Harris County Public Library is the first library system in Texas to circulate one million eBooks in a calendar year
Last January, we challenged you to checkout a million eBooks in 2016 and, in the process, make HCPL the first library system in Texas to circulate a million eBooks in a calendar year. Your response was overwhelming to put it mildly. We are delighted to announce that on Thursday, November 10, one of you put us over the top--with fifty days left in the year! That is an average of 2,500 or so eBooks checked out every day.
All of us at HCPL want to congratulate everyone who helped us toward the goal, whether you checked out five eBooks or fifty or more, you made a difference. We knew you were up to the task, but we had no idea that you would embrace Project Mill-E with such gusto. Thank you all.
In the end, Project Mill-E is not about numbers or bragging rights, Edward Melton, Harris County Public Library’s Director.sees it as evidence of the continued transformation in the ways our customers access information and entertainment, and the necessity for the library to adapt to them, “HCPL and public libraries in general, are constantly evolving and changing to better meet the information needs of the community regardless of the format.”
West University Place City Council recently approved funding for necessary improvements to West University Branch Library that will bring it into full compliance with new ADA and safety requirements. Although no firm completion date is currently available, it is hoped the branch will reopen in January 2017.
Bellaire City Library has graciously lent their assistance during West University's closure. See below for details
Gulf Coast Reads starts October 1. There will be special events, author visits, and, of course, lively discussions all across southeast Texas.
Gulf Coast Reads Events Calendar
For more information all month long, visit www.gulfcoastreads.org
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and to learn more about The Train to Crystal City, visit www.janjarboe.com
Thursday, September 15 is Power Up @ Your Library Day in Texas, and Harris County Public Library, along with libraries across the state, is showcasing some of the ways libraries empower and energize individuals and communities beyond traditional library services by highlighting the wide range of programs you can--and will--find every day at HCPL branches: programs for people of all ages, programs that foster innovation and imagination, programs to help improve one's own life and programs to help you help others, and much more. If you can imagine it. You can find it at your library.
September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, and Harris County Public Library is celebrating with a variety of programs for adults, teens, and kids. We'll have music ranging from Spanish classical to Tejano. We'll have food and crafts reflecting the kaleidoscopic diversity of Hispanic culture. We'll have movies and story times and, of course, we will celebrate the greatest gift of all: chocolate!
Below is a small sampling of Hispanic Heritage Month programs, check your branch's Events Calendar to see what else is happening near you.
Harris County Public Library is excited to announce the launch of Book Buzz, our new collaboration with The Buzz Magazines. Book Buzz is a weekly blog where HCPL Librarians, along with those from Bellaire City and Houston Public libraries will share their expertise and their passion for reading.
This week, HCPL's Kathleen Green, Collection Development Manager - Youth Services, writes about the benefits of reading to children at bedtime, and, of course, recommends some classic and soon-to-be classic bedtime stories to send your littles one off to sleep.
Library lovers come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing they all have in common is that they remember getting their first library card and they remember knowing with a certainty they rarely felt before or since that it was a life-changing moment.
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and this week Book Hunters in Brief brings you books that are about that moment.
October is just around the corner and for Harris County Public Library, and partner libraries, school districts, universities and other organizations all over southeast Texas that means we are busy planning programs and booking presenters for Gulf Coast Reads 2016.
Now in its seventh year, Gulf Coast Reads is a reading initiative that encourages the reading and discussion of a selected title each October. It is meant to raise awareness of public libraries’ crucial role in building stronger, more connected communities and to remind readers just how fun it is share and talk over a great story.
NEW EXPANDED HOURS!
The response to the passport services offered by Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel at four HCPL branches has been so great, he decided to expand the hours of operation at each branch--from one day a month to three! See details below.
Walk-ins are welcome, but you can call 713-755-1674 to make an appointment at any of the four HCPL locations.