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Change in DVD Renewal Policy, Effective Oct. 1.

Beginning October 1, 2014, DVDs may be renewed only one time.
Books and CDs may still be renewed up to two times.
Renewal periods for all materials are 14 days.
DVDs requested by other customers may not be renewed.

Complete Harris County Public Library Circulation Policy can be found here.

Book Hunters in Brief #41: Gone Girl

BHiB #41Gillian Flynn's blockbuster novel has been adapted for the screen (for good or ill) and the movie, starring Ben Afleck and Rosamund Pike, opens next Friday, October 3. Whether you plan to see it or not, Book Hunters think you'll enjoy these readalikes.

Your Vote Counts. Early Voting and I.D. Info.

The upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 4 will decide one of Texas’ seats in the U.S. Senate, all thirty-six of Texas’ representatives to the U.S. House, Texas Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, as well as many other important state, county and municipal offices.

Remember, it is now state law that in order to vote you must present one of the following approved forms of identification:

  • • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safetry (DPS).
  • • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • • U.S. military identification card with your photograph
  • • U.S. passport
  • • Free Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS (click here for more information).

Book Hunters in Brief #40: Banned Books Week 2014 - Graphic Novels

In Brief #40 GraphicHarris County Public Library and Book Hunters support your right to read what you want to read. The free exchange of knowledge is one of the foundations of this nation. To understand why, you need only look at a history book. The accepted idea and the unquestioned notion often turn out to be wrong for any number of reasons. What you read may not be to another person's liking, and vice versa, but both of you have the right to make up your own mind. 

Popular Children's Author, Michael Dahl, Swoops into South Houston

Harris County Public Library is pleased to announce that Michael Dahl, bestselling author of books for children and young adults, will visit South Houston Branch Library on Saturday, September 27, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Mr. Dahl has written more than two hundred books and is a three-time winner of the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award.

We have many of his books in our collection--ranging from board books for your youngest to YA mysteries. So, check some out, read them with your kids, and then bring the family out to enjoy what promises to be a high-energy entertaining and educational event. Michael Dahl's visit is sponsored by myON, a division of Capstone.

When History Isn't History: Legacies of the Great War

Marching toward the Battle of the SommeRegrettably for humankind, the “War to End All Wars” did not live up to that hopelessly hopeful appellation. In fact, most historians will tell you that it and the treaty that ended it, were the chief causes of the Second World War which remains the only war in human history to surpass it in the cost of human life.

As you will have heard by now, over the next four or so years, the world will be commemorating the hundred year anniversaries of the events of what has come to be known—exactly because it could not measure up to that overly optimistic sobriquet—World War I.

Book Hunters in Brief #39: Children's Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

BHinB #39Here are a few children's books to help you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan

I Love Saturdays y domingos by Alma Flor Ada

Tales Our Abuelitas Told by F. Isabel Campoy

Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown

Book Hunters can create a custom reading for any occasion and to suit your every mood. It's fast, free and fun!

Hispanic Heritage Month @ HCPL

September 15 through October 15 is the month set aside to recognize the contributions people of Hispanic descent have made to this country and its culture. Harris County Public Library branches will be presenting special programs and events to educate and entertain people of all ages. Below are just a few of the highlights to come, in addition to special themed storytimes, movies and book clubs.

Book Hunters in Brief #38: Are You Ready for Some Football?!

Book Hunters FootballWe don't know about you, but this weekend we plan on gorging on some football--along with a heap of seven-layer dip, pork rinds, buffalo wings, and just about anything else we don't have to leave the couch to eat.

Book Hunters in Brief #37: Back to School

BHinB #37 GraphicHear that? That’s the sound of a jillion school kids—from kindergarten to college—sighing. It's back to school time again. Book Hunters can’t do anything about that, but we can suggest these books so at least you don’t feel alone in your pain.

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