Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Challenges: Explore New Universes and Earn More Points

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As you know, Harris County Public Library Summer Reading Program's theme this year is a Universe of Stories, and we want to encourage you to explore that universe--maybe even step outside of your reading comfort zone and discover new worlds, authors, genres, peoples and places. One way we are doing that is by offering weekly Summer Reading Challenges.

Take any, all or none of the challenges. It's totally up to you, but if you do a challenge, you can get more points toward your summer reading goals and prizes (See ProTip below).

Want to take up the challenge, but don't know where to start? For each weekly Summer Reading Challenge, we offer a collection for you to chose from on OverDrive. Just browse, choose, and download to your smartphone, tablet or computer, or visit any of our 26 branch locations and ask one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members for recommendations.

 

Summer Programs on Wednesday at 2 PM

Wednesday, June 5th at 2 PM – Ask An Astronaut [All Ages]
On Wednesday June 5th, we will kick off our “Universe of Stories” theme by hearing about the wonders of space from a real, live astronaut! Join us in the Community Room at 2 PM as we here about the training, experience, and sights that our astronaut has had on their journey to the stars. 

Be a Part of the Centurion Club!

Barbara Bush Branch Teens!

 

 

Club members will be contacted with the date and time of the party.

Please email YA Librarian Megan if you have any questions. 

ccteen@hcpl.net

 

NonFiction Rocks!

Have you participated in our summer reading genre challenge yet?  This week we are focusing on NonFiction.

Why read nonfiction?  A well-written, perfectly edited oral history is like attending a cocktail party with the most interesting people -- moving from group to group and hearing everyone's version of a story.  These biographies, histories, and memoirs explore the struggles and triumphs of people as they experience everything from grieving for a loved one to breaking professional ground in their fields. Some are famous and some aren't, but they each have a unique story. 

Wednesday Programs in July

In observation of the 4th of July, the Library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. We will be open on Thursday, July 5th at 10 AM. 

Every Wednesday in the Library Community Room at 2:30 PM throughout the summer, the Parker Williams Branch Library will be having a special guest put together either a fun show or an amazing learning experience.

Wednesday, July 11th at 2:30 PM – Program Summer – Puppet Pizzazz Extravaganza [5+]

 Join us this week for Puppet Pizzazz Extravaganza! Greg Ruhe is a world renowned puppeteer that will be sharing his puppets and stories with us. 

Summer Blood Drive

The South Houston Public Library in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be hosting a community blood drive on Monday, June 25, 2018 from 2pm to 6:30 pm. Come donate blood and help save lives!  The Mobile Coach from the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be present for anyone ages 16 & up who are interested in donating blood.  Please ensure to eat a hearty meal before donating and bring your I.D.  To sign up over the phone or for more information please contact Clara Lopez at (832)927-5530 or sign up online at www.giveblood.org using sponsor code: S607.  No appointment needed! * Free Smoothie King Voucher for All Donors*

Magic Show!

You won't believe your eyes on Wednesday, June 20 at 3pm when John O'Bryant's performs spell-binding illusions during his Magic Show! Excitement and comedy combine in this professional show right here at North Channel Branch. This program will be held in the Children's Area and no tickets are required. Recommended for ages 4 and up. 

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Wednesday Programs in June

Every Wednesday in the Library Community Room at 2:30 PM throughout the summer, the Parker Williams Branch Library will be having a special guest put together either a fun show or an amazing learning experience. 

Wednesday, June 13th at 2:30 PM – Program Summer – Thomas “Snakeman” Davis Show [6+]
Join us this week for the Thomas “Snakeman” Davis show to learn all about the different kinds of snakes from Texas and other parts of the world. If you ever wanted to pet a snake, this is the show for you. 

Wednesday, June 20th at 2:30 PM – Program Summer – Houston Ballet – Dance to Learn Week 1 [7+]

Historical Fiction Rocks!

The Genre Challenge Has Returned at the Maud Marks Library for Summer 2018.  The way this works, you read books in different genres and then turn in slips to be entered in for drawing for various gift baskets.  If you read 5 different genres over the summer, you will receive an entry for the grand prize basket.  This basket includes a Kindle Fire, a $25 gift certificate to Katy Budget Books, and 4 tickets to the Alamo DraftHouse movie theatre.

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