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Book Hunters in Brief #79: Harry Potter's First Publication Anniversary

A lot of us grew up with Harry Potter--literally. That was part J.K. Rowling's genius; her character's aged in a fairly good facsimile of real time right along with her target audience. Another part of her genius was not just the originality and charm of the world she imagined, but it's completeness. We stepped into the world of Harry Potter and it was both strange and oddly familiar--much like the world we live in--only more full of possibilities, more morally well-defined, more fun.

Book Hunters in Brief #78: Juneteenth

I would guess that over the years I have driven or been driven past the big pink brick house with the wrought iron balcony that sits at 24th and Broadway in Galveston nearly a thousand times, and If I ever knew that on a muggy day in June 1865 a Union General had stepped out on that balcony and by reading a terse snatch of text with the very prosaic title, "General Order No. 3" freed the slaves of Texas, I have long since forgotten it.

HCPL's Summer Reading Hero's Quest! Are You Up for the Challenge?

Where would Alice be if she didn't stumble down the rabbit hole? Where would Bilbo be without his long walk to visit Smaug?

Home. That’s where they would be..

IMPORTANT: Tomball and Cy-Fair Libraries CLOSED Tuesday, June 16

LSC - CyFair Branch Library and LSC - Tomball Community Library are closed Tuesday, June 16. As of this writing, all other HCPL branches will be open for regular business hours. Please monitor this site, our Twitter (@harriscountypl) or Facebook feeds for updates.

Book Hunters in Brief #77: Paper Towns

This week Book Hunters in Brief salutes a man with an eminently forgettable name and an uncanny ability to remember what it was like to be a young person in this big old world, John Green.

Book Hunters in Brief #76: Superheroes for Super Summer Reading!

The sun is out (for a change) and school is almost out. So, here at HCPL, our minds turn to Summer Reading 2015. We have programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, along with fun events at all our branches, cool incentives and drawings for some hot prizes for everyone who reaches the reading goals.

Summer Reading 2015 Registration Begins June 1!

Harris County Public Library is gearing up for another busy summer of reading and fun, and with programs for babies, children, teens and adults, the whole family can participate. It all kicks off June 1 and runs through August 8. Our branches have plenty of entertaining and educational programs to spark the imagination, and there are cool incentives to help everyone stay motivated to read all summer long!

It’s simple to participate, starting June 1, register online, then read and log your books or the amount of time you read. That’s it. Everyone who completes the program will be automatically entered into one of several drawings. We will be giving away three Kindle Fires, and awesome, age-appropriate LEGO sets for babies and kids. Visit the Summer Reading page for full details.

UPDATE: Wed. May 27. All HCPL Branches to Resume Normal Operations

All HCPL branches will resume normal Wednesday hours of operation. Please continue to monitor this site, HCPL on Facebook, or Twitter @harriscountypl should weather conditions worsen.

Again, we urge you to use your best judgment and due caution when deciding whether or not to venture out today. The worst of the weather seems to be over, but there are still unsafe conditions in some areas. Your safety is our primary concern.

NOTE: Due dates for materials will be adjusted to reflect Tuesday's closings.


Book Hunters in Brief #75: Remembering

Book Hunters offer these suggestions for your Memorial Day reading.

Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery: Where War Comes Home by Robert M Poole

War by Sebastian Junger

For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice by Howard Shultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran

The Soldiers’ Tale: Bearing Witness to Modern War by Samuel Hynes

A Gift of Valor: A War Story by Michael M. Phillips

We at Harris County Public Library would like to express our gratitude to the families of the men and women who have fallen in service to this country. We are forever in your debt.

Change Lives.for the Better; Become an ESL Tutor.

Most of us take for granted that we can speak and be understood. That is a luxury many of your neighbors don't have. But with only a few hours a week and a willingness to help, you can change that: Become an ESL tutor at HCPL.

Our next free training session is Tuesday, May 26. 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Evelyn Meador Branch Library. No teaching experience is necessary.

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