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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. 

Join discussion of One Amazing Thing

Just us for a discussion of One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on Wednesday, September 28 from 11 a.m.

Become an ESL tutor!

Volunteer here at the Parker Williams Branch and help someone open up a door to new opportunities in their life by being able to read, write and speak English.

We will host a training session for volunteer English as a second language tutors on August 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. After this session, tutors will work with a small group of adults once or twice per week to help them gain literacy skills for work purposes, to help their children in school, or for countless other uses.  Second language ability is not required for tutors, and materials including lesson activities are provided.

For more information or to register for this workshop, please call us at 281-484-2036.

Study for the GED online

If you have been interested in studying for your GED but have difficulty scheduling a class in person, you may be interested in an online class that will begin soon.  Parker Williams Branch Library, 10851 Scarsdale, will host orientation and pretesting on July 6 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  for an online GED preparation class sponsored by College of the Mainland.  The only requirements for registration are as follows:

Share a Book (or the Ability to Read It)

Christopher and Walter Dean MyersThis story from StoryCorps, told by beloved author Walter Dean Myers, is an excellent reminder that someone close to us -- a co-worker, family member or friend  -- may desire assistance with reading, and also a reminder to never miss an opportunity to read aloud. Volunteer as a tutor through the library literacy program or call Literacy Advance of Houston or the

Get "Money Smart"

In difficult economic times, getting "Money Smart" is more important than ever. Each April, the FDIC sponsors free financial education events around Houston with a goal of helping consumers learn about savings and money management on any number of topics.

Join us at any of the events at Harris County Public Library branches listed below. In the meantime, learn about other Money Week (April 2-9) speakers and events around Houston at http://www.moneyweekhouston.com/. And anytime during the year, take the Money Smart online class available on our databases page http://www.hcpl.net/ref/dbsubs.htm#business

Please contact the branch hosting the session you would like to attend:

Help someone learn to read

Here is an excellent volunteer opportunity: get to know someone with a different set of challenges, help this person with a skill he may use anytime, anywhere and even improve his self-image, and in the process gain a sense of satisfaction for yourself.  It begins this Thursday, April 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Octavia Fields Branch Library, which is hosting a training session for volunteer literacy tutors.  It continues with weekly tutoring sessions at any branch library.  You can arrange these according to your schedule.  Ask at the library (281-446-3377) or contact Steve Zach at 713-749-9035 for more information.

Wordless picture books for class or home

Picture books without words offer a variety of activities for both ESL students and basic literacy learners who have children. Better yet, most of these books have such engaging stories that they are appropriate for learners with children at any age.  Those learners in a class who do not have children would find them interesting as well.
 
For example, have ESL students look over a few pages in pairs or as a class to identify key characters and events. Review this vocabulary.
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