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ALA Announces Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association announced its 2017 Youth Media Awards this morning. Here is a short selection of the winners. You can see the full list at ALA's website.

UPDATE: West University Branch Renovations

The holidays and severe weather across the country have delayed construction materials needed to complete safety and ADA compliance renovations at West University Branch Library. The City of West University Place is still optimistic that the library will reopen this spring.

Until then, you can continue to return HCPL materials and pick up holds at Bellaire City Library, or any other HCPL location.

eBook Collections to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

If we're not there already, we are fast approaching the time of year when our resolve to keep our new year's resolutions begins to flag. So, for all of us whose stick-to-it-ness has lost some of its stickiness, or whose promise to stop procrastinating has been put off indefinitely,  we've created some special OverDrive collections to help you to overcome inertia and inspire you to be the best you that you can be in 2017.

(For those, like me, who are thinking 2018 is your year, as well as for those of you who are just perfect the way you are thank you very much, we have a list of the Best Books of 2016 and more).

#ReadersUnite @ HCPL

This month, Harris County Public Library and libraries across the country are encouraging Americans to share what they are currently reading through social media using the hashtag #ReadersUnite.

That hashtag really says everything you need to know about this project. Libraries are calling on readers to connect with one another through social media to share their passion for books. The hashtag also speaks to the fact reading has a unique power to unify people of different worldviews because it fosters understanding--of the world, of others and of oneself. No matter where we stand, we can all agree that a little more understanding and a little more unity might be just what we all need.

HCPL on KPFT's Whole Mother Show

Harris County Public Library's Youth Services Program & Outreach Librarian, Mary Sorhus, was on KPFT's The Whole Mother Show last Sunday. Mary talked with guest host Debbie Hull about the benefits of reading aloud with your child, and the many ways libraries and librarians are a busy mom's (or dad's) best resource for all things reading and beyond.

 

 

 

 

Book Hunters in Brief #154: Snow Fantasy

Like ice cream for breakfast, a pet boa constrictor, and face tattoos, snow sounds great in theory, but if you ask folks who have to face the stuff day in-day out, they have a very different take on it. This week, Book Hunters in Brief gives you and your young ones a chance to enjoy some winter wonderlands in the best possible way: from a nice, warm sofa with cups of hot cocoa. Enjoy!

Introducing Pronunciator, The New Language Learning Tool

We are delighted to announce that we have added Pronunciator, a new language-learning tool to our roster of online resources. Pronunciator features live tutors, movies, music lyrics and more to make learning fun and easy, as well as drills, quizzes, virtual coaching and other features to keep you on track.

Book Hunters in Brief #153: Mythology & More from Oceania, Polynesia & Hawai'i

In honor of the release of Disney's Moana, Book Hunters in Brief presents a selection of mythology, folklore, and traditional tales from the South Pacific.

ABCMouse Is in the House

If you want another reason to visit the library with your kids, here’s one: ABCMouse in the house! ABCMouse is an online service that offers over five thousand fun, interactive books, games, puzzles and more for children ages 2 - 7 years.
The makers of ABCMouse, Age of Learning, Inc., are now offering it free of charge for in library use to all Harris County Public Library customers.

It’s easy to get started. ABCMouse is installed on all library computers that kids can use. You just click on your child’s age, choose an avatar and go. But we suggest you create a free login that you can use whenever you visit the library. That way you can save your child’s progress and pick up right where you left off the next time you come in.

Book Hunters in Brief #152: Mickey Mouse's 88th Birthday

He's the original mouse that roared, and built an empire. From his beginnings as Steamboat Willie, he now has his four-fingered, white-gloved hand in some very lucrative pies ranging from the four-letter TV sports behemoth to far-flung amusement complexes in places like Paris and Hong Kong.

Even with a prodigious imagination like Walt Disney's, it is hard to imagine he dared to imagine his little flickering, black and white rodent would be so phenomenally successful.

So, let's all raise a cup of Ovaltine to Mickey on the occasion of his 88th birthday.

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