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Stay Safe, Keep Cool @ HCPL

I was going to make a joke about the heat, but it's just too hot for anything that strenuous, and besides, weather like we've been having (and will be having for the foreseeable future) is serious business, and can be dangerous, especially to those whose bodies may be more vulnerable to its effects: the very young, seniors and those who are ill. Harris County Public Library asks that you take a little time to check on your neighbors who might be at risk, lend a helping hand if needed, and always keep in mind that HCPL branches are great places to beat the heat.

Book Hunters in Brief #82: Pluto!

Pluto was my favorite planet even before it was demoted to a planetoid by some heartless poindexter with an ax to grind. I mean, the ninth planet always seemed like my kind of place: cold and dark, with very little in the way of tourism and telemarketing. The fact that it is by all accounts completely devoid of Kardashians is, for me, just icing on that little ball of ice. Pluto's downgrade just solidified my affections. It's not often a person like me can relate to a heavenly body of any sort, but when Pluto was kicked off the team because it was too small, too slow, and not good-looking enough. I, like a lot of people, knew exactly how it felt.

DC Comics Come to Hoopla!

This summer, libraries across the country, including Harris County Public Library, have been celebrating heroes and their stories. Now, Hoopla, our free streaming movie, music and more service, has added DC and Vertigo Comics to its collection, giving you digital access to some of your favorite superheroes--Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash to name just a few. With Hoopla's free app and your HCPL library card, you can download great graphic novels straight to your PC, tablet or smartphone: The Dark Knight Returns, Neil Gaiman's Sandman and the Fables series. Younger readers will find My Little Pony, Madagascar's Penguins, and Tiny Titans, among many others.

As with all of Hoopla's content, you never have to wait copy to become available. You get instant access 24/7.

Book Hunters in Brief #81: Jurassic Reads!

Humans weren't around during the heyday of the dinosaurs, and it's a good thing, too--for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is the fact that our  fast tracked evolutionary progress would have, in all likelihood, come to the proverbial screeching halt had our species represented the equivalent of the giant economy-size bag of potato chips for the various giant economy-size carnivores roaming about.

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..

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