holidays

Easter Holiday Hours at Kingwood Library

The Kingwood Library will be closing early on Thursday, April 13th (at 5 PM). The library will remain closed Friday, April 14th through Sunday April 16th in observance of Easter. We will open for regular hours on Monday, April 17th.

As a reminder our digital services are available 24 / 7.

Happy Easter!

(image courtesy of lakeofbays.on.ca)

Holiday Fun (and Solutions to Common Holiday Conundrums) @ Your Library

At Harris County Public Library, you can immerse yourself in holiday cheer if you so desire. Branches will be hosting parties, musical performances, puppet shows, family movies, special seasonal storytimes, crafts for all ages and more. But you can also escape the hustle and bustle of the season with a good book or favorite magazine in a comfortable chair. In fact, HCPL offers solutions to many common holiday conundrums:

Book Hunters in Brief #78: Juneteenth

I would guess that over the years I have driven or been driven past the big pink brick house with the wrought iron balcony that sits at 24th and Broadway in Galveston nearly a thousand times, and If I ever knew that on a muggy day in June 1865 a Union General had stepped out on that balcony and by reading a terse snatch of text with the very prosaic title, "General Order No. 3" freed the slaves of Texas, I have long since forgotten it.

Book Hunters in Brief #57: Celebrate the Life and Works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19 is the day set aside to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We celebrate him, in part, because he was one of those rarest of individuals: a courageous man of action who knew that, in the end, the power of his words was his best weapon against injustice. Those words did the near impossible; they spurred others to action--action, it must be remembered, that entailed great personal risk for those who chose to undertake it. Such was the power of his gifts that he gave others courage and resolve they might otherwise have lacked. And his words, nearly 50 years after his assassination, still have the power to change the world. What better way to celebrate Dr. King's life and works than to read those words. Below are several suggestions from Book Hunters.

Holiday Cheer @ HCPL

Whether you're gung-ho for the gift-giving and gatherings that mark this most festive of seasons, or you're struggling to work up even a modicum of that ever-illusive holiday cheer, Harris County Public Library is here for you. We have lots of seasonal programs ranging from choral concerts and puppet shows, to crafts for all ages and  holiday movie screenings guaranteed to gladden even the grinchiest heart. Santa himself will be stopping by from time to time for pictures and naughty/nice list updates.

But maybe best of all, we'll be here when you need to take a step back from all the ho-ho-ho hubbub, or just want to browse shelves filled with a very different kind of holiday magic. We'll be here when you absolutely must find a recipe that will make your mother-in-law swoon, we'll be here to help you find the right sources for that project you want to finish up so it won't be hanging over your head like some evil parody of mistletoe, and we'll be here when you just need a calm place to sit and breathe.

Harris County Public Library is your one stop shop for holiday cheer! Below are just some of the happenings around HCPL this month!

Atascocita Branch Library
Polar Express Train Display
All aboard! Four sets of model trains move through this 12 x 6 foot winter wonderland.
December 1 - 31
Trains run on a daily schedule 
All ages program

Jacinto City Branch Library
Holiday Storytime with Mayor Anna Diaz
Join Jacinto City Mayor Anna Diaz for holiday stories and refreshments
Thursday, December 5
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
All ages program

A Heap o' Holiday Cheer: Programs for All Ages @ Your Library

Original illustrations from Dicken's A Christmas CarolChances are good that at some point between now and the ceremonial breaking of the first New Year's resolution, each and every one of us will temporarily give in to the bah-humbuggery that is as much a part of the season as the mistletoe, the eggnog and the annual Black Friday Feast of Immaculate Consumption. It’s natural and nothing to be ashamed of. A Christmas Carol remains so popular not because we are a nation of Tiny Tims, but because we all have at least a little Scrooge in us and we want to be reminded of the fact before the ghosts start waking us up at all hours to go flitting around the space-time continuum.

Luckily for all of us, Harris County Public Library offers a little oasis—actually twenty-seven little oases—from the hurly-burly that is the holidays, a place where you can find a nice quiet corner and comfortable chair in which to unwind and let some of the frenetic festivities go on without you, a place where you can browse the aisles and not hear the exOriginal illustration from Dickens' A Christmas Carolhausted whimpering of your credits cards in your wallet, a place to reconnect with the handmade spirit of the holidays, a place to join with others in song, and a place to sit with your child or grandchild in your lap and be dazzled again by a tale of the season.

Remember, all branches will be closed Saturday, December 22 – Tuesday, December 25 in observance of the holidays, so don’t forget to stock up on books, DVDs and music for those cozy evenings.

Below are some of the holiday programs still in store at HCPL.

HCPL: The Host of Christmas Present

Photo Credit: Untitled (Mr. and Mrs. Claus in Hawaii by Cliff1066It is probably safe to say that the “Winter Wonderland” of song is not forthcoming here in Harris County, Texas. Sad, maybe, but a fact of life in the subtropics, and truth be told a lot of folks moved down here for that very reason. They will tell you that behind the snowy Currier & Ives idyll is hours of shoveling and scraping in soggy socks.

While we may not be dashing through the snow anytime soon, it doesn’t mean Texans can’t whip up a whole lot of old-school, tinsel-strewn holiday cheer complete with chestnuts roasting and eleven pipers piping when we put our minds to it. HCPL is doing its part again this year with some special events guaranteed to keep your holidays merry and bright.

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