Katelyn is a 5 year-old girl from Victoria, Texas who was born without a fully-formed left hand. Her family contacted Harris County Public Library to ask about 3D-printing a prosthetic, then visited the Innovation Lab here at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library to meet with staff and volunteers and to discuss options. We decided to try making Katelyn an "Unlimbited Arm" from Team UnLimbited, part of the E-Nable Community.
Thanks to a lot of dedicated work from Innovation Lab volunteers (particularly Michael Craig and Robert E Bannon), the device was recently completed and delivered to Katelyn. In true maker fashion, Katelyn's dad has already made some modifications and improvements to make the arm more robust. Katelyn is looking forward to using her new hand during the coming school year.
With the continued support of the Friends of Freeman Library, and thanks to the dedication of volunteers around the world and right here in our local library, Katelyn is able to increase the function of her left hand because a public library has a makerspace - imagine that! We are so glad to have been part of this project.
Do you enjoy working with children? Do you want to make a difference in a child's life? Then volunteer for HCPL's Book Buddies!
Book Buddies is a free program that brings children and volunteers (adults or teens) together to share the joy of reading. It pairs trained volunteers (Big Buddies) with children in Kindergarten through 3rd grades (Little Buddies). For 12 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.
If you're looking for a safe and air-conditioned place to catch some Pokémon, several Harris County Public Library branches are stops, and others are gyms or have gyms nearby. Below is a handy table showing where and how you can get your game on, as well as some useful links.
Have you ever gotten so frustrated you wanted to throw your Kindle at the wall? Is your Nook just a high tech paperweight? Have you ever wondered why you have to place a hold on the eBook of JoJo Moyes’ or James Patterson’s latest bestseller?
As part of Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016, our eBook eXperts will answer all your digital media questions no matter how big or how small. Whether you have never checked out an eBook in your life, or are a longtime eReader, ask our experts about anything from tech support to collection development.
Use the comments section below, or ask us on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag: #ProjectMillE
There's still about a month left in Summer Reading Fun 2016, but we already have gold medal readers galore! Below are a few of the young people who have gone above and beyond in their summer reading to earn gold medals. Do you want one of your own? Click here to learn how.
Congratulations to these four Gold Medal Readers from Barbara Bush, Galena Park & Katherine Tyra Branch Libraries
July 1 is the midpoint of the year and we thought it would be a good time to give you a progress report on Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016. In a word, the progress has been amazing! Since January 1, HCPL eBook readers have checked out 540,669 items (compared to a smidge over 397,000 for the same period last year—an increase of 36 percent). Any way you slice it, that is some serious eReading.
There are lots of different ways besides reading to participate in Harris County Public Library's Summer Reading Program.
This week Book Hunters offers some sporty books to get kids off to a fast start in their summer reading--after all, this year's theme is "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!"
Football With Dad by Frank Berrios
Henry Holton takes the Ice by Sandra Bradley
Lucky Luis by Gary Soto ; illustrated by Rhode Montijo
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Losers Take All by David Klass
This service is free of charge to all families of Humble ISD students
ReadyRosie is an early education resource that uses the power of video modeling and mobile technology to help parents prepare their children to succeed in school. ReadyRosie features brief, fun videos in English and Spanish that help children learn problem solving and math skills, early literacy, essential life skills and lots of vocabulary.
Harris County Public Library is proud to announce that thirteen HCPL branches will provide nutritious, free lunches to children in low income areas of Harris County through the Houston Food Bank’s Kids Café program. Only children 1 – 18 years are eligible. Meals and snacks are provided on a first come, first served basis. Supplies are limited, but will be adjusted depending on demand. See schedule below for days and times at the HCPL branch nearest you.