Taking the Library to the Streets: HCPL Coming to a Festival Near You

It's springtime in Houston and that means festivals and fun galore in the great outdoors. Harris County Public Library's  Outreach Team and Curiosity Cruiser with Owlbotron and Northtale will be making the rounds in the coming weeks and we want to see you!

Shakespeare Festival presented by Harris County Precinct 4
Burroughs Park (MAP)
Saturday, April 21
1:00 - 7:00 PM

Bear Creek & Galena Park Set to Reopen

We are excited to announce that the Galena Park and Katherine Tyra branch libraries will reopen this month. Galena Park opens its doors Monday, April 23 after repairs to its roof and air conditioning system. The Katherine Tyra Branch Library at Bear Creek will welcome customers for the first time since Hurricane Harvey forced it to shutter on Monday, April 30.

Work is progressing at the Kingwood and Barbara Bush branch libraries, though we do not yet have reliable estimates for their return to service.

We want to thank you all again for your patience and support on the long road to recovery.

 

Reading for Glory: The 2nd Annual Tournament of Books Is Huge Success!

Harris County Public Library held the 2nd Annual Tournament of Books on Saturday in which teams of local high school students tested their knowledge of a set of fourteen books compiled by HCPL literacy staff. Saturday's teams were the winners of preliminary competitions to determine the team that would represent each of the eight participating schools.

The tournament consists of two parts. The first is a short answer Jeopardy-style round that tests competitors' factual knowledge of the books they read. The top three finishers advance to the championship round which consists of long form answers in which participants' interpretive, critical thinking and communication skills are showcased. 

Come one, come all to the Harris County Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

 

Harris County Public Library Adminstrative Offices (Map) March 23, 2018, 10:00 am

The agenda includes

  • ♦ The State of the Library Report and Harvey Recovery Update by Library Director Edward Melton
  • ♦ A presentation on the upcoming Summer Reading Program by Linda Stevens, Division Manager, Programs Partnerships and Outreach.
  • ♦ A discussion about increasing our Friends of the Library memberships, fundraising and other items of general interest.

All members of branch Friends groups are encouraged to attend, and anyone interested in the future of Harris County Public Library is welcome.

Join us and bring your ideas!

Live Music, After Hours: Da Camera at Spring Branch Memorial Library

Harris County Public Library and Da Camera will be sending African American History Month 2018 out on a high note! 

On Wednesday, February 28, when Spring Branch Memorial Library closes for the evening, it will transform into live music performance space. In this one night only, after hours program presented by Da Camera, artist Sam Dinkins III will tell the stories of musical styles: Bembe', Spirituals, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Reggae and R & B through song and narration (and a splash of poetry).

Harvey Restoration: Week of Feb. 11 - 17

Work is moving along. Here is this week's progress report.

Celebrate African American Achievement and Heritage with HCPL

NASA's Rocket Women group shotJoin Harris County Public Library in celebrating the contributions of African American scientists, inventors, artists, musicians and the ordinary people who have shaped the nation and its culture, as well as those who fought and continue to fight for justice. 

Below is a sampling of HCPL's African American History Month programs. For full listings, see our Events Calendar.

Our Friends in Action

Harris County Friends of the Library is a 501c3 charitable organization comprised of members from HCPL branch friends organizations and library supporters at large. Here is a round up of HCFOL's recent activities.

HCFOL Awards Two ScholarshipsAmanda Hickey
The Friends recently awarded two $500 scholarships to Harris County Public Library staff members who are pursuing graduate degrees in Library and Information Science. The recipients of the scholarships are Amanda Hickey, Children's Specialist at Lone Star College - Tomball Community Library (top) and Namila Tolle, Library Specialist at West University Branch Library (bottom). 

HCFOL Awards Mini-Grants to Member Friends Groups
In celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week, the Harris County Friends of the Library Namila Tolleawarded sixteen $150 mini-grants to member Friends groups to use as they see fit to support their libraries. The mini-grants recognize the Friends' contributions of time and expertise  that enhance programs and services at HCPL libraries.

Below are a few of the projects funded with the mini-grants:
LaPorte - supplies to produce Thermochromic Slime
Parker Williams - mini-drones for Teen Summer Reading Program drone races
Evelyn Meador - materials in support of volunteer ESL tutors
Spring Branch - a Bare Conductive Touch Board Starter Kit to be used in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) programs for kids & teens.
Fairbanks - a canopy to use at outreach activities

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!

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