Kids & Teens! If You Completed Summer Reading, You Earned a Houston Dynamo Ticket!

HCPL Summer Reading Program partner, the Houston Dynamo is offering a free ticket with the purchase of a discounted adult ticket to any child or teen who completed all levels of HCPL's Summer Reading Program. The tickets are for the Saturday, September 9 match against the Colorado Rapids.

Eligible kids and teens must pick up their ticket vouchers from their library branch and call the phone number on the flyer by September 8..

This voucher and all SRP prizes can be picked up at your HCPL branch until Aug 19.

The Eclipse @ HCPL

One of the perks of living in the 21st century is that we know enough about how the solar system works that we do not need to worry much about the moon actually swallowing the sun during the upcoming solar eclipse. We can just sit back, strap on our certified safe eclipse-viewing glasses and enjoy the celestial show. In case you have not heard, on August 21, there will be a total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast. Here in the Houston area, we will not get the full monty, but it will still be pretty spectacular. It has been ninety-nine years since the last one. Several Harris County Public Library branches will be hosting viewing parties on Monday, August 21. Others have programs scheduled to get you ready for the big event. 

Lone Star College - Tomball Community Library Closed Friday, August 11

closedThe Lone Star College - Tomball campus and Lone Star College - Tomball Community Library will be closed on Friday, August 11th due to a planned outage of water services related to construction.  The campus and library will reopen for regular business hours on Saturday, August 12.

For library services on Friday, please visit the Barbara Bush Branch Library or the Northwest Branch Library.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thanks!

Another summer of reading and fun at Harris County Public Library has come to a close. Before we can catch our breath, we must thank all of our partners who helped make Summer Reading at HCPL a success. 

If You Are Up for a Challenge, You Can Earn Extra Points Toward your Summer Reading Goals

This summer, you have a new way to earn points toward your summer reading goals. Each week, we will offer you a new challenge inspired by the summer's theme, Build a Better World. 

Here's how:
1. Complete a Build a Better World Challenge listed below.
2. Log your reading as you normally would.
3. Click on the Activities button, then Discover and enter the completed challenge to earn 5 more points! Don't forget to use the appropriate hashtag to share your accomplishments with your fellow summer readers!

You can take up one, or all of the challenges. It's up to you. Feel free to jump ahead, or circle back to complete one you might have missed. 

Summer Reading 2017 Has Begun!

Harris County Public Library's Summer Reading Program is underway! This year's theme is “Build a Better World," and whether you choose to do that by learning about organic gardening, volunteering in your community, or simply by making your little corner of the world better by reading the books you have not had time for, it will help you build points toward cool, new incentives. 

We have made it easier than ever for you and your whole family to log your reading and activities, to write reviews of what you have read and find great recommendations for what to read next. Along the way, we will have challenges to help you earn more points.

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This summer, for the first time, everyone--babies, kids, teens and adults--who complete the program will get a book of their choosing as a prize. Also for the first time, all adults and teens who reach the point totals will be entered in drawings for a chance to win awesome prize packs that include tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival, a 3-month family membership to YMCA, a Kindle Fire and more!

Galena Park High School's Cold Panic! Fallout! Wins The 2017 Tournament of Books

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Harris County Public Library was able to pilot The Tournament of Books, a literacy competition for high school students designed to develop and encourage a love of reading. 

The competition kicked off last October at four partnering high schools: Clear Lake High School, Galena Park High School, Humble High School / Quest Early College High School, and Memorial High School. Students at those schools, led by their school librarians, formed teams of 3 to 5 students. They then worked together to read all 20 books on a designated list of diverse Young Adult books. 

Money Talks, But Do You Know What It's Saying? Financial Literacy @ HCPL for Houston Money Week

There are a lot of parents who dread having The Talk with their kids a lot less than they do talking to them about money. Why is that? Maybe it's because so many of us feel insecure about our own financial literacy. Harris County Public Library and the organizers of Houston Money Week (HMW) are here to say that there is no shame in admitting you don’t know everything, only in stumbling along pretending that you do.

Houston Money Week (HMW) is a community-wide financial education initiative that empowers families and individuals to be successful in making financial choices. HMW serves individuals, families, veterans and small business owners across the greater Houston area, offering free financial education events and raising awareness of community resources.

Checking Back in with The Living Library at Finnigan Park’s YET Center

The Living Library continues to be a welcoming and lively space for young readers at Finnigan Park’s Youth Education Tower (YET) Center. The support and encouragement of Calvin Williams, the Director of the YET Center, and Ariel Goree, a dedicated staff member, have been invaluable and integral to the library’s success.

In addition to supporting the Book Buddies program, the Living Library has also expanded its open reading hours in response to the kids’ feedback. Anjela Martinez, our new Programs and Outreach Specialist, visits twice a week to open the Living Library for any young reader who wants to cozy up with a book, check out and play with an educational eReader, or listen to narration as they follow along with a text by using one of the bookpacks.

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