African American History Month @ Your Library

February is African American History Month and all of Harris County Public Library's twenty-six branches have programs planned. There will be African dance performances, arts and crafts programs for all ages inspired by traditional African art as well as the work of contemporary African American artists. There will be the annual African American Read-In featuring local black authors and readings by Klein High School drama students. UH professor Debbie Z. Harwell will give a talk on Wednesdays in Mississippi, a little-known civil rights project led by women for women. We'll host special storytimes for young ones and book discussions for adults.

In short, we invite you to help us celebrate the wide range of influences that African Americans have had on the nation's culture and history with a wide range of programs and special events. Below is a sampling of what we have in store.

NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict, the previously announced visit by author Robert Jacobus to Aldine Branch Library will not take place. His other appearances at Freeman, Evelyn Meador and Parker Williams branches will go on as scheduled. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

GED & ESL Distance Learning Programs @ HCPL

Harris County Public Library is partnering with Harris County Department of Education, Adult Education to present free distance learning programs for area residents who want to learn English or pursue their GED. English as a Second Language registration and orientation will be held at Parker Williams Branch Library and GED registration and orientation at North Channel Branch Library.

Distance education programs allow you to learn at your own pace and to work on any computer with an internet connection.

Book Hunters in Brief #108: The 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association announced the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners this week and Book Hunters salutes the winners and offers a few reading suggestions to go along with them.

If you and your young ones love Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, the winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, Book Hunters in Brief suggests:

You Asked For ‘em. You Got ‘em: Coming in January, 100+ New Titles for Flipster

Coming in January, Harris County Public Library will add over one hundred new titles to our popular Flipster digital magazine service. There will be something to pique everyone's interest. For businesspeople and investors, there will be: Forbes, Fortune, Business Week; for the outdoorsy type: Backpacker, Field & Stream, and Four Wheeler; for the health-conscious: Muscle & Fitness, Runner's World and Men's/Women's Health;  for fashionistas: Allure, Cosmopolitan and InStyle; for gearheads: Car & Driver, Road & Track and Hot Rod; for kids: Nickelodeon, Highlights and Zoobooks. You get the picture, there will be something new and exciting for everyone from crafters to savvy consumers, from budding pundits to DIYers!

Holiday Fun (and Solutions to Common Holiday Conundrums) @ Your Library

At Harris County Public Library, you can immerse yourself in holiday cheer if you so desire. Branches will be hosting parties, musical performances, puppet shows, family movies, special seasonal storytimes, crafts for all ages and more. But you can also escape the hustle and bustle of the season with a good book or favorite magazine in a comfortable chair. In fact, HCPL offers solutions to many common holiday conundrums:

Tomball Library ESL Student wins City-Wide Literacy Award

Tasnuva Rahman has been named the Houston Literacy Center's 2015-2016 Student of the Year.

The announcement was made on December 2nd. 

Tasnuva has been an ESL student studying with the Tomball Community Library's ESL program. Her tutor is Mr. John Mossbarger, who has worked diligently to ensure that Tasnuva and other ESL students in the program have been successful in achieving their goals of learning English as a Second Language.

Congratulations John and Tasnuva on this wonderful achievement!

 

Let Your Voices Be Heard! The Young Playwrights for Change Competition and Workshops for Grades 6 - 8.

If this world is ever going to change for the better (and even the most optimistic will admit there are things that need improvement), it is going to be young people who lead the way. Harris County Public Library is partnering with Houston’s “Theater for everyone,” Brave Little Company, and Young Audiences of Houston to give area middle schoolers an opportunity to have their voices for change heard in a new way.

Butterflies & Poetry for Citizenship Month

Some folks think of butterflies as dainty creatures. Butterflies are anything but dainty. Monarchs, for example, make a yearly round trip between southern Mexico and locales as far north as Maine & Minnesota. When you combine that kind of toughness, with their amazing transformation from caterpillars and their tremendous variety—some 20,000 species—Butterflies are the perfect symbol for the City of Houston’s Citizenship Month. This month-long initiative includes hundreds of activities around greater Houston to celebrate the area's tremendous diversity. 

Success! Catalog and Checkout Systems Upgrade Complete.

We are pleased to announce that the upgrades to our catalog and checkout systems have been completed on schedule. We are grateful for your patience and understanding over the last week.

Much of what is new is not visible to the customer, but there are a few features that we think you will love:

HCPL Introduces a New Kind of Library Card

If you do not already have a Harris County Public Library Card, our new iKnow Card will give you instant access to online content and services.

Harris County Commissioners Court has adopted a resolution designating September 2015 Library Card Sign Up and Literacy Month, and Harris County Public Library is marking the occasion by unveiling its new iKnow Digital Access Card. Starting September 1, county residents will, for the first time, be able to apply for and receive a library card completely online and gain immediate access to a wide range of digital content including streaming movies, eBooks, online research tools, even complete digital editions of popular magazines. The iKnow Card does not replace HCPL’s full service Knowledge Card which gives you access to all of HCPL's materials and services including all digital content. The iKnow Card is meant for new patrons who want immediate access to online services.

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