Butterflies & Poetry for Citizenship Month

Some folks think of butterflies as dainty creatures. Butterflies are anything but dainty. Monarchs, for example, make a yearly round trip between southern Mexico and locales as far north as Maine & Minnesota. When you combine that kind of toughness, with their amazing transformation from caterpillars and their tremendous variety—some 20,000 species—Butterflies are the perfect symbol for the City of Houston’s Citizenship Month. This month long initiative includes hundreds of activities around the greater Houston to celebrate the area's tremendous diversity. 

Success! Catalog and Checkout Systems Upgrade Complete.

We are pleased to announce that the upgrades to our catalog and checkout systems have been completed on schedule. We are grateful for your patience and understanding over the last week.

Much of what is new is not visible to the customer, but there are a few features that we think you will love:

HCPL Introduces a New Kind of Library Card

If you do not already have a Harris County Public Library Card, our new iKnow Card will give you instant access to online content and services.

Harris County Commissioners Court has adopted a resolution designating September 2015 Library Card Sign Up and Literacy Month, and Harris County Public Library is marking the occasion by unveiling its new iKnow Digital Access Card. Starting September 1, county residents will, for the first time, be able to apply for and receive a library card completely online and gain immediate access to a wide range of digital content including streaming movies, eBooks, online research tools, even complete digital editions of popular magazines. The iKnow Card does not replace HCPL’s full service Knowledge Card which gives you access to all of HCPL's materials and services including all digital content. The iKnow Card is meant for new patrons who want immediate access to online services.

A Former "Library Skeptic" Tells You What You May Be Missing

We, at HCPL, are the first to admit that we google ourselves perhaps more often that is healthy—or at least more often than is seemly. The results invariably show that we write about ourselves an awful lot: we blog, we facebook, we tweet, we send out press releases…you get the picture. But every once in a while we find that someone else has written nice things about us. Such was the case recently when we ran across a post entitled “the best thing in life that's free that you might not be using” on the Eat, Drink & Be Lauren blog.

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