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Upcoming ESL Tutor Training Sessions

HCPL - Administrative Offices (Near NRG Stadium)
Friday, September 18, 2015
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Limited Seating

La Porte Community Library
Saturday, November 21, 2015
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

North Channel Branch Library
Friday, December 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Parker Williams Branch Library
Monday, January 11, 2016
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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.

Book Hunters in Brief #88: Bookworms

As you might guess, the love of books and reading is what drives many librarians to do what they do (well...that and dreams of unimaginable wealth and power). This week, Book Hunters in Brief salutes the mighty bookworm in celebration of National Literacy Month. Here are some great books about readers and reading:

Book Hunters in Brief #87: Better on Audio

For some, the notion that an audiobook could offer a more satisfying experience than the print version is sacrilegious, if not actual grounds for divorce, institutionalization and/or immediate revocation of membership in the Tuesday Night Book & Chardonnay-Tasting Club. But there are any number of valid reasons that an audiobook could be better: an exceptional performance by a voice actor, for instance, or a lyrical text written more for the ear than the eye, or just a book of particularly dense prose. I, for one, might have actually passed sophomore Am. Lit.

Join Us for the Harris County Job & Career Fair, Sept. 10 at NRG Center!

Anyone who has ever been unemployed or underemployed will tell you that looking for a job is very hard work. Harris County and HCPL want to make your search a little easier. Join us for the Harris County Job & Career Fair at NRG Center on Thursday, September 10, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to meet with hiring managers and representatives from many Harris County departments, including HCPL, as well as from other organizations such as the Texas Workforce Commission, Harris Health Systems, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation & Employment Services and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Whether you are looking for an entry level position or seeking new challenges, you owe it to yourself to attend. Admission is free. Parking is free. (print parking pass).

Book Hunters in Brief #86: Elvis!

If you weren't in front of the family Magnavox on that night in September of 1956 when Elvis appeared on Ed Sullivan, and changed American music--and maybe the world--forever, you can't imagine how large he came to loom in American popular culture. Granted, it was a different kind of big than we have nowadays. Not a bigger big, just a different kind. There are probably a dozen or more people walking around today who are more famous than Elvis ever was. Heck, a portly guy in highwater sansabelts and white socks got a gazillion hits worldwide on YouTube for a song no one understood about a place and lifestyle very few outside of Korea had ever heard of.

I guess what I'm trying to say here is that there is a difference, culturally speaking, between "big" and "massive."

A Former "Library Skeptic" Tells You What You May Be Missing

We, at HCPL, are the first to admit that we google ourselves perhaps more often that is healthy—or at least more often than is seemly. The results invariably show that we write about ourselves an awful lot: we blog, we facebook, we tweet, we send out press releases…you get the picture. But every once in a while we find that someone else has written nice things about us. Such was the case recently when we ran across a post entitled “the best thing in life that's free that you might not be using” on the Eat, Drink & Be Lauren blog.

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