Do you enjoy collecting, knitting, model building, or are you looking for a new idea to do crafts with your child?  Harris County Public Library has a Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center database that you can access anytime.  Just go to, click on Databases, and Crafts and Home to find the Hobby and Craft Reference Center to see the wonderful resources and ideas available.


Want to learn a new language?  Check out our new database, Pronunciator. Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn with lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more.  Also included are free apps for Android, Apple and Kindle Fire devices. 

Winter break is coming, do you have a research paper due in the New Year?

You may be out for winter break, but assignments and research paper’s await in the New Year. Consider using some of the library’s electronic resources to aid you in the research phase of your work. An excellent database to use for articles, scholarly journals, and scientific studies is Academic Search Complete, available through EBSCO Host. 

Back to School

As the kids go back to school, be sure and check out the Kids button on our website . You will find lots of links to educational sites, book lists, homework help, and fun things as well.

Here's hoping the new school year is the best ever for all our children! 

Manga now online

It is with extreme pleasure that we announce the addition of manga titles to our Overdrive collection. 

PLease click on the link below to view the new MANGA TITLES:

A sampling of titles include:

Attack on Titan
Fairy Tail
Deadman Wonderland
Demon Prince of Momochi House
Noragami: Stray God
Skip Beat
UQ Holder
Vampire Knight

 Please note this collection contains titles ranging from All ages to 16+. 



TGIF Programs Tech Q&A Series - This Friday @ 10:30 AM

The TGIF Programs' popular “Technology Question & Answer” Series continues in the upstairs Training Lab this Friday at 10:30 AM. Here’s a chance to ask Freeman Library staff and other attendees about computers, smartphones, mobile devices, and eMedia from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog. Please feel free to bring along your portable, technology devices.

Ease of use means everything...

Contemporary American life is extremely busy and always on the go. Work commitments, family, friends, hobbies, pastimes, and a multitude of other activities that I cant fully list consume much of our day. Sometimes, the app technology we have access to can be anything but labor saving. I prefer my apps to be as accommodating as possible, that means the fewer steps the better.

Enter HOOPLA, one of my favorite library apps. The HOOPLA app downloaded quickly to my device (IPhone), the registration portion was quick & painless, and downloading content from HOOPLA is lightening fast. I use the HOOPLA app primarily for music, there many popular and smaller indy acts available for download. I use HOOPLA to build a quick and ready playlist whenever I'm faced with a long drive or a long weekend.

School Resources @ Your Library

studentSummer is over and that means it's back to school time.  Did you know that besides some cool new shoes and sharpened pencils, there's something else you need to succeed in school?  Your library databases!  We have an incredible amount of resources available online, such a magazine and journal articles, essays and links to controversial topics (perfect for persuasive essays), online practice tests and skill building exercises for SATs, and so much more.  You can access all of these great resources from home with your library card, or come in to the library and we will be happy to walk you through these tools.&n

Free movies on us.


Did you know we're not all and exclusively about paper books?

With your library card you can also enjoy streamlined videos and music!

Just follow the links here and explore our databases that offer movies and music on Hoopla,

Flipster, which offers you magazines in a digital format and my favorite..... drumroll.....

TUMBLEBOOKS!  These are digital books for kids.  Many of them are the type we play/read during our Story TIme where the book reads itself.

All these are available FREE with your library card.


Using Your Library for Investment Research

Better InvestingWould you like to improve your investment knowledge?  BetterInvesting™ Houston Chapter will present a seminar on the investment resources offered by libraries.  The resources covered will include, among others, Value Line Investment Survey and Morningstar.  BetterInvesting™ of the national Association of Investors Corp was founded in 1951 with the mission to provide a program of sound investment information, education and support that helps create successful lifetime investors.  

Anyone who has an interest in building wealth is encouraged to attend.

Where: Spring Branch-Memorial Library

When: Monday, August 17, 6:00-7:00 pm

Cost: Free

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