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Book Hunters in Brief #132: Red, White & Blue

Whether you're going to the coast this long holiday weekend, or cooling your toes in the backyard wading pool, you'll want something cool to read between long pulls on tall, frosty glasses of liquid refreshment. Here are a few recommendations sure to set off fireworks of the bookish variety.

540,000 and Counting! Project Mill-E at the Midway Mark.

July 1 is the midpoint of the year and we thought it would be a good time to give you a progress report on Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016. In a word, the progress has been amazing! Since January 1, HCPL eBook readers have checked out 540,669 items (compared to a smidge over 397,000 for the same period last year—an increase of 36 percent). Any way you slice it, that is some serious eReading.

Book Hunters in Brief #131: BFG Readalikes

I used to whine to my daughter about Hollywood's insistence on ruining so many of my fond childhood memories by adapting favorite books into movies until, one day in the car after watching a truly execrable adaptation of truly great children's book, she fixed me with the kind of withering look that pre-adolescent girls tend to reserve only for their fathers, and said something to the effect of, "The book is the book. The movie is the movie." She was right, of course. They are two different mediums with there own conventions and limitations. A bad adaptation does nothing to diminish the book...in theory, at least.

Read/Do 10: Read it. Do it. Log it.

There are lots of different ways besides reading to participate in Harris County Public Library's Summer Reading Program.

Book Hunters In Brief #130: Comics & Graphic Novels for Comicpalooza

If you're going to Comicpalooza this weekend, stop by and say hello to the HCPL crew. We'll have our 3D printers and other cool maker machines fired up, and, of course, we're always ready to geek out on comics, graphic novels and all nature of fandom.

Book Hunters in Brief #129: Special Summer Reading Edition

This week Book Hunters offers some sporty books to get kids off to a fast start in their summer reading--after all, this year's theme is "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!"

Football With Dad by  Frank Berrios

Henry Holton takes the Ice by Sandra Bradley

Lucky Luis by Gary Soto ; illustrated by Rhode Montijo

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Losers Take All  by David Klass

 

Book Hunters in Brief #128: Stormy Weather Reads

A lot of hoity-toity writers will tell you that using weather--especially bad weather--to evoke their characters inner state is something only bad and/or lazy writers do. As far as I can tell, it's something all writers do. Has it ever not rained on a fictional funeral? Has a monster ever emerged from its lair without flashes of lightning in the distance? Has a hard-boiled detective ever hunched through the mean streets waxing darkly on the general inhumanity of humans without a chill wind against which he turns up his trench coat's collar?

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Houston Food Bank Will Provide Nutritious Free Lunches to Kids at Galena Park Branch Library this Summer

Harris County Public Library is proud to announce that Galena Park Branch Library will provide nutritious, free lunches to area children through the Houston Food Bank’s Kids Café program. Only children 1 – 18 years are eligible. Meals and snacks are provided on a first come, first served basis. Supplies are limited, but will be adjusted depending on demand.

June 6 – August 3
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Houston Food Bank Will Provide Nutritious, Free Lunches to Kids at 13 HCPL Branches this Summer

Harris County Public Library is proud to announce that thirteen HCPL branches will provide nutritious, free lunches to children in low income areas of Harris County through the Houston Food Bank’s Kids Café program. Only children 1 – 18 years are eligible. Meals and snacks are provided on a first come, first served basis. Supplies are limited, but will be adjusted depending on demand. See schedule below for days and times at the HCPL branch nearest you.

Summer Reading @ HCPL Starts June 6!

Harris County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off June 6 with new incentives & new ways to participate.

Harris County Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program has never been just about reading. Summer at HCPL is about reading and all the ways it helps you engage more fully with the world around you. With that in mind, for the first time, HCPL will offer incentives not only for what you read, but for what you do, as well.

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