William Shakespeare fans in grades 9 through 12 are invited to participate in the first round of the National Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the English-Speaking Union of the United States. Choose a Shakespearean sonnet and monologue, memorize your selections, and perform them in front of judges. They will evaluate your understanding of the pieces, your ability to communicate them, and your artistic reciting skills. The winner of our event will go on to compete in Fort Worth and, if selected again, will have the chance to advance to competitions in New York and then London! No fees are associated with this program; however, registration is REQUIRED and must be completed no later than January 7. Please register online or call 817-478-3762 to register.START YOUR OWN BUSINESS
Get detailed information about starting a small company, including how to take advantage of opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses. Learn how to fill out the necessary paperwork, develop business plans, and other start-up essentials. Presented by the North Texas Minority Chamber of Commerce and the Arlington Funding Information Center.
Choose one of two sessions–January 14, 11 am –1 pm or January 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
George W. Hawkes Central Library (101 E. Abram St, 817-459-6901)NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
January 18, 2012, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Southwest Library (3311 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd, 817-459-6386)
Get organized and minimize your frustration in 2012. Learn why New Year’s resolutions don’t work in this one-hour interactive workshop. Acquire new techniques for smoothing out frustration and family fussing. Come learn and share with other busy moms in this solution-packed session.GADGET WORKSHOP AND PETTING ZOO
Visit our Gadget Workshop and Petting Zoo for hands-on interaction with Nooks™, Kindles™, iPads™ and Apple devices, Android™ tablets or smart phones, and more. Staff will be available to answer questions and share tips for interacting with your library through technology. If you already have a gadget, bring it in and we will show you how to set it up for library eBooks. Stop in and give something new a try! Chose one of three sessions.
January 5, 6 – 7:30 pm, Mansfield Public Library (104 S. Wisteria, Mansfield)
January 7, 2 – 3:30 pm, Southwest Library (3311 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd, 817-459-6386)
January 31, 6:30-8 pm, George W. Hawkes Central Library (101 E. Abram St, 817-459-6901)ARLINGTON READS has a full range of computer and literacy classes available free of charge. For a full list of current classes, please visithttp://www.arlingtonreads.org/arlington-reads or call 817-459-6985.RESOLVE TO READ IN 2012
The Arlington Public Library offers six book club choices. Find a book club near you and view upcoming selections at http://www.arlingtonreads.org/book-clubs.