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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:

November 11: The World's Greatest Short Stories edited by James Daley. (Meet at the Heritage Gardeners' Club House located behind the library.)

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

January 13: Shelter by Frances Greenslade.

February 10: When the Smoke Cleared At Gettysburg by George Sheldon.


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, October 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.  


Monday, November 3, 10, 17, 24 from 4:30pm 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.  


Thursday, November 6 at 10:30am: Beginner Internet Searching - Learn how to find news, map directions, contacts, "how-to" videos, and other information you need. 


Thursday, November 13 at 10:30am: Genealogy - Learn how to use HeritageQuest and WorldVitalRecords, free online resources you can access from home.


Monday, November 17 at 1:30pm: Beginner Microsoft Word - Practice using the edit and format tools for writing letters, resumes, etc.


Tuesday, November 18 at 1:30pm: Beginner Microsoft Word - Learn how to add and edit pictures on brochures and event flyers.


Thursday, November 20 at 10:30am: Beginner Microsoft Excel - Learn how to enter data, format tables, and perform math functions.



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:

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. The Kid flyer

November 20: The New World (special start time of 6:10pm) starring Q'orianka Kilcher, Colin Farrell, and Christian Bale. Directed by Terrence Malick in 2005. This film is rated PG-13 and runs 135 minutes. The New World flyer

December 4: Saving Mr. Banks starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. Directed by John Lee Hancock in 2013. This film is rated PG-13 and runs 125 minutes. Saving Mr. Banks flyer

December 18: The Bishop's Wife starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. Directed by Henry Koster in 1947. This film is not rated and runs 109 minutes.


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

Saturday, November 1 at 2:00pm

Friendswood History - Jaclynn Turnbaugh will share vintage photos of early Friendswood and discuss the people, places, and events that define this community.  Jaclynn is a high school student working to complete her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.  She chose a project to educate the community on their city’s heritage.  Her project included construction of an oak table stained mahogany with historic Friendswood photos encased in the top.  The photos were researched and pulled from the Friendswood Historical Society.  The table is currently on display in the Friendswood Public Library. Event flyer

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! Event flyer

Monday, November 10 from 6 - 8pm (come and go)

Opening Reception - Landscape Photographer Tim Herschbach - Tim Herschbach is a landscape photographer living in Pearland, Texas. In the summer of 2013, Tim left his full time position as an IT specialist at a Houston television station and put his full devotion into his art career.  Tim won the 2013 Award of Excellence at Arts Fest Oklahoma and his photograph The Gathering won 2nd Place at Galveston Art League's February 2014 Juried Show. He is a member of the Galveston Art League and Visual Arts Alliance.  Artist Statement: My photographic artwork represents my personal perception of the landscape. I treat light as the subject and I use nature to demonstrate that light. This approach requires constant observation while in the field and an understanding of the nature of light itself… I infuse my personal style into my work at each stage of the process.  This exhibit will remain in the library's Activity Room through December. See Tim Herschbach: opening reception

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.  

"Emily Dickinson, the Belle of Amherst, is as misunderstood as ever.  This reclusive, white-gowned, 19th century spinster (for lack of a better word) was a woman of many guises.  In her younger years she was a vibrant, red-headed, piano-playing bon-vivant, though she basically lived the last 25 years of her life locked behind her bedroom door, not even going downstairs to attend her father’s funeral in the parlor.  She remains one of the greatest and most original of American poets.  She craved anonymity during her lifetime, calling publication “the auction of the Mind of Man,” but, ironically, her grave, under a stone that says “Called Back,” is one of the most visited in the country.  When you make flies buzz and horses turn their heads and give hope feathers, you’re going to be remembered in this world for as long as English is read." -Donna Pauley Event flyer

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. Event flyer

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. 

Wednesday, January 14 at 7pm

Friendswood Public Library off the page poetry series presents a reading with David Cowen, president of Gulf Coast Poets; Sybil Estess, 2009 Texas Poet Laureate nominee; and UHCL professor Dr. John Gorman. Featured readings will conclude with an open mic session.


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last updated 2/21/2014.

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