Rent a Librarian

Have you ever felt that you needed some extra individualized help doing your homework, research paper, or term project?  Never fear.... your LIBRARIAN and crew are here.  We have the necessary resources and skills to help. Well, OK, you may not really be renting a librarian but you could always request the help of one of our staff members.  For individualized help, please feel free to contact the librarian with the topic matter and make an appointment to meet with a librarian at the branch.  The selected staff member will be matched up with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abillity to help students complete or get a good head start on an assignment, project, or research paper.  We can help with research sources, databases, books, and encyclopedias.  We can even order books via interlibrary loan.

Get Ready to Vote

The Galena Park Branch will once again serve as an Early Voting location for the residents of Harris County.  One of the most commonly discussed races will be the Governor's Election.  We have already received a lot of questions regarding this election.  The main thing to remember is that you have to be a registered voter.  If you are not a registered voter, please come by the library and complete a registered voter application.  The deadline to become a registered voter is October 4, 2010.  Becoming a registered voter is extremely quick and efficient.  If you need any help completing a registered voter application, feel free to ask any of our staff to assist you.  Within the next few months, the branch will be receiving a voting guide that is free to the general public.

Back To School

Now that the Summer of 2010 is almost over, it's time to get ready to go back to school.  A lot of you spent a huge considerable time with us at the library and we thank you for keeping us busy and makeing the library a fun place to be.  As you start to think about returning to school, don't forget that the library is here to help you fulfill your summer reading requirements.  After school starts, we are here to help you find books, order books from other branches, and for some you advanced students, help you do your research.  The library has 24 Hour WiFI access and is free and available on demand.  When we are closed, just get near our branch and pick up the signal.  We also have an excellent collection of online databases.  The datatabases are often times good tools to help with your academic research, brows, or just to look at.  Then again, we offer the human touch.  If you need help, just ask.  We are here for you!!

New Hours at Galena Park Branch Library

The Galena Park Branch Library will have a reduction in hours on Fridays starting August 16th.  Renewals, requests and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new Galena Park Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 10-6, Tuesday 12-8, Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-6, Friday Closed, Saturday 9-1.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

Are You Prepared: Hurricane Season is Here.

The hurricane season is here.  As you know, a few hurricanes have come and gone.  The question to ask is, "Are we ready?"  In the event that you are not or maybe perhaps almost ready, I would like to give you some tips and a few tools to use or pack in your emergency kit.  Our library currently has a lot of small hurricane tracker disks.  These disks are preloaded with a lot of information that should be studied prior to a hurricane.  It comes with evacuation routes, emergency phone numbers, information for flood insurance, flood facts, and a history of recorded storms.  What I like about this little disk is that it also provides live hurricane tracking!  Come on to the library and we will be more than happy to give you a copy.