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Brazoria County Library System schedules annual book sale

The Brazoria County Library System will hold its annual book sale Thursday evening, July 30 and all day Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 at the Angleton Library, a branch of Brazoria County Library System, in Angleton.

Starting Thursday, July 30 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., the public can find and buy books covering various topics for bargain prices. Most books sell for one dollar or less.

The sale Friday, July 31 starts at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 1, the hours will be the same. The sale includes outdated items removed from library shelves over the past five months. Donated books from the public are also available. These materials are gathered and sold to the public to dispose of the property. There will be fiction, nonfiction, videos, audiocassette tapes and children’s books. Since space at the Angleton Library is limited, additional books are always added to the sale. Since the library has boxes and boxes of books to sell; the inventory is constantly changing. For this reason, people should come back and see what new books are available.

Money raised during the book sale is used by the County Library Board to benefit the branches. The money also helps the branches pay for performers during the summer reading program.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the book sale set-up that takes place Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

The Angleton Library is located at 401 E. Cedar Street.

For more information or to volunteer, call Library Administration and ask for Lisa Gay.

In the west or central areas of the county, call 979-864-1505. In the Brazosport area, dial 979-388-1505. In the northern part of the county, call 281-756-1505.

Brazoria County Museum to host Texas author

PRESS RELEASE

554a5f89dd40d.imageJoin us at the Brazoria County Museum Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. as author Dr. Paul Spellman presents and signs copies of his book, Old 300: Gone to Texas.

This book chronicles the story of 300 families who made their way from all across the United States and four countries to settle in Austin’s Colony in Mexican Texas. An in-depth, personal look at the families, this adventure considers why they came to Texas, how they got here, and what they shared together in the early years. Most of their stories begin a decade before their arrival on the banks of the Colorado and Brazos Rivers, from action during the War of 1812, through the early Texas filibusters and expeditions, and under the guidance of Moses Austin and his son Stephen F. Austin. It is a story of courage and sacrifice, dangers and tragedy, dedication to a dream and desire for a fresh beginning. The story is diverse and filled with unexpected surprises for both traveler and reader. There are American Indians resisting the settlers, pirates on the prowl, earthquakes and hurricanes and deadly floods taking their toll. These first mostly Anglo settlers included large families, young newlyweds, and single men in commercial partnerships, widows and widowers, the very young and the very old. Some brought slaves, some came destitute, and some came rich and eager. There were the scurrilous and the fugitives among the lot, all collectively signing on to Austin’s Colony as the iconic Old 300.

Author Dr. Paul Spellman teaches Texas History at Wharton County Junior College. He is an Old 300 descendant and resides on the banks of the historic Brazos River with his wife Kathleen. With degrees from Southwestern University, SMU, UT-Austin, A&M-Corpus, and PhD from University of Houston, he is author of eight books on Texas History.

Come discover the founding of Texas and the history that is Brazoria County. The museum is located at 100 East Cedar, Angleton. Admission is free, books will be available for purchase.

Website: http://bchm.org/

Pearland Author to Hold Book Signing on April 4

551c2c4b01c79.imageCountry Place resident Robert Johnston has been invited to do a book signing of the new edition of his work, “Sanctification: A New Beginning, A New Life,” at Barnes and Noble, located at 7626 Westheimer Rd. in Houston on April 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“Sanctification” is an “in-depth study of 2 Peter 1:3-7 [that] shows us that even though the church takes a leadership role in discipleship, it is only Christ who imparts the divine nature that bears fruit in His disciples.

“Knowing his death to be imminent, the apostle Peter was impressed by the Hold Spirit to leave a message to all believers concerning the essence of the new life Christ gives to us. Peter shows us that the qualities of this new life increasingly abound as we grow in the personal knowledge of Christ.

“Sharing with us Peter’s insights for developing strength and boldness, Robert Johnston leads us, in Sanctification, a New Beginning, a New Life, to the same spiritual highway traveled by the original disciples as they progressed from infancy to maturity in their walk with Christ,” according to the website.

“Johnston was born in 1936 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in the home of his uncle Monroe Johnston near the end of the great depression era.

“He graduated from West Texas University in 1964 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1966, practicing in that profession for over 40 years.

