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Join WITS and HCPL in Celebrating National Poetry Month with A Poem A Day

WITS Poem a Day logoWriters in the Schools (WITS), is a local nonprofit organization that sends professional poets, fiction writers and playwrights into over 350 area schools to help children, K - 12,  discover the "pleasure and power of reading and writing." Each year in April, WITS celebrates National Poetry Month by sharing the poems of some of its many talented students through its A Poem A Day project.

 We at Harris County Public Library are excited to once again participate in this year’s event. Starting this Monday, April 1 and running through the month, fans of HCPL’s Facebook page will get to read these amazing poems.

Don’t miss a single one. ‘...

Relax! You Have Time. Starting April 15, DVD loan periods will be extended.

Woman eating popcorn and enjoying a DVD from HCPLIt has happened to all of us. You check out DVDs planning to catch up on that TV series everyone is talking about. Then life happens: the kids remember their science project is due; your mother shows up unannounced; your secret crush finally calls to ask you out. Harris County Public Library can’t do anything about life’s little surprises, but we can give you more time to watch those videos. Starting April 15, 2013, HCPL will extend the checkout period for all DVDs, including new releases, from one week to two.

With more and more classic and current TV series coming out on video, and with PBS’s Downton Abbey and Showtime’s

Spring Break @ HCPL

Spring Break @ HCPL graphicSpring Break is coming up soon and if you're looking for fun, free ways to keep your kids and teens engaged and entertained, Harris County Public Library is just the ticket. In addition to their regular slate of programs, many HCPL branches will host special events the week of March 11 - 16. There will be music, puppet shows, giant bubbles, everyone's favorite big red dog, and much more. Below are just some of the highlights. For a full schedule of programs, visit our Events Calendar.

Everyone's a Critic (But Only Some Get Paid to Be): Nat'l Book Critics Circle Award Winners

Cover art: Bilyy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Critics get a bad rap. It's the accepted wisdom that 'if you can't do, then teach, and if you can't do or teach, then tell people who can what they're doing wrong,' which is unfair to teachers (who--in my not particularly humble opinion--get a worse and infinitely more undeserved rap) and critics, both.

I would argue that besides acting as a convenient whipping boy for artists who are seldom the best judges of their own work, critics provide the valuable service of drowning out a lot of the inane Cover art: Stranger Magic by Marina Warner

Poetry in Motion (Pictures): Movies Based on Poems

For Colored Girls audiobook coverAm I the only one who thinks it’s a bit sad that Beowulf—one of the oldest surviving poems in English (albeit of the Ye Olde kind)—has made the jump to the silver screen with more youthful vigor and a far larger budget than…say…I dunno…something…anything...written in the intervening 1300 years? Granted Beowulf has somewhat more of the kind of stuff that both mead-drinking, horns-on-the-helmet-types, and popcorn-munching 21st century cineastes alike tend to prize in their entertainments, namely: monsters “gorged and bloodied” and “gloati...

If You Work or Play Downtown, New Partnership with Law Library Makes Picking Up Your Holds A Breeze

Harris County Law Library interiorIf you work downtown, you now have a convenient new location to pick up your HCPL holds. On February 18, Harris County Public Library and the Harris County Law Library launched a new partnership; so now, in addition to providing access to up-to-date legal information and research facilities, the Law Library will offer HCPL customers the option to pick up the books, DVDs and CDs they request from HCPL’s online catalog at its convenient Congress Street location.

It's simple. When you make a request on HCPL&...

Young Historian, and Lifelong Barbara Bush Branch Customer, Honored in Washington D.C.

Smithsonian Legacy Award Winner and Lifelong Barbara Bush Branch Library Customer, Annie SalinasIn 2002, Annie Salinas and her sisters were the first kids to set foot in the children’s section at HCPL’s newly opened Barbara Bush Branch Library, and she credits frequent visits to the library for sparking her love of learning. That love has lead to awards for her research and design of historical exhibits including her 2008 National History Day exhibit on the San Sabá Mission that was shown at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. She was recently presented with the Legacy Award for the Humanities by the Smithsonian and Creativity Foundation. Annie is currently a freshman at Texas A&M University.

Harris County Public Library would like to congratulate Annie o...

One of the Original 'Red Tails' Shares His Story at Freeman

Dr. Luzine B. Bickham, one of the Tuskegee Airmen paid a visit to Freeman Branch Library. Here are a few pictures from the event.

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Can't Sleep? We can help: Documentaries about Poets

cover art poetry in motionIt would take a genuine, back-slapping-swimming-pool-blue-sportcoat-and-shiny-white-loafers-with-matching-belt-wearing used car salesman with 90 proof snake oil coursing through his double-thick Teflon-coated veins to convince most folks to read a blog on this particular subject—I'm talking some mutant mix of Tony Robbins, the late Billy Mays and LBJ in his arm-twisting-brow-beating-Uncle-Lyndie-with-a-lollipop-cooing prime.

This is a subject so fearsomely, so ostentatiously, dull that if your eyes are not by now rolling up into your head like slot machine tumblers you should think about a career as a statue. The very thought of documentaries about poets is so baroquely and perversely boring as to produce uncontrollable yawning...

Original Member of the Famed ‘Red Tails’ to Visit Freeman Branch in Celebration of Black History Month.

Harris County PubliThe Tuskegee Airmenc Library and Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library will have the honor of hosting Dr. Luzine B. Bickham, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, the pioneering African-American combat pilots of World War II. The all-ages program will feature a free screening of the PBS documentary, “Tuskegee Airmen,” followed by a conversation with Dr. B...

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