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80's Movies and Henna tattoos!

Teens, it's shaping up to be a great summer so far!  Last week was the duct tape and sharpie tie-dye activities, which were a blast.  If you missed them, no problem.  Ms. Sunni has plenty of fun stuff for the rest of the summer here!  Be sure to stop by The Hideout and pick up a schedule.  This week, we plan on an 80s movie flashback on Tuesday at 3:00 PM and Henna on Thursday also at 3:00 PM, which requires a signed permission form from a parent or guardian.  Join us for more teen-only activities here at the library! 

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Duct Tape & Tie-Dye!

Hey, teens, this Tuesday, June 8th, make yourself a new wallet using just duct tape! Or if tape wallets aren't your thing, on Thursday, June 10th,  bring a plain white t-shirt and try your hand at sharpie tie-dye! It's fun and easy! Both crafts start at 4:30 PM in the downstairs meeting room. And don't forget next week! We've got a movie on Tuesday and Henna on Thursday (permission slip needed for Henna).  Check with Ms. Sunni in the teen room for a program flyer. And be on the lookout for our gaming competitions! There will be several over the summer months.

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Summer is Here, Teens!

Summer is here, teens, and have we got plans for you!  If you haven't already, stop by The Hideout upstairs and sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program.  Also, pick up a flyer while you're at it!  Ms. Sunni has plenty of stuff for you to do, so there's no reason for you to be bored here at the library!  If you're between 12-18, join us Tuesday, June 8th, for Duct Tape Crafts and Thursday, June 10th, for Sharpie tie-dye.  Both programs start at 4:30 PM. Sharpie tie-dye requires you to bring your own white t-shirt (and no, you can't use the one you are wearing). Both programs will be held in the large meeting room downstairs.  Don't miss out on the fun! 

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Video of the Library's Grand Opening

Did you miss the Grand Opening ceremony for the library on April 19th?  No problem!  We've got it on video right here for you.  The first part is below, and the rest of the ceremony videos are at our YouTube channel here!

Adult Summer Reading Program!

If you thought the summer reading program was only for kids and teens, think again!  Adults, if you're looking forward to catching up on your reading this summer, then be sure to register for ReaderNation, our adult summer reading program!  Registration begins on Friday, June 4th, and ends Saturday, August 7th.  Visit us in person or register online at www.hcpl.net and read and log at least four titles before Saturday, August 14th.  After that, besides having enjoyed the reward of reading a good novel or two, you've made yourself eligible for a bookstore gift card as a prize!  Make the most of your love of reading this summer and register for ReaderNation!

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Summer plans, Teens?

Hey, teens, what are you up to this summer?  If you haven't figured that out yet, come up to the Hideout and take a look at what we've got going on!  Ms. Sunni has got a bunch of special programs and activities lined up, and we've put the info all in one place.  If you're the type who likes to plan ahead, or if you just want to be surprised to find out that the library can actually be a cool place to be, come up and grab a Texas Teens Read program flyer to see what's happening during the next several months! 

The Hideout - Teens only!

Hey, teens, in case you haven't heard, we've carved out a space just for you in the new library building.  It's called "The Hideout," and that's just what it's meant to be!  We've got everything from your favorite authors to your favorite series titles, not to mention graphic novels, study areas, teen computer stations, and even a room for videogaming!  Ms. Sunni has lined up a bunch of programs and activities for you also on weekday afternoons, including the Know-It-Alls book club for LoneStar books on the first and third Mondays of the month, The Lady and Her Green Knights Chess Club every Tuesday, and a free-style Lego building activity on Thursdays.  So, get up here as soon as you can!  There's way too much fun to be had up here!

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Computer Classes Now Available!

Just as we promised, computer training classes are now here!  In our brand new building is a computer training lab on the second floor.  We've begun scheduling classes for May and are offering instruction on basic topics between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM on Tuesdays:  Introduction to Computers on the 4th, Introduction to the Internet on the 11th, Library Catalog Searching on the 18th, and Facebook/Social Networking on the 25th.  We will also offer an introductory course on Microsoft Word on Monday, May 17th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  To sign up, just give us a call at 281-360-6804 or visit the staff on the second-floor Adult Services area.  If you don't find yourself interested in any of these courses, stay tuned!  There are plenty more to come in the following months!

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Opening day!

It was a very busy but exciting day on Monday, April 19th, for our Grand Opening at our new location.  If you didn't get a chance to visit, we'd definitely love to see you here in our brand new library built just for you, the public.  Take a look at our slide show below to see some of the day's activities and distinguished guests!

Moving Week 4 - Almost Finished!

The staff has been working hard this week to get everything ready, and it has certainly paid off!  We're all exhausted but pleased by what has been accomplished.  In just a little over a week, the community will be able to enjoy a brand new, spacious library building full of new and exciting services.  Take a look at the pictures below to see the progress that has been made!

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