Kids Know it All!

 On the Harris County website there is a fabulous link just for kids.  Truth be told, parents and teachers like it too!  It is aptly named “kids know it all” and it is FREE, fun and easy to use!  Click on the link in this blog, or simply type in HCPL.net (or access your app) and then click on the “kids” icon.  Now the fun begins!  Of course, we want you to experience the fun first hand, so you will only be getting a small sampling of what’s available from this blog.  On the “kids read” link, you will see the page as shown above.  Here your child can click on the different links (highlighted by gold stars) to access tumblebooks, read book reviews, access book lists, search readers advisories and also write and post their very own book review!  There are game links, story time databases, craft links, a "surf the net" link (google, yahoo etc…) a Houston link ('cause we live in a great city and there is always tons of fun, FREE stuff to do!),  a "school stuff" link for help with all the basic subjects (math, English, science etc…) and a whole lot more!  A world of knowledge and hours of fun are [literally] a click away!

Book Club Reads for April

Come join a club and meet some people who like to read the same kinds of books you do!
Here’s what everyone is reading in April:
Paranormal Book Club (2nd Monday, 7 pm): Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Inspirational Book Club (2nd Thursday, 7 pm): Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson
Tween Homeschool Book Club (4th Monday this month only, 1 pm): Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
Non-Fiction Book Club (3rd Tuesday, 3 pm): No God But God: The Origins and Evolution of Islam by Reza Aslan
History Book Club (4th Tuesday, 7 pm): American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham (note: this is a change from Devil in the White City by Erik Larson)
Mystery Book Club (4th Thursday, 1 pm): The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
After Austen Book Club (Last Monday, 7 pm): Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Afternoon Book Club (1st Tuesday in May, 3 pm): A Land more Kind than Home by Wiley Cash

Protect Your Family

Remember Hurricane Ike? Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in conjunction with LSC-Tomball Community Library, is hosting a one-session workshop this Saturday to help you get ready for hurricane season. Learn how to make a disaster preparedness kit and the steps you need to take to be informed and prepare your family for disaster. This is a family friendly event and there will be free giveaways! That's this Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. in the Children's Meeting Room.


 

Presenting Felix the Firefighter Visits the Library!

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook (and you really should), you’ve probably seen the pictures from Felix the Firefighter’s trip to the library a few weeks ago. Now he’s starring in his very own movie trailer: Felix the Firefighter Visits the Library! Watch it below and see what crazy adventures Felix went on during his visit. Then check out Felix the Firefighter’s official Facebook page to see where else his adventures have taken him!

 

Got [childrens] Databases?

We sure do!  For the kids who know the type of book they like to read but don’t quite know how to find it, we introduce you to NoveList K-8 Plus.  This FREE, easy to use database is accessible from www.hcpl.net  (from a home or a library computer).  From the library link, click the database link and scroll down to NoveList K-8 Plus.  You or your child can do a basic search by typing in their age, the type of book they want to read (Classic, Horror, Science fiction, Westerns, Historical fiction, etc) and then within that genre, you can select a more specific sub-topic.  For example, within the fantasies genre, you can choose, humorous, fairy, historical.  At that point, numerous books that meet your criteria will display.  You can also find “read-alikes” for a recent book that you just loved.  Type in the author’s name or the title of the book and NovelList will display “read-alikes” to choose from.  There is also a direct link to our HCPL catalog to let you know if the book is available or needs to be requested.  Each book comes with a synopsis, a recommendation from other readers and other helpful information about the book.  Happy book searching!