Friends of the Library
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.
Titles & Group Discussion Dates are:
World's Greatest Short Stories edited by James Daley.
(Meet at the Heritage Gardeners' Club House
located behind the library.)
9: Holiday Party. Share a reading
from your favorite poem or book.
by Frances Greenslade.
the Smoke Cleared At Gettysburg by George Sheldon.
Beginner Computer Classes
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
& Topics for Classes are:
October 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.
October 21 at 1:30pm:
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.
October 22 at 1:30pm:
Microsoft Excel: Create
- Charts provide
a visual representation of your data, making it easier to analyze.
Learn how to create and customize charts.
or contemporary movie is shown every other Thursday at 6:20 p.m.
Film is free and shown on an 8x10 ft. projection screen.
Contact the library at 281-482-7135 for movie details.
& Movie Titles are:
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
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
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
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
Special Topic Programs (e.g. Genealogy, Poetry)
October 20 at
to Successfully Make the Lifestyle Change from Working to
This is a lifestyle and not
a financial or legal program.
John Jons will discuss the retirement lifestyle, three key
enablers of a successful retirement, how to engage those closest to
you in making this lifestyle change, and provide you with a proven
process on how to make and manage your lifestyle change from working
to retirement. Jons is the author of the book How to Successfully
Make the Lifestyle Change from Working to Retirement. Event Flyer
October 21 at 7:30pm
- This is a new
library resource available to the public for free. Come learn
what records this resource offers and best practices for searching
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
October 23 at 10:30am
- 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.
November 1 at 2:00pm
Friendswood History - Jaclynn Turnbaugh will
share vintage phots of early Friendswood and discuss the people,
places, and events that define this community.
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
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!
Monday, November 10 from 6 - 8pm (come and
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
November 12 at 7pm
The Life and Work of
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
Wednesday, November 19 at 7pm
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.
December 8 at 7pm
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.
January 14 at 7pm
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
the reference desk to learn more about library
programs and events.