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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.

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.

Friends of the Library-Kingwood Gives $25,000 for Digital Collections

emedia checkFriends of the Library-Kingwood (FOLK) has generously granted $25,000 to add new material to Harris County Public Library's Digital Media Collection. The bulk of these funds will go to Overdrive eBooks and eAudios for both adults and children. Some of these funds may be used for newer digital collections, including Hoopla's app-based streaming media, OneClickdigital's audiobooks, Flipster's digital magazines, or the HCPL eSelect collection of independent authors – all available through your library card.

Girl Scouts Create Garden for Northwest Branch Library

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Many thanks go out to Cadette Girl Scout Troop #14318, of the Wildflowers Community, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council for their support of the Northwest Branch Library!  Last Saturday, despite stormy weather and power outages at the library, they held a Storybook Run to raise money for a library garden and then stayed to plant the garden.

Harris County Public Library Seeks Citizenship Tutors

Would you consider helping someone become a U.S. Citizen?  A little of your time can make a huge difference.

Harris County Public Library will begin offering free citizenship classes this month.  We are in need of volunteers to help teach the classes in this program, to be held in various library locations.  Volunteers are required to attend a 3-hour HCPL Citizenship Tutor Training.  Training topics will include eligibility requirements, the citizenship process, the Naturalization test and Civics.

The initial training opportunity will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Parker Williams Branch Library, located at 10851 Scarsdale Boulevard, Suite 510, Houston, TX 77089.  For more information, or to register, call Alisha Hall at 713-749-9000 or email alisha_hall@hcpl.net.

 

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?

Barbara Bush Library Friends Honor Librarian Nancy Agafitei

Barbara Bush Branch Librarian Nancy Agafitei will be retiring at the end of June, after working 25 years for Harris County Public Library.  Her coworkers, community colleagues and the Barbara Bush Library Friends hosted a reception today to celebrate her career and accomplishments.

Here Barbara Bush Library Friends President Penny Boozman presents HCPL Interim Director Ron Lucik with a check for five thousand dollars in honor of Nancy Agafitei.  Happy retirement, Nancy!

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