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!

AARP Tax Aide Returns Feb. 1!

AARP's Tax Aide returns to ten Harris County Public Library locations starting February 1. 

Trained volunteer Tax Aides will offer free, friendly tax preparation assistance. No appointment necessary.


HCPL Tax Aide Schedule

The next Book Buddies cycle starts in February – check out the video below to learn more about the program!

Harris County Public Library’s Book Buddies started as a pilot program at Freeman Library in the spring of 2016 as a way to support K-3 literacy in a public library setting. Because of our dedicated teen and adult volunteers and our passionate Children’s and Young Adult librarians, Book Buddies has grown into a system-wide program. To find out about participating and to see which branches are offering the program this upcoming cycle, please check our Literacy & ELA page.



Tried and True: HCPL's 2017 Top Ten Lists

top ten 2017 graphicJust when you think the world has become a little too predictable, the sky dumps Lake Michigan on you in the span of about 18 hours. That's when you decide that maybe that rut you were stuck in was kind of cozy and comforting in a way. 

This year's top ten most circulated novels at Harris County Public Library reflect that very human need for stabiliity. The list is chock full of familiar names like Grisham, Evanovich, Sparks and Baldacci (twice). These are writers who have consistently produced high quality work--not particularly groundbreaking perhaps, but it is consistently entertaining and immanently readable. However, there are a few surprises sprinkled into the lists because, when you come down to it, the only thing you can really count on is that humans are just as unpredictable as the world they live in. 

Just ask Astros fans.  

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