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Gulf Coast Reads The Promise.

Book discussions, special events, author appearances and more all across southeast Texas. Visit our Events Calendar for the full schedule and www.gulfcoastreads.org for special features starting October 1. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @gulfcoastreads

Building Community One Page at a Time

Each October, for Gulf Coast Reads, libraries throughout southeast Texas encourage residents to read and discuss a selected book as a way of building stronger, more connected communities. This year’s title should be of particular interest to people who call the Texas Gulf Coast their home. The Promise is set on Galveston Island before, during and after the devastating hurricane of 1900 and tells the story of a young woman who is forced by scandal to flee her home in Ohio to a farm on the Island and a marriage of convenience where she struggles to adjust to her new life and family.

Book Hunters in Brief #91: Talk Like a Pirate Day!

As day jobs go, we suppose you could do worse than sailing the bounding main with an eye peeled for booty-laden schooners. If only it had a better dental plan and less of that whole walking the plank thing...

Be that as it may, tomorrow is Talk Like a Pirate Day and Book Hunters have dug up some treasures for the whole family.

September 18 is Read an eBook Day

OverDrive's Read an eBook Day is Friday, September 18, and this year we are encouraging everyone to check out an all-time favorite book in digital format and to share the story behind it with us--because that is the great thing about great books: there is always a story behind the story. Maybe your favorite book lit your way out of a dark time in your life, maybe it helped you see the world a little more clearly, or maybe it was the first book that just grabbed you and wouldn't let go until you finished it. Whatever that story is, share it with us in the comments section below or on social media, using the hashtag #ebooklove.

Upcoming Literacy Tutor Training

HCPL Adminstration Offices (near NRG Stadium)
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
9220 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX  77054
9:30AM - 2:30PM

High Meadows Branch Library
Saturday, October 24, 2015
4500 Aldine Mail Route Road
Houston, TX  77039
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Octavia Fields Branch Library
Monday, November 16, 2015
1503 South Houston
Humble, TX  77338
1:00 PM - 6:30 pm

Register now for one of the upcoming literacy tutor training. Call 713-274-6600.

Upcoming ESL Tutor Training Sessions

Atascocita Branch Library
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
3:00 PM -- 8:00 PM

Katy Branch Library
Saturday, November 5, 2016
10:00 AM -- 3:00 PM

More training sessions are planned at North Channel, Kingwood and Evelyn Meador Branch Libraries. Dates and times to be announced.

To register for any of these training sessions, call 713-274-6600

Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 @ HCPL

In any direction you wander on the cultural landscape of this country, you won't go very far before you see the ways--large and small--that people of Hispanic descent have transformed it. This week Book Hunters in Brief offers some reading recommendations written by Hispanic authors. Some are old favorites; others are new voices, still others are ones you might have missed.

Book Hunters in Brief #89: Library Adventures for Library Card Sign Up Month

The uninformed would say that "library adventures" is an oxymoron, and as is so often the case, the uninformed would be wrong. Libraries are perfect settings for adventures. They are mazes full of mazes; chockablock with arcane clues, secret passageways as well as trap doors. Libraries are the original Choose Your Own Adventure game. Every book is a portal to another dimension, a rabbit hole, and a bottomless box of strange magic.

HCPL Director Edward Melton on Fox 26 Morning News

In case you missed it, HCPL Director Edward Melton appeared on Fox 26 Morning News Tuesday morning to talk about our new iKnow Digital Access Card with reporter Ruben Dominguez.

HCPL Introduces a New Kind of Library Card

If you do not already have a Harris County Public Library Card, our new iKnow Card will give you instant access to online content and services.

Harris County Commissioners Court has adopted a resolution designating September 2015 Library Card Sign Up and Literacy Month, and Harris County Public Library is marking the occasion by unveiling its new iKnow Digital Access Card. Starting September 1, county residents will, for the first time, be able to apply for and receive a library card completely online and gain immediate access to a wide range of digital content including streaming movies, eBooks, online research tools, even complete digital editions of popular magazines. The iKnow Card does not replace HCPL’s full service Knowledge Card which gives you access to all of HCPL's materials and services including all digital content. The iKnow Card is meant for new patrons who want immediate access to online services.

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