This Could Be Your Lucky Day

There are two kinds of people in this world: people who hate waiting in line and people who hate waiting in line with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns. And we all know, waiting is even worse when what you are waiting for is something you really, really want. Well, Harris County Public Library can't do anything about the line for a table at Killen's. We can, however, make the wait for the book you are waiting in the holds queue for a lot shorter. But, only if you are determined, vigilant and just a little bit lucky.

How it works:
Periodically throughout each day, between Monday July 22 and Saturday, July 27, Harris County Public Library will release four new copies (2 ebook and 2 downloadable audiobook) of over two hundred of the most in-demand titles in our digital collection. If you are one of the first four people to see and checkout a copy, you know it is your lucky day! 

What you need to know:
Whenever you have a moment during the week, go to and see if you see the book you've been waiting for. If you do, snap it up!
Titles will appear only in the Lucky Day Collection on OverDrive
Checkout period for all Lucky Day titles is 1 week

This (and More) Is What You've Been Waiting for:
For Lucky Day, HCPL's Collection Development professionals have chosen over two hundred of the most popular recent titles including these bestsellers: 
Where the Crawdads Sing / Delia Owens
Educated: A Memoir / Tara Westover
Becoming / Michelle Obama
The Silent Patient / Alex Michaelides
The Tattooist of Auschwitz / Heather Morris
Dare to Lead / Brené Brown

Cover Art: Where the Crawdads SingCover Art: Educated: A MemoirCover Art: Becoming by Michelle ObamaCover Art: The Silent PatientCover Art: The Tattooist of Auschwitz Cover Art: Dare to Lead











August 7 Is Harris County Friends of the Library Day at Carrabba's Italian Grill

On Wednesday, August 7, enjoy great Italian food and support Harris County Friends of the Library at the same time!

Margheria pizza on wooden paddleCarrabba's Italian Grill locations across Harris County will donate 20% of proceeds from their Harris County locations to the Harris County Friends of the Library (HCFOL) for one whole day!

In order for HCFOL to get the 20%, customers MUST say they are making the purchase in support of the Harris County Public Library, or bring in one of these promotional flyers (print). This offer is only good on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, from open to close at participating Harris County Carrabba's Italian Grill locations. 


Explore a Universe of Stories with HCPL's Summer Reading 2019!

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This summer explore a Universe of Stories at HCPL! and celebrate summer, the joys of reading and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first moon landing!

Summer Reading is for the whole family: HCPL's Summer Reading has goals, incentives and programs for everyone - babies, kids, teens and adults.


Register Now!

Summer Reading is not just about reading: Earn points toward incentives by attending library events and doing fun activities. We have a wide range of edutaining programs in the library to spark the imagination and 

Summer Reading is about connection and community: write reviews of the books you read and share them on Beanstack, share your summer reading adventures on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Tag us! @harriscountypl #SRP2019 

Main Street Theater presents The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful & Her Dog

Limited Engagement! Only two performances! 

Spring Branch Memorial Library - Monday, July 29, 4 - 5:00 PM
Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library - Wednesday, July 31, 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Doctor Wonderful and her dogThere are no puzzles in space, right? Wrong! Space is one giant puzzle waiting to be put together by physicists, astronomers, and a brainy girl who goes by the name Dr. Wonderful.

Fly through the solar system with Dr. Wonderful and her amazing adventure team of Newton (the dog) and Ben (the human) in this all-new musical! Saving a super star from disappearing is no small task, especially when the star is 1.3 million times the size of Earth and 93 million miles away. But when Dr. Wonderful receives the call, her team leaps into action from their laboratory/bedroom into outer space. With a couple of butterscotch candies and a rock song from Mom in the mix, the mystery solvers are amazed by their final discovery. Girl-detective-noir meets science-geek-chic in this super cool astronomical event!

For age 6 and up. Admission is FREE.

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.


Streaming Video @ HCPL

Update: Kanopy Service Extended for Six Weeks

We are happy to announce that Kanopy streaming video service has been extended for six weeks. During that time, Kanopy and Harris County Public Library will explore the possibility of longer-term continuation of the service.

Kanopy offers a wide range of independent films, critically acclaimed documentaries and classic cinema from the renowned Criterion Collection, as well as access to the Great Courses catalog. 

Getting started with Kanopy

Overdrive Streaming Video @ HCPL

Recently, we have been beefing up our selection of streaming videos in Overdrive These videos are available to stream via the Overdrive app or on your browser. Several PBS documentaries such as Ken Burns’ The War, The National Parks and The Roosevelts, are available 24/7. Also on offer are several Great Courses, workout videos, and a variety of award-winning and popular films from around the world.

Femme Fatales...Hardboiled Detectives... Red Hot Houston Noir Coming to your Library

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, each set in a single city, with the long-awaited Houston Noir, released in May 2019. Join the editor (and Houston's first poet laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda) and authors from this exciting collection at a library near you for readings, workshops, mystery, and mayhem!

Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library
June 5, 6:30 PM
The editor and authors, including local Larry Watts, will talk about crafting dark stories in Clear Lake, Sunset Heights, and other Houston-area settings. Aspiring noir writers welcome!

Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library
June 6, 6:30 PM, 
Mystery writers, come to a workshop designed to jumpstart your imaginations. Get tips on story- and submission-crafting from award-winning novelist Stephanie Jaye Evans and editor Gwendolyn Zepeda.

Lone Star College - CyFair Branch Library
June 12, 7:00 PM
Join Houston’s former poet laureate and champion slam poet Deborah DEEP Mouton as she and other authors read from stories set throughout the city. Prepare for an interactive experience!

All events are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing at each event.

Persistence Pays Off for West University's Tournament of Books Team

Competitive fire is not something one usually associates with the generally solitary pursuit of reading, but that is exactly what motivated the four young men who made up West University Branch Library's 2019 Tournament of Books team. After a showing in last year's Tournament that did not meet their own high expectations, the team members re-dedicated themselves and hit the books...hard. Their persistence and drive paid off with a victory of four equally worthy teams from Spring Branch, Galena Park, North Channel and Kingwood.

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month @ HCPL

This May, you are invited to join Harris County Public Library in celebrating the contributions to this country's history and culture of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.

HCPL and the Friends of Evelyn Meador Library will host Houston-based, bestselling author Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni. She will talk about her latest novel, Before We Visit the Goddess. This special event will take place at Evelyn Meador Branch Library on Monday, May 20 at 11:00 AM. Her talk will be followed by a meet and greet and book-signing. 


All Harris County Public Library branches will close at 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 18 and will be closed Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21.


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