“He left the field of accounting in 1987 to attend Jimmy Swaggart Bible College, known at the time as ‘The West Point of Bible Colleges,’ which name he believes is well deserved for its quality of education and discipline.

“He was called from his college pursuits to a ministry of teaching at a Christian Television station in Burlington, N.C. which was staffed by wonderful, dedicated Christians. He considers this time of Bible college and Christian ministry in a Christian environment as one of the most wonderful times in his life when he truly discovered what ‘brotherly love’ means.

“When the Christian Television station was sold he returned to the CPA profession in Texas and resolved to run his business according to tried and true Christian principles and also hosted weekly bible studies with business and professional men in his office for over twelve years before he retired.

“He continues today with his research strengths in Bible research and writing, fully understanding that those who teach are held to a higher standard when it comes to the truth in the gospel message,” according to his biography.

Johnston is also the author of “The Last Trumpet: The Mystery of God Is Finished and a New Age Begins,” which was published in 2010.

For more information, please email the author at bob.sandy.johnston@gmail.com.

Both books are available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Best-Selling Author to Speak at Friendswood Library

ShollyColonel Robert H. Sholly, USA (Ret.) author of the award-winning book, “Young Soldiers Amazing Warriors: Inside One of the Most Highly Decorated Battalions of Vietnam” will speak about his first tour in Vietnam at the Friendswood library located at 416 South Friendswood Dr. on Thursday (Feb. 26) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“Young Soldiers Amazing Warriors” is based on journals the author kept during his first combat tour in Vietnam and eye-witness accounts of survivors. It has reached the No. 1 Best Seller position on Amazon Kindle and has won 20 national awards, including a Grand Prize, since its publication in February 2014.

The story recounts day-to-day operations in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in 1966-67. Humor is mixed with the difficulties of mountainous terrain, wild animals and vegetation. Included in the account are stories about unexpected animals, ferocious firefights and awe-inspiring actions of young men just out of high school, who are heroes in the making.

Sholly gives accounts from his men’s perspective which are exciting, intriguing and memorable. Numerous individual citations were awarded to soldiers for their bravery and valor.

In addition to other awards and decorations in an unheard of 60-day period, four men were awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest honor, while five other soldiers were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award.

Colonel Sholly will be available to sign books after his presentation.

Additional information on the book and the author may be found on Amazon.com and at YoungSoldiersAmazingWarriors.com.

Brazoria County Library System Book Sale Jan. 29 – 31

The Brazoria County Library System will hold its annual book sale Thursday evening, January 29 and all day Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 at the Angleton Library, a branch of Brazoria County Library System, in Angleton.

Starting Thursday, January 29 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., the public can find and buy books covering various topics for bargain prices. Most books sell for one dollar or less.

The sale Friday, January 30 starts at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 31, the hours will be the same. The sale includes outdated items removed from library shelves over the past five months. Donated books from the public are also available. These materials are gathered and sold to the public to dispose of the property. There will be fiction, nonfiction, videos, audiocassette tapes and children’s books. Since space at the Angleton Library is limited, additional books are always added to the sale.

There will be boxes and boxes of books to sell. Therefore, the inventory is constantly being updated. So people should come back and see what’s available that wasn’t there before.

Money raised during the book sale is used by the County Library Board to benefit the branches. The money also helps the branches pay for performers during the summer reading program.

Volunteers 16 years of age or older are also needed to help with the book sale set-up that takes place Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

The Angleton Library is located at 401 E. Cedar Street.

For more information or to volunteer, call Library Administration and ask for Lisa Gay.

In the west or central areas of the county, call 979-864-1505. In the Brazosport area, dial 979-388-1505. In the northern part of the county, call 281-756-1505.

Silvercrest Elementary PTA November News

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Silvercrest PTA

This November we are giving thanks for our wonderful school and we are definitely grateful for all of our great teachers, staff, students and parents! Go Stallions!

PTA General Meeting

Please take note that our next general meeting will take place on Thursday, November 13th 2014, at 6.30pm in the school cafeteria. Our PTA does great work and we look forward to seeing old friends and new, so come along and find out how the PTA works on behalf of our school.

