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Book Hunters in Brief #80: Historical Fiction for the 4th of July

This being Houston, Texas, it's been hot since about Valentine's Day, but for me it's not really summer until the fireworks go up on the Fourth of July. That's when "It's too dang hot" becomes an acceptable excuse for avoiding any number of unpleasant chores, and doing any at all besides sipping tall cool drinks, your feet resting on a 20,000 BTU AC while you methodically work down through a big stack of books is not only ill-advised--it's very nearly insane.

Summer Reading @ HCPL: There's Still Plenty of Time...and Fun Left

We've arrived at the midpoint in HCPL's Summer Reading Program and we are taking a much-needed break for the Independence Day holiday. We will be back and raring to go on Monday. In the meantime, we are happy to present a Summer Reading adventure featuring some talented young people and staff from La Porte Community Library.

We also wanted to make sure you know that it's not too late to sign up for Summer Reading Fun! All you have to do is register and log your reading online. When you reach the goals for your age group, you will be automatically entered in drawings to win some very cool prizes. As an additional challenge, and In keeping with one of this summer's themes, "Reading is my Superpower," we have a special Hero's Quest for all ages. Complete the challenges on the game sheet and become eligible for even more prizes.

Starting July 1, Get Your Favorite Magazines on your Laptop or Tablet @ HCPL

A magazine subscription looks great on paper, then the issues start piling up on your coffee table week after week  until, in a fit of tidiness and guilt, you dump the whole lot, mostly unread, in the recycling bin. Sound familiar?

What if you could do away with paper entirely, but still get all the content of the print editions of your favorites, like People, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, and Essence? What if it didn’t cost you a cent?

Book Hunters in Brief #79: Harry Potter's First Publication Anniversary

A lot of us grew up with Harry Potter--literally. That was part J.K. Rowling's genius; her character's aged in a fairly good facsimile of real time right along with her target audience. Another part of her genius was not just the originality and charm of the world she imagined, but it's completeness. We stepped into the world of Harry Potter and it was both strange and oddly familiar--much like the world we live in--only more full of possibilities, more morally well-defined, more fun.

Book Hunters in Brief #78: Juneteenth

I would guess that over the years I have driven or been driven past the big pink brick house with the wrought iron balcony that sits at 24th and Broadway in Galveston nearly a thousand times, and If I ever knew that on a muggy day in June 1865 a Union General had stepped out on that balcony and by reading a terse snatch of text with the very prosaic title, "General Order No. 3" freed the slaves of Texas, I have long since forgotten it.

HCPL's Summer Reading Hero's Quest! Are You Up for the Challenge?

Where would Alice be if she didn't stumble down the rabbit hole? Where would Bilbo be without his long walk to visit Smaug?

Home. That’s where they would be..

IMPORTANT: Tomball and Cy-Fair Libraries CLOSED Tuesday, June 16

LSC - CyFair Branch Library and LSC - Tomball Community Library are closed Tuesday, June 16. As of this writing, all other HCPL branches will be open for regular business hours. Please monitor this site, our Twitter (@harriscountypl) or Facebook feeds for updates.

Book Hunters in Brief #77: Paper Towns

This week Book Hunters in Brief salutes a man with an eminently forgettable name and an uncanny ability to remember what it was like to be a young person in this big old world, John Green.

Book Hunters in Brief #76: Superheroes for Super Summer Reading!

The sun is out (for a change) and school is almost out. So, here at HCPL, our minds turn to Summer Reading 2015. We have programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, along with fun events at all our branches, cool incentives and drawings for some hot prizes for everyone who reaches the reading goals.

Summer Reading 2015 Registration Begins June 1!

Harris County Public Library is gearing up for another busy summer of reading and fun, and with programs for babies, children, teens and adults, the whole family can participate. It all kicks off June 1 and runs through August 8. Our branches have plenty of entertaining and educational programs to spark the imagination, and there are cool incentives to help everyone stay motivated to read all summer long!

It’s simple to participate, starting June 1, register online, then read and log your books or the amount of time you read. That’s it. Everyone who completes the program will be automatically entered into one of several drawings. We will be giving away three Kindle Fires, and awesome, age-appropriate LEGO sets for babies and kids. Visit the Summer Reading page for full details.

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