This Could Be Your Lucky Day

There are two kinds of people in this world: people who hate waiting in line and people who hate waiting in line with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns. And we all know, waiting is even worse when what you are waiting for is something you really, really want. Well, Harris County Public Library can't do anything about the line for a table at Killen's. We can, however, make the wait for the book you are waiting in the holds queue for a lot shorter. But, only if you are determined, vigilant and just a little bit lucky.

How it works:
Periodically throughout each day, between Monday July 22 and Saturday, July 27, Harris County Public Library will release four new copies (2 ebook and 2 downloadable audiobook) of over two hundred of the most in-demand titles in our digital collection. If you are one of the first four people to see and checkout a copy, you know it is your lucky day! 

What you need to know:
Whenever you have a moment during the week, go to https://hcpl.overdrive.com and see if you see the book you've been waiting for. If you do, snap it up!
Titles will appear only in the Lucky Day Collection on OverDrive
Checkout period for all Lucky Day titles is 1 week

This (and More) Is What You've Been Waiting for:
For Lucky Day, HCPL's Collection Development professionals have chosen over two hundred of the most popular recent titles including these bestsellers: 
Where the Crawdads Sing / Delia Owens
Educated: A Memoir / Tara Westover
Becoming / Michelle Obama
The Silent Patient / Alex Michaelides
The Tattooist of Auschwitz / Heather Morris
Dare to Lead / Brené Brown

Cover Art: Where the Crawdads SingCover Art: Educated: A MemoirCover Art: Becoming by Michelle ObamaCover Art: The Silent PatientCover Art: The Tattooist of Auschwitz Cover Art: Dare to Lead











Streaming Video @ HCPL

Update: Kanopy Service Extended for Six Weeks

We are happy to announce that Kanopy streaming video service has been extended for six weeks. During that time, Kanopy and Harris County Public Library will explore the possibility of longer-term continuation of the service.

Kanopy offers a wide range of independent films, critically acclaimed documentaries and classic cinema from the renowned Criterion Collection, as well as access to the Great Courses catalog. 

Getting started with Kanopy

Overdrive Streaming Video @ HCPL

Recently, we have been beefing up our selection of streaming videos in Overdrive These videos are available to stream via the Overdrive app or on your browser. Several PBS documentaries such as Ken Burns’ The War, The National Parks and The Roosevelts, are available 24/7. Also on offer are several Great Courses, workout videos, and a variety of award-winning and popular films from around the world.

Overdrive for Library eBooks & Audiobooks

Learn how to download or stream eBooks and audiobooks using Overdrive. All you need is a Harris County Public Library card! Join us on Tues 10/30 from 2:30 PM - 4 PM. Self-register online or call 832-927-7830.

Overdrive for Library eBooks & Audiobooks

Need help downloading or streaming eBooks and audiobooks using #Overdrive? Join us for a free class on Tues Sept 5 from 2:30-4 PM in the Computer Lab.  All you need is a Harris County Public Library card! Self-register online here or by calling 832-927-7830.

Libby for Library eBooks & Audiobooks

Have you met Overdrive's newest app, Libby? Want to learn how to download or stream #eBooks & #audiobooks? Join us in the Computer Lab at #KingwoodLibrary on Tues 6/19 from 10:30 AM - 12 PM. Self-register online for this class at http://bit.ly/2LYkkhD or by calling 281-360-6804

Visit The Evelyn Meador Library

Spring has sprung! What a wonderful time of year. As the weather is getting nicer more people are getting out of their houses and next week is spring break for CCISD. If you’re looking for something to do during spring break we have a couple of things going on here at the Evelyn Meador Library.

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).

Computer Class: E-Books and More!

Last year Harris County Public Library checked out over 1 Million E-Media titles.  Want to enjoy the freedom of checking out books and movies from home?  Join us this Saturday at 3:30 pm to learn about all the E-Media Harris County has to offer.

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.

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.

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