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The State of Health Houston & Harris County Report

When we think about health, we usually think about it on a personal level. We don’t often consider that our health and that of our neighbors constitutes a public policy issue, but the fact is a sizeable slice of any level of government’s revenue goes into promoting and protecting the health of its constituents. From immunization programs to restaurant inspectors looking for slime in ice machines, your tax dollars are directly involved in the health and well-being of your community.

The Harris County Health Care Alliance including Harris County Public Health and Environment Services, and many other county and city agencies has compiled the State of Health Houston & Harris County Report 2015 - 2016

Book Hunters in Brief #64: Teen Tech Week 2015

March 8 - 14 is Teen Tech Week and this year's theme is "Libraries Are For Making," Harris County Public Library's Book Hunters have some suggestions to spark your creativity.

Teen Tech Week 2015: Libraries Are For Making!

This week, March 8 – 14, is Teen Tech Week 2015. This year’s theme is “Libraries are for Making!” and Harris County Public Library is highlighting all the ways that we can spark your creativity, with lots of tech-based programs from 3D printer demonstrations to basic coding and TinkerCAD workshops. You’ll learn about geocaching, the physics behind rocketry, even how to take a better selfie. 

Calling All Teen Poets, Rappers & Writers! Space City Poetry Slam! Saturday @ Barbara Bush Branch Library

Teen poets, writers and rappers! It’s time to step up and stand out at the WITS Space City Slam, Saturday, March 7, 2:00 PM at Barbara Bush Branch Library.

The slam is free and open to all teens between 13 and 19 years. No registration is necessary. Just bring your best poetry and bring it at the mic.

Saturday's event is the third of ten first-round slams to held across the Greater Houston Area. Saturday's winners  will move on to the semifinal round to compete for a spot in the final Space City Grand Slam in April at Discovery Green. The six winners of the Grand Slam will join the Meta-Four Houston performance poetry team at the Brave New Voices Festival this July in Atlanta.

Book Hunters in Brief #63: The Book Hunters Go Texan!

It’s that time of year again! Time for the greenest of greenhorns and the grizzliest of grizzled cowpokes to don their very best duds and scoot their boots over to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In the spirit of the season, Harris County Public Library's  Book Hunters have rustled up some rootin’ tootin’ reads to put you in the mood for barbecue and funnel cake.

Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett 

Rodeo Queen by Marci Peschke

The Fat Stock Stampede at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo by Dotti Enderle

Chasing the Rodeo: on Wild Rides and Big Dreams, Broken Hearts and Broken Bones, and One Man's Search for the West by W.K. Stratton

Get a Big Schloppity Dollop of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America @ HCPL

Here at Harris County Public Library, the truffula trees are in full bloom, and the wumbuses are feeling a tad ga-fluppted which can mean only one thing: Read Across America is not far off.

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness initiative held on March 2, which--not coincidentally--is the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss. What better way to celebrate the fun of reading than with a big schloppity dollop of Seuss’ brilliantly common sense nonsense.

Book Hunters in Brief #62: Chinese New Year

This week, HCPL's award-winning Book Hunters ring in the Chinese New Year with some great books for kids! 

The Great Race: The Story of the Chines Zodiac by Dawn Casey

Phillip Levine (1928 - 2015)

The poet Phillip Levine passed away on Sunday. The obituaries you may or may not read are going to focus on his reputation as a poet who wrote about the working class, or more accurately, about the actual work of those we lump under that term. And he was, no doubt, that. The title of one of his two National Book Award winning collections was after all What Work Is. And he should be lauded for that part of his work, but he was not only that. He was too smart, too multi-dimensional a human to be satisfied with that.

Book Hunters in Brief #61: Fifty Shades of Grey

Ask ten random people what love is and you'll get some long awkward pauses before you get ten different answers. That is probably why so many of us spend so much of our lives looking for it. How are we supposed to find something when we can't say exactly what it is? It's like telling someone who has never seen a hippopotamus to find one in a pitch dark walk-in closet. He's going to bump into it quite a few times before he figures out that the big, smelly thing is what he's been looking for.

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