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No Library Card? No Problem

With Harris County Public Library’s New OverDrive Instant Digital Card, all you need is a cell phone number.

No Library Card? No Problem.Early In 2016, Harris County Public Library set about to prove that once readers saw just how easy downloading ebooks and audiobooks can be, even some of the most diehard print book partisans see that ebooks have a place in one's reading arsenal. After a lot of grassroots and online promotion, HCPL became the first library in the state of Texas to circulate one million ebooks in a calendar year.

Convenience is the Key
Harris County Public Library and digital content provider Overdrive are taking convenience a step further for those who still might be unaware of the library’s ever-growing digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks and streaming video.

Starting today, August 1, 2019, you can browse and borrow from Harris County Public Library’s digital collection using your mobile device even if you do not currently have a library card. You will be prompted to sign up for an instant digital card using your cell phone number.

Main Street Theater presents The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful & Her Dog

Limited Engagement! Only two performances! 

Spring Branch Memorial Library - Monday, July 29, 4 - 5:00 PM
Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library - Wednesday, July 31, 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Doctor Wonderful and her dogThere are no puzzles in space, right? Wrong! Space is one giant puzzle waiting to be put together by physicists, astronomers, and a brainy girl who goes by the name Dr. Wonderful.

Fly through the solar system with Dr. Wonderful and her amazing adventure team of Newton (the dog) and Ben (the human) in this all-new musical! Saving a super star from disappearing is no small task, especially when the star is 1.3 million times the size of Earth and 93 million miles away. But when Dr. Wonderful receives the call, her team leaps into action from their laboratory/bedroom into outer space. With a couple of butterscotch candies and a rock song from Mom in the mix, the mystery solvers are amazed by their final discovery. Girl-detective-noir meets science-geek-chic in this super cool astronomical event!

For age 6 and up. Admission is FREE.

Main Street Theater presents The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful & Her Dog

 

Join us for this special performance Wednesday, July 31, 2:30 - 3:30 PM.

 

Dr. Wonderful and her DogThere are no puzzles in space, right? Wrong! Space is one giant puzzle waiting to be put together by physicists, astronomers, and a brainy girl who goes by the name Dr. Wonderful.

Fly through the solar system with Dr. Wonderful and her amazing adventure team of Newton (the dog) and Ben (the human) in this all-new musical! Saving a super star from disappearing is no small task, especially when the star is 1.3 million times the size of Earth and 93 million miles away. But when Dr. Wonderful receives the call, her team leaps into action from their laboratory/bedroom into outer space. With a couple of butterscotch candies and a rock song from Mom in the mix, the mystery solvers are amazed by their final discovery. Girl-detective-noir meets science-geek-chic in this super cool astronomical event!

For age 6 and up. Admission is FREE.

Main Street Theater presents The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful & Her Dog

Join us for this special production July 29, 4 - 5:00 PM

There are no puzzles in space, right? Wrong! Space is one giant puzzle waiting to be put together by physicists, astronomers, and a brainy girl who goes by the name Dr. Wonderful.

Fly through the solar system with Dr. Wonderful and her amazing adventure team of Newton (the dog) and Ben (the human) in this all-new musical! Saving a super star from disappearing is no small task, especially when the star is 1.3 million times the size of Earth and 93 million miles away. But when Dr. Wonderful receives the call, her team leaps into action from their laboratory/bedroom into outer space. With a couple of butterscotch candies and a rock song from Mom in the mix, the mystery solvers are amazed by their final discovery. Girl-detective-noir meets science-geek-chic in this super cool astronomical event! For age 6 and up.

Admission is free.

August 7 Is Harris County Friends of the Library Day at Carrabba's Italian Grill

On Wednesday, August 7, enjoy great Italian food and support Harris County Friends of the Library at the same time!

Margheria pizza on wooden paddleCarrabba's Italian Grill locations across Harris County will donate 20% of proceeds from their Harris County locations to the Harris County Friends of the Library (HCFOL) for one whole day!

In order for HCFOL to get the 20%, customers MUST say they are making the purchase in support of the Harris County Public Library, or bring in one of these promotional flyers (print). This offer is only good on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, from open to close at participating Harris County Carrabba's Italian Grill locations. 

 

Summer Reading Challenges: Explore New Universes and Earn More Points

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As you know, Harris County Public Library Summer Reading Program's theme this year is a Universe of Stories, and we want to encourage you to explore that universe--maybe even step outside of your reading comfort zone and discover new worlds, authors, genres, peoples and places. One way we are doing that is by offering weekly Summer Reading Challenges.

Take any, all or none of the challenges. It's totally up to you, but if you do a challenge, you can get more points toward your summer reading goals and prizes (See ProTip below).

Want to take up the challenge, but don't know where to start? For each weekly Summer Reading Challenge, we offer a collection for you to chose from on OverDrive. Just browse, choose, and download to your smartphone, tablet or computer, or visit any of our 26 branch locations and ask one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members for recommendations.

 

Streaming Video @ HCPL

Update: Kanopy Service Extended for Six Weeks

We are happy to announce that Kanopy streaming video service has been extended for six weeks. During that time, Kanopy and Harris County Public Library will explore the possibility of longer-term continuation of the service.

Kanopy offers a wide range of independent films, critically acclaimed documentaries and classic cinema from the renowned Criterion Collection, as well as access to the Great Courses catalog. 

Getting started with Kanopy

Overdrive Streaming Video @ HCPL

Recently, we have been beefing up our selection of streaming videos in Overdrive These videos are available to stream via the Overdrive app or on your browser. Several PBS documentaries such as Ken Burns’ The War, The National Parks and The Roosevelts, are available 24/7. Also on offer are several Great Courses, workout videos, and a variety of award-winning and popular films from around the world.

Femme Fatales...Hardboiled Detectives... Red Hot Houston Noir Coming to your Library

Calling all mystery writers and noir aficionados for a rare opportunity

Femme Fatales...Hardboiled Detectives... Red Hot Houston Noir Coming to your Library

Prepare to be chilled by the darkest stories Houston authors have to offer as Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library presents Houston Noir, an interactive author event on Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 PM

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, each set in a single city, with the long-awaited Houston Noir, released in May 2019.

Femme Fatales...Hardboiled Detectives... Red Hot Houston Noir Coming to your Library

Prepare to be chilled by the darkest stories Houston authors have to offer as LSC - CyFair Branch Library presents Houston Noir, an interactive author event on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 PM.

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, each set in a single city, with the long-awaited Houston Noir, released in May 2019.

This collection boasts 3 HOUSTON POET LAUREATES among its creators, two of whom will present this interactive reading event at the library.

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