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Where can you go to find information for your school projects and reports? Where is a one-stop shop to find authoritative, credible and current information?  Where are you likely to find information that you can trust? Where can you find information easily, quickly and even gives you the citation format of your choosing already formatted for you in a variety of citation formats?  The answer is Texshare, that’s where. The Harris County library has access to TexShare Databases, which are e-resources licensed for the exclusive use of Texas libraries and our customers. Start with Harris County Library Databases for homework help, health or business information, academic journals, popular magazines, genealogy, or job and career development.

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution this Year

With the holidays over and 2019 finally here, we’ve all set our New Year’s Resolutions. However, I’m sure at least some of you are worried that this year will be exactly like last year, where halfway through January your goals were already given up. If that is the case, don’t worry. The library is here to help you accomplish those resolutions and have fun during the process. With a variety of events, resources, and opportunities, there’s no goal that we can’t help you with. Here’s just a few of the ways we can help you out:

Make the Holidays Easier with Ebooks!

Now that that December is really here, life is getting more and more difficult. People are travelling, which leads to cranky road trips, stores and roads get crowded with all the holiday shoppers, and it just seems like you have less and less time to get everything done. All those things combined means that it gets harder and harder to get to the library and get the books that you need to keep your sanity. Fortunately, your HCPL website is here to help, offering electronic books and audiobooks that you can download, read or listen to, and return, without any need to go to the library! That’s right! You can have books for road trips, audiobooks for traffic, and you get this with just a click of a button, no need to go outside! What’s more, we have plenty of sites to choose from.

PDF Tools

small pdfLet's face it, PDF's are everywhere. People send them to you, many organizations require the format when uploading documents, and most websites documents are available to download as PDFs. However, sometimes we need a little help to make them more user friendly.


The free Adobe Reader (sometimes called Acrobat Reader) software that is usually installed on most computers does just that, reads (or more precisely, displays) the PDF contents. It also allows users to fill in form fields if the PDF was created with that function. Not all PDFs though were created as fillable as many organizations may want the form filled out by hand with signatures.

Learning Express Library - Practice Exams

Learning Express Library provides free access to practice exams for examinations such as the ACT, SAT, AP exams, and the GED test. But did you know Learning Express Library also has occupation practice exams? You can use this database to practice for tests such as the Postal Worker Exam, the Cosmetology Exam, TExES exams, and much more.

You can find the Learning Express Library database by visiting our website, www.hcpl.net, clicking on Databases, and then selecting Education & Libraries. The Learning Express Library database also has a Computer Skills Center where you can learn how to work with software such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Adobe Photoshop. Learning Express Library is free with your library card.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

We at the Evelyn Meador Branch Library recognize and love the diversity of our community. It’s a wonderful thing to have people of different cultures and backgrounds associate and trade ideas. We love this aspect for our community and want to do everything we can to foster this. As such, the library is excited to be spending the next month celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This wonderful celebration will allow us to learn more about Hispanic cultures, and gain a greater appreciation of the great things they have. Here are a few of the things that you can do at the library to gain a better appreciation of Hispanic culture.

Have a FOMO? You Probably Should.

FOMO, as I’m sure you all know, is a Fear of Missing Out. It generally refers to the fear that people are going to do something fun without you and afflicts pretty much everyone at some point. If you’ve ever been worried about not being at a game, missing dinner, or have been stressed about what’s happening at home without you, you’ve had FOMO. So, let me tell you right now, if you don’t plan on going to the Evelyn Meador Branch Library this week, you are definitely MO’ing (Missing Out, if that’s not clear).

Happy Stay Out of the Sun Day!

For those of you reading this post on July 3, have a wonderful Stay Out of the Sun Day! We at the Evelyn Meador Branch Library hope you are celebrating this important national holiday appropriately by staying inside and reading a book, the way that every holiday should be celebrated. If not, make sure that you are wearing lots of sunscreen, and keeping cool while you are outside reading your book. It would be a shame if you got sunburned while you were outside reading, and we would really rather you not get hurt when you are reading your book ever. Physically at least. We can’t help you if you get emotionally hurt.

Take a Staycation with our Online Resources

During the summer it can be hard to get to your local library. You might be on vacation in a different state, it might be too hard to get the kids in the car, or it might just be too hot (or rainy) to leave the house.  If that’s the case for you, but you’re still hankering for some entertainment, the library is still the place to help you. We have access to tons of databases and online catalogs on our website that can still help you! Here are just a few of them:

What is streaming TV?

Hulu. Sling. Netflix, A la carte TV. These names are popping up more and more when it comes to in-home TV viewing. Want to get the lowdown on the current trend sweeping American homes? Want to know how easy can be to ditch the cable and take control of what channels and content you get? Want to learn how to CUT THE CORD?

The Maud Smith Marks Branch Library will be offering a new class geared towards getting patrons up to date on the latest streaming TV services and technology. Our CUT THE CORD class will cover what services off and what you need to get started. Come join us and learn the basics of A la Carte TV and streaming.

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