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Have Book - Will You Triumph or Be Defeated? Amazing Read Challenge Week 8

Where did you travel for last week’s challenge? Wherever you went, I hope you met some new friends, saw some new sights, and plan to go back sometime soon.

After seven of these challenges, we figure your competitive juices should be flowing, so this week we want you to read books about sports or other competitions. For you fiction readers, how about Chad Harbach's bestselling The Art of Fielding, or Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain? If you like your competitions with somewhat...

Have Book - Will Travel Somewhere New, Amazing Read Challenge Week 7

amazing read logoSo did you travel to the dark side for last week's challenge, or stay on the side of the angels? I tend to prefer heroes who straddle the line myself--like Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon which I re-read on a plane ride.

Now on to this week's challenge! Most of us are creatures of habit. We find something we like and stick with it even though we’re pretty sure we could find a better cup of coffee, say, or a dentist with smaller hands, if we only bothered to look. The same can be said of our reading lives: we like what we like and see no reason to look elsewhere. There is absolutely nothing wr...

Have Book - Will Explode, Amazing Read Challenge Week 5

I hope you picked a savoAmazing Read Logory read for last week’s challenge. Myself, I fairly devoured Daniel Vaughn’s The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey through Texas Barbecue. For hardcore ‘cue geeks like me, the pictures can only be described as salacious.

That brings us to this week's challenge: Have Book - Will Explode. By now you're probably making preparations for your 4th of July festivities (don't forget to swing by your local HCPL branch beforehand to pick up some boo...

Teen Summer Writing Contest!

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Whether you have worn the letters off your keyboard trying to get all the stories and poems out of your head and on paper, or you just like to write and wouldn’t mind winning a prize for doing it, you are invited to enter the Teen Summer Writing Contest presented by Barbara Bush Branch Library and LSC – Tomball Community Library.

All participants will receive a certificate and are invited to an awards reception hosted by noted YA author Mary Lindsey (Shattered Souls) on August 13 at LSC-Tomball.

If you're a teen, 12 - 18 years-old and a current student in grades 6 - 12, and l...

Congratulations to the Winner of Our First ASRP Drawing!

ASRP 2013 Kindle Paperwhite Winner, Dawn Woytek

HCPL would like to congratulate Katy Branch Library customer Dawn Woytek. She is the winner of the first random drawing of Adult Summer Reading Fun 2013. Here she is receiving her brand new Kindle Paperwhite from Katy Assistant Branch Librarian Donatta Clarke.

Don't miss out on your chance to win. We will be holding system-wide, random drawings throughout the summer. All you have to do is register for Summer Reading Fun. Additionally, at the conclusion of Summer Reading, all HCPL branches will hold drawings for $30 bookstore gift cards. For complete rules and to register, please visit our Summer...

Family Curses: When Writers Beget Writers

I am the luckiest of fathers and have been since the beginning. If any newborn can be said to be calm, it would have been our daughter. Even factoring in a big honkin' dollop of paternal bias, she was pretty much perfect. She didn’t even cry much, and the crying she did seemed almost perfunctory, as if she only wanted to assure us she had a superior set of lungs. Her personality hasn’t changed much since those first moments of life. She has grown up to be a remarkably poised and intelligent young woman. It seems like all my wife and I had to do...

Have Book - Will Travel! Summer Reading Fun @ HCPL

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Ah, summer! The kids are out of school, the mosquitoes are out in force, and before you know it, you’ll be out of ideas for things to do that don’t involve long hours sitting on car seats you could fry bacon on, getting sand in your bathing suit, and/or adding more negative numbers to your bank statement.

Harris County Public Library’s Summer Reading Fun is your answer.

This year’s theme is Have Book – Will Travel, and HCPL wants to encourage everyone—from infants to seniors--to explore the worlds that reading open up. Starting Monday, June 3, register online at www.hcpl.net and join your friends and neighbors in traveling the world thr...

Kingwood Library Expands Hours of Operation Starting June 1

Exterior: Kingwood Branch LibraryEffective June 1, 2013, Harris County Public Library’s Kingwood Branch will expand its hours of operation from five to six days a week offering you more opportunities to browse the library’s continually refreshed collection of books, movies, music and journals, in addition to making it easier for you to take advantage of a wide range of library services.

The new hours reflect the needs of the community and will give you greater access to free Wi-Fi and internet, as well as to facilities including meeting, conference and study rooms. What’s more, the expanded hours mean the Kingwood Branch’s expert staff will be available seventeen additional hours every week to assist you with research, provide entertaining educational programming for all ages, or to...

LightsOutHouston 2013 @ HCPL

lights out houston 2013In observance of the 6th Annual LightsOutHouston initiative, Harris County Commissioners Court has authorized Facilities and Property Management to lead a countywide effort, in conjunction with the City of Houston, the Greater Houston Partnership and Central Houston Inc. to turn off all non-essential lights at the end of the day.

Turning out unnecessary lights when you leave a room is one of the easiest ways you can help the environment, conserve valuable resources and save money. Remember--unlike humans and other living things, furniture does not need light to survive. Your sofa, ottoman and coffee table, as well as your work station and file cabinets are not afraid of the dark.

Harris County Public Library encourages you to make turning off unnecessary lights a year-round...

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