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Book Hunters in Brief #58: Cliffhangers

In some venues--network television, for instance--we have grown to expect a season-ending cliffhanger. I mean, a lot of us still don't know who shot J.R., but we do know that half the world tuned in to find out. Then there are the cliffhangers we don't expect--the ones that leave jagged little holes in our lives that only one thing can fill, and we just have to wait (and wait and wait) until that no good, sadistic little...er...ahem...until the author puts out the next installment making our souls whole again.

This week Book Hunters offers some reads guaranteed to leave you hanging. You've been warned.

The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Come Celebrate LSC - Tomball Community Library's 10th Anniversary!

Come celebrate Lone Star College - Tomball Community Library's 10th anniversary as a thriving partnership between Harris County Public Library and the Lone Star College System on Saturday, January 31 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Come dressed as your favorite book character and enter our costume contest! There will also be face-painting, a magic show, and 3D printer demonstrations. So make plans to bring the whole family to help us celebrate the library and the community that makes it great.

Tax Forms and Assistance @ HCPL

If you are determined that 2015 will be the year you don’t wait until the last minute to file your federal income taxes (or even if you aren’t), Harris County Public Library will be here to help make the process as painless as we can.

But there have been some changes you need to know about, namely, that the IRS is providing a much more limited range of tax forms to libraries than in previous years. What this means is that HCPL branches will have on hand only the three basic forms: 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ.

Book Hunters in Brief #57: Celebrate the Life and Works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19 is the day set aside to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We celebrate him, in part, because he was one of those rarest of individuals: a courageous man of action who knew that, in the end, the power of his words was his best weapon against injustice. Those words did the near impossible; they spurred others to action--action, it must be remembered, that entailed great personal risk for those who chose to undertake it. Such was the power of his gifts that he gave others courage and resolve they might otherwise have lacked. And his words, nearly 50 years after his assassination, still have the power to change the world. What better way to celebrate Dr. King's life and works than to read those words. Below are several suggestions from Book Hunters.

Book Hunters in Brief #54: Unbroken

Remember that time you shushed those guys who were making all that noise during the movie when no one else was brave enough? Remember how heroic you felt? Well, Louis Zamperini, the real life hero of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken did that, too--only it wasn't just a couple of loudmouths at the multiplex, it was the whole of Nazi Germany, and a bunch of sadistic P.O.W. camp guards. Louis Zamperini pretty much told Mr. Death himself to sit down and shut up.

Book Hunters in Brief #53: The Hobbit

So the much anticipated premier of the third installment of the Hobbit movie trilogy has come and gone and left you wandering in circles. Book Hunters have some reading suggestions that may just get you back on track. 

NASA's ISS Exhibit Makes Final Stop at Freeman, Dec. 19 - Jan. 9

Over the last six months, NASA's International Space Station Exhibit has been orbiting the Harris County Public Library System. Today, through January 9, it makes its final HCPL stop at Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Peggy Carruthers and her team at NASA for coordinating the program and giving us the chance to bring it to so many of our customers. 

Book Hunters in Brief #52: Winter is Coming.

Winter is coming.

But this being the Texas Gulf Coast, winter is an intermittent proposition. This week HCPL's award-winning Book Hunters offer some books that will put a little nip in the air--even if it is only fictional.

Hoopla! New Streaming Media Service Debuts December 15!

hoopla @ hcpl graphicWhat’s in a name? Sometimes, not much, but when it comes to Hoopla, the new digital media service we launched December 15, we think the product lives up to its moniker. This great addition to our roster of digital services offers streaming movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks, but what is most exciting is that every single one of the hundreds of thousands of  items in Hoopla is always available. That’s right: with Hoopla, there is no waiting in line for that Hollywood blockbuster you're dying to see or the new release from your favorite recording artist. No waiting for a copy to become available—ever

Book Hunters in Brief #51: Star Wars

As you undoubtedly noticed, the Star Wars, Episode VII trailer was greeted with the kind of squealing and pandemonium usually reserved for asteroids on a collision course with earth.

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