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.

Money Talks, But Do You Know What It's Saying? Financial Literacy @ HCPL for Houston Money Week

There are a lot of parents who dread having The Talk with their kids a lot less than they do talking to them about money. Why is that? Maybe it's because so many of us feel insecure about our own financial literacy. Harris County Public Library and the organizers of Houston Money Week (HMW) are here to say that there is no shame in admitting you don’t know everything, only in stumbling along pretending that you do.

Houston Money Week (HMW) is a community-wide financial education initiative that empowers families and individuals to be successful in making financial choices. HMW serves individuals, families, veterans and small business owners across the greater Houston area, offering free financial education events and raising awareness of community resources.

Barbara Bush & Northwest Libraries Awarded Grants from North Harris County American Association of University Women

We would like to thank the American Association of University Women - North Harris County Branch for the generous grants it has awarded the Barbara Bush and Northwest branch libraries. The $1500 grant Barbara Bush Branch received will go toward expanding the library's early reader collection. Northwest Branch received the Special Award in Memory of Dr. Massy Williams. The grant which reflects Dr. Williams' passion for science, will fund the library's Discover & Build Bots program. Discover and Build Bots actually consists of two programs, one for children, grades 3 – 5, and the other for teens and tweens, grades 6 -12.

IMPORTANT: Annual Friends of Library Meeting Rescheduled for Monday, May 15!

Please note that the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Harris County Friends of the Library has been rescheduled for Monday, May 15 at 10:00 AM. The meeting will be held at HCPL's new administration building located at 5749 South Loop East.(Map).

If you are currently a member of one of HCPL's branch friends' groups or would like to be one, you are encouraged to attend.

After a brief businees meeting, Harris County Public Library Director Edward Melton will report on the State of the Library, and Linda Stevens, Division Manager for Programs, Partnerships & Outreach will speak on the upcoming Summer Reading Program. There will also be a discussion of fundraising and ways to increase friends group membership, so bring your ideas.

An HCPL ESL Student Tells About Her Experience Learning English

Lives are changed in small and large ways every day at Harris County Public Library and libraries all over the world, Most of the time even we who work there don't see it. A student aces a chemistry test because she found a quiet place to study, a reluctant reader stumbles upon that book that fits like a second skin and begins a lifetime love of reading. A recently laid off oil worker brushes up on interview skills at a Workforce Solution program at his local branch and lands the job that turns into a career. So we were delighted recently when a student in one of HCPL's free ESL classes, Leonor Paez, wrote a lovely testimonial about her experience learning English and the many ways her volunteer tutor, Ann Sullivan, has helped her. Leonor has graciously allowed us to share her letter with you.

To learn more about HCPL's ESL and Adult Basic Education programs including how you can become a volunteer tutor, visit our Literacy & ELA page or call 713-274-6600.

 

 

 

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 Is Back!

West University Branch Library reopened Monday, so stop by, say hello, browse the stacks, use one of our new Windows 10 computers or just sit and read a magazine!

We thank all of our wonderful West U. customers for their understanding and patience. We thank the City of West University Place for its support, and we thank the City of Bellaire Library for its generous assistance during West U's renovations.

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.

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.

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