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Houston Money Week @ HCPL

When most people think of literacy, they think of the ability to read and write, but there are many kinds of literacy (digital, information, wellness, to name a few) and all of them are crucial to success in life. One of the most important, and most neglected, is financial literacy. We're not just talking about the ability to make change and write a check. We're talking about avoiding the countless pitfalls and meeting the many challenges that stand between you and financial well-being. Houston Money Week is an annual financial education initiative that aims to help people of all ages to do just that.

With Project Mill-E, HCPL Aims to Circulate One Million eBooks in 2016 (and here is why it matters to you).

We at Harris County Public Library believe in setting goals, and we have set a lofty one for ourselves—or, more accurately, for you, our customers: we want to circulate one million eBooks and eAudiobooks from our OverDrive Digital Media Catalog in 2016.

Right now, you’re probably thinking, “That’s all well and good, but what’s in it for me?”

We’re glad you asked.

Book Hunters in Brief #118: Great Escapes!

There are lots of different kinds of escapes: dramatic escapes from burning buildings, weekend escapes to romantic hideaways, prison breaks, running away to join the circus, narrow escapes, Ford Escapes, to name just a few. Then, there is the kind of escape you get from a great book.

If You Own An Older Kindle. Read This Now.

Owners of older Kindles [1st edition Paperwhites (ca. 2012) or older], must update the software by today, March 22 or else lose internet access and the ability to download materials to the device. Here is a link to Amazon's Help & Support page with full details and models affected.

Harris County Friends of the Library Annual Meeting, Friday, April 1, 2016

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Harris County Friends of the Library (HCFOL) will be held on Friday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. at HCPL's Administrative Offices located at 9220 Kirby Drive in the NRG Stadium-area. The Harris County Friends of the Library is the umbrella organization made up of the members of the 26 individual branch Friends groups, and the annual meeting is a chance for all of our friends from all over the county to come together. All current members of branch friends groups are encouraged to attend.

Book Hunters in Brief #117: The Little Prince

Book Hunters planned this post several weeks ago to coincide with the release of the movie adaptation of The Little Prince. Then, scarcely a week before it was due to hit the theaters, Paramount dropped it like it was something slimy. Evidently, Netflix is less queasy about such things because they picked it up and plan to release it...at some point.

Until then, try some of these specially selected reads.

Senior Adult Digital Education, Construction Career Advancement and Robot Monkeys: TSLAC Grant-Funded Programs @ HCPL

Earlier this year, the Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) awarded grants to Harris County Public Library for three exciting projects that target specific populations that will provide them with new skills to increase their quality of life now and create better opportunities in the future.

HCPL Robotics and Coding for K - 12 aims to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and enhance digital literacy by giving participants hands-on experience building robot models and programming robots actions using graphics-based software.

Book Hunters in Brief #116: Pi Day

The great thing about Pi Day is that it gives people like me the chance to celebrate something we do not understand in the least with something we understand so well it amounts to genetic memory; namely Pi and pie, respectively.

OverDrive Introduces Digital Magazines to its Line-up

Harris County Public Library is now offering a second way to access digital editions of the latest magazines. OverDrive has now added periodicals to its already varied roster of formats (which includes eBooks & eAudiobooks). Just like on Flipster, our other digital magazine service, OverDrive's digital mags are not "lite" online versions. They are identical to the newsstand editions down to the last period.

What's more, when you download an OverDrive magazine to your iOS or Android device, you get to keep it as long as you want...as in forever...free of charge...no strings attached and no library fines…ever. How cool is that?

Book Hunters in Brief #115: Even Better Read Aloud

Most parents will tell you that there are books that they love to read that their kids sniff at, and there are books their kids adore that they. themselves, have grown to groan at--I, myself, was forced to read Honey Bunny Funnybunny for something like one hundred seventy-three consecutive nights before my daughter finally decided it was time to move on.

Then there are the magical few books that parent and child love equally. This week, In celebration of Read Aloud Month, Book Hunters in Brief has selected some particularly fun reads to share with your young ones. We hope one of them strikes a chord with you and your child.

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