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Programs provided in the activity 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 10: When the Smoke Cleared At Gettysburg by George Sheldon.

March 10: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. 

April 14: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

 

Beginner Computer Classes

Computer 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.  Some computers available to first arrivals on a first come, first serve basis.

Dates & Topics for Classes are:  

Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30pm: Microsoft Excel - Learn the basics of this spreadsheet application, including calculations, sorting, and charts. 

 

Thursday, March 12 at 6:30pm: Microsoft Word - Learn basic word processing applications including text formatting; cut, copy & paste, using pictures and other basic MS Word ribbon functions. 

 

Technology Q&A Sessions:

Thursday, January 15, 22, and 29 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm eBook Help.    Come-and-go help sessions.  Bring your mobile device and get one-on-one assistance in accessing free eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines.  

Wednesday, January 21 and 28 from 1:30 to 2:30pm :  Computer Skill Practice. Take this opportunity to work on a specific issue or skill in the following areas:   Using the Internet, Email, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher .   You 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. 

Thursday, February 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm eBook Help.    Come-and-go help sessions.  Bring your mobile device and get one-on-one assistance in accessing free eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines.  

Wednesday, February 4 and 25 from 1:30 to 2:30pm :  Computer Skill Practice. Take this opportunity to work on a specific issue or skill in the following areas:   Using the Internet, Email, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher .   You 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. 

Thursday, March 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm eBook Help.    Come-and-go help sessions.  Bring your mobile device and get one-on-one assistance in accessing free eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines.  

 

Friendswood Library flicks

Classic or contemporary movie 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:

February 5: Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) starring David Niven and Kim Hunter.  Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger in 1946.  This film is not rated and runs 104 minutes. In 2004, a poll by the magazine Total Film of 25 film critics named Stairway to Heaven the second greatest British film ever made. Stairway to Heaven flyer  

February 19: Charade starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Directed by Stanley Donen in 1963. This film is not rated and runs 113 minutes. Charade has been nominated for AFI's 100 Years....100 Laughs; Thrills; Passions; and Scores lists. Charade flyer

March 5: Now, Voyager starring Bette Davis and Paul Henreid. Directed by Irving Rapper in 1942.  This film is not rated and runs 117 minutes. Selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2007.  Now, Voyager flyer

March 19: My Favorite Blonde starring Bob Hope and Madeleine Carroll.  Directed by Sidney Lanfield in 1942. This film is not rated and runs 78 minutes. 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Considered one of Hope's funnier films.

 

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

Thursday, January 29 at 7pm

Captain Dave versus the Yankees: blockade-running on the Texas Coast during the Civil War presented by Andrew Hall.  Andrew Hall is actively involved in a range of historical activities. He currently serves (2014-15) as Chairman of the Galveston Historical Foundation Museum Committee. Since 1990 Hall has volunteered with the office of the State Marine Archaeologist at the Texas Historical Commission to help document historic shipwrecks in Texas waters. Hall has worked on numerous marine archaeology projects in Texas notably from 1995 to 2002 on the Denbigh Project, the most extensive excavation and research program on a Civil War blockade runner in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2001 Hall was part of the inaugural group of volunteer marine archaeological stewards appointed by the Texas Historical Commission, the first group of its kind in the nation. Hall writes and speaks frequently on the subjects of Texas' maritime history and its military conflicts in the 19th century. In 2012 Hall published his first book, The Galveston-Houston Packet: Steamboats on Buffalo Bayou, with the History Press of Charleston, South Carolina. His second book with the History Press, Civil War Blockade Running on the Texas Coast, was released in 2014. When he is not working with the Historical Commission on sites in the “Wet Texas” region of the state, he blogs at MaritimeTexas.net, DeadConfederates.com and at the historical magazine, the Civil War Monitor.  Event Flyer

Wednesday, February 4 at 7pm

File Organization for Effective Genealogy Data Management.  Gale French will discuss best practice tools for managing genealogy records. Learn how to collect, create, store, organize, and protect your records (document, photo, digital and word processing) in an intuitive format and backup your data using disks, DVDs, and cloud storage.

Thursday, February 12 at 7pm

Author and NASA luminary Glynn Lunney will speak about his book Highways Into Space: A first-hand account of the beginnings of the human space program.  A book signing will conclude the event.

