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:
in Translation by Jean Kwok.
the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White.
World's Greatest Short Stories edited by James Daley.
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:
August 27 at 1:30pm: Microsoft Word: Mail Merge - Learn how to
create form letters with imported personalized information (e.g.
August 28 at 10:30am: Microsoft Excel: Envelopes and Labels - Learn
how to create and use a spreadsheet to print addresses on mailing
labels and envelopes.
September 4 at 6:30pm: Microsoft Excel - Learn the essential
tools of this spreadsheet program.
September 15 at 1:30pm: Genealogy eResources - Look at several
free online sites that you can search for genealogical records from
home. This list includes such sites as FamilySearch.org,
USGenWeb.org, HeritageQuest, and FindAGrave.org. The presentation is free and open to the public.
September 17 at 1:30pm: Microsoft Word: Resumes and Cover Letters - Learn how to use Microsoft Word templates to create a resume and cover letter for job applications.
September 18 at 6:30pm: Homework Help databases - Learn
about the library's online subscription resources designed to assist
with homework or research needs.
September 22 at 1:30pm: Microsoft Excel: Using templates - Learn
how to use and modify existing
Microsoft Excel templates for your needs.
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.
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.
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,
Downloading eBooks and/or audiobooks to your mobile device.
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
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.
& Topics for Q&A
August 18 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
August 25 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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:
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
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
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.
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.
Special Topic Programs (e.g. Genealogy, Poetry)
Every Tuesday from
1-3pm in September
Workforce Solutions Job Search Seminars. Event
September 3rd at 7pm
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. Vivian Pollock's
artwork will be on display in the Activity Room beginning September
1st through the end of October. Learn more at from
the reference desk Event
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
September 10th at 7pm
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. Introduction by UHCL
Professor, Dr. John Gorman. 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. Event
September 17th at 7pm
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
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
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
October 15th at 7pm
Historic Downtown and Strand District - Author Denise Alexander
will present information found in her 2010 book published by Arcadia
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.
October 22nd 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
November 5th 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!
December 8th 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.
the reference desk to learn more about library
programs and events.