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Pick Up HCPL Items at the Texas Medical Center Library

tmc libraryIt’s not always easy navigating the area around the Texas Medical Center, so HCPL and the TMC Library hope to reduce daily stress for those who work or seek treatment in the Medical Center with the availability of public library items for pick-up and browsing in the TMC Library.

Starting January 3, 2012, Harris County Public Library materials will be available for convenient pickup at the TMC Library location (1133 John Freeman Boulevard).  Simply select the materials you want in the library’s catalog at www.hcpl.net, place a request using your library card, select TMC as the pickup location, and the items will be delivered to the TMC Library.  Once your items arrive, you will receive a notification by e-mail or phone and have one week to pick them up.  If you would just like to browse, the library will have a small collection of books for adults, children and teens available on site.  If you don’t currently have a HCPL library card, you can apply for one online or at the HAM-TMC Library.

Please note that parking is not free at this location.  More information is available through the TMC website.

UPDATE: Most HCPL Branches Resume Normal Business Hours & Programming, Monday, Sept. 11.

Lone Star College - Tomball Community Library Closed Friday, August 11

closedThe Lone Star College - Tomball campus and Lone Star College - Tomball Community Library will be closed on Friday, August 11th due to a planned outage of water services related to construction.  The campus and library will reopen for regular business hours on Saturday, August 12.

For library services on Friday, please visit the Barbara Bush Branch Library or the Northwest Branch Library.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Celebrate Día with HCPL

diaJoin us this week in honor of the 20th anniversary of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día.   Día is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Festivities this week at HCPL include hosting the play Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! adapted from the book by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez and presented by Brave Little Company.  

Chico Canta and his family invite you to make music, put on plays, and speak many languages inside the walls of the old theater where they live.

chico cantaMon. Apr. 25 @ 4:30 PM - High Meadows Branch Library

Wed. Apr. 27 @ 5:00 PM - Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library

Thurs. Apr. 28 @ 4:30 PM - North Channel Branch Library

Fri. Apr. 29 @ 1:00 PM - Maud Marks Branch Library

All HCPL programs are free and open to the public.  For more information, please call 713-274-6600.

Meet Edward Melton, HCPL's New Library Director

Please join us in welcoming our new Library Director to HCPL!  

Edward Melton brings strategic focus, vision, and innovative leadership during a successful career of guiding and implementing library services. He is keen on leveraging partnerships and collaboration to build sustainable library service models. Even though he strongly supports innovation and technology, he is very practical and traditional in his value of public libraries. He understands the traditional role of libraries and works to create a balance between innovation and tradition.

We're 20,000 Readers Strong!

read to me babyThat's right!  Today we reached 20,000 readers signed up for summer reading fun.  If you're not one of them, there's still time to register and achieve your reading goal.  Fun and educational programs, reading activities, and prizes run through August 10, 2014.

Psst...Have You Heard? We're Having Summer Reading Fun!

girls at programSince we're being scientific this summer, Fun is defined by Merriam-Webster as "what provides amusement or enjoyment; specifically :  playful often boisterous action or speech."  I think these pictures from some of the library activities across the county give you a much better idea.  It's not too late for you to sign up and join in - the fun runs through August 9th!

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Keeping Up with the Reading Stack

Amazon just released a list of the best romance books published so far this year, according to their editors.  I am kind of appalled at myself that I've only read one of them -- Laura Kaye's Hard as You Can, the second book in a great new romantic suspense series.  I have a couple of the others in my pile of books to read and I am fan of many authors on the list, but I don't guess that counts in my favor.

What about you?  Have you read any on this list?  Do you think they're the best romance books so far this year?

Guess the Birdies & Support the Friends of the Library

hcfolThe 2014 Shell Houston Open will be held on March 31- April 6, 2014 and the Harris County Friends of the Library will be raising funds through Birdies for Charity .  How is the money used?  The Friends help pay for the summer reading activities,  educational and cultural programs at library branches, and eBooks for the collection.  

How can you participate?  It's easy.  You make a minimum pledge of a penny for every birdie made Wednesday through Sunday by the pros at the Shell Houston Open or make a donation of $20 or more.  For every penny per birdie pledged, you get a guess as to how many birdies will be made this year.  For every $20 pledged, you get a guess. If you guess correctly, you have a chance to win the Grand Prize!  Total birdies for the past five years have been:   1,722  1,528  1,786  1,750  1,615.  Deadline for pledges is Monday, March 31, 2014.

If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact Peggy Kruckemeyer at reginahenke@gmail.com.  

Try Out the New Library Catalog

Don't panic!  We've got the new library catalog ready for you to test, but the same familiar search is still the one you'll be using from the library website.  We think you're going to like the new features that make it easier than ever to access all of the resources in our collection, no matter the format.  Look for:

  • Smarter search technology that makes it easier to find exactly what you're looking for
  • Featured NYT Bestseller Lists and New Items Lists
  • New texting and social media features
  • Spell Check
  • Individual "My List" creation
  • Ability to place multiple holds at once

Take a test run of our new catalog: hcpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/webcat.  We want to hear what you think, so please share your discoveries in the comments.

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