Freeman Library Celebrates Local Authors

As Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library continues to celebrate our 50th anniversary, we’ll also be celebrating our local authors on Saturday, 8/23

Interested in becoming an author yourself?  Panel discussions and presentations by local authors are on the schedule and cover topics such as, “Finding Your Own Voice”, “What’s new in Publishing/Self-Publishing” and “How I Got Published” just to name a few. 

Want to learn more about our local authors?  Sixteen are scheduled to appear, among them poets, children’s authors, science fiction authors, historical fiction authors, romance authors and more.  Including author readings and book signings, you will also have a chance to meet some of them by visiting the author tables set up around the library. 

Check Out the New Features on OverDrive

improved overdriveWhether you're a longtime user of Harris County Public Library’s OverDrive Digital Media Catalog, or  just dipping your toes in for the first time (in which case: Dive in!), we think you'll really like these new features: 

  • Suspend a Hold: If you’re lucky enough to have more books than you can get to at the moment, you can now put your hold on hold, so to speak, without losing your place in the queue.
  • Automatically Checkout your Hold: Now, you can set your preferences to checkout your hold as soon as it is available. You’ll get a notification saying it’s waiting for you on your account bookshelf.
  • “Recommended for You” Collection: When you sign-in, you will see a selection of titles available for checkout based on the books you currently have checked out or on hold.
  • “AND” Boolean Searching: Sounds complicated, but all it means is that when you search the catalog you’ll see more of what you want and less of what you don’t. 

We're 20,000 Readers Strong!

read to me babyThat's right!  Today we reached 20,000 readers signed up for summer reading fun.  If you're not one of them, there's still time to register and achieve your reading goal.  Fun and educational programs, reading activities, and prizes run through August 10, 2014.

HCPL Volunteer Literacy Tutor Training Coming Soon

Did you know that one out of five Texans cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application or help with their children's homework? Illiteracy is one of the biggest challenges facing America, but you can be part of the solution. Become a volunteer literacy tutor at Harris County Public Library.

Join Us for the Harris County Job Fair!

Everyone is invited to the Harris County Job Fair at NRG Center, September 30, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Representatives from many Harris County Departments will be on hand to discuss career opportunities and accept applications for clerical, technical, professional, mechanical and heavy-equipment operator positions.

Valueline's New Interface

Value Line recently debuted a new and improved interface.  We have developed a PDF with information on where to find your favorite reports.  In addition, there is also a video from Value Line that explains the changes.

Barbara Bush Library Friends Honor Librarian Nancy Agafitei

Barbara Bush Branch Librarian Nancy Agafitei will be retiring at the end of June, after working 25 years for Harris County Public Library.  Her coworkers, community colleagues and the Barbara Bush Library Friends hosted a reception today to celebrate her career and accomplishments.

Here Barbara Bush Library Friends President Penny Boozman presents HCPL Interim Director Ron Lucik with a check for five thousand dollars in honor of Nancy Agafitei.  Happy retirement, Nancy!

NASA's International Space Station Exhibit Orbits Around HCPL

ISS over earthWhat weighs one million pounds, is the size of a football field, zips along at a mind boggling 17,500 miles per hour about 330 miles above our heads and took the cooperative effort of fifteen nations to build?

Try Out the New Library Catalog

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.

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