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Come one, come all to the Harris County Friends of the Library Annual Meeting


Harris County Public Library Adminstrative Offices (Map) March 23, 2018, 10:00 am

The agenda includes

  • ♦ The State of the Library Report and Harvey Recovery Update by Library Director Edward Melton
  • ♦ A presentation on the upcoming Summer Reading Program by Linda Stevens, Division Manager, Programs Partnerships and Outreach.
  • ♦ A discussion about increasing our Friends of the Library memberships, fundraising and other items of general interest.

All members of branch Friends groups are encouraged to attend, and anyone interested in the future of Harris County Public Library is welcome.

Join us and bring your ideas!

Harvey Restoration Progress Report, March 4 - 10, 2018


We know our Baldwin Boettcher Branch friends are hungry for details. County officials continue to work with FEMA to determine if it can be restored in the current location. We will keep you apprised of new developments. We, again, thank you for your patience.

In the meantime, Baldwin Boettcher Branch staff host a pop-up library every Monday 3:30 - 6:00 pm at the Cypress Trails United Methodist Church

Live Music, After Hours: Da Camera at Spring Branch Memorial Library

Harris County Public Library and Da Camera will be sending African American History Month 2018 out on a high note! 

On Wednesday, February 28, when Spring Branch Memorial Library closes for the evening, it will transform into live music performance space. In this one night only, after hours program presented by Da Camera, artist Sam Dinkins III will tell the stories of musical styles: Bembe', Spirituals, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Reggae and R & B through song and narration (and a splash of poetry).

Celebrate African American Achievement and Heritage with HCPL

NASA's Rocket Women group shotJoin Harris County Public Library in celebrating the contributions of African American scientists, inventors, artists, musicians and the ordinary people who have shaped the nation and its culture, as well as those who fought and continue to fight for justice. 

Below is a sampling of HCPL's African American History Month programs. For full listings, see our Events Calendar.

AARP Tax Aide Returns Feb. 1!

AARP's Tax Aide returns to ten Harris County Public Library locations starting February 1. 

Trained volunteer Tax Aides will offer free, friendly tax preparation assistance. No appointment necessary.


HCPL Tax Aide Schedule

LSC - Tomball Community Library Closes at 8PM, December 27 & 28

The library will close an hour early on December 27 & 28, and close at 5PM on Friday, December 29. We will be closed Saturday, December 30 - January 1.

Tried and True: HCPL's 2017 Top Ten Lists

top ten 2017 graphicJust when you think the world has become a little too predictable, the sky dumps Lake Michigan on you in the span of about 18 hours. That's when you decide that maybe that rut you were stuck in was kind of cozy and comforting in a way. 

This year's top ten most circulated novels at Harris County Public Library reflect that very human need for stabiliity. The list is chock full of familiar names like Grisham, Evanovich, Sparks and Baldacci (twice). These are writers who have consistently produced high quality work--not particularly groundbreaking perhaps, but it is consistently entertaining and immanently readable. However, there are a few surprises sprinkled into the lists because, when you come down to it, the only thing you can really count on is that humans are just as unpredictable as the world they live in. 

Just ask Astros fans.  

Galena Park Branch Library Will Close Monday, December 18, 2017

Repairs iconThe Galena Park Branch Library will be closed for repairs beginning Monday, December 18, 2017.

Jacinto City Branch Library and South Houston Branch Library are the nearest Harris County Public Library locations. They, and all other open HCPL branches, will be happy to assist you with all of your library needs.

December 18,
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Jacinto City
Branch Library

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this  closure may cause. HCPL is currently formulating plans to continue offering some library services to the people of Galena Park during the closure as we have done for our customers at the HCPL branches closed due to flood damage. Please, monitor this webpage and HCPL's Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates.

NOTE: Please do not use the Galena Park Book Drop. Harris County Materials can be returned to any other Harris County Public Library location. The nearest library branch is the Jacinto City Branch Library which is located at 921 Akron St., Houston, TX 77015. 
If you have already returned items into the Bookdrop, please let a Harris County Public Library employee know.

HCPL Receives ALA/Google Grant

Harris County Public Library is the only library in Texas to be part of the 2017 Libraries Ready to Code initiative.

The grant comes from the American Library Association and is sponsored by Google. With the funding, HCPL will work with twenty-eight other libraries across the country to design and implement computer coding programs for young people.

The grant-funded programs will address specific groups that are currently underrepresented in computer science careers: girls, residents of rural and low-income communities, as well as young people of color and those with disabilities.

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