Registration Now Open for Playbots Coding Clubs!

Playbots graphic with EV1 RobotRegistration is now open for Harris County Public Library's Playbots Coding Clubs. In these eight week courses, youth ages 11-14 will create short videos about their communities starring Lego Mindstorm robots that they will build and code. In the final week, participating branches will host special viewing parties where family and friends will screen the finished projects. Viewing parties will be held on Monday, February 26 at 5:00 p.m. 

By registering for the first class, you will secure a spot for the entire 8-week course. Because space is very limited, we ask that participants commit to attending all eight weeks.

Vietnam War Programming Continues

We would like to say a big thank you to Albert Nahas (pictured right), author of Warriors Remembered, for speaking at Octavia Fields Branch Library in support of our Vietnam War programming. We would also like to say a big  thank you to the teens at Jacinto City for their youth-led discussion on the war. Next week, the programming will make its way to the Fairbanks Branch Library where Samuel Axelrad will talk about his book Peaceful Bones. This is his story of an encounter with a seriously wounded North Vietnamese army squadron leader and the actions he took to save his life. The program will take place on Tues, Nov 7th from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. There will be copies available to purchase and have signed by Dr. Axelrad. To register, please call 713-466-4438.

This programming is in support of the PBS airing of The Vietnam War. This is a ten-part,18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

HCPL Receives ALA/Google Grant

Harris County Public Library is the only library in Texas to be part of the 2017 Libraries Ready to Code initiative.

The grant comes from the American Library Association and is sponsored by Google. With the funding, HCPL will work with twenty-eight other libraries across the country to design and implement computer coding programs for young people.

The grant-funded programs will address specific groups that are currently underrepresented in computer science careers: girls, residents of rural and low-income communities, as well as young people of color and those with disabilities.

NASA @ My Library Blasts Off from Freeman Branch Tomorrow!

Join us as Harris County Public Library kicks off its official NASA @ My Library tour at the Freeman Branch Library, Thursday, Oct 26 at 6 pm. Come visit our Trek the Galaxy stations where you can do activities and learn about space, stars, astronauts, the moon, and much more! NASA @ My Library will be making stops at many HCPL branches over the next two years, so bookmark this link to keep up with its orbit of the county.

This presentation is made possible through a grant from the The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI), the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center. 

For Great Cinema, HCPL & Kanopy Have You Covered

 

Thousands of Independent and Classic Films from the Criterion Collection Now Streaming Free with your Library Card

Your selection of videos at Harris County Public Library has just grown by over 25,000 titles. HCPL recently added the streaming video service, Kanopy, to its digital roster. Kanopy focuses on independent films, critically acclaimed documentaries and classic cinema from the renowned Criterion Collection. Now all the movies you see on those 100 Greatest Films of All Time lists, but have never seen on-screen are available to you free of charge 24/7 with your HCPL library card.

Join HCPL at Houston Maker Faire Sat. & Sun, Oct. 21 - 22 at GRB

maker faire graphic - Young woman buildingJoin Harris County Public Library and a host of other makers, educators and exhibitors at Houston Maker Faire this weekend, October 21 & 22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

"What we remember - what we forgot - and what we never knew."

Join Harris County Public Library in its support of the PBS airing of The Vietnam War. This is a ten-part,18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. Libraries around the county will offer public screenings and share the stories of this tumultuous time period with programs and presentations.

Gulf Coast Reads News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Gulf Coast Reads starts October 1! Join Harris County Public Library and libraries all across southeast Texas for book discussions and special events.

You Can Help HCFOL Help Your LIbrary

hcfol.org Network for Good buttonAll of us who lived through the recent floods will remember the devastation and loss, but hopefully the more lasting memories will be of the generosity of spirit and selflessness of the people who call southeast Texas home. Many of you have asked how you can make monetary donations to help in Harris County Public Library's recovery. The Harris County Friends of the Library have now set up an online system that streamlines the process. It allows you to specify, if you wish, how your donation is to be used, so if you want to give to the HCPL system as a whole, to your home library, or to one of the four HCPL branches that remaiin closed due to flood damage, you can.

Harvey Recovery Fair

Harvey Recovery Fair

Public Invited to Harvey Recovery Fair

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management invites residents affected by Hurricane Harvey to a recovery fair this weekend.

WHAT:       Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fair
WHEN:      Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24
                  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE:    Houston Community College – Northeast, Art Hub Gallery
                  555 Community College Drive
                  Houston, Texas 77013

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