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Harvey Recovery Fair

Harvey Recovery Fair

Public Invited to Harvey Recovery Fair

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management invites residents affected by Hurricane Harvey to a recovery fair this weekend.

WHAT:       Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fair
WHEN:      Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24
                  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE:    Houston Community College – Northeast, Art Hub Gallery
                  555 Community College Drive
                  Houston, Texas 77013

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Houston Asian American Archive Presentation

Dr. Anne S. Chao will give a presentation entitled, "The Houston Asian American Archive at Rice University: Stories of Heartache and Hope." Founded in 2009, the HAAA houses oral histories, letters, diaries, photographs, newspapers and other records that illustrate the Asian-American experience in Houston. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

We hope to see you there!

When: May 18, 2017 10:00 AM

Where: Senior Services, 6104 Auden, next to the West University Branch Library

Galena Park High School's Cold Panic! Fallout! Wins The 2017 Tournament of Books

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Harris County Public Library was able to pilot The Tournament of Books, a literacy competition for high school students designed to develop and encourage a love of reading. 

The competition kicked off last October at four partnering high schools: Clear Lake High School, Galena Park High School, Humble High School / Quest Early College High School, and Memorial High School. Students at those schools, led by their school librarians, formed teams of 3 to 5 students. They then worked together to read all 20 books on a designated list of diverse Young Adult books. 

Financial Planning for Adults of All Ages

Christopher J. Maurer, attorney and Certified Financial Planner, will give a free presentation on general financial planning strategies for different stages of adulthood. It's never too late or too early to plan!

When: Monday, April 24, 2017 10:00 AM
Where: Senior Services, 6104 Auden, next to the West University Branch Library
 

Checking Back in with The Living Library at Finnigan Park’s YET Center

The Living Library continues to be a welcoming and lively space for young readers at Finnigan Park’s Youth Education Tower (YET) Center. The support and encouragement of Calvin Williams, the Director of the YET Center, and Ariel Goree, a dedicated staff member, have been invaluable and integral to the library’s success.

In addition to supporting the Book Buddies program, the Living Library has also expanded its open reading hours in response to the kids’ feedback. Anjela Martinez, our new Programs and Outreach Specialist, visits twice a week to open the Living Library for any young reader who wants to cozy up with a book, check out and play with an educational eReader, or listen to narration as they follow along with a text by using one of the bookpacks.

Give a Neighbor a Hand. Become a Volunteer Tutor

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.

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.

Make a Big Difference in a Child's Life. Be a Book Buddy.

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you want to make a difference in a child's life? Then volunteer for HCPL's Book Buddies!

Book Buddies is a free program that brings children and volunteers (adults or teens) together to share the joy of reading. It pairs trained volunteers (Big Buddies) with children in Kindergarten through 3rd grades (Little Buddies). For 12 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.

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