Lunney was a major factor in the success of all of the human space activities conducted in the first three decades and particularly in the exemplary work he did as Flight Director for Apollo XIII.    ---Christopher Kraft, First Flight Director, JSC Center Director and author Event Flyer

Wednesday, February 18 at 1:00pm - 3:00pm

SKYWARN Spotter Training.  Skywarn is a program 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.  Hosted by the City of Friendswood Fire Marshal's Office and Office of Emergency Management.  Register with Debbie Murphree, Friendswood Office of Emergency Management, 281-996-3335 or e-mail eoc@friendswood.com  Event Flyer

Thursday, February 19 at 2pm

Beginning Genealogy Research and Clayton Library.  Need info on the names, dates and places your family lived? Interested in finding out how to track down your family stories? Come and listen to Irene B. Walters, a librarian from the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston (library's website), as she discusses the tools to use when beginning your research.

Thursday, February 26 at 7pm

Young Soldiers Amazing Warriors: inside one of the most highly decorated battalions of Vietnam presented by author Robert Sholly. Robert H. Sholly, Colonel USA Retired, is a multi-award winning author and businessman. He was born in Santa Fe, N.M. and, as the son of a Park Ranger and his school teacher wife, was raised in various U.S. National parks. He began his higher education at Texas A&M and graduated with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in History and English from the University of Texas at El Paso. Sholly served two tours in Vietnam, the first of which is captured in this book. After military retirement, Sholly worked for a Fortune 500 corporation as General Manager of a subsidiary company dealing with security matters in overseas locations. He retired from corporate life and established Stonywood Publications. He began writing Young Soldiers Amazing Warriors after retiring from military and corporate life. He currently provides consultation to aspiring writers, and does public speaking on military and corporate matters. Staying involved in veteran’s affairs, he mentors young men and women seeking a military career, and is currently the President of the 8th Infantry Regiment Association. An active member of the Pearland Texas Chamber of Commerce, and the Mid-Pearland Toastmasters Club, he resides with his wife, Peggy, in Pearland, Texas. Event Flyer

Wednesday, March 11 at 7pm

Robert Craig, Ph.D., and Tom Woods discuss The Life and Works of William Faulkner

Thursday, March 19 at 2pm

Genealogy Tips & Tricks : finding ancestors by not searching the known information Having trouble finding ancestors even though you know their names and dates, and have information on the places they lived? In this talk you will learn various tips and tricks for searching around the known family information to find these "tricky" ancestors.  Program presented by Irene Walters, a librarian from the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston (library's website).

Saturday, March 21 at 1pm

Genealogy: Researching German Ancestors A presentation and discussion on different resources available.  Program presented by Nick Cimino, Professional Genealogist (Nick's blog), and Bob Wegner, Bay Area Genealogical Society representative (Society's website).

Thursday, March 26 at 7pm

Authors Ted Estess and Sybil Pittman EstessTed Estess, University of Houston Honors College Founding Dean, will read from his latest book, Fishing Spirit Lake.  Ted Estess tells stories not just about the South or fishing or fatherhood or loss but also about the pattern of a life, of all our lives-stories both existential and metaphysical about a future that seems (or is) both risky and random but that produces a past both coherent and meaningful, stories in which we can find both the confusion of a life and the wisdom to make sense of it, to make it whole.  Sybil Pittman Estess, nominated for Poet Laureate of Texas in 2009 and 2015, will read from her new book of poetry, Like That: New and Selected Poems.

"Sybil Estess’ poetry is a rich tapestry of women’s experience; her version of “domestic realism” shows through image and is an example what it is to grow up and grow old in this time and place. Her unforgettable pictures and events show us how we invent our lives, how we make our stories up from memory, bits of history, desires. This book is a delight to read and return to." - Janet McCann; Professor, Department of English, Texas A&M University. A book signing will conclude the event. 

Thursday, April 9 at 2pm

Using newspapers to flesh out your genealogy.  You've got your relative's skeleton consisting of dates and places. This talk will show you how to go about creating a newspaper clipping file on a relative to put flesh on that skeleton? We will explore newspapers in their original paper form, on microfilm and electronic versions.  Program presented by Irene Walters, a librarian from the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston (library's website).

Saturday, April 18 at 1pm

Genealogy: Researching German Ancestors - This presentation and discussion will focus on church records.  Program presented by Nick Cimino, Professional Genealogist (Nick's blog), and Bob Wegner, Bay Area Genealogical Society representative (Society's website).

Saturday, May 16 at 1pm

Genealogy: Researching German Ancestors - This presentation and discussion will focus on reading, writing, and vocabulary.  Program presented by Nick Cimino, Professional Genealogist (Nick's blog) and Bob Wegner, Bay Area Genealogical Society representative (Society's website).

Saturday, May 30 at 1pm

FamilySearch.org : An Overview .  Learn about the different research resources available through this FREE online resource.   Program presented by Nick Cimino, Professional Genealogist (Nick's blog) and Bay Area Genealogical Society representative (Society's website).

 

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last updated 11/21/2014.




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