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Maya Angelou 1928 - 2014

Maya Angelou was a memoirist, poet, and activist, but more significantly, she was a keen, measured public voice of a kind that is increasingly rare in this ever widening, ever more shallow puddle that is early 21st century American culture. That she became the iconic figure and social force she was is all the more remarkable when one thinks of the place and time from which she rose.

Book Hunters in Brief #23: Memorial Day

Harris County Public Library owes a debt of gratitude to the members of the U.S. Armed Services both past and present, as well as to their families. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you.

Summer Reading Fun Starts June 2!

We are gearing up for another action-packed Summer Reading Program kicking off June 2 and running through August 9. This year, we focus on the lighter side of science because, like reading, it is all about discovery, and we’ll be offering programs designed to entertain, educate and spark your curiosity no matter what your age.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

Babies: Fizz Boom Read!
Sure, they’re not reading themselves yet, but encouraging early literacy is a big part of HCPL's mission. There are lots of fun activities you can do with your littlest ones that build skills needed for reading: read to your baby, of course, but also sing songs about your day, talk to your baby about what’s going on around you, and, most importantly, come to the library’s Baby Time programs to learn more!

Book Hunters in Brief #22: Mortal Instruments

In Brief 22 graphicIf you're on pins and needles waiting for the final book of the Mortal Instruments series, try these titles to take the edge off.

Expanded Hours at Five HCPL Branches

More time at your libraryOn June 1, 2014, customers of five Harris County Public Library branches will see an increase in their library’s operating hours. 

  • Galena Park, Northwest and South Houston branch libraries, which are currently closed on Fridays, will all be open Fridays 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Jacinto City and Stratford branches will add more weekend hours. They, along with all other HCPL locations, will be open Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Book Hunters in Brief #21: New Titles for Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Book Hunters in Brief #21 - APHMThis week, Book Hunters look at new titles in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok
On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee 
Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen 
The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide 
Family Life by Akhil Sharma

Visit Book Hunters for a customized reading list of your own.

HCPL’s Digital Media Catalog Now Offering Streaming Video!

now streaming videoThere is more exciting news from our OverDrive Digital Media Catalog to go along with last week’s announcement of the improved search features. Now, you can stream the videos you check out straight to your device whether it be a smartphone, tablet or laptop. All you need is a Harris County Public Library card and an internet connection.

Book Hunters in Brief #20: Batman Turns 75

Book Hunters in Brief #20: BatmanWhen citizens of Gotham need saving (yet again), who do they call? That’s right. They still dial up The Caped Crusader who, even at 75, kicks bad guy backside like no one else. Read these…now:

Batman: The Complete History by Les Daniels 

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller 

Everything You Want and Nothing You Don't

better searches graphicImproved Searchability and Content Filtering for HCPL’s OverDrive Digital Media Catalog

Now users of Harris County Public Library’s Digital Media Catalog can choose to see only the titles they want to see specified by maturity levels. In other words, if you’re a grown up and feel like you are past the Green Eggs and Ham stage in your reading life, you can filter out everything but titles cataloged for adults.

Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month @ Your Library

Asian Pacific Heritage Month 2014 GraphicCelebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month at Harris County Public Library with a variety of programs for every age group. There will be book clubs for adults, teens and children, martial arts demonstrations, luaus, henna hand-painting, origami (and storigami), yoga, movies, lots of crafts and much more. Below is just some of what we have in store for May.

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