Persistence Pays Off for West University's Tournament of Books Team

Competitive fire is not something one usually associates with the generally solitary pursuit of reading, but that is exactly what motivated the four young men who made up West University Branch Library's 2019 Tournament of Books team. After a showing in last year's Tournament that did not meet their own high expectations, the team members re-dedicated themselves and hit the books...hard. Their persistence and drive paid off with a victory of four equally worthy teams from Spring Branch, Galena Park, North Channel and Kingwood.

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month @ HCPL

This May, you are invited to join Harris County Public Library in celebrating the contributions to this country's history and culture of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.

HCPL and the Friends of Evelyn Meador Library will host Houston-based, bestselling author Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni. She will talk about her latest novel, Before We Visit the Goddess. This special event will take place at Evelyn Meador Branch Library on Monday, May 20 at 11:00 AM. Her talk will be followed by a meet and greet and book-signing. 


All Harris County Public Library branches will close at 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 18 and will be closed Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21.


New Arrival: The Handmaid's Tale Graphic Novel

Spread from Handmaid's Tale Graphic NovelHere's a special treat for graphic novel fans and lovers of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale.  Copies of a new graphic adaptation of Margaret Atwood's masterpiece by Renée Nault will be hitting our shelves soon (but you can place a hold now).

On a related note, the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is presenting an Evening with Margaret Atwood at Jones Hall on Friday, April 5. If you’re interested in hearing her speak, SPA is offering HCPL cardholders 25% off admission with code: BOOKWORM

You Are Invited to Celebrate the Opening of HCPL's First George & Barbara Bush Family Place

Ribbon Cutting InvitationHarris County Public Library and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation (BBHLF) invite you to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the first George & Barbara Bush Family Place. The event will take place at Barbara Bush Branch Library on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here.

LSC-Tomball, Tomball ISD and HCPL Partner on Tomball Community Art Showcase

Artists of all ages in the Tomball area now have a way to exhibit their creative work.  A new partnership comprised of Tomball ISD, Lone Star College-Tomball and the Harris County Public Library announced the launch of the Tomball Community Art Showcase.  The showcase will exhibit visual and performing artwork created by students from Tomball ISD, LSC-Tomball and by local artists from the Tomball area.

A grand opening celebration, which will be free and open to the public, is planned for Thursday, March 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the LSC-Tomball Community Library, which will also be the home for the Tomball Community Art Showcase.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Invites You to Civic Saturdays

Civic Saturday:
Children & Education


Register Now

Join Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo this Saturday, March 2 for Civic Saturday - Children & Education, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Julia C. Hester House. 2020 Solo St. Houston TX 77020.

Civic Saturday is an opportunity to connect with other county residents and community leaders around shared goals for topics ranging from early childhood development, to out-of-school time, to child welfare.    

Harris County Public Library will be on hand to talk with you about our existing services and ways we can better meet the community's needs. Other organizations attending are Texas Policy Lab, Collaborative for Children, First3Years, Out 2 Learn, and the Harris County Youth Collective.

The event is free and open to the public.

AARP Tax Aide Returns

Tax returns, that is. Get free, friendly help preparing your taxes at HCPL.

Longtime partner, AARP Tax Aide, has opened up shop at eleven Harris County Public Library branches. 


See More for locations, days, times and document checklist.  

Celebrate African American History Month @ Your Library

Harris County Public Library invites you to celebrate African American History Month with us. All HCPL branches will be presenting programs that celebrate the contributions people of African ancestry have made and continue to make to this country. Programs range from discussions of books by African American authors to learning to play the ancient strategy game Mancala. You'll learn about astronauts, inventors, soldiers, scientists, performers and artists--the whole gamut of the African American experience.

Find out what's going on at all of libraries on our African American History Month Calendar

Precinct 2 Cares Food & Resource Fair and Other Help for Furloughed Government Employees

We all know there are a lot of people in the area affected by the shutdown. There are also a lot of folks who are doing what they can to make things a little better for them because that is just what we do here. We lend a hand whenever we see the need. Below is an admittedly incomplete list of resources for furloughed government employees.



Resources for Those Affected by the Government Shutdown

Precinct 2 Cares Food & Resource Fair presented by Commissioner Adrian Garcia in partnership with the Houston Food Bank.
Friday, Jan. 25. 10 AM - 12:30 PM
East Harris County Activity Center & Northeast Community Center

Precinct 4 Help4Hunger presented by Commissioner R. Jack Cagle in partnership with Houston Food Bank
Saturday, Feb. 2. 10 AM - 2 PM.
Mangum-Wowell Center
Registration required. Please call 713-274-4050, email, or visit to register. 

Houston Relief Hub
Information and links for ways to get help ranging from American Federation of Government Employees and financial services to food pantries and the Diaper Bank. 

CCISD Cares is a 501(c)3 support organization formed to assist Clear Creek ISD families with basic needs during times of crisis. 

Click2Houston: #HoustonStrong: These businesses are helping government workers during shutdown    

If your group or organization is offering assistance or services to those affected by the shutdown, we encourage you to add a comment below with details and links. Thanks.

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