Popping Up Monday

Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library will be popping up today, Monday, January 22 from 3:30 to 6 pm at the Cypress Trails United Methodist Church

The church is located at 22801 Aldine Westfield Rd.  Spring, TX 77373 right across from the St. James Catholic Church.  We will have books for check out, crafts, stories and more in store for you. 

Afterwards there will be an ESL class with Cindy Groover from 6 to 7:30 pm.  So come join us!  We have missed you all, and we would love to see you there!

AARP Tax Aide Returns Feb. 1!

AARP's Tax Aide returns to nine Harris County Public Library locations starting February 1. 

Trained volunteer Tax Aides will offer free, friendly tax preparation assistance. No appointment necessary.

 

HCPL Tax Aide Schedule

The next Book Buddies cycle starts in February – check out the video below to learn more about the program!

Harris County Public Library’s Book Buddies started as a pilot program at Freeman Library in the spring of 2016 as a way to support K-3 literacy in a public library setting. Because of our dedicated teen and adult volunteers and our passionate Children’s and Young Adult librarians, Book Buddies has grown into a system-wide program. To find out about participating and to see which branches are offering the program this upcoming cycle, please check our Literacy & ELA page.

 

 

Tried and True: HCPL's 2017 Top Ten Lists

top ten 2017 graphicJust when you think the world has become a little too predictable, the sky dumps Lake Michigan on you in the span of about 18 hours. That's when you decide that maybe that rut you were stuck in was kind of cozy and comforting in a way. 

This year's top ten most circulated novels at Harris County Public Library reflect that very human need for stabiliity. The list is chock full of familiar names like Grisham, Evanovich, Sparks and Baldacci (twice). These are writers who have consistently produced high quality work--not particularly groundbreaking perhaps, but it is consistently entertaining and immanently readable. However, there are a few surprises sprinkled into the lists because, when you come down to it, the only thing you can really count on is that humans are just as unpredictable as the world they live in. 

Just ask Astros fans.  

Galena Park Branch Library Will Close Monday, December 18, 2017

Repairs iconThe Galena Park Branch Library will be closed for repairs beginning Monday, December 18, 2017.

Jacinto City Branch Library and South Houston Branch Library are the nearest Harris County Public Library locations. They, and all other open HCPL branches, will be happy to assist you with all of your library needs.

HOLDS:
Starting
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December 18,
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We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this  closure may cause. HCPL is currently formulating plans to continue offering some library services to the people of Galena Park during the closure as we have done for our customers at the HCPL branches closed due to flood damage. Please, monitor this webpage and HCPL's Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates.

NOTE: You may continue to use the Galena Park Branch book drop to return library materials until further notice. 

Registration Now Open for Playbots Coding Clubs!

Playbots graphic with EV1 RobotRegistration is now open for Harris County Public Library's Playbots Coding Clubs. In these eight week courses, youth ages 11-14 will create short videos about their communities starring Lego Mindstorm robots that they will build and code. In the final week, participating branches will host special viewing parties where family and friends will screen the finished projects. Viewing parties will be held on Monday, February 26 at 5:00 p.m. 

By registering for the first class, you will secure a spot for the entire 8-week course. Because space is very limited, we ask that participants commit to attending all eight weeks.

Vietnam War Programming Continues

We would like to say a big thank you to Albert Nahas (pictured right), author of Warriors Remembered, for speaking at Octavia Fields Branch Library in support of our Vietnam War programming. We would also like to say a big  thank you to the teens at Jacinto City for their youth-led discussion on the war. Next week, the programming will make its way to the Fairbanks Branch Library where Samuel Axelrad will talk about his book Peaceful Bones. This is his story of an encounter with a seriously wounded North Vietnamese army squadron leader and the actions he took to save his life. The program will take place on Tues, Nov 7th from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. There will be copies available to purchase and have signed by Dr. Axelrad. To register, please call 713-466-4438.

This programming is in support of the PBS airing of The Vietnam War. This is a ten-part,18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

HCPL Receives ALA/Google Grant

Harris County Public Library is the only library in Texas to be part of the 2017 Libraries Ready to Code initiative.

The grant comes from the American Library Association and is sponsored by Google. With the funding, HCPL will work with twenty-eight other libraries across the country to design and implement computer coding programs for young people.

The grant-funded programs will address specific groups that are currently underrepresented in computer science careers: girls, residents of rural and low-income communities, as well as young people of color and those with disabilities.

NASA @ My Library Blasts Off from Freeman Branch Tomorrow!

Join us as Harris County Public Library kicks off its official NASA @ My Library tour at the Freeman Branch Library, Thursday, Oct 26 at 6 pm. Come visit our Trek the Galaxy stations where you can do activities and learn about space, stars, astronauts, the moon, and much more! NASA @ My Library will be making stops at many HCPL branches over the next two years, so bookmark this link to keep up with its orbit of the county.

This presentation is made possible through a grant from the The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI), the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center. 

For Great Cinema, HCPL & Kanopy Have You Covered

 

Thousands of Independent and Classic Films from the Criterion Collection Now Streaming Free with your Library Card

Your selection of videos at Harris County Public Library has just grown by over 25,000 titles. HCPL recently added the streaming video service, Kanopy, to its digital roster. Kanopy focuses on independent films, critically acclaimed documentaries and classic cinema from the renowned Criterion Collection. Now all the movies you see on those 100 Greatest Films of All Time lists, but have never seen on-screen are available to you free of charge 24/7 with your HCPL library card.

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