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It's Been a Long Road Back. Now It's Time to Celebrate!

Join us for Kingwood Branch Library's Re-opening Celebration!

Wednesday, June 27. 4PM

Speakers will include Commissioner Precinct 4 R. Jack Cagle, Houston District E City Councilmember Dave Martin, Friends of the Library - Kingwood (FOLK) President Carolyn Humphrey and Harris County Public Library Director Edward Melton. Kingwood Park Drumline will provide music.

Come tour the beautifully restored Kingwood Branch Library and celebrate the library's return, the people who made it possible and the community's resilience.

Join us to Celebrate Barbara Bush Branch Library's Re-opening and the People Who Made it Possible

Please join us to celebrate Barbara Bush Branch Library's re-opening and help us say thank you to the people who made it possible.

Speakers will include Barbara Thomason, Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce, Rev. Bruce Frogge; Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle; Julie Baker Finch Ph.D, Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation; Edward Melton, Harris County Public Library Director.

Students from the Zuniga School of Music will perform.

Where:
Barbara
Bush
Branch
Library

When:
Friday,
June 22, 10AM

Stop by and check out all of the renovations made to the first floor and the revamping of the second floor. See familiar faces and lots of new materials. You can also sign up for our free Summer Reading Program or get a library card! We've missed you and look forward to celebrating with everyone again!

Event is free and open to the public. Programs and services are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliant. Special accommodations can be requested in advance by contacting the library.

It's Finally Appening: New Summer Reading App Now Available

Beanstack Tracker IconWe’re happy to report that you can keep track of your summer reading a lot easier now. Beanstack Tracker has been upgraded. The bugs are gone and there are new cool features to boot. The app is free and available for Apple and Android phones. 

The app features a barcode scanner, reading session timer, stat tracker, and for all the busycaregivers, convenient family accounts. Beanstack has made the app more user-friendly and reading badges are now included! They pop up whenever you reach a reading milestone. You can find them in Highlights feature under Achievements. Badges will now pop up when readers reach a milestone, and there is a separate section where readers can find all of their earned badges and prizes.

It’s fast and easy.
Sign up for HCPL’s Summer Reading Program if you haven’t already.
Download Beanstack Tracker from the Apple App Store or Android Market.
Sign in on your phone.

NOTE: If you already have the old version installed, delete it and download the new one. You will be happy you did.

(Re)Opening Day

Rock On With Reading @ Your Library This Summer

HCPL’s Summer Reading theme this year is “Libraries Rock!” and whether your jam is reading, coding class, art camp, robotics or, of course, music you will earn points toward cool incentives and prize drawings. We’ll even have a reading playlist to keep you rockin’ all summer long!

HCPL Summer Reading runs June 4 – August 4. There will be plenty of programs to spark the imagination and boost creativity at all HCPL branches.  The Curiosity Cruiser and library staff will also be spreading summer reading fun throughout Harris County communities.

 

Reading for Glory: The 2nd Annual Tournament of Books Is Huge Success!

Harris County Public Library held the 2nd Annual Tournament of Books on Saturday in which teams of local high school students tested their knowledge of a set of fourteen books compiled by HCPL literacy staff. Saturday's teams were the winners of preliminary competitions to determine the team that would represent each of the eight participating schools.

The tournament consists of two parts. The first is a short answer Jeopardy-style round that tests competitors' factual knowledge of the books they read. The top three finishers advance to the championship round which consists of long form answers in which participants' interpretive, critical thinking and communication skills are showcased. 

Harvey Restoration: Week of Feb. 11 - 17

Work is moving along. Here is this week's progress report.

Our Friends in Action

Harris County Friends of the Library is a 501c3 charitable organization comprised of members from HCPL branch friends organizations and library supporters at large. Here is a round up of HCFOL's recent activities.

HCFOL Awards Two ScholarshipsAmanda Hickey
The Friends recently awarded two $500 scholarships to Harris County Public Library staff members who are pursuing graduate degrees in Library and Information Science. The recipients of the scholarships are Amanda Hickey, Children's Specialist at Lone Star College - Tomball Community Library (top) and Namila Tolle, Library Specialist at West University Branch Library (bottom). 

HCFOL Awards Mini-Grants to Member Friends Groups
In celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week, the Harris County Friends of the Library Namila Tolleawarded sixteen $150 mini-grants to member Friends groups to use as they see fit to support their libraries. The mini-grants recognize the Friends' contributions of time and expertise  that enhance programs and services at HCPL libraries.

Below are a few of the projects funded with the mini-grants:
LaPorte - supplies to produce Thermochromic Slime
Parker Williams - mini-drones for Teen Summer Reading Program drone races
Evelyn Meador - materials in support of volunteer ESL tutors
Spring Branch - a Bare Conductive Touch Board Starter Kit to be used in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) programs for kids & teens.
Fairbanks - a canopy to use at outreach activities

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