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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:

March 10: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. 

April 14: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

May 12: George Washington's Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager.

 

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.  Some computers available to first arrivals on a first come, first serve basis.

Dates & Topics for Classes are:  

Thursday, March 12 at 6:30pm: Microsoft Word - Learn basic word processing applications including text formatting; cut, copy & paste, using pictures and other basic MS Word ribbon functions. 

 

Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30pm: Microsoft PowerPoint: Learn to create a slide presentation. 

 

Technology Q&A Sessions:

Thursday, February 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm eBook Help.    Come-and-go help sessions.  Bring your mobile device and get one-on-one assistance in accessing free eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines.  

Wednesday, February 4 and 25 from 1:30 to 2:30pm :  Computer Skill Practice. Take this opportunity to work on a specific issue or skill in the following areas:   Using the Internet, Email, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher .   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. 

Thursday, March 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm eBook Help.    Come-and-go help sessions.  Bring your mobile device and get one-on-one assistance in accessing free eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines.  

 

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:

March 5: Now, Voyager starring Bette Davis and Paul Henreid. Directed by Irving Rapper in 1942.  This film is not rated and runs 117 minutes. Selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2007.  Now, Voyager flyer

March 19: My Favorite Blonde starring Bob Hope and Madeleine Carroll.  Directed by Sidney Lanfield in 1942. This film is not rated and runs 78 minutes. 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Considered one of Hope's funnier films. My Favorite Blonde flyer

April 2: Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Directed by Douglas McGrath in 1996. This film is rated PG and runs 121 minutes. Emma flyer

April 23: To Have and Have Not starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Directed by Howard Hawks in 1944.  This film is not rated and runs 100 minutes. To Have and Have Not flyer

 

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

Monday, March 16 from 6:30 to 8:30pm (come and go reception)

Art Exhibit Opening Reception: Corey Beth LaBuff - Corey Beth LaBuff, a Texas based artist, currently resides in Houston. She received her BFA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She enjoys working in acrylic, watercolor, soft pastel, colored pencil, graphite, and ink. She also dabbles in printmaking creating linoleum block cuts. Much of her work is inspired by her hometown of Galveston, Texas, her love of the beach, and her love of animals. Her works of art range from greeting cards, portraits, landscapes, themed murals, to Mardi Gras floats and decorations. Her main goal in every piece of artwork is to bring joy and happiness to others. Refreshments provided. for more info

Thursday, March 19 at 2pm

Genealogy Tips & Tricks : finding ancestors by not searching the known informationHaving trouble finding ancestors even though you know their names and dates, and have information on the places they lived? In this talk you will learn various tips and tricks for searching around the known family information to find these "tricky" ancestors.  Program presented by Irene Walters, a librarian from the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston (library's website).

Saturday, March 21 at 1pm

Genealogy: Researching German Ancestors A presentation and discussion on different resources available.  Program presented by Nick Cimino, Professional Genealogist (Nick's blog), and Bob Wegner, Bay Area Genealogical Society representative (Society's website).

Thursday, March 26 at 7pm

Authors Ted Estess and Sybil Pittman EstessTed Estess, University of Houston Honors College Founding Dean, will read from his latest book, Fishing Spirit Lake.  Ted Estess tells stories not just about the South or fishing or fatherhood or loss but also about the pattern of a life...stories in which we can find both the confusion of a life and the wisdom to make sense of it, to make it whole.  Sybil Pittman Estess, nominated for Poet Laureate of Texas in 2009 and 2015, will read from her new book of poetry, Like That: New and Selected Poems.

"Sybil Estess’ poetry is a rich tapestry of women’s experience; her version of “domestic realism” shows through image and is an example what it is to grow up and grow old in this time and place. Her unforgettable pictures and events show us how we invent our lives, how we make our stories up from memory, bits of history, desires. This book is a delight to read and return to." - Janet McCann; Professor, Department of English, Texas A&M University. A book signing will conclude the event. Event Flyer

Thursday, April 9 at 2pm

Using newspapers to flesh out your genealogy.  You've got your relative's skeleton consisting of dates and places. This talk will show you how to go about creating a newspaper clipping file on a relative to put flesh on that skeleton? We will explore newspapers in their original paper form, on microfilm and electronic versions.  Program presented by Irene Walters, a librarian from the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston (library's website).

Thursday, April 9 at 7pm

Murder Most Texan: author Bartee Haile talks about his new book. From roadside murder to political assassinations, discover the underbelly of Texas' murderous past. Texas true crime writer and historian Bartee Haile unburies this collection of sixteen killings from Lone Star history and the details that have shocked and bewildered Texans for decades. Bartee Haile began writing "This Week in Texas History" in 1983 for small-town and suburban newspapers across the Lone Star State. He has written more than 1,600 columns and was also a regular contributor to true-crime magazines back in the 1990s. He brings a deep understanding of Texas history and a keen insight into the criminal subculture to Murder Most Texan. A fourth- or fifth-generation Texan (he can't really say for sure), Bartee Haile lives in the Houston area with his wife, Gerri. Event flyer

Tuesdays, April 14 through May 5, 1-3pm

Free Job Search Skills Seminars including Evaluating Your Skills; Creating Resumes, Completing Applications, and Writing Cover Letters ; Making Connections; and Interviewing. Contact the library at 281-482-7135 for more information. Seminar Schedule

Saturday, April 18 at 1pm

Genealogy: Researching German Ancestors - This presentation and discussion will focus on church records.  Program presented by Nick Cimino, Professional Genealogist (Nick's blog), and Bob Wegner, Bay Area Genealogical Society representative (Society's website).

Thursday, May 14 at 7pm

Friendswood Library off the page poetry series presents featured poets Glynn Monroe Irby, Daniel Carrington, and Laura Peña. A brief open mic session will follow featured poets. 

Saturday, May 16 at 1pm

Genealogy: Researching German Ancestors - This presentation and discussion will focus on reading, writing, and vocabulary.  Program presented by Nick Cimino, Professional Genealogist (Nick's blog) and Bob Wegner, Bay Area Genealogical Society representative (Society's website).

Saturday, May 30 at 1pm

FamilySearch.org : An Overview.  Learn about the different research resources available through this FREE online resource.   Program presented by Nick Cimino, Professional Genealogist (Nick's blog) and Bay Area Genealogical Society representative (Society's website).

 

 

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last updated 2/06/2015.




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