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All HCPL Branches Will Be Closed Tuesday, January 28.

Due to forecasted severe weather and possibly hazardous driving conditions, County Judge Ed Emmett has announced that all Harris County offices--including all Harris County Public Library branches and administrative offices--will be closed Tuesday, January 28.

Libraries will be open regular hours on Wednesday, January 29.

UPDATE: As of 10 PM on Monday, Lone Star College Campuses, including  LSC - Cy-Fair Branch Library and LSC - Tomball Community will be closed as well.

Book Hunters in Brief: Nordic Noir

Book Hunters in Brief #6: Nordic NoirIf you're a fan of Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole mysteries, Book Hunters recommends these chilly read-alikes.

The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander mysteries) by Henning Mankell

The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström mysteries) by Camilla Läckberg

The Keeper of Lost Causes (The Department Q series) by Jussi Adler-Olsen

If none of these is your cup of glögg, visit Book Hunters, tell us what you like and in a couple weeks or less, we'll send you a reading list customized to your tastes.

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Book Hunters in Brief: Harry Dresden

Book Hunters in Brief - Harry Dresden

If you love the detective/wizard Harry Dresden in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, we're pretty sure you love these too!

Thomas Nightingale, Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

Atticus O'Sullivan, Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Elvis Cole, The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais

None of these to your taste? Visit Book Hunters, your personal reading consultants, for your own customized reading list.

Titles listed above are the first in their series. You can find them all at HCPL.

TLA 2014-15 Reading Lists Are Here!

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Every year the Texas Library Association compiles a number of reading lists comprised of the best of the best books for children, teens and adults as chosen by Texas librarians. As always, this year's lists contain big name titles everyone's talking about, as well as hidden gems you might have missed.

2014-15 TxLA Reading Lists

Find Out First with Author Alerts

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With Author Alerts you can stay up-to-date on today's hottest authors. Messages via text or email let you know when the sequel you've been waiting on hits the shelves. Sign up for Author Alerts now!

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?

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