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Book Hunters in Brief #120: Children's Poetry for National Poetry Month

Not only is it a fairly inarguable fact that children and young adults write the best poetry, they are also--for many of the same reasons--the best readers of poetry. In both cases, their abilities have to do with an intuitive sense of possibilities: in language, in imagination, in life and the world around them. It is also a fairly inarguable fact that the world would be a better, or at least more interesting, place if more of us could carry a child's poetic sensibility into adulthood. We just don't, for many, probably valid, reasons. Heck, most kids who grow up to be poets can't even manage it.

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Passport Service Now at Four HCPL Branches

Late night talk show hosts make jokes about how slow the lines move at the DMV, but snails, tortoises and three-toed sloths make jokes about post office passport lines. Now you can avoid those long waits with a short trip to the library. Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel now offers monthly passport service at four Harris County Public Library branches.

Walk-ins are welcome, but you can call 713-755-1674 to make an appointment at any of the four HCPL locations.

Book Hunters in Brief #119: You Never Know What You'll Find at the Library

This week Book Hunters in Brief celebrates the surprises,both large and small, that any given visit to your library may provide.

Here are a few old and new titles that we just couldn't believe we missed.

Houston Money Week @ HCPL

When most people think of literacy, they think of the ability to read and write, but there are many kinds of literacy (digital, information, wellness, to name a few) and all of them are crucial to success in life. One of the most important, and most neglected, is financial literacy. We're not just talking about the ability to make change and write a check. We're talking about avoiding the countless pitfalls and meeting the many challenges that stand between you and financial well-being. Houston Money Week is an annual financial education initiative that aims to help people of all ages to do just that.

With Project Mill-E, HCPL Aims to Circulate One Million eBooks in 2016 (and here is why it matters to you).

We at Harris County Public Library believe in setting goals, and we have set a lofty one for ourselves—or, more accurately, for you, our customers: we want to circulate one million eBooks and eAudiobooks from our OverDrive Digital Media Catalog in 2016.

Right now, you’re probably thinking, “That’s all well and good, but what’s in it for me?”

We’re glad you asked.

Book Hunters in Brief #118: Great Escapes!

There are lots of different kinds of escapes: dramatic escapes from burning buildings, weekend escapes to romantic hideaways, prison breaks, running away to join the circus, narrow escapes, Ford Escapes, to name just a few. Then, there is the kind of escape you get from a great book.

If You Own An Older Kindle. Read This Now.

Owners of older Kindles [1st edition Paperwhites (ca. 2012) or older], must update the software by today, March 22 or else lose internet access and the ability to download materials to the device. Here is a link to Amazon's Help & Support page with full details and models affected.

Harris County Friends of the Library Annual Meeting, Friday, April 1, 2016

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Harris County Friends of the Library (HCFOL) will be held on Friday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. at HCPL's Administrative Offices located at 9220 Kirby Drive in the NRG Stadium-area. The Harris County Friends of the Library is the umbrella organization made up of the members of the 26 individual branch Friends groups, and the annual meeting is a chance for all of our friends from all over the county to come together. All current members of branch friends groups are encouraged to attend.

Book Hunters in Brief #117: The Little Prince

Book Hunters planned this post several weeks ago to coincide with the release of the movie adaptation of The Little Prince. Then, scarcely a week before it was due to hit the theaters, Paramount dropped it like it was something slimy. Evidently, Netflix is less queasy about such things because they picked it up and plan to release it...at some point.

Until then, try some of these specially selected reads.

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