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Summer Reading is almost over!

It's hard to believe, but school is just around the corner.  And that means that the Harris County Summer Reading Program is drawing to a close.  August 7th is your last day to log  the number of books you've been reading all summer.  Don't wait.  Log today!

Have you gotten your required reading yet?

Hey teens-have you started your required summer reading yet?  The North Channel Library has the school reading lists for Channelview ISD, Galena Park ISD, and Sheldon ISD at the front desk.  Library copies are checking out fast so be sure to get your name on the list.  Don't wait as school is just around the corner!

Keep your pets safe and healthy!

Did you know that Harris County has a department devoted to keeping pets and people safe?  The Harris County Veterinary Public Health Division (HCPHES) can provide you with information about how to create a safe and healthy environment for animals and people.  The library has several informational brochures available on keeping your pets safe during hurricane season, how to approach animals you do not know, and more.   Also, check out our display on pet books.  Got a dog or cat?  Find out how to care for them.  Interested in acquiring a rabbit, ferret, or a basilisk?  We've got you covered.  Remember, a healthy pet is a happy pet!

Teen Program Mania!

Hey teens, are you bored?  Sitting at home with nothing to do?  Come to the North Channel Library this week for 3 different programs.  On Tuesday, June 15th @ 3pm we will be learning how to create our own tiny magazines called zines.  On Wednesday, June 16th @ 3pm, come and show off your Rock Band skills with our Wii Game Day.  And finally, join us on Thursday, June 17th @ 4pm to create your own magnetic poetry set.  And of course, don't forget to sign up for our Teen Summer Reading Program!

No storytime next week

Parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers-take note.  There will be no storytimes at the North Channel Library next week on Tuesday, June 15th and Thursday, June 17th.   But don't worry, we still have great programs for the family to enjoy!  Join us on Wednesday, June 16th as our children's staff and librarians from other branches perform our annual Library Variety Show.  There will be puppets, silly songs and skits to enjoy!  We'll have 2 showtimes on Wednesday, 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.  Please join us for the fun!

Summer Reading Program starts Friday!

School is almost out and that means it's almost time to registers for the 2010 Harris County Summer Reading Program.  Beginning this Friday, June 4th, registration will be available online at www.hcpl.net or here at the North Channel Library.  We have reading programs for everyone.  Children age 0-12 can "Catch the Reading Express" by logging either 10 books, 500 minutes of reading, or 500 pages read.  After reaching this level, come in to the library to collect your certificate of completion and free book.  Teens (12-18), did you know that "Within Arms Reach...The Future Is Yours?"  Read 5 books or complete 600 minutes (10 hours) of reading this summer for your certificate and book.  And adults (18+), we didn't forget about you!  "

Teen Volunteer Training

Jasmine helps out during SRP 2009!

The North Channel Library is holding two volunteer training sessions for teenagers who are interested in volunteering at the library this summer. Teens who need to earn volunteer time for National Honor Society or other service organizations can earn two hours of volunteer time by attending a Teen Summer Volunteer Training Session on
Saturday, May 22 from 11 am to 1 pm or Wednesday, June 9 from 12 pm to 2 pm. Volunteers must be 14 years or older. Volunteers help the library by shelving books, signing up customers for the library’s Summer Reading Program, and assisting with other programs as needed.  Any questions, just ask! 

Library Snapshot Day

Library Snapshot Day at North ChannelOn Tuesday, May 4, 2010, the North Channel Library participated in Library Snapshot Day. Acting in partnership with the Texas Library Association and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, all branches of the Harris County Library Systems chose one day from April 26th to May 7th to collect information and comments from their customers about why they love their library.  

Taste of Asia

It's that time of year again! The North Channel Branch Library is hosting our Taste of Asia program on Wednesday, Marcy 12 from 3 pm to 5 pm in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.  This program features a fun children's craft as well as a samplling of various Asian foods from Japan, Thailand, China and Korea.  Please join us!

Read your mind

The North Channel Library is happy to support Read Your Mind, a mental health literacy and awareness program of Mental Health America of Greater Houston, with a book display in the center of the library.  On this display, you can find a selection of the many titles North Channel has to help you understand mental health issues in addition to a very helpful reading list provided by Mental Health America of Greater Houston.  Remember, if you cannot find the book title you are interested in, please let a staff member know and we will be happy to request it for you.  Understanding issues in mental health brings wellness to your life.

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