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Programs for Adults  (PDF Flyer)

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:

February 13: Persuasion by Jane Austen.

March 13: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. 

April 10: Two Across by Jeffrey Bartsch.

May 8: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.

June 12: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende.

July 10: Share an interesting book.

 

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 new computer lab.  WiFi is available.  You are welcome to use your laptop or mobile device for the class.

 

Computer Classes: 

Wednesday, February 7 at 1:30pm: Let’s make a flyer!  Practice incorporating text with pictures to make your project pop using either Microsoft Word or Google Docs.  Use these skills to make announcements, invitations, and advertisements.

Wednesday, February 14 at 1:30pm:  Google Docs: Beginner Jump Start  Learn and practice formatting techniques used to create letters, resumes, certificates, and flyers. Google Docs is similar to Microsoft Word but Google Docs is free.

Wednesday, February 21 at 1:30pm:  Google Sheets: Beginner Jump Start   Learn and practice the skills needed to create and format a spreadsheet of information.  Google Sheets is similar to Microsoft Excel but Google Sheets is free.

Wednesday, February 28 at 1:30pm:  Self-publishing How To  Discuss a few steps needed to create your own electronic book for easy printing and or selling. 

Wednesday, March 7 at 1:30pm:  Microsoft Word: Beginner Jump Start  Learn and practice formatting techniques used to create letters, resumes, certificates, and flyers.

Wednesday, March 14 at 1:30pm:  Microsoft Excel: Beginner Jump Start   Learn and practice the skills needed to create and format a spreadsheet of information.

Wednesday, March 21 at 1:30pm:  Microsoft PowerPoint Beginner Jump Start   Learn and practice the skills needed to create and format a slide presentation.   

Wednesday, March 28 at 1:30pm:  Google Slides Beginner Jump Start   Learn and practice the skills needed to create and format a slide presentation.  Google Slides is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint but Google Slides is free.

 

Technology Classes:  (PDF Flyer)

 

3D Printing Demonstration - The library has a new 3D printer (Prusa model using PLA filament).  Come see the printer in action and learn the steps to print your own object.

Wednesday, February 7 from 6:30pm to 8pm (come and go)

Wednesday, February 14 from 6:30pm to 8pm (come and go)

Thursday, February 22 from 1:30pm to 4pm (come and go) 

 

Experience Green Screen Magic - The library has a large screen that is green which allows you to take family photos or make short videos superimposed onto a chosen virtual background.  Come practice the steps for using this special effect for school and personal projects.

Wednesday, February 14 from 6:30pm to 8pm (come and go)

Wednesday, February 21 from 6:30pm to 8pm (come and go)

Thursday, March 1 from 1:30pm to 4pm (come and go) 

 

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, February 15th at 6:20pm: The Trail of the Lonesome Pine starring Henry Fonda, Fred MacMurray and Sylvia Sydney. Directed by Henry Hathaway in 1936. This film is not rated and runs 102 minutes. This film is known for its highly successful use of the "new three-component Technicolor process"; described by critic Frank Nugent as "a richly beautiful color production." Movie Flyer

 

Thursday, March 1st at 6:20pm: O Brother, Where Art Thou? starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Holly Hunter. Directed by Joel Coen in 2000. This film is rated PG-13 and runs 107 minutes. The film received two Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Sceenplay and Best Cinematography.  George Clooney received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Movie Flyer

 

Thursday, March 15th at 6:20pm: Gold Diggers of 1933 starring Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, and Ginger Rogers. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy and Busby Berkeley in 1933. This film is not rated and runs 96 minutes.  This Great Depression era musical was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It was also nominated for AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals in 2006. Movie Flyer

 

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

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 - 2pm

Tai Chi for Seniors: a program of the Senior Citizen Center at Friendswood Library. The gentle movements of tai chi reduce stress and offer other health benefits.  Flyer

Wednesday, February 14 from 1pm to 2pm

English as a Second Language (ESL) Conversation Class -  -  Come practice your conversational skills in a friendly, relaxed environment.  Class will meet each Wednesday through November 1.  All level of speakers welcome.  Flyer

Saturday, February 17  from 10:30am - noon

Houston SCORE free small business program “What Business Owners Must Know When Starting or Expanding the Business” presented by Rita Leader, a retired Corporate attorney and SCORE mentor.  She will discuss choosing a legal business structure, understanding government rules and regulations, and purchasing business insurance. Come if you are starting a business or have an established business and would like to understand changes in regulations.  Flyer

