Harris County Commissioners Court has authorized County Facilities and Property Management to lead a county-wide effort, in conjunction with the City of Houston, the Greater Houston Partnership and Central Houston Inc. for LightsOut Houston.
Coinciding with Earth Week,, LightsOut Houston runs from the evening of Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27. The initiative seeks to encourage energy efficiency by obtaining a commitment from building owners, operators and tenants to turn off all non-essential lights.
Side-splitting Memoirs! Comedians tell all!
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Still Foolin' "Em by Billy Crystal
These folks are funny in any format, but to get the deluxe high definition experience, we suggest the audiobooks read by the authors themselves.
In the mood for something a little more serious? Visit Book Hunters and we'll whip up a reading list just for you. It's fast. It's easy. It's free. Do it. Do it now.
There are a lot of very good reasons to become a volunteer English as a second language tutor at Harris County Public Library. One of the best is that with a small investment of your time each week you can make a huge difference in one of your neighbors' lives--and no experience is necessary. On March 21 and 29, HCPL is offering free training sessions that will give you all the tools you'll need.
To register for one of the training sessions below, or for more information, please call the library, or call or email the literacy coordinator at 713-749-9035.
The 2014 Shell Houston Open will be held on March 31- April 6, 2014 and the Harris County Friends of the Library will be raising funds through Birdies for Charity . How is the money used? The Friends help pay for the summer reading activities, educational and cultural programs at library branches, and eBooks for the collection.
How can you participate? It's easy. You make a minimum pledge of a penny for every birdie made Wednesday through Sunday by the pros at the Shell Houston Open or make a donation of $20 or more. For every penny per birdie pledged, you get a guess as to how many birdies will be made this year. For every $20 pledged, you get a guess. If you guess correctly, you have a chance to win the Grand Prize! Total birdies for the past five years have been: 1,722 1,528 1,786 1,750 1,615. Deadline for pledges is Monday, March 31, 2014.
If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact Peggy Kruckemeyer at email@example.com.
OverDrive’s Big Library Read lets you combine two of life’s great pleasures: good books and good food. From February 18 to March 5, OverDrive has made available to participating libraries unlimited digital copies of Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook by Food Network and Cooking Channel host Aida Mollenkamp.
You can download Keys to the Kitchen to any iOS or Android device, as well as your Kindle, Nook or home computer. Just visit our Digital Media Catalog and click on the cover of Keys to the Kitchen to get started. It’s easy and it’s free.
Who knows? Maybe you’ll pick up some new cooking skills and broaden your culinary horizons in the process.
Never downloaded an eBook before? Visit HCPL’s eBook support pages for step by step instructions in plain English.
If you are visiting this website, it’s a good bet that you know reading’s fundamental value to your day-to-day life. Odds are equally likely that you cannot imagine life without it. But it is a sad fact that 1 in 5 Texans--your neighbors--don’t have to imagine; they are living it—every hour of every day.
Harris County Public Library has long been committed to providing basic literacy classes to all those who want them, but we cannot do that without a team of dedicated volunteer tutors. On Friday, March 7 at High Meadows Branch Library, we will be holding a tutor training workshop. No teaching experience needed.
Share the gift of reading. Register today.
Adult Basic Literacy Training
High Meadows Branch Library
Friday, March 7, 2014
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
4500 Aldine Mail Route
For more information and to register for training, please call High Meadows Branch Library at 281-590-1456, or contact HCPL Literacy Coordinator by phone: 713-749-9035 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This week, Book Hunters suggest some updates on the Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. Check 'em out!
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
The Scientific Sherlock Holmes by James F. O'Brien
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye
A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman
All month long in February, Harris County Public Library will honor African Americans who have enriched the intellectual, artistic and spiritual evolution of our culture. There will be something for all ages and interests: from discussions of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison's Sula to programs about the Gees Bend, Alabama quilters, from the music and traditions of New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indians to the cutting edge of jazz. HCPL branches will celebrate and educate with crafts, movies, inspirational readings and storytimes, as well as performances by Kouman Ke'le' African Dance and Drum Ensemble, and Express Children's Theater. Below is just some of what's in store.
Don't panic! We've got the new library catalog ready for you to test, but the same familiar search is still the one you'll be using from the library website. We think you're going to like the new features that make it easier than ever to access all of the resources in our collection, no matter the format. Look for:
- Smarter search technology that makes it easier to find exactly what you're looking for
- Featured NYT Bestseller Lists and New Items Lists
- New texting and social media features
- Spell Check
- Individual "My List" creation
- Ability to place multiple holds at once
Take a test run of our new catalog: hcpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/webcat. We want to hear what you think, so please share your discoveries in the comments.