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Book Hunters in Brief #146: Teen Read Week #146

It's our fault--us, adults. It's our fault that an awful lot of teens think the word "reading" and "fun" are, for all intents and purposes, opposites. Yes, our intentions are good. There's no doubt about that. We know how important literacy is for success. We know--because we've seen it--how hard life is for people who struggle with the written word. From traffic sign to mortgage contracts, the ability to read keeps you out of a lot of jams.

Teen Halloween Bag

Join us on Wednesday,October 12, 2016 from 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm for some coloring fun. You can create your very own trick or treat bag for Halloween. All materials will be supplied by the Friends of the South Houston Library.  Craft is recommended for Teens ages 12 - 17. For more information please call the branch at 713-941-2385.

Halloween Teen Craft: Skull Art

Join us on October 15th at 2 pm for our monthly teen craft. Due to its overwhelming popularity, we are bringing back Skull Art using a board, nails, hammers and string for this spooky handman-inspired craft project. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Registration is available online at www. hcpl.net or at the information desk. 

Book Hunters in Brief #144: Banned Books Week 2016

Why do people ban books? Lots of reasons. But really, they all boil down to one reason: difference. Difference in opinion, in world view, in creed, in sexual orientation, and, yes, in views on race and ethnicity.

For Banned Book Week 2016, Book Hunters say celebrate the freedom to read by celebrating difference!

For Kids
George by Alex Gino
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter

Teen Sharpie Art

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The Teen Summer Reading Program is off to a great start! (If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for?) On Tuesday, use colorful Sharpies and rubbing alcohol to create marbled patterns on tiles, then color pages from coloring books while they dry. All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 21 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Houston Food Bank Will Provide Nutritious, Free Lunches to Kids at 13 HCPL Branches this Summer

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.

Book Hunters in Brief #125: Books for Friday the 13th

If you are reading this in bed because you refuse to risk even a trip to the kitchen for breakfast on this the unluckiest of days, Book Hunters in Brief has some books to help you while away the hours until the clock gives the all-clear sign at midnight. Of course, finding somebody to cajole into going to the library to check them out for you might be difficult (not to mention ethically questionable).

Book Hunters in Brief #124: Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

In May, Book Hunters and Harris County Public Library are celebrating the contributions to our nation by Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. As you know, that name covers a lot of ground--not just geographically, but culturally as well. Book Hunters celebrates that diversity in its young adult reading suggestions, and HCPL branches celebrate it with a wide variety of programs from Hawaiian luaus to a Japanese sword demonstration and points in between.

Teen Movie Afternoons

Our new Teen Advisory Group has planned fun movie afternoons for you to enjoy. Grades 6-12 are invited to join us in the meeting room for popcorn, drinks, candy, and fun movies. This month's featured films are Despicable Me on Friday, April 8, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, and The Lovely Bones on Saturday, April 30, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.


Book Hunters in Brief #118: Great Escapes!

There are lots of different kinds of escapes: dramatic escapes from burning buildings, weekend escapes to romantic hideaways, prison breaks, running away to join the circus, narrow escapes, Ford Escapes, to name just a few. Then, there is the kind of escape you get from a great book.

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