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Parkway Lakes February 2018

Library News FORT BEND

Library News FORT BEND COUNTY LIBRARIES (FBCL) Public Information Office - 281-633-4734 FAMILY READING CLUB - THROUGH-MARCH 3 RD This six-week program is designed to encourage families to read, learn and have fun together. Families participate in the program by reading books and completing optional “challenges” that can be done at home. All Fort Bend County families are eligible to participate. Families who complete the program by reading 36 books - 6 books per week - are eligible to receive a book bag for the family and will have their named entered into a drawing for a $50 dining gift card, donated by the Friends of the Library. Each branch library will have a drawing for the gift card on March 5 th . A single registration is required for each participating family. An adult (parent or guardian) is asked to register the family online by going to the library’s website ( and clicking on the “Family Reading Club Sign-Up” image. Families may also register at one of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system. Upon registering, families will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time. There is no charge to join the Family Reading Club. The program is sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries and the Friends of the Library organizations that support the county library system. GEORGE MEMORIAL BRANCH LIBRARY (FT. BEND CO. LIB.) 1001 Golfview Drive, Richmond, Texas 77469, 281-342-4455 Hours: Mon. 9 AM - 9 PM, Tues. 9 AM - 9 PM, Wed. 9 AM - 9 PM, Thurs. 9 AM - 9 PM, Fri. 9 AM - 5 PM, Sat. 9 AM - 5 PM, Sun. 1 PM - 5 PM. Website:, Public Information Office - 281-633-4734. To register online for any event (, click on “Calendar,” select “George Memorial Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-4734 or by visiting the library. SPECIAL EVENTS • Income-Tax-Preparation Assistance - Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays through April 17th, 10 AM-1 PM. Representatives from the AARP will provide free income-tax-preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers. Patrons should bring the following information to the session if possible: photo ID; Social Security card(s) for self, spouse and all dependents; last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s and any other compensation received in 2017; unemployment compensation statements; and any other documents that are necessary to complete your return. This service is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Income-tax forms will no longer be available at the libraries, but patrons may use the libraries’ computers and printers to download and print out the forms from the IRS website,, during regular library hours. A library card is needed to use the printers and the cost to print is 10¢ per black-and-white page. • Make Your Own Valentine Card - Saturday, February 3rd, 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM, Room 2A. Get tips and ideas from fellow crafters and create Valentine’s Day cards that will impress your friends and loved ones. Materials will be provided. Those attending the class should be over the age of 14. Materials for this program were provided through the generous support of the Friends of George Memorial Library organization. • Buffalo Soldiers - Saturday, February 10th, 10:30 AM, Meeting Room. Re-enactors from Texas Parks & Wildlife will portray buffalo soldiers, sharing stories of what life was like on the Texas frontier. Military artifacts, interactive activities and the chance to dress up like a buffalo soldier make this program fun for the whole family. • Resumé Workshop - Tuesday, February 13th, 2 PM, Computer Lab. Learn the basics of putting together a resumé. Those attending this informal program will receive one-one-one help formatting a resumé. For assistance on a pre-existing resumé, please have a digital copy available on a USB flashdrive, saved to the cloud or have access to it via email. Registration required. • Story Spinners Writing Club - Thursday, February 15th, 5:30-8 PM, Room 2C. From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to write, share, learn, support, network and critique each other’s work. Writing prompts, brainteasers and brief exercises will be available to ignite the imaginations of any and all wordsmiths who wish to hone their craft. 24 February 2018 | Community Newsletter

• NEW! Cookin’ the Books” Book Club - 7 PM, Room 2C. This new monthly book club is for people who enjoy cooking and would like to expand their culinary experience by sharing their interest with other food lovers. Cooking enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels - from beginners to advanced - are invited to join. Share tips, get ideas and enjoy the camaraderie of other individuals who have an interest in cooking and good cuisine! Meets on the fourth Thursday of every month, different cooking genres are explored each month. • Family-History Research: Reservations are required. Revolutionary War Records - Saturday, February 17th, 10 AM, Computer Lab. • Advanced iPhone Photography Workshop - Saturday, February 17th, 12 Noon-4 PM, Meeting Room. Houston-based photojournalist and digital-communications instructor André Hermann will discuss unique aspects of iPhone photography. Learn about iPhone-specific apps and filters that can be used to turn regular pictures into artistic creations and fun images. Those attending the workshop are encouraged to bring their iPhones (and chargers) to practice the new techniques being taught. The program is intended for older teens and adults. Reservations are required. • Cookin’ the Books” Book Club - Thursday, February 22nd, 7 PM, Room 2C. This new monthly book club is for people who enjoy cooking and would like to expand their culinary experience by sharing their interest with other food lovers. The theme for February’s meeting is “Chocolate.” Members are invited to select a cookbook from a display at the library, try out a recipe or two and report back on whether it was liked or disliked. Samples of the dish may be brought to the meeting for others to try. Meets on the fourth Thursday of every month, different cooking genres are explored each month. • Cosplay College - Saturday, February 24th, 11 AM-4 PM, Meeting Room. Comic-book lovers, costume enthusiasts and animé superfans who are interested in participating in cosplay events are invited to this workshop to learn all about creating the ultimate cosplay costume! A panel of veteran cosplayers from Colony Drop Cosplay, In a Time of Cosplay, Habiteer Workshop and Ayriath will share their tips on project management and resources, sewing, using foam and thermoplastics like Worbla, 3D printing and styling wigs. • International Coffee Hour - Monday, February 26th, 9 AM, Meeting Room. Start your week off by sharing a cup of coffee, exchanging news or a corny joke and chatting with friends at the library’s new monthly social hour celebrating the multitude of diverse cultures found in Fort Bend County. The International Coffee Hour will take place on the last Monday of every month. Coffee is provided through the generous support of the Friends of George Memorial Library. • Book Break - Thursday, February 15th, at 12 Noon, Room 2C. The book to be discussed is Lucia, Lucia, a novel written by Adriana Trigiana. Those attending may bring a lunch. • HEAVY INKS GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUB - Saturday, February 17th, 11 AM, Room 2B. Readers of all ages who enjoy illustrated novels and comic books are invited to join this inaugural meeting of a book club specifically for graphic-novel enthusiasts. This month, the topic is reader’s choice. Readers are invited to talk about their favorite graphic novel or their current reading selection. • ESL Conversation Circles - Tuesdays, February 13th and 27th, at 6 PM and every Wednesday at 10 AM, Learning Lab, presented in English. Program for individuals of all nationalities who would like a place to practice their English language and conversation skills. The “Conversation Circles” will provide an opportunity for non-English-speaking people to gather in a relaxed setting and discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing their English skills. • ADULT COMPUTER CLASSES - All computer classes take place in the Computer Lab. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Computers 101: Thursday, February 1st, 10 AM You Can Teach Yourself to Type: Monday, February 5th, 9 AM MS Publisher Survival Basics: Wednesday, February 14th, 10 AM Facebook for Beginners: Tuesday, February 20th, 2 PM MS PowerPoint Survival Basics: Wednesday, February 21st, 10 AM MS PowerPoint Intermediate: Wednesday, February 28th, 10 AM eReader Q&A: Tuesday, February 6th, 1-3 PM, Learning Lab. (reservations not required) Community Newsletter | February 2018 Water Heaters • Drain Problems Faucet Installation & Repair Gas Test • Water Leaks & Much More 35+ Years Experience 832-890-8449 LICENSED HEAT FREE 1st lb. 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