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Sizzling Romantic Suspense

There's nothing more relaxing than a good romantic suspense novel for a vacation read, even if you never leave the house.  You're taken on a vicarious adventure in a setting different from your own and you get a double sense of closure with the mystery being solved and a HEA for the protagonists.  If only travel agencies could provide the same kind of trip...

Have You Signed Up Yet?

baby with book

Don't forget to sign up for a Summer Reading Program!  We've got programs, books and drawings for children, teens and adults.  Join us and celebrate the joy of reading with the whole family!

Look for magicians and clowns, variety shows and crafts, computer camps and art camps, movies and music, book discussions and storytimes...and much, much more!

Check the schedule at your branch to catch it all.

Summer Full of Romance

One of the most fun things about being a librarian is that it's part of your job to know the details about new books being published.  This summer has new titles from many popular romance authors -- something for everyone, so place your reserve now!Ten Things I Love About You

May Release

Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn

A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh

Reading in Other People's Shoes


My reading tastes run almost exclusively to fiction.  But, every now and again, I get a desire to immerse myself in biographies or memoirs.  When I was in the third grade, I read our entire classroom collection of biographies of famous Americans.  Perhaps it serves as a more grounded version of my fiction bibliotherapy -- taking a vacation from my life and experiencing someone else's thoughts and world.  I've got my hands on a particularly good crop of biographies and memoirs right now, some of which you might also enjoy:

Are You Ready for Summer Reading?

summer reading program

It's Summer Reading Program time again and we've got free family fun for everyone!  Starting June 4th, registration begins for all three programs -- for children, teens and adults.  Register at to track your progress online and visit your local library branch for exciting summer performances and activities!

Look for HCPL at the Houston Art Car Parade

Aldine Art Bookcart

Look for HCPL and this year's Art Bookcarts in the Fun Zone in Sam Houston Park at the Houston Art Car Parade this weekend!  This year's carts were decorated by teens and staff at the Aldine, Atascocita, and Bear Creek branch libraries.

New Kingwood Library Now Open for Business

The new Kingwood Branch Library opened yesterday, and the crowds were on hand to see the new building, take part in library programs, and check out books, CDs and DVDs.  During the action packed day, we:

  • Heard from local leaders how the library came to be

Grand Opening

  • Took tours with the Friends of the Library Kingwood


Hours Change at Five Library Locations

Five library locations will have new hours starting April 19th, 2010. The new library schedules for Aldine Branch Library, Crosby Branch Library, Kingwood Branch Library, La Porte Branch Library and Maud Marks Branch Library are:

  • Aldine Branch Library – Monday 1-8, Tuesday 10-7, Wednesday 1-8, Thursday 10-7, Friday 1-6, Saturday 10-5
  • Crosby Branch Library – Monday 12-8, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday Closed, Thursday 10-6, Friday 1-6, Saturday 10-5
  • Kingwood Branch Library – Monday 1-9, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday Closed, Thursday 10-6, Friday 1-6, Saturday 10-5
  • La Porte Branch Library – Monday 1-9, Tuesday 10-7, Wednesday 10-7, Thursday 10-7,Friday 1-6, Saturday 10-5
  • Maud Marks Branch Library – Monday 1-9, Tuesday 10-9, Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-6, Friday 1-6, Saturday 10-5

Online services are still available 24/7 at

Correction: La Porte's Tuesday Hours are 10-7 not 10-6 as previously posted.

Sitcom Love

I had lunch with a friend a few days ago and at one point we talked about how much we both like the new show Modern Family.  She said it was very unusual for her to like a sitcom at all.  Even though they are not fashionable right now, I am the complete opposite -- I love a well-written sitcom.  Make me laugh for 30 minutes at a time and I'm loyal for life.  I was overjoyed when television DVD sets were introduced, and I take full advantage of the library's collection.  Here are a few of my favorites through the years that I have revisited with the help of my library card:

Be Counted for Harris County

It's time, again, for the American population to be counted.  If you do your part and fill out your census form, you're not only helping create an accurate historical record, you're helping your community to get a fair share of federal funding for transportation, future housing needs, critical programs for youth and seniors, and planning for future disasters.  An accurate count will also serve as a guide for school district boundaries, job training centers, child-care and community centers and libraries. The ten question forms have gone out, they take about ten minutes to fill out, and they help Harris County garner ten times the return in federal funding.  Census answers are used solely to provide statistical data, they're private and can't be used against you in any way.  For more information, visit the official Harris County census site or the census bureau site.

So, please take a few minutes to be counted and let's find the power in numbers!

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