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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:

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

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

December 9: Holiday Party. Share a reading from your favorite poem or book. 

January 13: Shelter by Frances Greenslade.


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:  

Monday, September 22 at 1:30pm: Microsoft Excel: Using templates - Learn how to use and modify existing Microsoft Excel templates for your needs.


Wednesday, September 24 at 1:30pm: Introduction to Twitter - Learn how to use Twitter to send and receive communication with friends and family and keep up-to-date with latest city news and emergency information.


Monday, September 29 at 1:30pm: Microsoft Word; Brochures & Flyers - Learn how to use Microsoft Word templates to create flyers and brochures. The presentation is free and open to the public.


Monday, October 6, 20, and 27 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm (come and go)  Help Sessions for downloading eBooks & audiobooks - Learn how to use the library’s resources OverDrive and OneClick Digital to download eBooks and audiobooks for free to a mobile device or desktop computer.  Bring your mobile device and we will help you get started.


Tuesday, October 7 at 1:30pm: Introduction to Internet Searching - Learn how to find news, map directions, contacts, "how-to" videos, and other information you need.


Wednesday, October 8 at 1:30pm: Microsoft Excel:  Let Excel Be Your Calculator - Learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using multiple operators, cell references, and functions.


Tuesday, October 14 at 1:30pm: Microsoft Word: Using pictures and clip art - Learn ho w to insert, manipulate, and customize images and clip art to make your flyers, letterheads, and brochures pop!

Wednesday, October 15 at 1:30pm: Microsoft Excel: Sort and Filter Data - S ort and Filter are some of the most commonly used features for analyzing data.  Learn to change the order of your data and focus on a specific subset of your data.


Tuesday, October 21 at 1:30pm: Microsoft Word: Personalized Name Tags, Labels, and Letters - Learn how to use mail merge feature to quickly create personalized name tags for an organization, send personalized email to a large distribution list, generate personalized letters for fundraisers, etc.


Wednesday, October 22 at 1:30pmMicrosoft Excel: Create Charts - Charts provide a visual representation of your data, making it easier to analyze.  Learn how to create and customize charts.



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:

September 25: A Big Hand for the Little Lady starring Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, Paul Ford, Jason Robards, and Burgess Meredith. Directed by Fielder Cook in 1966.  This film is not rated and runs 95 minutes. A Big Hand for the Little Lady flyer

October 9: Moonstruck starring Cher, Nicholas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, and Danny Aiello. Directed by Norman Jewison in 1987. This film is rated PG and runs 102 minutes. Ranked #41 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs. Won Academy Awards for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Original Screenplay. Moonstruck flyer

October 23: The Others starring Nicole Kidman. Directed by Alejandro Amenabar in 2001. This film is rated PG-13 and runs 104 minutes. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for Best Film and Best Director. Kidman was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Drama, with Amenábar being nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, a rare occurrence for a horror film. The Others flyer

November 6: Disney's The Kid starring Bruce Willis, Emily Mortimer, and Lily Tomlin. Directed by John Turteltaub in 2000. This film is rated PG and runs 105 minutes.


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

Every Tuesday from 1-3pm in September

Workforce Solutions Job Search Seminars. Event flyer

Tuesday, September 30 at 6:00pm 

Financial Pitfalls – A representative from the Foundation for Financial Education will discuss the topics: defining the three stages of your financial life, importance of tax strategies, retirement planning, exit strategies, and “one size fits all” advice. Event Flyer

Thursday, October 2 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.

Thursday, October 2 at 6:30pm

Understanding Alzheimer's & Dementia - Local pharmacist Vince Anselmo, Jr., Doctor of Pharmacy, will provide general information including medication and management. 

Monday, October 6 at 2:00pm 

Genealogy: WorldVitalRecords - This is a new library resource available to the public for free.  Come learn what records this resource offers and best practices for searching these records.

Saturday, October 11 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. Event Flyer

Wednesday, October 15 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. Event Flyer

Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30pm   

Genealogy: WorldVitalRecords - This is a new library resource available to the public for free.  Come learn what records this resource offers and best practices for searching these records.

Wednesday, October 22 at 7pm 

Author René Steinke will talk about her critically acclaimed book Friendswood: A Novel. René Steinke is the author of the novels The Fires and Holy Skirts, which was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award. She is the Director of the MFA program in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives in Brooklyn. Friendswood: A Novel has been reviewed by O, The Oprah Magazine, The Literary Review, Woman's Day, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Kirkus, among others.

…René Steinke explores what happens when families are trapped in the ambiguity of history’s missteps—when the actions of a few change the lives and well-being of many… Driving the narrative powerfully forward is the suspenseful question of the fates of four Friendswood families, and Steinke’s striking insight and empathy. Inspired in part by the town where she herself grew up, this layered, propulsive, psychologically complex story is poignant proof that extreme public events, as catastrophic as they might seem, must almost always pale in comparison to the intimate personal experiences and motivations of grief, love, lust, ambition, anxiety, and regret.  ~from Amazon Event Flyer

Thursday, October 23 at 10:30am 

Genealogy: Researching Newspapers - Learn now to use the Library of Congress Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers and U.S. Newspaper Directory for your genealogy research.  The availability of other free digitized newspaper resources will be discussed as well.

Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30pm

Six Keys to College Admissions Success - This information-packed presentation will help families navigate the road from middle school, through high school, to successful college admission. Parents and students who attend this workshop will learn: key college-related milestones and activities for each year from middle school through high school, what colleges are looking for in potential applicants, how students can position themselves optimally for admissions success, the importance of standardized test scores, GPA, and extracurriculars, how to create an appropriate list of colleges that meets the needs and goals of both the student and family, and more!

Wednesday, November 12 at 7pm

The Life and Work of Emily Dickinson presented by Donna Pauley.  Donna Pauley is currently head of the English Department at Alvin High School and teaches Advanced Writing in the evenings for the University of Houston.  She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in literature.  Donna has been voted District Teacher of the Year and runner-up for Regional Teacher of the Year in the Houston area.

Wednesday, November 19 at 7pm

Cowboy and Western Style Music with Greg English, formerly of The English Brothers - Greg English performs an energetic show full of music variety with cover songs by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry, Eddie Arnold, John Denver, Flatt & Scruggs, Roy Rogers, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Buck Owens & Roy Clark, Ricky Skaggs and Bob Wills to mention a few.

Monday, December 8 at 7pm

Christmas Music Concert with the Celebration Bell Choir directed by Hope Lutheran Music Director, Stephanie Poyner. Come enjoy the Christmas music of bells, harp and flute.


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