PTA Membership

Please remember to join our PTA! We are so proud of the number of parents who get involved, but there’s always room for more! If you would like more information, please contact Allison Byman at adbyman@yahoo.com. At Silvercrest we enjoy being part of the local community and we also welcome any community members who would like to participate in our PTA. Please visit the PTA website silvercrestpta.org for more information. To join, simply stop by the front office at Silvercrest or contact Allison for details on joining by mail.

Fall Spirit Nights

Silvercrest families, save these dates for Fall fun! Spirit nights are so important in raising funds and a really easy way for you to contribute. Eat at the restaurants below on the date listed, and the restaurants will kindly donate funds back to our school. We will remind you of these Spirit Nights by sending home flyers in your students’ folders, listing them on the marquee, and through our school website. Please note that there are a couple of date changes and be sure to visit the locations between the times listed so Silvercrest benefits! Come and join in, it’s terrific seeing Silvercrest friends and enjoying great food!

  • Nov 4 – Big Horn BBQ (11am-9pm only)
  • Nov 18 – Panera Bread (6-8pm only)
  • Dec 4 – Papa Johns Pizza
  • Dec 16 – Marco’s Pizza

Community Outreach / Food Drive

Time to give something back to the wonderful community we live in. Our annual food drive benefiting the Pearland Neighborhood Center will kick off on Monday, November 3rd and continue through Friday, November 14th. The grade level that brings in the most items will be honored with a fun and healthy snack. More information will be sent home soon and we hope you will support this very worthwhile cause.  If you have questions please contact Shelley Waguespack, Community Outreach Chair, at 713-436-9364 or email at sandswaguespack@yahoo.com.

AR Store

If your child has signed up to take part in the Accelerated Reader program, they will be getting a chance to exchange the points they have earned from taking quizzes on books they have read at school for some exciting prizes! Each class will get the chance to go to the AR store on Tuesday, November 18th. This is a fantastic way to encourage a love of reading in our students and they certainly love getting rewarded for all their hard work! We also need volunteers to help run the AR Store, it’s a very busy day but lots of fun, please contact Jen Stringfellow at jenstring95@hotmail.com for more information.

Book Fair

We just love encouraging our students to enjoy reading here at Silvercrest and one of the highlights of our reading activities comes with our Book Fair, this year to be held November 10th– 12th from 7:30am-2:30pm and November 13th from 7.30am – 6.30pm. This is a great opportunity for our students to buy some fantastic new books and they really enjoy sharing the experience with their classmates. During the weeks leading up to the Book Fair the children will be watching a video during their class library time and will be bringing home a Book Fair flyer before it begins, so look out for this in your child’s folder. The children can then write their wish lists of which books they would like to purchase.

Your child’s teacher should be able to let you know when their class will be visiting the Book Fair, and there is also the option for parents to come in before school and shop with their child. Alternatively parents can come after school and shop with the students until 6.30pm on Thursday, 13th November for the late night (and then why not stay for the PTA meeting right after?). Please note that unfortunately parents cannot pull their child out of class to shop but they can also come to school and shop with their child during their class’s time at the Book Fair which is another great way to share the experience and help your child to select from the huge number of titles and other items we have. Hope to see you all there!

UWBC Book Drive Until August 11

UBCBookDrive“Being able to hand a child a book of their own was an overwhelming experience, both for us and the children. Seeing their faces when they realized the books were for them to take home was very moving.” – Debbie Pennington, Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County and Board President at UWBC.

HELP PUT A SMILE ON A CHILD’S FACE BY DONATING TO UWBC’S BOOK DRIVE!

Programs for Adults at Friendswood Public Library

Monday, April 14th at 2:00pmComputer Class: Intro to Microsoft Word – Learn the basics to create a letter, resume, or flyer.  Computer Class schedule

Wednesdays in April: 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Job Search Skills Seminars – Workforce Solutions. Free Classes. No registration required.

  • 4/16: Creating a Resume & Completing the Application/ Creating References, Cover & Thank You Letters
  • 4/23: Making Connections: Networking & Using Social Media
  • 4/30: Interviewing

Wednesday, April 16th at 7pm — Lighthouses of Texas presented by author Steph McDougal.Lighthouses of Texas chronicles lighthouse history in the state from when Texans won their independence from Mexico in 1836 to modern automated lighthouses of the twentieth century. 

