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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.

Intro to ebook readers and the digital media catalog

Thinking of buying an ebook reader?  Or do you have one already and want to learn how to download ebooks, audio or movies from our digital media catalog? Join us on Wednesday, October 19, at 2 p.m. for a demonstration using a variety of readers and other equipment (or bring your own device). Call 281-484-2036 for more information.

Eat, play and read like an Aztec

Huexotzinco Codex, 1531Did you know that Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire (where Mexico City is now), was larger than most large European cities when the Spanish arrived?  That more than a million people in Mexico today speak a dialect of Nahuatl, the language spoken in the empire? Join us for an Hispanic Heritage Month program on Wednesday, October 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. with some activities common to everyday Aztec life. Decipher some pictographs created in 1531, play a game of patolli or ulama, enjoy food that Aztecs would have eaten, and more. 

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