540,000 and Counting! Project Mill-E at the Midway Mark.

July 1 is the midpoint of the year and we thought it would be a good time to give you a progress report on Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016. In a word, the progress has been amazing! Since January 1, HCPL eBook readers have checked out 540,669 items (compared to a smidge over 397,000 for the same period last year—an increase of 36 percent). Any way you slice it, that is some serious eReading.

Read/Do 10: Read it. Do it. Log it.

There are lots of different ways besides reading to participate in Harris County Public Library's Summer Reading Program.

Book Hunters in Brief #129: Special Summer Reading Edition

This week Book Hunters offers some sporty books to get kids off to a fast start in their summer reading--after all, this year's theme is "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!"

Football With Dad by  Frank Berrios

Henry Holton takes the Ice by Sandra Bradley

Lucky Luis by Gary Soto ; illustrated by Rhode Montijo

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Losers Take All  by David Klass

 

Help Your Child Be School-ready with ReadyRosie

This service is free of charge to all families of Humble ISD students

ReadyRosie is an early education resource that uses the power of video modeling and mobile technology to help parents prepare their children to succeed in school. ReadyRosie features brief, fun videos in English and Spanish that help children learn problem solving and math skills, early literacy, essential life skills and lots of vocabulary.

Houston Food Bank Will Provide Nutritious, Free Lunches to Kids at 13 HCPL Branches this Summer

Harris County Public Library is proud to announce that thirteen HCPL branches will provide nutritious, free lunches to children in low income areas of Harris County through the Houston Food Bank’s Kids Café program. Only children 1 – 18 years are eligible. Meals and snacks are provided on a first come, first served basis. Supplies are limited, but will be adjusted depending on demand. See schedule below for days and times at the HCPL branch nearest you.

Summer Reading @ HCPL Starts June 6!

Harris County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off June 6 with new incentives & new ways to participate.

Harris County Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program has never been just about reading. Summer at HCPL is about reading and all the ways it helps you engage more fully with the world around you. With that in mind, for the first time, HCPL will offer incentives not only for what you read, but for what you do, as well.

Book Hunters in Brief #124: Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

In May, Book Hunters and Harris County Public Library are celebrating the contributions to our nation by Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. As you know, that name covers a lot of ground--not just geographically, but culturally as well. Book Hunters celebrates that diversity in its young adult reading suggestions, and HCPL branches celebrate it with a wide variety of programs from Hawaiian luaus to a Japanese sword demonstration and points in between.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at LSC-CyFair Library

fema disaster assistanceGet questions answered at the FEMA Center opening at 12:00pm on May 2 at the LSC-CyFair Branch Library in LRNC 131.

FEMA Hours:
• Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm
• Saturday, 9am-2pm
• Sunday, Closed

Please note that you can apply for FEMA assistance online or by phone. If you have recent flood damage not covered by insurance, contact DisasterAssistance.gov or call (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585.

Celebrate Día with HCPL

diaJoin us this week in honor of the 20th anniversary of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día.   Día is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Festivities this week at HCPL include hosting the play Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! adapted from the book by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez and presented by Brave Little Company.  

Chico Canta and his family invite you to make music, put on plays, and speak many languages inside the walls of the old theater where they live.

chico cantaMon. Apr. 25 @ 4:30 PM - High Meadows Branch Library

Wed. Apr. 27 @ 5:00 PM - Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library

Thurs. Apr. 28 @ 4:30 PM - North Channel Branch Library

Fri. Apr. 29 @ 1:00 PM - Maud Marks Branch Library

All HCPL programs are free and open to the public.  For more information, please call 713-274-6600.

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