Make Your 2019 Amazing at Maker Central

Harris County Public Library Maker Central is holding a FREE 3D printer orientation on Thursday, January 10, 3 - 4:30 PM at our HCPL Administrative Offices. So, if you have been thinking about unleashing your creative, innovative, inventive side in 2019, or are just curious about how 3D printing works, sign up now!

HOLIDAY HOURS

DATE HCPL BRANCHES LSC-CYFAIR  LSC-TOMBALL 
Fri. Dec. 21 OPEN (CLOSE 5PM) OPEN (CLOSE 6PM) OPEN (CLOSE 5PM)
Sat. Dec. 22 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Sun. Dec. 23 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Mon. Dec. 24 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Tue. Dec. 25 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Wed. Dec. 26 OPEN OPEN OPEN
Thu. Dec. 27 OPEN OPEN OPEN
Fri. Dec. 28 OPEN OPEN (CLOSE 6PM) OPEN (CLOSE 5PM)
Sat. Dec. 29 OPEN CLOSED CLOSED
Sun. Dec. 30 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Mon. Dec. 31 OPEN (CLOSE 5PM) CLOSED CLOSED
Tue. Jan. 1 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED

 

Passport Services at HCPL To Be Suspended

yellow exclamationAs of January 1, 2019, the Harris County District Clerk's Office will no longer provide Passport Services at Harris County Public Library locations.

The affected branches are Barbara Bush Branch Library, Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library, Katherine Tyra Branch Library at Bear Creek, Octavia Fields Branch Library & Lone Star College - Tomball Community Library.

HCPL hopes to renew our partnership with the District Clerk's Office in the future to resume this popular service. In the meantime, please visit Travel.State.Gov for any questions you may have about the application process.

Storytimes and More Coming Soon to Lone Star College - Creekside Center

In January 2019, as part of its long-standing partnership with Harris County Precinct 4 and Lone Star College - Tomball, Harris County Public Library will begin to introduce some public library services to the Creekside community at the LSC – Creekside Center campus. To meet community demand, the project’s initial focus will be early literacy. Along with a small collection of children’s books, there will be two story times each Monday at Creekside Center. One for toddlers and one for preschool-age children. Each session will feature stories, songs, rhymes and an occasional craft activity.

Story times will begin Monday, January 28, 2019. Additional public library services will be phased in over time.

Voter Information: November 6, 2018 General Elections

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Polls are open 7AM - 7PM.

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!

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 www.gulfcoastreads.org 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.

AI Family Challenge @ HCPL

 

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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.

 

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