Make a Big Difference in a Child's Life. Be a Book Buddy.

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you want to make a difference in a child's life? Then volunteer for HCPL's Book Buddies!

Book Buddies is a free program that brings children and volunteers (adults or teens) together to share the joy of reading. It pairs trained volunteers (Big Buddies) with children in Kindergarten through 3rd grades (Little Buddies). For 12 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.

Pokémon Go @ HCPL

If you're looking for a safe and air-conditioned place to catch some Pokémon, several Harris County Public Library branches are stops, and others are gyms or have gyms nearby. Below is a handy table showing where and how you can get your game on, as well as some useful links.

Project Mill-E presents Ask the eBook eXperts

Have you ever gotten so frustrated you wanted to throw your Kindle at the wall? Is your Nook just a high tech paperweight? Have you ever wondered why you have to place a hold on the eBook of JoJo Moyes’ or James Patterson’s latest bestseller?

As part of Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016, our eBook eXperts will answer all your digital media questions no matter how big or how small. Whether you have never checked out an eBook in your life, or are a longtime eReader, ask our experts about anything from tech support to collection development.

Use the comments section below, or ask us on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag: #ProjectMillE

Gold Medal Readers

There's still about a month left in Summer Reading Fun 2016, but we already have gold medal readers galore! Below are a few of the young people who have gone above and beyond in their summer reading to earn gold medals. Do you want one of your own? Click here to learn how.

Congratulations to these four Gold Medal Readers from Barbara Bush, Galena Park & Katherine Tyra Branch Libraries

Share your photos of your summer reading adventures and accomplishments with us on Facebook and Twitter @harriscountypl Hashtag: #hcplsummer

540,000 and Counting! Project Mill-E at the Midway Mark.

July 1 is the midpoint of the year and we thought it would be a good time to give you a progress report on Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016. In a word, the progress has been amazing! Since January 1, HCPL eBook readers have checked out 540,669 items (compared to a smidge over 397,000 for the same period last year—an increase of 36 percent). Any way you slice it, that is some serious eReading.

Read/Do 10: Read it. Do it. Log it.

There are lots of different ways besides reading to participate in Harris County Public Library's Summer Reading Program.

Book Hunters in Brief #129: Special Summer Reading Edition

This week Book Hunters offers some sporty books to get kids off to a fast start in their summer reading--after all, this year's theme is "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!"

Football With Dad by  Frank Berrios

Henry Holton takes the Ice by Sandra Bradley

Lucky Luis by Gary Soto ; illustrated by Rhode Montijo

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Losers Take All  by David Klass

 

Help Your Child Be School-ready with ReadyRosie

This service is free of charge to all families of Humble ISD students

ReadyRosie is an early education resource that uses the power of video modeling and mobile technology to help parents prepare their children to succeed in school. ReadyRosie features brief, fun videos in English and Spanish that help children learn problem solving and math skills, early literacy, essential life skills and lots of vocabulary.

Houston Food Bank Will Provide Nutritious, Free Lunches to Kids at 13 HCPL Branches this Summer

Harris County Public Library is proud to announce that thirteen HCPL branches will provide nutritious, free lunches to children in low income areas of Harris County through the Houston Food Bank’s Kids Café program. Only children 1 – 18 years are eligible. Meals and snacks are provided on a first come, first served basis. Supplies are limited, but will be adjusted depending on demand. See schedule below for days and times at the HCPL branch nearest you.

Summer Reading @ HCPL Starts June 6!

Harris County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off June 6 with new incentives & new ways to participate.

Harris County Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program has never been just about reading. Summer at HCPL is about reading and all the ways it helps you engage more fully with the world around you. With that in mind, for the first time, HCPL will offer incentives not only for what you read, but for what you do, as well.

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