Tuesday, February 20 from 1 -3pm 

Workforce Solutions Job Search Seminar - Managing Stress, Time, and Finances. Losing a job can make you feel like you’ve lost control of your life! Learn to take control of the things you can (stress, time, and finances) to help build resilience.   Free and open to the public. No registration. Flyer

Tuesday, February 20 from 7pm to 8:30pm

English as a Second Language (ESL) Conversation Club -  Come practice your conversational skills in a friendly, relaxed environment.  Club meets once each month in the evening.  All level of speakers welcome.  Flyer

Tuesday, February 20 from 7pm to 9pm (come and go)

Craft Circle. Do you crochet, knit, embroidery, cross stitch, tat, macramé, or work another hand craft?  Bring your project and join the circle of conversation, encouragement, and maybe a little help. Free and open to the public. No registration. Flyer

Wednesday, February 21 from 1pm to 2pm

English as a Second Language (ESL) Conversation Class -  -  -  Come practice your conversational skills in a friendly, relaxed environment.  Class will meet each Wednesday through November 1.  All level of speakers welcome.  Flyer

Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm

Travel Smarter: How to get the Most for Your Time and Money: So you want to take a trip overseas but don’t know where to start? Come and hear Gary Kay, a retired college professor, share his tips for getting the most out of your travel time and dollars. Gary has traveled overseas numerous times for the past 25 years. And for all of those trips he personally researched and designed them for his family and friends to get the most value for each traveler. Come and learn the tips and tricks Gary has discovered over the past two and half decades.  Flyer

Thursday, February 22 at 7pm

Poets in the Loop - A reading of poetry from this acclaimed Houston based poetry group. Open to the public. Refreshments served. Poets include: John Milkereit, Mary Wemple, Chuck Wemple, Winston Derden, Dom Zuccone, Vanessa Zimmer-Powell, Elina Z. Petrova, Varsha Saraiya-Shah, Carrie Kornacki, and Kelly Ann Ellis.

Monday, February 26 from 10am - 2pm

AARP Tax Assistance - ARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation 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. Flyer

Tuesday, February 27 from 7pm to 9pm (come and go)

Craft Circle. Do you crochet, knit, embroidery, cross stitch, tat, macramé, or work another hand craft?  Bring your project and join the circle of conversation, encouragement, and maybe a little help. Free and open to the public. No registration. Flyer

Wednesday, February 28 from 1pm to 2pm

English as a Second Language (ESL) Conversation Class -  -  -  Come practice your conversational skills in a friendly, relaxed environment.  Class will meet each Wednesday through November 1.  All level of speakers welcome.  Flyer

Mondays, March 5 - April 2 (5 week class) from noon - 1pm

Introduction to Online Marketing taught by Kristi Milsap.  Gain an overview of online marketing and search engine optimization, so that you can go beyond the “Boost a Post” Button on Facebook, and learn how to get the most out of your advertising online, both paid and organic. Discover the power of social media marketing to more effectively build your business reputation online. Develop a deeper understanding of how the pieces fit together to help you get the best results and biggest impact for your time and money, whether doing it yourself or outsourcing to an agency.   This class is held at the Friendswood Public Library but you must register with FISD Community Education Department either online or by postal mail at http://myfisd.com/community-ed    Flyer  

Monday, March 5 from 10am - 2pm

AARP Tax Assistance - ARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation 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. Flyer

Tuesday, March 6 from 1 -3pm 

Workforce Solutions Job Search Seminar - Creating Resumes, Completing Applications, and Writing Cover Letters Get noticed! Learn how to develop professional applications, resumes, references, cover letters, and thank you letters that make the most impact with employers and demonstrate you are the right person for the job. Free and open to the public. No registration. Flyer

Wednesday, March 14 at 7pm

Training for Spaceflight Underwater: The Origins of Neutral Buoyancy Training for Spacewalking Astronauts, presented by Dr. John Charles, Chief of the International Science Office of NASA's Human Research Program. 

