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HCPL Receives ALA/Google Grant

Harris County Public Library is the only library in Texas to be part of the 2017 Libraries Ready to Code initiative.

The grant comes from the American Library Association and is sponsored by Google. With the funding, HCPL will work with twenty-eight other libraries across the country to design and implement computer coding programs for young people.

The grant-funded programs will address specific groups that are currently underrepresented in computer science careers: girls, residents of rural and low-income communities, as well as young people of color and those with disabilities.

For Great Cinema, HCPL & Kanopy Have You Covered

 

Thousands of Independent and Classic Films from the Criterion Collection Now Streaming Free with your Library Card

Your selection of videos at Harris County Public Library has just grown by over 25,000 titles. HCPL recently added the streaming video service, Kanopy, to its digital roster. Kanopy focuses on independent films, critically acclaimed documentaries and classic cinema from the renowned Criterion Collection. Now all the movies you see on those 100 Greatest Films of All Time lists, but have never seen on-screen are available to you free of charge 24/7 with your HCPL library card.

Join HCPL at Houston Maker Faire Sat. & Sun, Oct. 21 - 22 at GRB

maker faire graphic - Young woman buildingJoin Harris County Public Library and a host of other makers, educators and exhibitors at Houston Maker Faire this weekend, October 21 & 22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

Gulf Coast Reads News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Gulf Coast Reads starts October 1! Join Harris County Public Library and libraries all across southeast Texas for book discussions and special events.

You Can Help HCFOL Help Your LIbrary

hcfol.org Network for Good buttonAll of us who lived through the recent floods will remember the devastation and loss, but hopefully the more lasting memories will be of the generosity of spirit and selflessness of the people who call southeast Texas home. Many of you have asked how you can make monetary donations to help in Harris County Public Library's recovery. The Harris County Friends of the Library have now set up an online system that streamlines the process. It allows you to specify, if you wish, how your donation is to be used, so if you want to give to the HCPL system as a whole, to your home library, or to one of the four HCPL branches that remaiin closed due to flood damage, you can.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Harris County Public Library is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of programs and events. Join and you will go all over the Hispanic world including Ecuador, Guatemala & Puerto Rico. You will do traditional crafts, but also go high-tech with 3D printed 'sugar' skulls. Enjoy music, food & more! Click here to see some of what we have in store.

Together, We Will: How We Can Help, How You Can Help

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The rains had not yet stopped before many of you began offering Harris County Public Library your help and support. We were not surprised; we know you. Still, we cannot adequately express our gratitude for your generosity. 

When the scope of the damage became apparent, many of you told us how your library has been a constant in your lives and in your children’s lives—a source of pleasure and growth, as well as a refuge. We know that when you saw the damage and heard that your library will be closed indefinitely, it was not unlike losing someone close to you. We want to assure you that Harris County Public Library intends to bring back all of our libraries better than ever. We also want you to know that 22 out of 26 of our branches will return to normal operating hours starting Monday, September 11.  We are ready to help you, and Harris County as whole, rebuild.

After Harvey: Frequently Asked Questions

HCPL Harvey FAQs

I could not return my library materials because I could not reach the library due to high water. Am I still responsible for the late fees? 

If you return your books by September 15, you will not accrue late fees.

Kids & Teens! If You Completed Summer Reading, You Earned a Houston Dynamo Ticket!

HCPL Summer Reading Program partner, the Houston Dynamo is offering a free ticket with the purchase of a discounted adult ticket to any child or teen who completed all levels of HCPL's Summer Reading Program. The tickets are for the Saturday, September 9 match against the Colorado Rapids.

Eligible kids and teens must pick up their ticket vouchers from their library branch by August 19 and call the phone number on the voucher by September 8.

The Eclipse @ HCPL

One of the perks of living in the 21st century is that we know enough about how the solar system works that we do not need to worry much about the moon actually swallowing the sun during the upcoming solar eclipse. We can just sit back, strap on our certified safe eclipse-viewing glasses and enjoy the celestial show. In case you have not heard, on August 21, there will be a total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast. Here in the Houston area, we will not get the full monty, but it will still be pretty spectacular. It has been ninety-nine years since the last one. Several Harris County Public Library branches will be hosting viewing parties on Monday, August 21. Others have programs scheduled to get you ready for the big event. 

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