UPDATE: West University Branch Renovations

The holidays and severe weather across the country have delayed construction materials needed to complete safety and ADA compliance renovations at West University Branch Library. The City of West University Place is still optimistic that the library will reopen this spring.

Until then, you can continue to return HCPL materials and pick up holds at Bellaire City Library, or any other HCPL location.

#ReadersUnite @ HCPL

This month, Harris County Public Library and libraries across the country are encouraging Americans to share what they are currently reading through social media using the hashtag #ReadersUnite.

That hashtag really says everything you need to know about this project. Libraries are calling on readers to connect with one another through social media to share their passion for books. The hashtag also speaks to the fact reading has a unique power to unify people of different worldviews because it fosters understanding--of the world, of others and of oneself. No matter where we stand, we can all agree that a little more understanding and a little more unity might be just what we all need.

Volunteer to Make a Bigger Difference in 2017

Make one of your new year's resolutions to give back a little to your community; become one of Harris County Public Library's indispensable volunteers tutors!

You choose when, where and what you want to teach. We supply all the training, materials and space. No previous teaching experience necessary. All you need is a few hours per week and a desire to help your neighbors.

HCPL on KPFT's Whole Mother Show

Harris County Public Library's Youth Services Program & Outreach Librarian, Mary Sorhus, was on KPFT's The Whole Mother Show last Sunday. Mary talked with guest host Debbie Hull about the benefits of reading aloud with your child, and the many ways libraries and librarians are a busy mom's (or dad's) best resource for all things reading and beyond.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to a Grant from Better World Books, a Library Comes to Life in the Fifth Ward's Finnigan Park

Thanks to a literacy grant from Better World Books, Harris County Public Library was able to partner with Harris County Precinct 1's Finnigan Park to build a Living Library at their Youth Education Tower (YET) Center. Located in the 5th Ward, Finnigan Park’s YET Center serves as a safe, after-school space for elementary and middle school students from three neighborhood schools.

Read Local With Our Local Literary Festival & Market, Saturday at Maud Marks

     It’s the Holiday Season!  Maud Marks Library wants to help out with your last minute gift shopping.  Do you have a relative you just can’t think about what to buy them?  Do you have a child who would give anything for a new book?  We have you covered with our 3rd annual Local Literary Festival and Market on December 3 at 12:30-4:30.

Introducing Pronunciator, The New Language Learning Tool

We are delighted to announce that we have added Pronunciator, a new language-learning tool to our roster of online resources. Pronunciator features live tutors, movies, music lyrics and more to make learning fun and easy, as well as drills, quizzes, virtual coaching and other features to keep you on track.

ABCMouse Is in the House

If you want another reason to visit the library with your kids, here’s one: ABCMouse in the house! ABCMouse is an online service that offers over five thousand fun, interactive books, games, puzzles and more for children ages 2 - 7 years.
The makers of ABCMouse, Age of Learning, Inc., are now offering it free of charge for in library use to all Harris County Public Library customers.

It’s easy to get started. ABCMouse is installed on all library computers that kids can use. You just click on your child’s age, choose an avatar and go. But we suggest you create a free login that you can use whenever you visit the library. That way you can save your child’s progress and pick up right where you left off the next time you come in.

Kindle Your Fire for Reading: Check Out a Kindle Touch!

You’ve heard a lot about eBooks. You’re curious and wonder what all the fuss is about, but don’t really want to drop your hard-earned cash on a Kindle so you can find out. Now, you don’t have to. You can borrow a Kindle Touch from us to take home and try out. It’s simple; you check it out just like other library books. Yes. Really.

• You can find one in the catalog just like any other item. Search: kindle touch
• If your HCPL branch doesn’t have one on hand, you can request one online and pick it up when it arrives.
• You can use the Kindle to check out free eBooks from HCPL’s collection or download books available on Amazon.com
• You get to keep it for two weeks.
• All you need is an HCPL library card.

Success! HCPL Customers Checkout 1,000,000 eBooks in 2016 for Project Mill-E

Harris County Public Library is the first library system in Texas to circulate one million eBooks in a calendar year

Last January, we challenged you to checkout a million eBooks in 2016 and, in the process, make HCPL the first library system in Texas to circulate a million eBooks in a calendar year. Your response was overwhelming to put it mildly. We are delighted to announce that on Thursday, November 10, one of you put us over the top--with fifty days left in the year!  That is an average of 2,500 or so eBooks checked out every day.

All of us at HCPL want to congratulate everyone who helped us toward the goal, whether you checked out five eBooks or fifty or more, you made a difference.  We knew you were up to the task,  but we had no idea that you would embrace Project Mill-E with such gusto. Thank you all.

In the end, Project Mill-E is not about numbers or bragging rights, Edward Melton, Harris County Public Library’s Director.sees it as evidence of the continued transformation in the ways our customers access information and entertainment, and the necessity for the library to adapt to them, “HCPL and public libraries in general, are constantly evolving and changing to better meet the information needs of the community regardless of the format.”

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