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Early Voting Is Under Way!

Early voting for the November 3 elections has begun. You can vote early from October 19 - 30.

If all politics is local, this election is where the rubber hits the road. It may not have the glitz of a presidential race to pique people's interest, but, in the long run, the races and propositions on this ballot may have greater impact on your day to day life. Your vote counts and Harris County Public Library encourages everyone to exercise the right to be heard.

Harris County Precinct 4 Tribute to Veterans Dinner & Concert

Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle cordially invites all veterans to Tribute to Veterans Dinner and Concert on Wednesday, November 11 at the Humble Civic Center.

Book Hunters in Brief #95: Get Away @ Your Library

Teen Read Read: October 18 - 24

The Teen Read Week theme this year is "Get Away @ Your Library" which speaks to both the idea that the public library can be the best kind of refuge from the stuff all of us, but especially young adults, have to deal on a daily basis. It also gets at the idea that reading, almost by definition, opens up the world to the reader--reading can be a road map for your life.

Just in Time for the Int'l Quilt Festival Houston: "Who You Callin' a Fat Quarter?"

Just in time for the International Quilt Festival Houston is coming up October 29 - November 3 at the George R. Brown Convention, we've created a Featured Collection of Quilting and Needlecraft eBooks, "Who You Callin' a Fat Quarter?" on OverDrive.

Volunteer to Read Across the Globe!

Join HCPL on Monday, October 19 to impact literacy in your community and help set a world record at the same time.

This is the best feel good opportunity you will see this week; it’s a two-fer: help the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and Harris County Public Library positively impact literacy in your community, and set an official Guiness Book TM world record for ‘most children reading with an adult in 24 hours.’ HCPL is working with Galena Park ISD  for the Points of Light Foundation’s Read Across the Globe initiative, but schools all over Houston and Harris County are in need of volunteers.

Find a participating school near you and register to volunteer online at Connect4Literacy.org.

Book Hunters in Brief #94: Frankenstein Reborn

As with so many archetypal characters--Robin Hood, Cinderella, the Cowboy--each generation remakes Frankenstein's monster in its own image. Originally, a stand-in for science run amok, nowadays, the monster tends toward the brooding and existential--goading us to ask questions like, why are we here? What is our relationship to our creator? What is the rational response to a world that seems increasingly hostile to our existence?

Writers have been riffing on Mary Shelley's creation almost since she first loosed him on the world. This week, the Book Hunters offer several spins--some serious, some lighter--on Frankenstein's monster.

Book Hunters in Brief #93: Further Reading for Gulf Coast Reads

There's a feeling that all readers know when they the last words on the last page of a good book. Actually, I don't think it's a feeling; it is many feelings all swirling together: exhilaration, satisfaction, contentment, pride, but also hunger for the next book and a twinge of doubt that they'll ever find another that will give such pleasure.

Gulf Coast Reads Author Ann Weisgarber at MFAH on Sunday, Oct. 4. 3 - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for The Promise: A Conversation with Author Ann Weisgarber, a special Gulf Coast Reads event at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Sunday, October 4, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Following a reading from her novel, Gulf Coast Reads 2015 selection, The Promise, Ann will sit down for what promises to be a lively conversation with Lisa Gray, lead columnist for the Houston Chronicle’s Gray Matters series.

For more information about Gulf Coast Reads including additional author appearances and special programs, visit www.gulfcoastreads.org and follow GCR on Facebook or Twitter @gulfcoastreads

Book Hunters in Brief #92: Banned Books Week 2015

Don't let someone else do your thinking for you. Take the challenge; read a banned book for Banned Books Week, September 27 - October 3. The Book Hunters will be, and, if you're up for it, they have provided some suggestions for you.

Gulf Coast Reads The Promise.

Book discussions, special events, author appearances and more all across southeast Texas. Visit our Events Calendar for the full schedule and www.gulfcoastreads.org for special features starting October 1. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @gulfcoastreads

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