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Holiday Cheer @ HCPL

Whether you're gung-ho for the gift-giving and gatherings that mark this most festive of seasons, or you're struggling to work up even a modicum of that ever-illusive holiday cheer, Harris County Public Library is here for you. We have lots of seasonal programs ranging from choral concerts and puppet shows, to crafts for all ages and  holiday movie screenings guaranteed to gladden even the grinchiest heart. Santa himself will be stopping by from time to time for pictures and naughty/nice list updates.

But maybe best of all, we'll be here when you need to take a step back from all the ho-ho-ho hubbub, or just want to browse shelves filled with a very different kind of holiday magic. We'll be here when you absolutely must find a recipe that will make your mother-in-law swoon, we'll be here to help you find the right sources for that project you want to finish up so it won't be hanging over your head like some evil parody of mistletoe, and we'll be here when you just need a calm place to sit and breathe.

Harris County Public Library is your one stop shop for holiday cheer! Below are just some of the happenings around HCPL this month!

Atascocita Branch Library
Polar Express Train Display
All aboard! Four sets of model trains move through this 12 x 6 foot winter wonderland.
December 1 - 31
Trains run on a daily schedule 
All ages program

Jacinto City Branch Library
Holiday Storytime with Mayor Anna Diaz
Join Jacinto City Mayor Anna Diaz for holiday stories and refreshments
Thursday, December 5
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
All ages program

Interlibrary Loan

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Don’t see what you’re looking for in our catalog? We may be able to borrow it from another library. For more information, visit our Interlibrary Loan page.

 

 

Sometimes an Encouraging Tail Wag Is All a Reluctant Reader Needs

Cayenne and friendHCPL and Northwest Branch Library are pleased to announce a new program with Tender Loving K-9s Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) designed to help reluctant readers gain confidence in their abilities. The idea behind R.E.A.D. is simple. When it comes to unconditional acceptance and sincere enthusiasm, dogs are a breed apart, so what better listener for a child who may be struggling with reading than a friendly pooch? Starting on November 26, and continuing every third Tuesday each month, registered therapy dog, Cayenne, and her human, Kristin Fitzgerald, will visit Northwest Branch Library. Time slots are limited; call 281-890-2665 or stop by the circulation desk on your next visit to reserve a session.

In addition to Northwest Branch’s new program, young readers have other opportunities:
• Longtime R.E.A.D. buddies from Montgomery County Pet Partners—Sheba, Bailey, Nick & Nora—will make their monthly visit to LSC – Tomball Community Library on Tuesday, November 26, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Katy Branch Library’s Holiday Kick-off Party on December 7, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. will not only feature a visit from Santa, but one from a reader’s best-friend, as well. 

2013 National Book Awards

cover art: Good Lord Birdcover art: The Unwindingcover art: The Thing About Luckcover art: Incarnadine

If you ask me, awarding prizes for works of art--whether they be books, movies or single malt scotches--is pretty silly, if not quixotic. I mean, how can we pretend to objectively declare something as complex as a novel or nuanced as a great pop song to be "better" than another when most of us have our hands full deciding whether M&Ms or Reese's Pieces would go better with our Double Dutch Chocolate frozen yogurt?

Book Clubs @ HCPL

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We have book discussions to fit almost any taste, find yours here.

 

CAC Reader for Military Personnel Now Available @ Tomball College & Community Library

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LSC-Tomball Community Library is proud to announce that we have acquired a Common Access Card reader or CAC reader for military personnel to use in the library so they can access the particular websites that only a Common Access Card will allow. This reader will enable active duty and reserve military to conduct online military business locally instead of having to travel to a military base/facility. With a CAC reader, a service member can access websites to do online training, check military email, create orders and travel vouchers, apply for billets, access unit sharepoint sites, and more.

Needlecrafting @ HCPL

Handmade for the Holidays

For more information and to find the group nearest you, click here.

Photo credit: © Jupiter Images

Good News! Katy Branch Library to Reopen Tuesday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.

We are delighted to announce that repairs to Katy Branch Library have been completed, and the branch will reopen for all your library needs on Tuesday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m

Important Note: All holds will be transferred back to Katy Branch Library. so even if you were notified that you have a hold waiting at Maud Marks, starting Tuesday, you can pick it up at Katy Branch.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during the repairs.

 

Catalog Upgrade This Weekend. Online Catalog and Circulation Will be Unavailable Starting at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 26

ExclamationHarris County Public Library will be upgrading its catalog this weekend. The online catalog and circulation system will be unavailable starting at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 26. If all goes according to plan, the system will be down only two to four hours. We thank you for your patience.

Tom Clancy (1947 – 2013)

Cover Art: Executive OrdersTo say that Tom Clancy was a creature of his times is not a put-down. It is a sovereign fact that he capitalized in a big way on the resurgence in capital P-style patriotism of the Reagan years, as well as the long-hoped-for healing of the nation’s wounds inflicted by the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and the rise of the Rust Belt where our Industrial Might once stood. But that zeitgeist booster rocket he rode to vast fame and still vaster fortune would not have mattered one bit were Clancy not a first rate novelist—a master of the military thriller, a genre that if he did not invent, he made his own so thoroughly that he might as well have.

Clancy passed away Tuesday of undisclosed causes at the age of 66. To say he was an industry unto himself is not hyperbole. Seventeen of his novels sat atop the New York Times Best Seller List and one hundred million copies of his books are currently in print, but perhaps most culturally significant is that many of the movie adaptations of his books were not only wildly profitable, they were watchable as well (which probably had as much to do with Clancy's signature tight plotting, complex conflicts and memorable characters as anything the film makers did).

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