Listen Up: Behind the Scenes in the Audiobook Studio

Graphic - Listen Up: Behind the Scenes in the Audiobook StudioThe name might not be immediately familiar, but for audiobook fans, Adenrele Ojo is a bona fide star and chances are good, even if you're a casual audiophile, you will recognize the voice.  On November 17, you'll have a chance to learn more about this fascinating, heard but rarely seen world from two insiders. Join Harris County Public Library for Listen Up: Behind the Scenes in the Audiobook Studio. Rose Brock, librarian, educator and editor of the anthology Hope Nation, and award-winning narrator and director Adenrele Ojo will take you behind the scenes in the recording studio, revealing what it takes to record your favorite audiobooks, how producers and narrators work with authors, and what makes for a great listen.

Join us for this special event on Saturday, November 17, 2:00 - 3:00 PM at West University Branch Library. Admission is FREE. Reserve your seat now!

Voter Information: November 6, 2018 General Elections

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Polls are open 7AM - 7PM.

Gulf Coast Reads: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

What do you get when you take forty plus libraries across nine counties in Southeast Texas, add one ripping good mystery novel by an award-winning author who also happens to be native Houstonian, and toss in oodles of related events and programs ranging from book discussions to cooking classes, from genealogy workshops to Delta blues storytelling and beyond? You get Gulf Coast Reads on the Same Page.

Now in its eighth year, Gulf Coast Reads is a regional reading initiative spearheaded by area libraries that each October encourages all Southeast Texans to read and discuss a selected book and to attend a wide variety of related events at local libraries. Its goal is to raise awareness of libraries and the services they provide, as well as illustrate the ways that reading can be a way to build engagement with the community and the world at large.

This year's Gulf Coast Reads selection is the Edgar Award Winner for Best Novel Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke. The book is "a 'heartbreakingly resonant' thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice" and "a rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas." 

We are delighted to say that Attica Locke will be visiting two Harris County Library locations this Saturday, October 6. Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM and Barbara Bush Branch Library 3:00 - 5:00 PM. Each visit will include a presentation by the author followed a Q & A session and book signing. Admission is free. Copies of Bluebird, Bluebird will be available for purchase from the branches' Friends.

Visit for more information, special features and full listings of all Gulf Coast Reads programming.

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Harris County Precinct 4, Harris County Public Library Partner to Reopen Baldwin Boettcher Library

Exterior of Little Blue Library at Mercer ParkEnrichment, education, refreshment, and recreation. These are common goals of two very different institutions joining forces to provide an extraordinary experience for Harris County residents. Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle and Harris County Public Library are proud to announce plans to rebuild Baldwin Boettcher Library at Precinct 4’s Mercer Botanic Gardens more than a year after the library closed due to Hurricane Harvey.

Read more at Harris County Precinct 4.

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Harris County Public Library is part of the first-ever global initiative to support families learning Artificial Intelligence together. We have partnered with Curiosity Machine to bring artificial intelligence learning to children and families who may submit projects to a global competition!

Children ages 8 to 15 and their families learn to use AI technologies and tools to solve problems in their communities around transportation, community-building, health, education, crime, safety, air and water quality, emotional well-being, and the environment. They also learn how to communicate these ideas and translate them into a real business.


Kingwood Branch Library Will Be Closed Saturday, August 18

Kingwood Branch Library will be CLOSED for repairs this Saturday, August 18. 

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Click here to find the nearest Harris County Public Library location.

One Year Later: Share your Stories of Disaster and Recovery with the Harvey Memories Project

Along with the flooded homes and interrupted lives, Hurricane Harvey left millions of stories and images in its wake. As we near the one year anniversary of the flood, a group of local archivists are gathering as many of them as they can. The Harvey Memories Project's mission is to collect, preserve, and share digital artifacts associated with the storm--stories of rescue, resilience, and recovery, as well as stories of painful loss and the lingering questions. 

As part of the project, HCPL's Outreach team will visit Katherine Tyra Bear Creek Branch Library on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM to collect your stories and images for the archive. We'll have audio and video recording equipment and laptops on which you can post your own files to the project website.

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