Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars Needed. Free Training at South Houston Branch, Monday, March 6.

Democracy is not a spectator sport. Here's a great way for you to get in the game and to help your neighbors do the same: BakerRipley and the Harris County Tax Office are hosting a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training session at South Houston Branch Library on Monday, March 6 at 5:45 p.m.

As a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar, you will assist eligible voters to register to vote. You must be 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a Texas resident. Complete requirements

West U. Branch Reopens March 6!

Harris County Public Library is happy to announce that West University Branch Library will reopen on March 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The library closed in November 2016 when the West University Place City Council approved funding for necessary renovations.  The upgrades bring the library into full compliance with new ADA and safety requirements.

We thank you all for your understanding and your patience, the City of West University Place for its support, and the City of Bellaire Library for its generous assistance during West University Branch Library’s renovations.

Hatching Ideas: Chickens, Kids & S.T.R.E.A.M.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In the case of Harris County Public Library’s #ProjectPeep, neither. An Institute of Museum and Library Services/Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) grant came first. This spring, four HCPL branches will be raising chickens from scratch and kids will get to see science come alive, so to speak while they learn about egg incubation, life cycles, and hatching. Along the way there will be hands-on interactive programs like nesting box and coop building. Children and parents can even participate in training to learn all about caring for chicks. Some will have the opportunity to take home a Foster Chick for two weeks. Following a grand chick reunion party, the chicks will go to their permanent home at Blue Star Ranch.

Discover African American History @ HCPL

Some history we all know by heart. Those stories bring us together. They give us our common past, and show us how to change things to make a better future. There are also countless other stories waiting for you to discover them. This February, for African American History Month, we challenge you to search for those undiscovered stories and to find unsung African American heroes.

Like all explorers, you will need a little inspiration and maybe a little push to get you started, So we will have lots of African American History Month programs, special reading lists and more to spark your curiosity.

ALA Announces Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association announced its 2017 Youth Media Awards this morning. Here is a short selection of the winners. You can see the full list at ALA's website.

UPDATE: West University Branch Renovations

The holidays and severe weather across the country have delayed construction materials needed to complete safety and ADA compliance renovations at West University Branch Library. The City of West University Place is still optimistic that the library will reopen this spring.

Until then, you can continue to return HCPL materials and pick up holds at Bellaire City Library, or any other HCPL location.

#ReadersUnite @ HCPL

This month, Harris County Public Library and libraries across the country are encouraging Americans to share what they are currently reading through social media using the hashtag #ReadersUnite.

That hashtag really says everything you need to know about this project. Libraries are calling on readers to connect with one another through social media to share their passion for books. The hashtag also speaks to the fact reading has a unique power to unify people of different worldviews because it fosters understanding--of the world, of others and of oneself. No matter where we stand, we can all agree that a little more understanding and a little more unity might be just what we all need.

Give a Neighbor a Hand. Become a Volunteer Tutor

Make one of your new year's resolutions to give back a little to your community; become one of Harris County Public Library's indispensable volunteers tutors!

You choose when, where and what you want to teach. We supply all the training, materials and space. No previous teaching experience necessary. All you need is a few hours per week and a desire to help your neighbors.

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.

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