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We Are Always Open!

Yes, the brick and mortar building which houses the Maud Marks Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, May 28-29 for the Memorial Day holiday.  However, the library still has plenty of online services available 24-7.  Check out an eBook or eAudio using our OverDrive or OneClick databases.  Read a magazine using Flipster.  Watch a movie or TV show on our Hoopla database.  Play a game using our Tumblebook database.  Do some research using our databases.

Downloadable eBooks

This tweet from Harris County Public Library makes a good point:  eBooks are convenient when traveling, especially when real estate (i.e. luggage space) is at stake.

Downloadable eBooks are available 24 / 7 at our eHCPL site.

Not sure how it all works? Kingwood Library is offering an evening eBooks for iPad class on April 19th from 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM. You can register for the class here.

(image courtesy of http://ircguides.imsa.edu/ebooks)

 

eBook Collections to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

If we're not there already, we are fast approaching the time of year when our resolve to keep our new year's resolutions begins to flag. So, for all of us whose stick-to-it-ness has lost some of its stickiness, or whose promise to stop procrastinating has been put off indefinitely,  we've created some special OverDrive collections to help you to overcome inertia and inspire you to be the best you that you can be in 2017.

(For those, like me, who are thinking 2018 is your year, as well as for those of you who are just perfect the way you are thank you very much, we have a list of the Best Books of 2016 and more).

Kindle Your Fire for Reading: Check Out a Kindle Touch!

You’ve heard a lot about eBooks. You’re curious and wonder what all the fuss is about, but don’t really want to drop your hard-earned cash on a Kindle so you can find out. Now, you don’t have to. You can borrow a Kindle Touch from us to take home and try out. It’s simple; you check it out just like other library books. Yes. Really.

• You can find one in the catalog just like any other item. Search: kindle touch
• If your HCPL branch doesn’t have one on hand, you can request one online and pick it up when it arrives.
• You can use the Kindle to check out free eBooks from HCPL’s collection or download books available on Amazon.com
• You get to keep it for two weeks.
• All you need is an HCPL library card.

Project Mill-E presents Ask the eBook eXperts

Have you ever gotten so frustrated you wanted to throw your Kindle at the wall? Is your Nook just a high tech paperweight? Have you ever wondered why you have to place a hold on the eBook of JoJo Moyes’ or James Patterson’s latest bestseller?

As part of Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016, our eBook eXperts will answer all your digital media questions no matter how big or how small. Whether you have never checked out an eBook in your life, or are a longtime eReader, ask our experts about anything from tech support to collection development.

Use the comments section below, or ask us on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag: #ProjectMillE

540,000 and Counting! Project Mill-E at the Midway Mark.

July 1 is the midpoint of the year and we thought it would be a good time to give you a progress report on Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016. In a word, the progress has been amazing! Since January 1, HCPL eBook readers have checked out 540,669 items (compared to a smidge over 397,000 for the same period last year—an increase of 36 percent). Any way you slice it, that is some serious eReading.

Harris County Public Library wants us to check out a million eBooks this year!

Today I’m blogging about eBooks--about electronic books and electronic audio books. People know that they can buy electronic books, but how many of your friends know that YOU are reading the free library versions?

The advantages of reading and listening to electronic books are numerous. You can read or listen to them on your favorite electronic device that fits in your bag, pocket, or purse and goes with you everywhere. You can download them any time of day or night from our website. You can read them beside your spouse in bed without keeping him or her awake. You can enjoy the perks of your device, to change the font and font size, adjust the light intensity to your comfort level, bookmark your stopping place, note your favorite passages, and retrieve instant definitions for words that you don’t know. To their detractors, I admit that they don’t feel like a book. But they do feel like joy.

Electronic book lending is burgeoning. OverDrive, the vendor from whom we and many libraries across the U.S. and Canada contract our eBooks, published these amazing statistics about their electronic library book usage in the last year.
As for us, last year, our county library checked out 850,000 eBooks and eAudio books. This year we at Harris County Public Library are inviting you to boost our circulation statistics to one million. Are you with us?!

Just in Time for the Int'l Quilt Festival Houston: "Who You Callin' a Fat Quarter?"

Just in time for the International Quilt Festival Houston is coming up October 29 - November 3 at the George R. Brown Convention, we've created a Featured Collection of Quilting and Needlecraft eBooks, "Who You Callin' a Fat Quarter?" on OverDrive.

This Thursday--Learn how to use your Device for eBooks!

Have a digital device? Come learn how to check out library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your device, including Kindles, Nooks, iPads, Android devices, smartphones, and computers. The beginning of the class explains the library’s Digital Media Catalog and the second portion focuses on getting those books onto your device. If you have a digital device, be sure to bring it for the hands on portion of the class. Class will be held on Thursday, October 1st from 2-4 pm at the LSC-Tomball Community Library in the second floor computer lab, Room L 216. For more information, call 832-559-4200.

 

 

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