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Programs for Adults

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:

August 12: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

September 9: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok.

October 14: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White.

November 11: The World's Greatest Short Stories edited by James Daley.


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: the hidden web.  Some computers available to first arrivals on a first come, first serve basis.

Dates & Topics for Classes are:  

Thursday, July 31 at 10:30am: Introduction to Microsoft Excel - Learn to use the essential tools of this spreadsheet program. 


Thursday, August 7th at 6:30pm: Microsoft Word - Learn the essential elements of this word processing program.


Thursday, August 21st at 6:30pm: Microsoft PowerPoint - Learn how to create a slide presentation. 


Technology Q&A Sessions

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, tablets, laptops)

  • Downloading eBooks and/or audiobooks to your mobile device.

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher

  • Email

 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. 

Dates & Topics for Q&A sessions are: 

Tuesday, July 29 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Monday, August 11 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Monday, August 18 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Monday, August 25 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm



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:

July 31: Rebecca starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940. This film is not rated and runs 130 minutes. Rebecca flyer

August 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

August 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 minutes. The Devil is a Woman flyer

September 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 6:30pm

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 6:30pm

Paying for College: What to Know Before You Go. Workshop 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 financing plan. This workshop is applicable to all families, but especially those with students in middle school through high school. Program flyer

Wednesday, August 6th at 7pm

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 flyer. Read excerpts from Baseball Over the Moon.

Thursday, 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.

Wednesday, 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 flyer 

Monday, August 18th at 10:30am

Genealogy: FamilySearch Family Trees.  Judie Rawlin from the Friendswood Family History Center will introduce Family Trees, a free resource for storing and publishing your family history online within  She will also discuss tips, security, privacy, and collaboration features for this product.

Wednesday, August 20th at 7pm

The 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 flyer

Every Tuesday from 1-3pm in September

Workforce Solutions Job Search Seminars. Event flyer

Wednesday, September 3rd at 7pm 

Frank 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 flyer

Thursday, 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 10:30am.

Wednesday, September 10th at 7pm

Local 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 their lives. 

Wednesday, September 17th at 7pm

FPL's 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 Carrie Kornacki. 

Wednesday, October 1st at 7pm

Emily Dickinson presentation/discussion led by past president of the Pearland Adult Reading Center, Tom Woods, and Philosophy and Ethics Professor Emeritus, Robert Craig.

Thursday, 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 Ages)

Becoming 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 ALL AGES.

Wednesday, October 15th at 7pm

Galveston's Historic Downtown and Strand District - Author Denise Alexander will present information found in her 2010 book published by Arcadia Publishing. The 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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