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Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library Reopens Today! All HCPL Branches Are Now Open.

We are happy to announce that with today's reopening of Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library, all Harris County Branches are back to regular hours of operation.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch's Monday hours are 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

All in all, HCPL was very fortunate to escape the kind of damage so many of our neighbors suffered in the flooding last week. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all of those who are now coping with the aftermath.
 

Tax Forms and Assistance @ HCPL

If you are determined that 2016 will be the year you don’t wait until the last minute to file your federal income taxes (or even if you aren’t), Harris County Public Library will be here to help make the process as painless as we can.

But there have been some changes you need to know about, namely, that the IRS is providing a much more limited range of tax forms to libraries than in previous years. What this means is that HCPL branches will have on hand only the three basic forms: 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ.

Best Reads of 2014 Selected by Book Hunters

Are you looking for something good to read?  We're running a little late this year, but the HCPL Book Hunters have selected the best books they read in 2014.  For personalized book recommendations, fill out a Book Hunters profile today.

Pinterest Visit us on Pinterest for these titles and more.

Thank You For Being a Friend

This week (October 19 – 25) is the ninth annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. The Harris County Friends of the Library would like to thank all of the branch library Friends groups for their contributions of time and expertise to significantly enhance the services our library system offers. Raising funds to purchase materials to supplement the library's collection, buying special equipment and supplies, and funding special programs for all ages are just a few of the ways you support our libraries.

Libraries are the cornerstones of their communities providing opportunities for everyone to engage in the joy of life-long learning and connect with the thoughts and ideas of others from ages past to the present. We thank the Friends groups across the county for all they do to make our libraries and communities so much better.

THANK YOU!

Susan Greer
President
Harris County Friends of the Library

Book Hunters in Brief: Summer Reading Edition

BHiBHCPL's Summer Reading Fun 2014 starts Monday, June 2 and Book Hunters will be here to help make this a great summer of reading for you and the whole family. Just tell us what you like and we'll send you a list of reading recommendations. Let the R and R begin! (That's reading and relaxing, folks).

Here are few of our favorites in keeping with this year's science-related themes

What Will Hatch?  by Jennifer Ward (toddler)

Oh, No!, or How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett (picture book)

A Tooth is Loose by Lisa Trumbauer (early reader)

Shaping Up Summer by Lizann Flatt (juvenile nonfiction)

Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman (ya fiction)

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch by Lewis Dartnell (adult nonfiction)

Don't forget to register for Summer Reading Fun starting on Monday, June 2.

Best Reads of 2012 Selected by Book Hunters

Are you looking for something good to read?  The HCPL Book Hunters have selected the best books they read in 2012.  Selections include adult fiction and adult nonfiction; children's literature; and teen literature. For personalized book recommendations, fill out a Book Hunters profile today.

PinterestSeveral titles were picked by multiple book hunters; these are featured below.  Visit us on Pinterest for the complete selection of titles.

HCPL Book Hunters Receives 2012 Highsmith Library Award

Book Hunters AwardWe are very excited to announce that the  Book Hunters! Your Personal Reading Consultants is the public library recipient of the 2012 Highsmith Library Award from the Texas Library Association. eBranch Librarian Grace Lillevig and Linda Stevens, Coordinator of Marketing and Programming accepted the award of behalf of Harris County Public Library at the Second General Session at the TLA conference, in Houston on April 19, 2012.  The award is for “libraries that have implemented creative marketing projects and/or promotions to enhance their visibility within their service community.”  

The Book Hunters service offers personalized book recommendations based on the preferences listed by the reader.  Are you looking for something new to read?  Try it out today.

Congratulations to all of the Harris County Public Library Book Hunters

Website Facelift

The eBranch has been working on a facelift to the website for several months.  The facelift is now complete.  The changes include:

  • Navigation menus were reworked to be more compact.  In addition, clicking on a menu item takes you directly to the page.
  • Locations dropdown menu once again includes all branch locations for one-click access
  • Links to important content are reorganized, made more prominent
    Branch pages are more streamlined
  • Design is brighter, more graphics-based, less text
  • The outdated Spanish language section has been removed.  In its place is a Google translation option for Spanish, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

We  hope you enjoy the redesigned website.  We welcome any comments or questions you may have.

Preview Our Website's New Look!

We are giving HCPL.net a facelift! Click the image below for a larger preview. The aim of the facelift is to fix several issues with the website. The following changes address those issues:

  • Preview thumbnail imageNavigation menus are more compact
  • Menus are now clickable
  • Locations dropdown menu will once again include all branch locations
  • Links to important content are reorganized, more prominent
  • Branch pages are more streamlined
  • Design is brighter, more graphics-based, less text

The new design will launch in late March. If you have feedback, either comment below or send us feedback.

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