With temperatures often in the triple digits these days, we invite you to cool off at any of our branches. All branches have air conditioning and plenty of places to sit and relax. You might want to peruse our collection of books, DVDs, and audios, take a free computer class or bring your child to storytime. All branches offer a variety of programming this summer to expand your mind and help keep you cool.
County health officials offer these tips to keep cool:
Starting August 15, 2011, grant funded renovations will begin on the Jacinto City Branch Library to update the building and add a meeting room for public use. The library will be closed during renovations, which are expected to be completed by March, 2012. While the Jacinto City Branch Library is closed, customers may use the nearby North Channel Branch Library, which is located at 15741 Wallisville Road. In the upcoming months, the South Houston Branch Library and the Galena Park Branch Library will undergo their own renovations. Information about these locations will be shared as it becomes available. For more
Okay, I don't really think dragon romances are going to become as popular as vampire romances. But, there are several excellent new series featuring dragons available from the library and I wanted to bring them to your attention. I actually think the fantasy/urban fantasy romance blend has overtaken the vampires in popularity, and I consider the dragon books part of that trend.
What is a book trailer, you ask? Imagine the promos you see for upcoming films when you go to the theater, only these are promoting upcoming books and are viewed online. They cover a wide range of book categories and a wide range of video capabilities, but some of them are funny, well-made and intriguing. The book trailer embedded below is for Sherrilyn Kenyon's most recent Dark Hunters book, No Mercy:
What do you think? Embarassing or enticing? Would a book trailer convince you to try something you might not normally read?
Everyone is invited to "Dig Up a Good Book" this summer with HCPL summer reading programs for the entire family. The fun begins Friday, June 3rd and runs through Friday, August 5th Saturday, August 6th, but you can set up your account starting May 31st if you would like a few extra days before you begin logging the books you read. Registration and reading logs are online, but we encourage you to check out the events calendar and visit your local branch to take part in the great free family entertainment happening all summer long.
Last weekend I was scarfing down the books in Maya Banks' KGI series as if they were bonbons and I paused for a moment to wonder about the source of their appeal. I started reading the first book because I was in the mood for a military/adventure type of romance, but by the time I finished that one and drove to the nearest bookstore to buy the next two, I was caught up in the story of the family. It made me think of how many series I've made my way through because I really liked the characters in a family, I wanted to find out what happened in all of their imaginary lives, and I just wanted to spend more time with them.
When my best friend and I were in high school, we decided we were going to write a book together. One week later, we weren't speaking to each other. We couldn't agree on what the characters would be named, what they would look like, what they were going to do, or what they were saying to each other. We won't even get into the delusion that we could actually write. Needless to say, I have a great respect for the special skills of authors who can collaborate to tell a single story. I mean ones who really collaborate, not become a brand with a second author. I am baffled by how they can make it work as a truly equal effort, but some very successful teams of friends, husbands and wives, even mothers and sons have proven it can be done.
The West University Branch Library will have a reduction in hours starting April 6, 2011. Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net. The new West University Branch Library schedule will be: Monday 10-8, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 1-6, Friday 1-6, and Saturday 10-5. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.
The Octavia Fields Branch Library will have a reduction in hours starting April 6, 2011. Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net. The new Octavia Fields Branch Library schedule will be: Monday 1-7, Tuesday 10-9, Wednesday 10-7, Thursday 10-9, Friday Closed, and Saturday 10-5. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.
The Northwest Branch Library will have a reduction in hours starting April 6, 2011. Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net. The new Northwest Branch Library schedule will be: Monday 1-8, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 12-8, Thursday 10-6, Friday Closed, and Saturday 10-5. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.