties. Galveston
Island is the foremost historic community in Texas with one of the
largest collections of late 19th and early 20th century architecture
and the official tall ship of Texas, the Elissa.
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