Youth Literacy

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. 

Checking Back in with The Living Library at Finnigan Park’s YET Center

The Living Library continues to be a welcoming and lively space for young readers at Finnigan Park’s Youth Education Tower (YET) Center. The support and encouragement of Calvin Williams, the Director of the YET Center, and Ariel Goree, a dedicated staff member, have been invaluable and integral to the library’s success.

In addition to supporting the Book Buddies program, the Living Library has also expanded its open reading hours in response to the kids’ feedback. Anjela Martinez, our new Programs and Outreach Specialist, visits twice a week to open the Living Library for any young reader who wants to cozy up with a book, check out and play with an educational eReader, or listen to narration as they follow along with a text by using one of the bookpacks.

HCPL on KPFT's Whole Mother Show

Harris County Public Library's Youth Services Program & Outreach Librarian, Mary Sorhus, was on KPFT's The Whole Mother Show last Sunday. Mary talked with guest host Debbie Hull about the benefits of reading aloud with your child, and the many ways libraries and librarians are a busy mom's (or dad's) best resource for all things reading and beyond.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to a Grant from Better World Books, a Library Comes to Life in the Fifth Ward's Finnigan Park

Thanks to a literacy grant from Better World Books, Harris County Public Library was able to partner with Harris County Precinct 1's Finnigan Park to build a Living Library at their Youth Education Tower (YET) Center. Located in the 5th Ward, Finnigan Park’s YET Center serves as a safe, after-school space for elementary and middle school students from three neighborhood schools.

Volunteer to be a Book Buddy at Katy Branch!

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community?  Do you want to share your love of reading with the younger generation?  Book Buddies is an excellent way to do that!  This program is a literacy enrichment program that pairs together adult volunteers, known as Big Buddies, with children in kindergarten-3rd grade, known as Little Buddies.

Over the course of 10 weeks, the Big Buddies and Little Buddies will meet once a week, for 45 minutes of shared reading. 

Our next session starts February 2017 and runs through April 2017.  We are looking for volunteers for our Katy location. If you are over 18, and interested in volunteering for the program, please fill our our online application.  Adult volunteers will receive training and the dates and times of the Book Buddies sessions will be discussed at the training meeting.

 

Make a Big Difference in a Child's Life. Be a Book Buddy.

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you want to make a difference in a child's life? Then volunteer for HCPL's Book Buddies!

Book Buddies is a free program that brings children and volunteers (adults or teens) together to share the joy of reading. It pairs trained volunteers (Big Buddies) with children in Kindergarten through 3rd grades (Little Buddies). For 12 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.

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