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Summer Reading Program Software Presentation

Are you excited for Harris County Public Library's Summer Reading Program? This summer's theme is Libraries Rock! and the program will begin on June 4th. Throughout the summer we will be having many activities for all ages, as well as fun prizes participants can receive for reading. We will be having two presentations that will show you how to log your books and minutes read using our Summer Reading Program software in order to help you become familiar with the program. We invite all ages to attend our Summer Reading Program Software Presentation next Thursday May 31 at 5:00 PM, or in Spanish on Wednesday May 30 at 5:00 PM. We will provide information on how to create your account and record your reading and activities to get points for your prizes. 

Teen Open Mic Summer Series

Open MicLibraries Rock will feature an open mic segment for local teens to come and express themselves. We will provide the audio equipment and light snacks for performers and artists. Feel free to share a poem reading, an acoustic guitar solo, or even some dance moves. Everyone wishing to perform is encouraged to contact Naomi Macias at gp@hcpl.net for more information. During this time we will also offer Karaoke in between performers, so everyone can participate. Teen Open Mic is scheduled for Tuesday's at 6 pm during our Summer Reading Program.

Mental Health and Teens

May is Mental Health Awareness month, started in 1949 in order to raise awareness and educate the public about mental health, what it’s like to live with these conditions and strategies for getting help. Talking about mental health can be scary; there's a stigma around it that makes people want to shy away from the subject, but here's the thing: it's important. One way that stigma can be erased is by representation. We all want to see ourselves in the books we read, and some authors have worked hard to create compelling, rich characters that happen to suffer from mental illness. From depression, to schizophrenia, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, agoraphobia and more, here are thier stories:
 

Teen Typing Classes

In an increasingly computerized world, sharpen up your keyboarding skills. Learn techniques for typing and compose yourself a brightened future.

Classes happening at 4pm on Wednesday, May 16 & 23; and are continuing during the summer at 2pm on Friday, June 8 & 22 and July 6 & 20.

fingers on computer keyboard

Photo courtesy of Kiran Foster

The Big Picture

When we think of picture books a lot of the time we think of the story they tell: the words, the characters, the lessons they impart and how they make us feel when we close the cover. Maybe we remember certain phrases that we read, or had read to us. I certainly remember "I'll eat you up I love you so" from Where the Wild Things Are, or "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can" from The Little Engine that Could. But past that, I also remember the giant tree in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and the amazing purple drawings in Harold and the Purple Crayon. That's right-we're putting the picture in picture books today with ten of the most beautifully illustrated books to hit our shelves in the past handful or so years.