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Learn basic computer skills and learn about health too

Here is the perfect computer class for someone who would like to learn basic skills such as how to use the mouse and basic website navigation, and who also is interested in finding reliable health information online. Learn new computer skills and practice them on sites such as MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth.

Find out what geocaching is, and then find your first one!

You can find geocaches all over – in your neighborhood, at a park or on a road trip.  It can consist of a logbook only, or you may find a treasure inside (you can take one, but be sure to leave one too in that case).  All you need is a gps device such as on a phone.  Learn how to get started and see if you can find a geocache in or near the library!  Join us on Thursday, August 1

August Computer Classes: Email Basics

Create and learn how to use an email account in "Email Basics," a four-part training taking place on August 6, 8, 13 and 20. All sessions are from 3 to 5 p.m. To register for these sessions, call the library at 281-484-2036.  You can also register by clicking on the event on our events calendar

July Computer Classes: Files and Folders

Learn about files and folders in this four-part series in our computer lab.  All classes are at 3 p.m.

April book discussion: "Someone"

Pick up a copy of Someone by Alice McDermott here at the Parker Williams Branch Library and join us to talk about it on Thursday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. "...McDermott continues to captivate readers by delving into ordinary, daily life with skill and compassion, showing us that we can't always see at the time what will be meaningful in our lives." - Library Journal

How financially healthy are you? Get "fiscally fit"

How financially healthy are you? Join Christopher Hensley of the Society for Financial Awareness here at the Parker Williams Branch Library on Saturday, April 5, from 1 to 2 p.m. to “Get Fiscally Fit.”

By attending this session, you will learn the basic principles of cash management and how to accumulate wealth. You will learn the importance of having a financial blueprint as well as how to navigate the roadblocks to financial success. You will also learn how to locate and maximize discretionary income.

Besides important information, attendees will receive educational handouts as well as door prizes.

Houston Money Week hosts events and seminars on a variety of topics all over Houston related to finances.  For more information, see http://www.houstonmoneyweek.org/
 

How to handle college costs

If you or a family member has plans for college (or attend now), and finances are a concern – and they always are -- this Houston Money Week 2014 program has important information about costs and ways to save.

Join Christopher Hensley of the Society for Financial Awareness here on Saturday, April 5, from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss the following topics:
• How to address the high cost of college
• Developing a college investment plan
• The new Educational IRA
• Maximizing financial aid
• Investment alternatives

March book discussion: Book of Ages - The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

You know about Ben.  He was a printer, scientist, and served the American revolution in many ways.  Book of Ages: the Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin is about his younger sister.  She married at 15 and was mother of 12 children.  She also loved to read, wrote numerous letters to Ben, and offered her own political opinions in her later years.  Despite the loss of many of Jane’s letters, author Jill Lepore brings her story to life.  Library Journal review: “This book is an important, inspiring portrait of a determined and faith-filled woman who just happened to be the sister of a big shot.” Join us on March 27 at 2:30 to talk about her life.

Get help signing up for health insurance

If you have questions or need help signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, come and meet with a health care navigator this Saturday, January 18, at the Parker Williams Branch Library from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Navigators from Change Happens, a Houston non-profit organization, will help consumers learn about options through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, as well as complete eligibility and enrollment forms if desired.

For more information or to set an appointment to meet with a navigator, call the Parker Williams Branch Library at 281-484-2036.  The library is located at 10851 Scarsdale, Suite 510.

Join "Healthy Food, Healthy Families" for a great start to 2014

Get some help from experts on that new year's resolution!  Join Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service beginning Thursday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. in a seven-part series a healthy cooking demo, physical activity break, recipes and free incentive items.

All sessions in the "Healthy Food, Healthy Families" program take place at 1 p.m. every Thursday until Feb. 27. Participants receive a certificate at the end of the program.

Topics are as follows: Week 1: Healthy food, Healthy Families; Week 2: Foods that Pack a PUNCH!; Week Three: Making the most of MyPlate; Week Four: Power of Planning; Week Five: Setting your Limits; Week Six: Plate it Safe! Week Seven: The Choice is Yours!

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