Gulf Coast Reads Author Stephen Harrigan at Museum of Fine Arts - Houston

Gulf Coast Reads, Harris County Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston invite you to a special evening with author, Stephen Harrigan at the MFAH on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

After introducing and reading from his novel, Remember Ben Clayton, Mr. Harrigan will sit for a lively and wide-ranging conversation with Houston Chronicle columnist and features writer, Lisa Gray, to be followed by a Q and A with the audience.

Book Hunters Gear Up for TEEN READ WEEK 2014, Oct 12 - 18

BHiB 43 Teen Read WeekNext week, October 12 - 18, is Teen Read Week 2014 and HCPL's Book Hunters are on board. TRW is a national initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. By "regular readers," YALSA means people who read for pleasure and not only because they "have to." You see, eventually the homework assignments are going to stop coming, but the benefits of reading will keep growing over a lifetime.

Book Hunters' sole purpose is to match readers of any age with books that reflect their interests, their passions, and their tastes. It's fast, it's easy, it's online, and it's free to get a reading list all your own.

Tutors Needed! A Little of Your Time Can Make a Huge Difference

The demand for Literacy and English as a Second Language instruction in Harris County is great, and we are trying to do our part to help meet that demand, but we can't do it without your help. Harris County Public Library is looking for people willing to share a little of their time to make a big difference in a neighbor's life. All we ask is that you attend one training session, and set aside 1 1/2 to 2 hours a week. We will supply all the materials you will need and a space at the library to meet with your student. No teaching experience is necessary. Please register for one of our upcoming tutor training sessions: 

Change in DVD Renewal Policy, Effective Oct. 1.

Beginning October 1, 2014, DVDs may be renewed only one time.
Books and CDs may still be renewed up to two times.
Renewal periods for all materials are 14 days.
DVDs requested by other customers may not be renewed.

Complete Harris County Public Library Circulation Policy can be found here.

Your Vote Counts. Early Voting and I.D. Info.

The upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 4 will decide one of Texas’ seats in the U.S. Senate, all thirty-six of Texas’ representatives to the U.S. House, Texas Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, as well as many other important state, county and municipal offices.

Remember, it is now state law that in order to vote you must present one of the following approved forms of identification:

  • • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safetry (DPS).
  • • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • • U.S. military identification card with your photograph
  • • U.S. passport
  • • Free Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS (click here for more information).

Popular Children's Author, Michael Dahl, Swoops into South Houston

Harris County Public Library is pleased to announce that Michael Dahl, bestselling author of books for children and young adults, will visit South Houston Branch Library on Saturday, September 27, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Mr. Dahl has written more than two hundred books and is a three-time winner of the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award.

We have many of his books in our collection--ranging from board books for your youngest to YA mysteries. So, check some out, read them with your kids, and then bring the family out to enjoy what promises to be a high-energy entertaining and educational event. Michael Dahl's visit is sponsored by myON, a division of Capstone.

Hispanic Heritage Month @ HCPL

September 15 through October 15 is the month set aside to recognize the contributions people of Hispanic descent have made to this country and its culture. Harris County Public Library branches will be presenting special programs and events to educate and entertain people of all ages. Below are just a few of the highlights to come, in addition to special themed storytimes, movies and book clubs.

3D Printing @ Freeman Branch Library - First Customer

Alex was HCPL's first 3D printing customer, and what she created didn't disappoint! She found and printed from the site Thingiverse.com a free model of the Infinity Orb from the recent movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," which can be accessed here.

You too can start using this fun and fascinating technology of the future right here in the present. Visit the library or call 281-488-1906 to register now for one of several 3D printing orientation sessions available this month at Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library:

  • - Thursday, 9/11, 7:00 PM
  • - Saturday, 9/13, 10:30 AM
  • - Wednesday, 9/17, 7:00 PM
  • - Monday, 9/22, 7:00 PM

Local Authors will Discuss Writing and Publishing @ LSC-Tomball, Saturday, Sept. 6.

They say everyone has a book inside them just dying to get out, but once you write it, the question becomes how to get it into the hands of readers. This Saturday, September 6, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, LSC – Tomball Community Library will host an Author Date with three local writers who have done just that.

Come enjoy light refreshments and meet authors, Paul A. Bussard, Alberto Arcia and Alan Berkowitz as they discuss the ins-and-outs of publishing and the writing process.

LSC – Tomball Community Library, Room L-129.
Saturday, September 6, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase from the Friends of Tomball Library.

3D Printing Service Begins in September

3D printing service begins in September at Freeman Branch Library!  Here are the basics:

  • - Print time may be scheduled upon first registering for and completing an orientation session. Call the library at 281-488-1906 or visit at 16616 Diana Lane to register. September orientation dates are 9/3, 9/11, 9/17, and 9/22 beginning at 7:00 PM. If orientation cannot be attended on any of the available dates, please speak with staff to determine if other arrangements can be made.
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  • - Once orientation is complete, customers may schedule print time on either the MakerBot Replicator 2 or re:3D's Gigabot large-format printer by visiting the link www.hcpl.net/content/3d-printing-policy . Printing reservations will be taken beginning 9/4, following the first orientation session.
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  • - Printing cost is 10 cents per gram and is payable by cash or check to the Friends of Freeman Library, who supply PLA filament (printing material).

The Lee Innovation Lab is still under development. In the meantime, we are pleased to begin offering this new service and experience to our customers thanks to our many supporters.

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