New Hours at Parker Williams Branch Library

The Parker Williams Branch Library will have a reduction in hours on Tuesdays starting August 16th.  Renewals, requests, and other online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net.  The new Parker Williams Branch Library schedule will be:  Monday 1-9, Tuesday Closed, Wednesday 10-9, Thursday 10-6, Friday 1-6, Saturday 10-5.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call 713-749-9000.

Teens See Art in Sea

Teens participating in last week's Sea Art Silk Painting Program created their very own wall hangings by painting on silk. Saltgrass Science Programs presented the program, which included an overview of marine life of the Texas Gulf Coast, as well as an introduction to the history of silk painting.

This week's Within Arms Reach program for teens will be a movie at 3 pm Wednesday. In the prequel, we meet Kirk, Spock and the rest of the group who will become the famed crew of the Starship Enterprise. The movie is rated PG-13. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The movie is open to anyone between the ages of 11 and 18.

Snakeman Shares Slithering Snakes

Children gasped in awe as The Snakeman pulled out snake after snake during his show for the Summer Reading Program at Parker Williams Library. The Snakeman, aka Thomas Davies, shared about 9 different kinds ofThe Snakeman gives children a chance to touch a corn snake and a snake from Tawain. snakes and one tortoise as he told his rapt audience about the natural history of the snakes and about different kinds of snakes in Texas.

Puppets Perform

Sakshi Kulkarni got a chance to entertain the crowd during a Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed skit.

Nitsana and her puppets played to a capacity crowd during the first event of the Summer Reading Program at Parker Williams Library Tuesday. Children giggled, clapped, and sang while Nitsana entertained them with her multitude of puppets during Puppet Commotion.

The next Summer Reading Program event will be an appearance by The Snakeman and his snakes at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. The event has generated a lot of interest, so be sure to pick up your tickets early the day of the show. No one will be admitted after the show begins.

And the Winners Are...

Three participants in Parker Williams Library's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Trivia Contest won Barnes & Noble gift cards. Congratulations to our winners: Tom Miller, Jeff Sugano and Rudi Trevino!

Miller owes his luck to his wife, who told him to enter the contest, and to Google. He said he used the contest as an opportunity to enhance his Google searching abilities.

Sugano is a library regular who visits two or three times a week. He grew up reading European, American and Japanese novels. "I do read a lot," he said, adding that he plans to use his gift card "to buy a bunch of reading books for my son, who's still in high school."

Trevino, another frequent visitor to the library, said she was very excited to find out she had won one of the gift cards. She plans to use it to buy a CD or book for herself.