Friends of the Library-Kingwood Gives $25,000 for Digital Collections

emedia checkFriends of the Library-Kingwood (FOLK) has generously granted $25,000 to add new material to Harris County Public Library's Digital Media Collection. The bulk of these funds will go to Overdrive eBooks and eAudios for both adults and children. Some of these funds may be used for newer digital collections, including Hoopla's app-based streaming media, OneClickdigital's audiobooks, Flipster's digital magazines, or the HCPL eSelect collection of independent authors – all available through your library card.

Stay Safe, Keep Cool @ HCPL

I was going to make a joke about the heat, but it's just too hot for anything that strenuous, and besides, weather like we've been having (and will be having for the foreseeable future) is serious business, and can be dangerous, especially to those whose bodies may be more vulnerable to its effects: the very young, seniors and those who are ill. Harris County Public Library asks that you take a little time to check on your neighbors who might be at risk, lend a helping hand if needed, and always keep in mind that HCPL branches are great places to beat the heat.

DC Comics Come to Hoopla!

This summer, libraries across the country, including Harris County Public Library, have been celebrating heroes and their stories. Now, Hoopla, our free streaming movie, music and more service, has added DC and Vertigo Comics to its collection, giving you digital access to some of your favorite superheroes--Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash to name just a few. With Hoopla's free app and your HCPL library card, you can download great graphic novels straight to your PC, tablet or smartphone: The Dark Knight Returns, Neil Gaiman's Sandman and the Fables series. Younger readers will find My Little Pony, Madagascar's Penguins, and Tiny Titans, among many others.

As with all of Hoopla's content, you never have to wait copy to become available. You get instant access 24/7.

Summer Reading @ HCPL: There's Still Plenty of Time...and Fun Left

We've arrived at the midpoint in HCPL's Summer Reading Program and we are taking a much-needed break for the Independence Day holiday. We will be back and raring to go on Monday. In the meantime, we are happy to present a Summer Reading adventure featuring some talented young people and staff from La Porte Community Library.

We also wanted to make sure you know that it's not too late to sign up for Summer Reading Fun! All you have to do is register and log your reading online. When you reach the goals for your age group, you will be automatically entered in drawings to win some very cool prizes. As an additional challenge, and In keeping with one of this summer's themes, "Reading is my Superpower," we have a special Hero's Quest for all ages. Complete the challenges on the game sheet and become eligible for even more prizes.

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.

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