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Kids & Teens! If You Completed Summer Reading, You Earned a Houston Dynamo Ticket!

HCPL Summer Reading Program partner, the Houston Dynamo is offering a free ticket with the purchase of a discounted adult ticket to any child or teen who completed all levels of HCPL's Summer Reading Program. The tickets are for the Saturday, September 9 match against the Colorado Rapids.

Eligible kids and teens must pick up their ticket vouchers from their library branch and call the phone number on the flyer by September 8..

This voucher and all SRP prizes can be picked up at your HCPL branch until Aug 19.

The Eclipse @ HCPL

One of the perks of living in the 21st century is that we know enough about how the solar system works that we do not need to worry much about the moon actually swallowing the sun during the upcoming solar eclipse. We can just sit back, strap on our certified safe eclipse-viewing glasses and enjoy the celestial show. In case you have not heard, on August 21, there will be a total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast. Here in the Houston area, we will not get the full monty, but it will still be pretty spectacular. It has been ninety-nine years since the last one. Several Harris County Public Library branches will be hosting viewing parties on Monday, August 21. Others have programs scheduled to get you ready for the big event. 

Thanks!

Another summer of reading and fun at Harris County Public Library has come to a close. Before we can catch our breath, we must thank all of our partners who helped make Summer Reading at HCPL a success. 

If You Are Up for a Challenge, You Can Earn Extra Points Toward your Summer Reading Goals

This summer, you have a new way to earn points toward your summer reading goals. Each week, we will offer you a new challenge inspired by the summer's theme, Build a Better World. 

Here's how:
1. Complete a Build a Better World Challenge listed below.
2. Log your reading as you normally would.
3. Click on the Activities button, then Discover and enter the completed challenge to earn 5 more points! Don't forget to use the appropriate hashtag to share your accomplishments with your fellow summer readers!

You can take up one, or all of the challenges. It's up to you. Feel free to jump ahead, or circle back to complete one you might have missed. 

Summer Reading 2017 Has Begun!

Harris County Public Library's Summer Reading Program is underway! This year's theme is “Build a Better World," and whether you choose to do that by learning about organic gardening, volunteering in your community, or simply by making your little corner of the world better by reading the books you have not had time for, it will help you build points toward cool, new incentives. 

We have made it easier than ever for you and your whole family to log your reading and activities, to write reviews of what you have read and find great recommendations for what to read next. Along the way, we will have challenges to help you earn more points.

Register
for Summer Reading
Now!

This summer, for the first time, everyone--babies, kids, teens and adults--who complete the program will get a book of their choosing as a prize. Also for the first time, all adults and teens who reach the point totals will be entered in drawings for a chance to win awesome prize packs that include tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival, a 3-month family membership to YMCA, a Kindle Fire and more!

Money Talks, But Do You Know What It's Saying? Financial Literacy @ HCPL for Houston Money Week

There are a lot of parents who dread having The Talk with their kids a lot less than they do talking to them about money. Why is that? Maybe it's because so many of us feel insecure about our own financial literacy. Harris County Public Library and the organizers of Houston Money Week (HMW) are here to say that there is no shame in admitting you don’t know everything, only in stumbling along pretending that you do.

Houston Money Week (HMW) is a community-wide financial education initiative that empowers families and individuals to be successful in making financial choices. HMW serves individuals, families, veterans and small business owners across the greater Houston area, offering free financial education events and raising awareness of community resources.

Don't Forget the Annual Friends of Library Meeting Monday, May 15!

Make plans to attend the Harris County Friends of the Library on Monday, May 15 at 10:00 AM. The meeting will be held at HCPL's new administration building located at 5749 South Loop East.(Map).

If you are currently a member of one of HCPL's branch friends' groups or would like to be one, you are encouraged to attend.

After a brief businees meeting, Harris County Public Library Director Edward Melton will report on the State of the Library, and Linda Stevens, Division Manager for Programs, Partnerships & Outreach will speak on the upcoming Summer Reading Program. There will also be a discussion of fundraising and ways to increase friends group membership, so bring your ideas.

An HCPL ESL Student Tells About Her Experience Learning English

Lives are changed in small and large ways every day at Harris County Public Library and libraries all over the world, Most of the time even we who work there don't see it. A student aces a chemistry test because she found a quiet place to study, a reluctant reader stumbles upon that book that fits like a second skin and begins a lifetime love of reading. A recently laid off oil worker brushes up on interview skills at a Workforce Solution program at his local branch and lands the job that turns into a career. So we were delighted recently when a student in one of HCPL's free ESL classes, Leonor Paez, wrote a lovely testimonial about her experience learning English and the many ways her volunteer tutor, Ann Sullivan, has helped her. Leonor has graciously allowed us to share her letter with you.

To learn more about HCPL's ESL and Adult Basic Education programs including how you can become a volunteer tutor, visit our Literacy & ELA page or call 713-274-6600.

 

 

 

Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars Needed. Free Training at South Houston Branch, Monday, March 6.

Democracy is not a spectator sport. Here's a great way for you to get in the game and to help your neighbors do the same: BakerRipley and the Harris County Tax Office are hosting a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training session at South Houston Branch Library on Monday, March 6 at 5:45 p.m.

As a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar, you will assist eligible voters to register to vote. You must be 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a Texas resident. Complete requirements

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