Teens

Recycling Robot Contest

The theme for our Summer Reading Program this year is "Build a Better World!" Join us on Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 3 pm and do your part by participating in this fun, team building, creative activity.  This contest is a great way for teens to create something out of items such as bottles, cans, cardboard, etc that would ordinarily go into the recycling box or the landfill.  Prior registration is required in person at the library or by phone at 713-941-2385.  Participants must be between the ages of 12 to 17 years of age.  Teams of 4 will be created on the day of the contest and will be allowed a maximum of 1.5 hours to create their robot.

PRACTICE SAT/ACT

Take the SAT or ACT before you take it! The Princeton Review is offering a practice exam at the library. Exams will be graded and scores released at a later time. The SAT will be held June 17 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and the ACT held July 15 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

For more information, contact Ellen Kaluza at the library, or go the Princeton Review website (PrincetonReview.com). Interested students can register through our events calendar or through the Princeton Review. Registration is required.
 

Galena Park High School's Cold Panic! Fallout! Wins The 2017 Tournament of Books

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Harris County Public Library was able to pilot The Tournament of Books, a literacy competition for high school students designed to develop and encourage a love of reading. 

The competition kicked off last October at four partnering high schools: Clear Lake High School, Galena Park High School, Humble High School / Quest Early College High School, and Memorial High School. Students at those schools, led by their school librarians, formed teams of 3 to 5 students. They then worked together to read all 20 books on a designated list of diverse Young Adult books. 

A Portrait of Harris County in 50 Books: HCPL's Most Checked Out Books of 2016

Here are 2016's most checked out books at Harris County Public Library. Taken together, they paint a pretty good likeness of Harris County. That is to say, if all of you were squeezed into one body, you could do worse than using it as your online dating profile. Here is what the lists say about you: you like a little mystery in your life and are a bit of thrill-seeker; you like to eat, but you're watching your weight; your house, well, frankly, your house could use a little tidying up. Your kids are fond of stories with talking animals, dorks and wimps and they really, really, really like Mo Willems.

Want to know more? Keep reading.

 

Teen Tech Tuesdays

paper circuitJoin us for Teen Tech Tuesdays, on the first Tuesday of each month in the Teen Room.

• Tuesdays: 5:00pm
• Ages: 12-17
• Limited: 25 teens
• Registration: 4:30pm, pickup up ticket for program

Tonight
February 7: Paper Circuits

Coming Soon
March 7: Squishy Circuits
April 4: Makey Makeys

ALA Announces Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association announced its 2017 Youth Media Awards this morning. Here is a short selection of the winners. You can see the full list at ALA's website.

Which is your favorite cover? (Secondary Youth Category)


Our Recovering the Classics Art Gallery is now available for viewing and voting both online and in t he library. All of the covers were designed by customers who frequent the library. These are the entries for the Secondary Youth Category (6th grade - 12th grade). You can click the links within the poll to view each entry and then select your favorite. The design that receives the most votes will win a copy of the classic book they chose which will feature their art as the cover.

Online polls do NOT reflect in-library voting.

Teen Snowflake Craft

Come and join us on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @4:30 pm in our meeting room for a fun and easy craft.  We will be making a snowflake with beads.  All materials will be provided. Program is for teens ages 12-17.  For more information please contact the branch at 713-941-2385.

Book Hunters in Brief #150: Citizenship Month

November is Citizenship Month in Houston which both civic engagement that true citizenship entails as well as "the vibrant mix of native Houstonians, transplants from other cities and states, Immigrants, refugees, foreign students and international resident workers."

Book Hunters is doing its part with this offering of reads for adult and youth:

For adults
Becoming Americans: Immigrants Tell their Stories from Jamestown to Today Edited by Ilan Stavans

Book Hunters in Brief #146: Teen Read Week #146

It's our fault--us, adults. It's our fault that an awful lot of teens think the word "reading" and "fun" are, for all intents and purposes, opposites. Yes, our intentions are good. There's no doubt about that. We know how important literacy is for success. We know--because we've seen it--how hard life is for people who struggle with the written word. From traffic sign to mortgage contracts, the ability to read keeps you out of a lot of jams.

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