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TGIF Programs Tech Q&A Series Returns Friday Morning!

Adults - The TGIF Programs Tech Q&A Series Returns Friday Morning @ 10:30! Let's talk about the technology issues concerning you! People from Freeman Library will be here to address questions about desktops/laptops, smartphones, digital tablets, HCPL eMedia, and more.

Refreshments for all TGIF Programs events are provided by the Friends of Freeman Library. Please contact the Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, TX 77062 or at (832) 927-5420 for further information.

Warm up at Stratford Library - Highlands

Warm up at Stratford Library - Highlands

Feeling chilly today? The library is warm and open to all!

Stop in to use our computers, read a book, or play with your children.

ESL Tutor Training at Kingwood Library

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Are you interested in volunteering your time to help others in the new year? Would you like to help some of your neighbors have happier, more productive lives? Would you like to help other adults learn English? Become a volunteer ESL tutor at HCPL! No teaching experience necessary. We provide the space and materials. You provide the time and the desire to help. You will be able to make your own schedule. Please join us at the Kingwood Library for an ESL Tutor Training on 2-18-17 in the computer lab from 10am to 2:30pm. Please also make sure to follow the link to fill out the tutor registration form when you sign up for the training. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Building Life Skills – Meal Prep January 11th @ 5 PM [7+]

     We all need to eat. That’s a fact. As the new year starts, we typically want to shed some of the weight that we added on form all of those delicious holiday treats.

     Join us on January 11th at 5PM in the Library Community Room at the Parker Williams Branch Library. We will be learning how to plan a week’s worth of meals, create a shopping list, and the essentials of preparing your food ahead of time so that you have a healthy option when you just don’t feel like cooking. 

 

Polliwog Club by the Harris County Precinct 1 Naturalists December 19th through the 22nd @ 1-2 PM [3+]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for something educational for your kids to do during the Christmas break? The Naturalists from Harris County’s Precinct 1 will be coming to the Parker Williams Branch Library Community Room to teach children about different animal habitat on each day.

The Polliwog Club program includes songs, stories, crafts and LIVE animals! The program is geared toward children ages 3 to 5. Parental attendance is required during the hour long, four-day program.

We Have A New Friend At GP

Hey everybody! Come meet our new huggable, lovable friend Gene the Bear. Gene the Bear loves to read books, eat berries and honey, take extremely long naps, and chase butterflies when he is not napping. He enjoys picnics and helping people. One day, Gene the Bear decided he wanted to help his community but did not know how. He went to visit his friend Congressman Gene Green for advice. After a long conversation, they decided that the best way for Gene the Bear to help his community was to become a reading companion for children at the Galena Park Library...

Gulf Coast Reads One Amazing Thing

one amazing thingGulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is an exciting new initiative supporting community reading and discussion that will be held each September.  This program replaces and expands the Big Read and Books on the Bayou programs from previous years and brings together libraries and community groups from Houston, Harris County and surrounding counties.

The premise of the program is that people living in Harris County and the surrounding areas along the gulf coast will all read the same book at the same time, generating discussion among co-workers, friends, families and classrooms. The goal of Gulf Coast Reads is to cultivate a culture of reading in the local area by encouraging people to come together in libraries, bookstores, community centers, homes, churches, and schools to discuss the book. 

This year’s selection is One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.   This book was selected because it shows that culturally diverse people can come together during their collective struggle to overcome adversity. In a moment when the psychological and emotional stress seems nearly too much for them to bear, the characters in the book each tell a personal tale, "one amazing thing" from their lives, which they have never told anyone before.  The novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself.  We invite you to share your "one amazing thing" story on the Gulf Coast Reads website.

HCPL Receives "A Place for All People" Award from MFAH

place for all people award 2010

Harris County Public Library was honored to receive one of the First Annual "A Place for All People" awards from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on September 15, 2010.  The "A Place for All People" award honors select partners whose mission, goals and work reflect and complement that of the museum.  "MFAH partners share a longstanding commitment to the Houston community and a belief in the importance of arts in education as a part of a well-rounded life, for all," said Victoria Ramirez, W.T. and Louise J. Moran Education Director, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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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