Starting July 1, Get Your Favorite Magazines on your Laptop or Tablet @ HCPL

A magazine subscription looks great on paper, then the issues start piling up on your coffee table week after week  until, in a fit of tidiness and guilt, you dump the whole lot, mostly unread, in the recycling bin. Sound familiar?

What if you could do away with paper entirely, but still get all the content of the print editions of your favorites, like People, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, and Essence? What if it didn’t cost you a cent?

HCPL's Summer Reading Hero's Quest! Are You Up for the Challenge?

Where would Alice be if she didn't stumble down the rabbit hole? Where would Bilbo be without his long walk to visit Smaug?

Home. That’s where they would be..

IMPORTANT: Tomball and Cy-Fair Libraries CLOSED Tuesday, June 16

LSC - CyFair Branch Library and LSC - Tomball Community Library are closed Tuesday, June 16. As of this writing, all other HCPL branches will be open for regular business hours. Please monitor this site, our Twitter (@harriscountypl) or Facebook feeds for updates.

Summer Reading 2015 Registration Begins June 1!

Harris County Public Library is gearing up for another busy summer of reading and fun, and with programs for babies, children, teens and adults, the whole family can participate. It all kicks off June 1 and runs through August 8. Our branches have plenty of entertaining and educational programs to spark the imagination, and there are cool incentives to help everyone stay motivated to read all summer long!

It’s simple to participate, starting June 1, register online, then read and log your books or the amount of time you read. That’s it. Everyone who completes the program will be automatically entered into one of several drawings. We will be giving away three Kindle Fires, and awesome, age-appropriate LEGO sets for babies and kids. Visit the Summer Reading page for full details.

UPDATE: Wed. May 27. All HCPL Branches to Resume Normal Operations

All HCPL branches will resume normal Wednesday hours of operation. Please continue to monitor this site, HCPL on Facebook, or Twitter @harriscountypl should weather conditions worsen.

Again, we urge you to use your best judgment and due caution when deciding whether or not to venture out today. The worst of the weather seems to be over, but there are still unsafe conditions in some areas. Your safety is our primary concern.

NOTE: Due dates for materials will be adjusted to reflect Tuesday's closings.

 

Change Lives.for the Better; Become an ESL Tutor.

Most of us take for granted that we can speak and be understood. That is a luxury many of your neighbors don't have. But with only a few hours a week and a willingness to help, you can change that: Become an ESL tutor at HCPL.

Our next free training session is Tuesday, May 26. 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Evelyn Meador Branch Library. No teaching experience is necessary.

Book Hunters in Brief #74: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This week, the Book Hunters want to celebrate the contributions to American culture made by people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. And there are plenty. Consider this: were it not for Asian Americans, this land of capitalism with a capital "C" would have no tycoons. Then, consider this: our Marines wouldn't be gung ho. And this: we would have no cousins living out in the boondocks. And finally consider this: without the contributions of Asian Americans, we wouldn't even have that most American of vegetables: ketchup.

In Theaters This Friday—AND on your Apple or Android, Too!

This Friday, May 8, for the first time ever, your HCPL library card will let you stream a new movie to your Apple or Android device on the same day it opens in theaters--courtesy of Hoopla, HCPL’s streaming movie and music service.

That’s right. The comedy, Welcome to Me, produced by Will Ferrell and starring Kristen Wiig, will open in theaters and on your smart phone, tablet, or home computer at the same time, and it is free! No $8 popcorn. No trek across the mall parking lot. You don’t even have to silence your cell phone if you don’t want to.

Girl Scouts Create Garden for Northwest Branch Library

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Many thanks go out to Cadette Girl Scout Troop #14318, of the Wildflowers Community, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council for their support of the Northwest Branch Library!  Last Saturday, despite stormy weather and power outages at the library, they held a Storybook Run to raise money for a library garden and then stayed to plant the garden.

1001 Books before Kindergarten

In January 2014, Harris County Public Library launched a new early literacy program: 1001 Books before Kindergarten. In March of 2015, Claire, a Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library customer, reached the 1001 book mark becoming the first child to complete the program! Congratulations, Claire and family!

Claire reached the goal fairly quickly, but a more leisurely pace is just as good. If your child reads one book a day, s/he will reach 1001 books in under three years. The program seeks to improve important reading skills, but even more, it’s about the time spent together reading for the sheer pleasure it brings.

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