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October 1st is Follow a Library on Twitter Day

October 1st is Follow a Library on Twitter day! If you're a Twitter member and follow libraries, simply add #followalibrary to a tweet and mention which libraries you follow! If you do not follow a library, visit our list or FollowaLibrary's list of libraries and start following now! 

Banned Books Week: September 25th - October 2nd

Saturday, September 25th is the beginning of Banned Books Week, a week dedicated to celebrating the freedom to read by highlighting some of the books that faced censorship over the years.

The American Library Association compiles lists of challenged books each year including a list of classic titles, many of which may surprise you. These titles come from reports on book challenges, which are "formal written requests to remove a book from a library or classroom because of an objection to the book’s content."

Fifth Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival @ South Houston Library

North Channel Library's Hispanic Heritage FestivalIt is that time of year again! This year's Hispanic Heritage Festival will take place at South Houston Branch Library this Saturday, September 25th, between 10am-2pm. Join us at 10am for a Hispanic Heritage themed puppet show and continue the festivities outside the library with a variety of crafts, entertainment, and more! We will also have special guest appearances by Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia, the Houston Dynamobile, and the Fiesta Party van. We will also have a moonwalk, face painting, candy-filled piñatas, and food!

2010 ReaderNation Winners

Thanks to all who participated in this year's Adult Summer Reading Program, ReaderNation! Amazon gift cards are courtesy of HCPL Friends of the Library. We hope you can join us in 2011!

The Walking Dead

Autumn is a week away which means Halloween is around the corner! To get you in the spirit of Halloween and all things spooky, get your fill of horror with ZOMBIES! 

New Graphic Novels @ HCPL

Greetings! See what new titles we're adding to our graphic novel collection. For an expanded list of graphic novels, check out our Adult, Young Adult and Juvenile new non-fiction titles.

2010 Summer Reading Program in Review

 

 
Thanks to all who caught the Summer Reading Express! We hope to see you again in 2011!

September is Library Card Sign Up Month!

Yes, that is correct. September is Library Card Sign Up Month and we hope you can help us spread the word to get new visitors to apply! Or perhaps your card is expired or needs to be updated. What better time is there than September to do just these things?! 

Not sure what you can do with a library card? Check out our top 10 reasons: 

August 28th is Read Comics in Public Day

Show your comic book appreciation and pride by reading a comic in public tomorrow! This day was founded by editors at The Daily Cross Hatch to help promote acceptance of comics and comics readership. If you have yet to read to a comic book or perhaps have one that is being neglected, now is the time to show your support for graphic novels! 

Not sure what to read? 

How about reading Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, the Books on the Bayou 2010 pick?

Or, here are a few personal favorites that are quick reads:

Learning with FunBrain

Parents and teachers, are you looking for new ways to entertain and educate children? I recently came across FunBrain, a sister site of FactMonster and InfoPlease, that offers a variety of fun activities for grade levels K-8. Children can choose from a variety of interactive games, MadLibs (yay, MadLibs are still around!), web books and web comics, and other resources to improve reading and math skills. Not only is there a wealth of tools for children, FunBrain has teacher resources as well.Teachers can find games that best match a desired grade level or subject to make teaching fun!

You can find other useful sources on our Kids' Page too. Happy hunting & learning this new school year!

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