Your Vote Counts. Register to Vote @ HCPL

voter registration graphicHarris County Public Library wants to remind you that October 6 is the last day to register to vote in the coming general election. You can pick up a voter registration card at any of HCPL’s 26 branches. You can fill it out there and turn it in at the desk, or mail it, postage-free, yourself.

Popular Children's Author, Michael Dahl, Swoops into South Houston

Harris County Public Library is pleased to announce that Michael Dahl, bestselling author of books for children and young adults, will visit South Houston Branch Library on Saturday, September 27, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Mr. Dahl has written more than two hundred books and is a three-time winner of the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award.

We have many of his books in our collection--ranging from board books for your youngest to YA mysteries. So, check some out, read them with your kids, and then bring the family out to enjoy what promises to be a high-energy entertaining and educational event. Michael Dahl's visit is sponsored by myON, a division of Capstone.

Hispanic Heritage Month @ HCPL

September 15 through October 15 is the month set aside to recognize the contributions people of Hispanic descent have made to this country and its culture. Harris County Public Library branches will be presenting special programs and events to educate and entertain people of all ages. Below are just a few of the highlights to come, in addition to special themed storytimes, movies and book clubs.

3D Printing @ Freeman Branch Library - First Customer

Alex was HCPL's first 3D printing customer, and what she created didn't disappoint! She found and printed from the site Thingiverse.com a free model of the Infinity Orb from the recent movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," which can be accessed here.

You too can start using this fun and fascinating technology of the future right here in the present. Visit the library or call 281-488-1906 to register now for one of several 3D printing orientation sessions available this month at Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library:

  • - Thursday, 9/11, 7:00 PM
  • - Saturday, 9/13, 10:30 AM
  • - Wednesday, 9/17, 7:00 PM
  • - Monday, 9/22, 7:00 PM

Local Authors will Discuss Writing and Publishing @ LSC-Tomball, Saturday, Sept. 6.

They say everyone has a book inside them just dying to get out, but once you write it, the question becomes how to get it into the hands of readers. This Saturday, September 6, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, LSC – Tomball Community Library will host an Author Date with three local writers who have done just that.

Come enjoy light refreshments and meet authors, Paul A. Bussard, Alberto Arcia and Alan Berkowitz as they discuss the ins-and-outs of publishing and the writing process.

LSC – Tomball Community Library, Room L-129.
Saturday, September 6, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase from the Friends of Tomball Library.

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!

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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.

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