Harris County Libraries Serve as Warming Centers

Residents seeking shelter from the frigid temperatures can head to their local library.  All 25 Harris County branch libraries will open at 9 am on Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9 to serve as warming centers for the public. 

Closing hours will vary depending on the branch.

Birth Anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston

January 7th is the birth anniversary of African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston.  Zora was born on January 7, 1891 in Eatonville, FL.  She is one of the most important African-American writers of the 20th century.  Zora also became an integral part ofthe Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s.  During her lifetime, Zora wrote four novels, including the classic Their Eyes Were Watching God that was published in 1937.  Ms. Hurston died on January 28, 1960. 

The Jacinot City Branch Library owns Their Eyes Were Watching God, as well as Every Tongue Got to Confess, What's the Hury Fox in our Juvenile collection, and The Six Fools that is also in our Juvenile collection.  Please stop by our branch and take a look at these books by Ms. Hurston.


Edwin A. Robinson's Birthday

Author E. A. Robinson received the Pulitzer prize three times for his pessimistic poems of "the American dream gone awry." He was born on December 22, 1869 and today would have been his 140th birthday. Robinson is best known for his short dramatic poems, including "Richard Cory" and "Miniver Cheevy."  When Robinson was asked to describe his poem "Richard Cory" he said it is "a nice little thing... There isn't any idealism in it, but there's a lot of something else - humanity, maybe" (151).

Need a Job? US Census is Testing at the Galena Park Branch

The US Census will be conducting pre-employment testing at the Galena Park Branch.  The testing will take place in the library's conference room. The first scheduled date for testing will be on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 9:00 AM.  All interested individuals are encouraged to make initial contact with the Census Bureau by calling the toll free number at 866-861-2010.  At that time, you will be asked to punch in you zip code and then immediately referred to Miriam Alejos or a member of her professional staff.  Ms. Alejos and her staff are Recruiting for Eastern Harris County.  If you happen to miss that date due to a conflict, there will be other testing dates in January 2010.

December 5th is the Birth Anniversary of Walt Disney!

Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois.   He was an animator, filmmaker, and created the Walt Disney parks.  We have a biography of him in our juvenile collection Walt Disney: Creator of Magical Worlds by Charnan Simon.  Stop by the branch and look at the book!