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.

Passport Service Now at Four HCPL Branches

Late night talk show hosts make jokes about how slow the lines move at the DMV, but snails, tortoises and three-toed sloths make jokes about post office passport lines. Now you can avoid those long waits with a short trip to the library. Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel now offers monthly passport service at four Harris County Public Library branches.

Walk-ins are welcome, but you can call 713-755-1674 to make an appointment at any of the four HCPL locations.

With Project Mill-E, HCPL Aims to Circulate One Million eBooks in 2016 (and here is why it matters to you).

We at Harris County Public Library believe in setting goals, and we have set a lofty one for ourselves—or, more accurately, for you, our customers: we want to circulate one million eBooks and eAudiobooks from our OverDrive Digital Media Catalog in 2016.

Right now, you’re probably thinking, “That’s all well and good, but what’s in it for me?”

We’re glad you asked.

Senior Adult Digital Education, Construction Career Advancement and Robot Monkeys: TSLAC Grant-Funded Programs @ HCPL

Earlier this year, the Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) awarded grants to Harris County Public Library for three exciting projects that target specific populations that will provide them with new skills to increase their quality of life now and create better opportunities in the future.

HCPL Robotics and Coding for K - 12 aims to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and enhance digital literacy by giving participants hands-on experience building robot models and programming robots actions using graphics-based software.

OverDrive Introduces Digital Magazines to its Line-up

Harris County Public Library is now offering a second way to access digital editions of the latest magazines. OverDrive has now added periodicals to its already varied roster of formats (which includes eBooks & eAudiobooks). Just like on Flipster, our other digital magazine service, OverDrive's digital mags are not "lite" online versions. They are identical to the newsstand editions down to the last period.

What's more, when you download an OverDrive magazine to your iOS or Android device, you get to keep it as long as you want...as in forever...free of charge...no strings attached and no library fines…ever. How cool is that?

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.

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