Tuesday, March 20 from 1 -3pm 

Workforce Solutions Job Search Seminar - Making Connections    80% of jobs do not get advertised! Learn techniques to access the "hidden" job market, leverage social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), and make effective phone calls.  Free and open to the public. No registration. Flyer

Tuesdays, March 20, March 27, and April 3 (3 week class) from 7pm - 8:30pm

Genealogy Classes taught by Friendswood Family History Center Consultants Ginger Gregory and Nancy Royce.  Whether you are just starting to research your family history or are a seasoned researcher, come discover and practice searching records, building trees and sharing memories on FamilySearch.org, a free online resource accessible from home.  Discuss several ways to save, preserve, and share the information found. You are welcome to bring your family history information, laptop, or mobile device for use during class.  This class is held at the Friendswood Public Library but you must register with FISD Community Education Department either online or by postal mail at http://myfisd.com/community-ed    Flyer

Tuesday, March 20  from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Skywarn Spotter Training Class.  Sponsored by the National Weather Service Office, this class trains and shows volunteers what to watch for in the skies during severe weather and to relay reports back to the local Emergency Management Office and/or the National Weather Service.  This program is hosted by the City of Friendswood Fire Marshal's Office and Office of Emergency Management. Please register with Steven Simmons, City of Friendswood Office of Emergency Management, 281-996-3335 or e-mail ssimmons@friendswood.com Flyer

Tuesday, April 3 from 1 -3pm 

Workforce Solutions Job Search Seminar - Interviewing   The interview is where jobs are won or lost! Learn steps to help you make a great first impression, appropriately respond to questions, and effectively follow-up to improve your chances of getting an offer. Free and open to the public. No registration. Flyer

Wednesday, April 4 from 6:30 - 8:30pm

Haiku History and Writing Workshop presented by poet Dru Watkins. Workshop will include: a Basic Form and History, a discussion of Japanese Masters, Activities including Nature Photos for Haiku Inspiration, Guided Visualization Exercise "Spontaneous Mental Landscape", Haiku Freewrite, and a Compilation of Haikus for a Class Booklet. To register for this free workshop, contact the reference department at 281-482-7135 (option #3), or email reflib@friendswood.lib.tx.us

Wednesday, April 11 at 7pm

An Evening with an Astronaut:  Mike Foreman spent 40 years in Federal Government service as a NASA astronaut, Naval Officer, Project Manager and Leader. Career highlights include five spacewalks totaling over 32 hours outside the International Space Station performing "very high altitude" construction tasks.  He holds multiple Engineering degrees and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.  Mike has flown more than 7,000 hours in over 50 different aircraft. Since May 2016, Mike has served Friendswood as a member of City Council. 

Wednesday, April 11  at 7pm

Genealogy Webinar - Georgia: Gateway to Westard Expansion presented by Rorey Cathcart  Learn the common mistakes that can stall your Georgia research.  Explore repositories, history and collections unique to the state to get your family history adventure off on the right foot.  Flyer

Tuesday, April 17 from 1 -3pm 

Workforce Solutions Job Search Seminar - Beating Long Term Unemployment   Identify factors that could be contributing to your unemployment and develop a plan for overcoming the challenges of being out of work for over a year. Free and open to the public. No registration. Flyer

Thursday, April 19 from 6:30 - 8:30pm

Mindfulness - What is it? And how can you benefit from it? Numerous scientific papers prove that mindfulness enhances mental and physical well-being and reduces chronic pain. It addresses many of our current and every day stress related problems.  Dorte Koustrup teaches Mindfulness and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She studied to be a MBSR teacher at Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of Massachusetts.  She has arranged lessons, workshops, and talks about mindfulness since 2015.  This talk will include a few practical exercises and also tell you how mindfulness can influence the brain. 

Wednesday, May 9  at 7pm

Genealogy Webinar - Hidden Web: Digging Deeper presented by Cyndi Ingle    Explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The "hidden web" lies buried within the collections for commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums.  Flyer

Thursday, May 10 at 10am and repeated Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30pm

Hurricane Preparedness.  A representative from the City of Friendswood Office of Emergency Management will share information on city’s hurricane plan, discuss what citizens can do before and after a hurricane to weather the storm, and answer questions.   Flyer

Wednesday, May 16  at 1pm

Genealogy Webinar - The First 5 Thinkgs To Do With Your New Test Results presented by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.    You've just received your test results, now what should you do? Together we'll examine some of the first things you should do with your new test results.  Flyer

Wednesday, May 23  at 1pm

Genealogy Webinar - Quaker Migration into America presented by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG   Quaker roots begin in England and migrated to other European countries and America. With emphasis on the Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio Quakers, this presentation will aid you in looking for clues as to whether your ancestors were Friends.  Flyer

Saturday, July 28  from 10:30am - noon

Houston SCORE presents a free small business program. 

 

 

 

 

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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