Over the last six months, NASA's International Space Station Exhibit has been orbiting the Harris County Public Library System. Today, through January 9, it makes its final HCPL stop at Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Peggy Carruthers and her team at NASA for coordinating the program and giving us the chance to bring it to so many of our customers.
What’s in a name? Sometimes, not much, but when it comes to Hoopla, the new digital media service we launched December 15, we think the product lives up to its moniker. This great addition to our roster of digital services offers streaming movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks, but what is most exciting is that every single one of the hundreds of thousands of items in Hoopla is always available. That’s right: with Hoopla, there is no waiting in line for that Hollywood blockbuster you're dying to see or the new release from your favorite recording artist. No waiting for a copy to become available—ever.
For all the intrepid bargain hunters, for all the folks who will wrap up all their holiday shopping on the first official day of the season, then kick back with a cup of nog and self-congratulatory smirks on their faces to watch the harried throngs flounder in the notions aisle, and for all those who believe shopping is a contact sport and, as such, should be included in the Olympics, Book Hunters bring you this special early bird edition!
Cool weather is here, and you know what that means: before you can say 'credit card limit,' you’ll be racking your ho-ho-hopelessly overtaxed brain for something to give Aunt Tildie that will show her how much you love her, but won’t have you scrounging for every last penny of loose change in the sofa cushions. Why not knit her a festive tea cozy or a set of golf club head covers?
Like many of you, we think the whole National This Month and National That Month thing has gotten a little out of hand. Yes, many of them are important, like Black History Month and Cancer Prevention Month (both in February), but do we really need Humorists Are Artists Month (March) and National Sandwich Month? (August). The answer is a reluctant yes, but only because we want to stay on the good side of the powerful Humorists Union and the shadowy Pastrami Lobby.
But this month, we just flat-out love because it is both oodles of fun and important to boot. November is National Picture Book Month, and Harris County Public Library encourages you to celebrate to the fullest.
Please join us in welcoming our new Library Director to HCPL!
Edward Melton brings strategic focus, vision, and innovative leadership during a successful career of guiding and implementing library services. He is keen on leveraging partnerships and collaboration to build sustainable library service models. Even though he strongly supports innovation and technology, he is very practical and traditional in his value of public libraries. He understands the traditional role of libraries and works to create a balance between innovation and tradition.
This week (October 19 – 25) is the ninth annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. The Harris County Friends of the Library would like to thank all of the branch library Friends groups for their contributions of time and expertise to significantly enhance the services our library system offers. Raising funds to purchase materials to supplement the library's collection, buying special equipment and supplies, and funding special programs for all ages are just a few of the ways you support our libraries.
Libraries are the cornerstones of their communities providing opportunities for everyone to engage in the joy of life-long learning and connect with the thoughts and ideas of others from ages past to the present. We thank the Friends groups across the county for all they do to make our libraries and communities so much better.
Harris County Friends of the Library
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:
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).