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Book Hunters in Brief #135: On the Campaign Trail

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why anyone would want to be president. Sure, even if you do a lousy job (maybe especially if you do a lousy job) you get your picture in the history books.

Still, If you think about it, it's really just a glorified temp job and the whole country is your janus-headed supervisor.

You say, "But you get to be leader of the free world!" I say "leader" is probably too strong a term. At best you're a cat-herder and half of the cats aren't going to do what you say no matter what just because you vote blue and they vote red or vice versa.

Who needs that kind of aggravation?

Pokémon Go @ HCPL

If you're looking for a safe and air-conditioned place to catch some Pokémon, several Harris County Public Library branches are stops, and others are gyms or have gyms nearby. Below is a handy table showing where and how you can get your game on, as well as some useful links.

Book Hunters in Brief #134: Ghostbusters

Who ya' gonna call?


If you have a non-terminal, repeating phantasm or a Class V ectoplasmic manifestation, you should probably give Ghostbusters a ring.

If, on the other hand, you are in need of new direction in your reading life, or just want a list of honkin' good yarns to take on your upcoming vacation, Book Hunters is your best bet.

This week, Book Hunters in Brief offers some suggestions inspired by the release of the Ghostbusters reboot.

Project Mill-E presents Ask the eBook eXperts

Have you ever gotten so frustrated you wanted to throw your Kindle at the wall? Is your Nook just a high tech paperweight? Have you ever wondered why you have to place a hold on the eBook of JoJo Moyes’ or James Patterson’s latest bestseller?

As part of Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016, our eBook eXperts will answer all your digital media questions no matter how big or how small. Whether you have never checked out an eBook in your life, or are a longtime eReader, ask our experts about anything from tech support to collection development.

Use the comments section below, or ask us on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag: #ProjectMillE

Book Hunters in Brief #133: Video Games in Books

One of the things I find heartening is that every time another one those inventions comes along that the professional hand-wringers say will spell the end of reading once and for all, writers, amoeba-like, incorporate that thing into their fictional worlds. So it is in the last couple decades a new sub-sub-genre has emerged: books that are built around video games. This week, Book Hunters in Brief offers a handful of the best.

This is not a Game by Walter Jon Williams

The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod

Gold Medal Readers

There's still about a month left in Summer Reading Fun 2016, but we already have gold medal readers galore! Below are a few of the young people who have gone above and beyond in their summer reading to earn gold medals. Do you want one of your own? Click here to learn how.

Congratulations to these four Gold Medal Readers from Barbara Bush, Galena Park & Katherine Tyra Branch Libraries

Share your photos of your summer reading adventures and accomplishments with us on Facebook and Twitter @harriscountypl Hashtag: #hcplsummer

Book Hunters in Brief #132: Red, White & Blue

Whether you're going to the coast this long holiday weekend, or cooling your toes in the backyard wading pool, you'll want something cool to read between long pulls on tall, frosty glasses of liquid refreshment. Here are a few recommendations sure to set off fireworks of the bookish variety.

540,000 and Counting! Project Mill-E at the Midway Mark.

July 1 is the midpoint of the year and we thought it would be a good time to give you a progress report on Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016. In a word, the progress has been amazing! Since January 1, HCPL eBook readers have checked out 540,669 items (compared to a smidge over 397,000 for the same period last year—an increase of 36 percent). Any way you slice it, that is some serious eReading.

Book Hunters in Brief #131: BFG Readalikes

I used to whine to my daughter about Hollywood's insistence on ruining so many of my fond childhood memories by adapting favorite books into movies until, one day in the car after watching a truly execrable adaptation of truly great children's book, she fixed me with the kind of withering look that pre-adolescent girls tend to reserve only for their fathers, and said something to the effect of, "The book is the book. The movie is the movie." She was right, of course. They are two different mediums with there own conventions and limitations. A bad adaptation does nothing to diminish the book...in theory, at least.

Houston Food Bank Will Provide Nutritious, Free Lunches to Kids at Our Library This Summer

Harris County Public Library is proud to announce that thirteen HCPL branches will provide nutritious, free lunches to children in low income areas of Harris County through the Houston Food Bank’s Kids Café program. Only children 1 – 18 years are eligible. Meals are provided on a first come, first served basis. Supplies are limited, but will be adjusted depending on demand.

June 6 – August 4
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
Lunch 12:30 – 1:30pm


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