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All Harris County Public Library branches will close at 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 18 and will be closed Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21.


New Arrival: The Handmaid's Tale Graphic Novel

Spread from Handmaid's Tale Graphic NovelHere's a special treat for graphic novel fans and lovers of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale.  Copies of a new graphic adaptation of Margaret Atwood's masterpiece by Renée Nault will be hitting our shelves soon (but you can place a hold now).

On a related note, the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is presenting an Evening with Margaret Atwood at Jones Hall on Friday, April 5. If you’re interested in hearing her speak, SPA is offering HCPL cardholders 25% off admission with code: BOOKWORM

You Are Invited to Celebrate the Opening of HCPL's First George & Barbara Bush Family Place

Ribbon Cutting InvitationHarris County Public Library and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation (BBHLF) invite you to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the first George & Barbara Bush Family Place. The event will take place at Barbara Bush Branch Library on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here.

Spring Break Hours - March 11 - 17


Special Library Hours for Spring Break 2019

Monday, March 11 - Thursday, March 14 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM  
Friday, March 15 - Saturday, March 16 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  
Sunday, March 17 CLOSED  


LSC-Tomball, Tomball ISD and HCPL Partner on Tomball Community Art Showcase

Artists of all ages in the Tomball area now have a way to exhibit their creative work.  A new partnership comprised of Tomball ISD, Lone Star College-Tomball and the Harris County Public Library announced the launch of the Tomball Community Art Showcase.  The showcase will exhibit visual and performing artwork created by students from Tomball ISD, LSC-Tomball and by local artists from the Tomball area.

A grand opening celebration, which will be free and open to the public, is planned for Thursday, March 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the LSC-Tomball Community Library, which will also be the home for the Tomball Community Art Showcase.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Invites You to Civic Saturdays

Civic Saturday:
Children & Education


Register Now

Join Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo this Saturday, March 2 for Civic Saturday - Children & Education, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Julia C. Hester House. 2020 Solo St. Houston TX 77020.

Civic Saturday is an opportunity to connect with other county residents and community leaders around shared goals for topics ranging from early childhood development, to out-of-school time, to child welfare.    

Harris County Public Library will be on hand to talk with you about our existing services and ways we can better meet the community's needs. Other organizations attending are Texas Policy Lab, Collaborative for Children, First3Years, Out 2 Learn, and the Harris County Youth Collective.

The event is free and open to the public.

Harris County Attorney’s Office Information Series @ West University Branch Library

Harris County Attorney's sealPlease join us on Wednesday, February 20 as Assistant County Attorney Stan Clark introduces the Harris County Attorney's Office as part of our Harris County Attorney's Office Information Series.

The presentation will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at 11:30am in the West University Community Building located next door to the library at 6104 Auden St. We hope to see you there!

Celebrate African American History Month @ Your Library

Harris County Public Library invites you to celebrate African American History Month with us. All HCPL branches will be presenting programs that celebrate the contributions people of African ancestry have made and continue to make to this country. Programs range from discussions of books by African American authors to learning to play the ancient strategy game Mancala. You'll learn about astronauts, inventors, soldiers, scientists, performers and artists--the whole gamut of the African American experience.

Find out what's going on at all of libraries on our African American History Month Calendar

Precinct 2 Cares Food & Resource Fair and Other Help for Furloughed Government Employees

We all know there are a lot of people in the area affected by the shutdown. There are also a lot of folks who are doing what they can to make things a little better for them because that is just what we do here. We lend a hand whenever we see the need. Below is an admittedly incomplete list of resources for furloughed government employees.



Resources for Those Affected by the Government Shutdown

Precinct 2 Cares Food & Resource Fair presented by Commissioner Adrian Garcia in partnership with the Houston Food Bank.
Friday, Jan. 25. 10 AM - 12:30 PM
East Harris County Activity Center & Northeast Community Center

Precinct 4 Help4Hunger presented by Commissioner R. Jack Cagle in partnership with Houston Food Bank
Saturday, Feb. 2. 10 AM - 2 PM.
Mangum-Wowell Center
Registration required. Please call 713-274-4050, email, or visit to register. 

Houston Relief Hub
Information and links for ways to get help ranging from American Federation of Government Employees and financial services to food pantries and the Diaper Bank. 

CCISD Cares is a 501(c)3 support organization formed to assist Clear Creek ISD families with basic needs during times of crisis. 

Click2Houston: #HoustonStrong: These businesses are helping government workers during shutdown    

If your group or organization is offering assistance or services to those affected by the shutdown, we encourage you to add a comment below with details and links. Thanks.

Make Your 2019 Amazing at Maker Central

Harris County Public Library Maker Central is holding a FREE 3D printer orientation on Thursday, January 10, 3 - 4:30 PM at our HCPL Administrative Offices. So, if you have been thinking about unleashing your creative, innovative, inventive side in 2019, or are just curious about how 3D printing works, sign up now!

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