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Find funding for your small business idea

Almost everyone has a question about money involving one aspect of life or another. What is the best way to pay down debt or save for retirement or for children's college? How is my credit score calculated and how can I change it? Should I consider starting a small business? Houston Money Week, led by the Federal Reserve Bank-Houston Branch, financial institutions and several non-profit organizations, has answers to all of these questions and more in programs that take place throughout this week. For anyone considering a small business idea and who has questions about financing it, P

Congratulations to two new citizens

Congratulations to Tuyet Le (seated, left) and Ai Khinh Hua (seated, right), who recently interviewed to become U.S. citizens. Both passed their interview exams and attended the oath ceremony this past March. Tuyet and Ai Khinh are students in ESL classes with Linh Nguyen (standing, middle), who volunteers at the library each Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m., and also on Saturday mornings, when students focus more on government and history questions for the citizenship interview.  

GED class begins soon

Does lack of a high school diploma prevent you, or someone you know, from moving forward in your work? If so, there is an opportunity to overcome that hurdle.  College of the Mainland, which sponsors a free preparation class for the General Educational Development test at the library, will host registration on April 5 from 10 a.m.

Put your small (or very small) business idea to work

Do you have an idea that might benefit others? If so, join us for a presentation by SCORE on March 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Black History Month: Read and discuss "Red River"

Join us on Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. to discuss Red River, a historical novel  by Lalita Tademy.  Tademy tells the story of two families in Louisianna beginning after the civil war and continuing into the 1930s.  After speaking with relatives about family history and finding vague accounts, Tademy, vice president of Sun Microsystems before becoming an author, found that they were tied to a state historical marker near the town that told the story of a tragedy from only one point of view.  As Tademy says in Red River, “This novel attempts to overlay the rich anecdotes passed down in my family lore with the times in which they unfolded, a blend of fact and fiction told from the point of view of people whose voices were lost in official records.”

Register for a free GED class

Register for a GED classRegister for a GED class here at Parker Williams Branch Library on January 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You must have access to the internet and a valid email address to be able to participate in the free class, which is sponsored by College of the Mainland. For more information, please call the college at 409-933-8294 or 888-258-8859, extension 8294. 

Download library books to your new ereader

A man uses his ereader.So, someone gave you a new ereader as a gift and you are looking forward to putting it into full use – with full use meaning accessing books from the library? HCPL's digital media catalog has thousands of books for a variety of interests. Join us on Wednesday, January 11, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. to learn how to download ebooks from HCPL’s digital media catalog. Call 281-484-2036 for more information.

Contribute to one of the world's largest knowledge-sharing websites

Wikipedia, the world’s largest encyclopedia, has millions of articles created by people all over the world who share what they know about these topics.  Some of these articles may need your expertise!  Or, perhaps you know of a notable topic not yet covered on Wikipedia.  Come and learn how articles are created and edited and if you wish, get some hands on experience doing so on your own.  Learn about other Wikipedia tools, resources, and limitations.  Join us at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 19, in the library computer lab.

November book club meeting

Join the Parker Williams Branch Library book club at 11 a.m.

Create a resume or rebrand your skills

The employment market may be very different from the way it was when you started your current or previous job. Join experts from Workforce Solutions in two separate workshops as they help you navigate this new environment.

Creating a Resume. You may have the skills the employer is looking for and never get to the interview if your resume does not highlight those skills. Develop a professional resume that will match your skills and experience to the job and employer you are looking for. Most employers will ask you to complete an employment application, even if you have a great resume. Learn how to complete an application for employment thoroughly, accurately, and neatly. Wednesday, November 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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