Lifelong Learning 2011-2012
HCPL offers instructional programming for all ages; from children learning to read through Seniors bridging the digital divide.
Many HCPL branches have established special Early Literacy areas to support the development of pre-reading and language skills in our very youngest customers. These centers offer dedicated computer stations and specially designed toys and furnishings to supplement baby and lapsit storytimes. Our latest Early Literacy area is at the North Channel Branch Library, sponsored by a grant from the North Shore Rotary Club.
Reading is Fundamental is a program produced with Harris County Department of Education. Our staff visits Head Start locations throughout Harris County and provides storytelling and other reading-based activities, as well as allowing the children to pick out books for their personal home libraries.
Art Camp is provided in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This weeklong camp offered at eight of our branches each year develops fine art appreciation and creativity for children ages six to twelve and their families. In addition to the daily learning sessions with an area artist, the families travel to the MFAH to enhance the Art Camp experience.
Computer classes are offered on a variety of topics throughout HCPL, in both English and Spanish. Classes cater to the needs of the community; everyone from the technophobe to the savvy socially networked can learn something new. We’ve had an increased focus on educating the public about digital devices and eContent, as tablets and eReaders have become more and more popular.
Job search seminars have proven to be one of the year’s most highly demanded services. The library partners with Workforce Solutions to help job seekers overcome employment barriers. Our customers learn how to improve their resumes, the importance of networking and effective interviewing techniques.
Our literacy and English as a Second Language programs help adults with the basic reading and writing and/or spoken English skills they need to reach work, family and personal goals. Our branches provide a place where tutors and students from a variety of cultural and educational backgrounds can meet to share what they have learned.