3D Printing Service Begins in September

3D printing service begins in September at Freeman Branch Library!  Here are the basics:

  • - Print time may be scheduled upon first registering for and completing an orientation session. Call the library at 281-488-1906 or visit at 16616 Diana Lane to register. September orientation dates are 9/3, 9/11, 9/17, and 9/22 beginning at 7:00 PM. If orientation cannot be attended on any of the available dates, please speak with staff to determine if other arrangements can be made.
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  • - Once orientation is complete, customers may schedule print time on either the MakerBot Replicator 2 or re:3D's Gigabot large-format printer by visiting the link www.hcpl.net/content/3d-printing-policy . Printing reservations will be taken beginning 9/4, following the first orientation session.
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  • - Printing cost is 10 cents per gram and is payable by cash or check to the Friends of Freeman Library, who supply PLA filament (printing material).

The Lee Innovation Lab is still under development. In the meantime, we are pleased to begin offering this new service and experience to our customers thanks to our many supporters.

Help a Neighbor. Help your Community. Become a Volunteer ESL Tutor!

ESL Training Schedule Graphic

Do you want to do the kind of volunteer work that will let you see with your own two eyes the impact you’re having? If so, Harris County Public Library has a volunteer opportunity for you: become an English-as-a-Second-Language tutor! No teaching experience is necessary. We provide the materials and space at the library to meet with students. All you need is a desire to help your neighbors and 1½ to 2 hours per week of your own choosing.

Check Out the New Features on OverDrive

improved overdriveWhether you're a longtime user of Harris County Public Library’s OverDrive Digital Media Catalog, or  just dipping your toes in for the first time (in which case: Dive in!), we think you'll really like these new features: 

  • Suspend a Hold: If you’re lucky enough to have more books than you can get to at the moment, you can now put your hold on hold, so to speak, without losing your place in the queue.
  • Automatically Checkout your Hold: Now, you can set your preferences to checkout your hold as soon as it is available. You’ll get a notification saying it’s waiting for you on your account bookshelf.
  • “Recommended for You” Collection: When you sign-in, you will see a selection of titles available for checkout based on the books you currently have checked out or on hold.
  • “AND” Boolean Searching: Sounds complicated, but all it means is that when you search the catalog you’ll see more of what you want and less of what you don’t. 

We're 20,000 Readers Strong!

read to me babyThat's right!  Today we reached 20,000 readers signed up for summer reading fun.  If you're not one of them, there's still time to register and achieve your reading goal.  Fun and educational programs, reading activities, and prizes run through August 10, 2014.

HCPL Volunteer Literacy Tutor Training Coming Soon

Did you know that one out of five Texans cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application or help with their children's homework? Illiteracy is one of the biggest challenges facing America, but you can be part of the solution. Become a volunteer literacy tutor at Harris County Public Library.

Join Us for the Harris County Job Fair!

Everyone is invited to the Harris County Job Fair at NRG Center, September 30, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Representatives from many Harris County Departments will be on hand to discuss career opportunities and accept applications for clerical, technical, professional, mechanical and heavy-equipment operator positions.

Valueline's New Interface

Value Line recently debuted a new and improved interface.  We have developed a PDF with information on where to find your favorite reports.  In addition, there is also a video from Value Line that explains the changes.

Barbara Bush Library Friends Honor Librarian Nancy Agafitei

Barbara Bush Branch Librarian Nancy Agafitei will be retiring at the end of June, after working 25 years for Harris County Public Library.  Her coworkers, community colleagues and the Barbara Bush Library Friends hosted a reception today to celebrate her career and accomplishments.

Here Barbara Bush Library Friends President Penny Boozman presents HCPL Interim Director Ron Lucik with a check for five thousand dollars in honor of Nancy Agafitei.  Happy retirement, Nancy!

NASA's International Space Station Exhibit Orbits Around HCPL

ISS over earthWhat weighs one million pounds, is the size of a football field, zips along at a mind boggling 17,500 miles per hour about 330 miles above our heads and took the cooperative effort of fifteen nations to build?

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