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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!

Meet with a health insurance marketplace navigator

If you need help signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a brief information program and opportunity to meet with a health care navigator will be available on Monday, Dec. 16 at the Parker Williams Branch Library from 3 to 7:30 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.

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.

Find help with hobbies, crafts and home projects

Have a new hobby, or would you like to dive more deeply into a current one? Need a craft idea for kids over the holidays or to show off at a gathering? Do you have a home improvement project that needs attention? These are a lot of questions but our new databases have a lot of answers!  Join us Thursday, November 7, at 1 p.m. to see how the Hobbies and Crafts, Home Improvement and Small Engine Repair reference centers show you how to learn and do the things you have been wanting to do!

Read the book that everyone is reading

Join us at 4 p.m. on October 17 to discuss this year's Gulf Coast Reads selection, The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Hig, the main character, survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope.

Learn how to help adults speak English

            Help someone open a door to any number of new opportunities by volunteering as an English as a second language tutor. 

            These opportunities are as limitless as the variety of ways in which people read, write and speak every day.  Common goals are learning English to help children in school or interact with school staff, get a better job, or to become a citizen.

Snack and eat right this summer

With kids home this summer, the pantry and refrigerator will see frequent action. Learn about some additions to these summertime staples that can make sure kids (and adults too) find foods that are both tasty and healthy. Jicela Longoria, health educator for the Harris Health System, will talk about some fast and tasty foods that you and the kids can prepare, foods to avoid and healthy alternatives, preparation tips, and more.  Monday, June 17, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 3.
 

Be fit (financially)

No one has a mastery of all things financially-related that can affect us during our lives.  In recognition of this fact, Houston Money Week, scheduled this year from April 6 through April 13, provides practical information sessions on topics such as credit, banking, investing, homeownership, starting a business, saving for college, and numerous others.

For those who love books

If you love to read and enjoy talking about books, gather with us for informal conversation on Thursday, March 21 at 2 p.m.  Share a book that has lifted your spirits or feeling recently, or changed the way you look at the world -- or find the next book that could do so for you.  We will also briefly discuss some resources for keeping up with your favorite author and to find new favorites.

Family's history comes to life in Cane River

Lalita Tademy, writing her first novel after a career as a vice president of Sun Microsystems, searched the historical record and oral histories of five generations in the life of her own Louisiana family.  Their story became an Oprah book selection. Join us on February 28 at 3 p.m. to for a two-part discussion.  Part of our discussion will focus on Cane River and Tademy's research into her family history.  We also would like to hear about your own recent reading and other books you would like to read as we plan for future discussions.
 

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