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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month @ HCPL

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, and Harris County Public Library is celebrating with a variety of programs for adults, teens, and kids. We'll have music ranging from Spanish classical to Tejano. We'll have food and crafts reflecting the kaleidoscopic diversity of Hispanic culture. We'll have movies and story times and, of course, we will celebrate the greatest gift of all: chocolate!

Below is a small sampling of Hispanic Heritage Month programs, check your branch's Events Calendar to see what else is happening near you.

Book Hunters in Brief #144: Banned Books Week 2016

Why do people ban books? Lots of reasons. But really, they all boil down to one reason: difference. Difference in opinion, in world view, in creed, in sexual orientation, and, yes, in views on race and ethnicity.

For Banned Book Week 2016, Book Hunters say celebrate the freedom to read by celebrating difference!

For Kids
George by Alex Gino
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter

Book Hunters in Brief #143: Hispanic Heritage Month 2016

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month and today, Book Hunters celebrates the occasion with some great titles for kids that are as entertaining as they are educational.

Power Up @ Your Library

Thursday, September 15 is Power Up @ Your Library Day in Texas, and Harris County Public Library, along with libraries across the state, is showcasing some of the ways libraries empower and energize individuals and communities beyond traditional library services by highlighting the wide range of programs you can--and will--find every day at HCPL branches: programs for people of all ages, programs that foster innovation and imagination, programs to help improve one's own life and programs to help you help others, and much more. If you can imagine it. You can find it at your library.

Book Hunters in Brief #142: Unusual Pet Memoirs

A show of hands. If you could give your pet the ability to talk, would you?

Remember this is the only being on earth who knows you eat ice cream straight out of the carton...

standing over the sink...

in your underwear...

for breakfast...

everyday...

and don't use a spoon.

Oh, and remember when you got so mad at Windows Vista, you threw your laptop across the room, then told everyone that the cat knocked it off your desk? Well, the cat knows what really happened, and probably isn't happy that you blamed your little temper tantrum on her.

Yeah. It's probably safer to do what these folks did, which is do the talking for your pet, or the writing as the case may be.

Get the Buzz on Books with HCPL and The Buzz Magazines

Harris County Public Library is excited to announce the launch of Book Buzz, our new collaboration with The Buzz Magazines. Book Buzz is a weekly blog where HCPL Librarians, along with those from Bellaire City and Houston Public libraries will share their expertise and their passion for reading.

This week, HCPL's Kathleen Green, Collection Development Manager - Youth Services, writes about the benefits of reading to children at bedtime, and, of course, recommends some classic and soon-to-be classic bedtime stories to send your littles one off to sleep.

September Is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Library lovers come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing they all have in common is that they remember getting their first library card and they remember knowing with a certainty they rarely felt before or since that it was a life-changing moment.

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and this week Book Hunters in Brief brings you books that are about that moment.

This October, Gulf Coast Reads The Train to Crystal City

October is just around the corner and for Harris County Public Library, and partner libraries, school districts,  universities and other organizations all over southeast Texas that means we are busy planning programs and booking presenters for Gulf Coast Reads 2016.

Now in its seventh year, Gulf Coast Reads is a reading initiative that encourages the reading and discussion of a selected title each October. It is meant to raise awareness of public libraries’ crucial role in building stronger, more connected communities and to remind readers just how fun it is share and talk over a great story.

Book Hunters in Brief #140: National Parks: Centennial Edition

As you have undoubtedly heard by now, this week is the centennial of our beloved National Parks. Celebrate the occasion with these great reads!

Book Hunters in Brief #139: Romance

You can still find plenty of people who look down their noses at people who read genre fiction, and particularly those who read romance, but, more and more these days, when they do, they find those same romance readers looking down their noses at them. Romance fiction's explosion in popularity has allowed writers and publishers to roll out a wildly diverse array of subgenres from chaste Amish romance to all manner of erotic romance.

This week, Book Hunters in Brief brings you a small sampling of some favorite romance fiction.

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

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