Thursday, April 17th at 6:20pm — Movie Night with Summer Stock starring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and Eddie Bracken. Directed by Charles Walters in 1950.  This film is not rated and runs 108 minutes.

Wednesday, April 23rd at 7pm — “Soldiers, scholars and poets of WWI”  The Rev. Dr. Crawford will give a presentation on the lives and works of the extraordinary men who served in WWI and how they struggled with the devastation of that war.  A number of these young men wrote extraordinary poems, letters and prose as they wrestled with death, dying and destruction. Mark Crawford earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Monday, May 5th from 6 – 8pm — Art Exhibit Reception. Come meet local artist Regina Lee Parkinson and view her artwork. Refreshments provided. Artwork will be on display through the end of June. Artist Regina Lee Parkinson creates paintings and mixed media work rich in color, place and story. Her piece entitled “Daring Beauty” received first place in the mixed media category at the Galveston Art League Spring Juried Show in May 2012. Her work is in private collections around the world. Parkinson works as a full-time artist. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in counseling. Read New Art Exhibit featuring Regina Lee Parkinson

Tuesday, May 6th at 2:30pm – 4:00pm — Genealogy Series: UK & Ireland Research – Vital Records presented by Nick Cimino

Tuesday, May 13th at 7pm — Book Club. The Boy in the Suitcase: a Nina Borg Mysteryset in Denmark by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis.  Book Club meets the 2nd Tuesday each month at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments are provided.

Friendswood Public Library — 416 S. Friendswood Drive — Friendswood, TX 77546 — 281-482-7135

Thanks to our friends in Pine Hollow for the information.

Friendswood Library Activities in April

Below are programs being sponsored by the Friendswood Public Library.

Tuesday, April 1st at 2:30pm to 4:00pm – Genealogy Series: UK & Ireland Research: Census Records presented by Nick Cimino

Wednesdays in April: 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Job Search Skills Seminars – Workforce Solutions. Free Classes. No registration required.

  • 4/2: Work in Texas Basics – Learn how to use www.workintexas.com to improve your job search success.
  • 4/9: Evaluating your Skills & Developing a Job Search Plan/ Rebranding your Skills
  • 4/16: Creating a Resume & Completing the Application/ Creating References, Cover & Thank You Letters
  • 4/23: Making Connections: Networking & Using Social Media
  • 4/30: Interviewing

Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm: Book Club. The Painted Drum by Louise ErdrichBook Club meets the 2nd Tuesday each month at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments are provided.

Wednesday, April 16th at 7pm – Lighthouses of Texas presented by author Steph McDougalLighthouses of Texas chronicles lighthouse history in the state from when Texans won their independence from Mexico in 1836 to modern automated lighthouses of the twentieth century. Images of how lighthouses have changed throughout the decades provide readers with a visual history of the evolution of the structures, especially when many lighthouses today have been abandoned or are privately owned.  MacDougal hopes that this book “will spur lighthouse-related tourism along the Texas Gulf Coast and help to encourage the restoration of the remaining lighthouses, some of which are in deteriorated condition.” Steph McDougal, an Ohio native with ties to New England, now hangs her hat in Houston, Texas. Steph’s first published book is Lighthouses of Texas. She also contributed to Buildings of Texas: Volume 1 and has written journal articles and historical narratives. Steph remains enthralled by her first preservation love, America’s historic ballrooms of the Big Band era.

Wednesday, April 30th at 7pm – FPL Poetry Series – “Soldiers, scholars and poets of WWI”  The Rev. Dr. Crawford will give a presentation on the lives and works of the extraordinary men who served in WWI and how they struggled with the devastation of that war.  A number of these young men wrote extraordinary poems, letters and prose as they wrestled with death, dying and destruction.  Mark Crawford earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Friendswood Public Library, 416 South Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546; 281-482-7135

Thank you to our friends in Pine Hollow for the information.

Used Book Sale Benefitting Westside Library March 9

BookSale

The Friends of Pearland Westside Library are having a used book sale on March 9 from 12:00 – 2:00pm at the Pearland Westside Event Center. Please consider coming by and supporting them! All proceeds go to fund crafts, books, and more at the Westside Library.