Your Vote Counts. Early Voting and I.D. Info.

The upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 4 will decide one of Texas’ seats in the U.S. Senate, all thirty-six of Texas’ representatives to the U.S. House, Texas Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, as well as many other important state, county and municipal offices.

Remember, it is now state law that in order to vote you must present one of the following approved forms of identification:

  • • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safetry (DPS).
  • • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • • U.S. military identification card with your photograph
  • • U.S. passport
  • • Free Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS (click here for more information).

LSC-Tomball Community Library presents Buffalo Soldiers

This 100th anniversary year of the beginning of World War 1, travel back in time through this historical presentation to World War I France and learn what happened to the African-American soldiers who made up the 92nd and 93rd infantries and were known, as those who served before and after them, as Buffalo Soldiers.

Thank You For Being a Friend

This week (October 19 – 25) is the ninth annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. The Harris County Friends of the Library would like to thank all of the branch library Friends groups for their contributions of time and expertise to significantly enhance the services our library system offers. Raising funds to purchase materials to supplement the library's collection, buying special equipment and supplies, and funding special programs for all ages are just a few of the ways you support our libraries.

Libraries are the cornerstones of their communities providing opportunities for everyone to engage in the joy of life-long learning and connect with the thoughts and ideas of others from ages past to the present. We thank the Friends groups across the county for all they do to make our libraries and communities so much better.

THANK YOU!

Susan Greer
President
Harris County Friends of the Library

Gulf Coast Reads Author Stephen Harrigan at Museum of Fine Arts - Houston

Gulf Coast Reads, Harris County Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston invite you to a special evening with author, Stephen Harrigan at the MFAH on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

After introducing and reading from his novel, Remember Ben Clayton, Mr. Harrigan will sit for a lively and wide-ranging conversation with Houston Chronicle columnist and features writer, Lisa Gray, to be followed by a Q and A with the audience.

Book Hunters Gear Up for TEEN READ WEEK 2014, Oct 12 - 18

BHiB 43 Teen Read WeekNext week, October 12 - 18, is Teen Read Week 2014 and HCPL's Book Hunters are on board. TRW is a national initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. By "regular readers," YALSA means people who read for pleasure and not only because they "have to." You see, eventually the homework assignments are going to stop coming, but the benefits of reading will keep growing over a lifetime.

Book Hunters' sole purpose is to match readers of any age with books that reflect their interests, their passions, and their tastes. It's fast, it's easy, it's online, and it's free to get a reading list all your own.

Tutors Needed! A Little of Your Time Can Make a Huge Difference

The demand for Literacy and English as a Second Language instruction in Harris County is great, and we are trying to do our part to help meet that demand, but we can't do it without your help. Harris County Public Library is looking for people willing to share a little of their time to make a big difference in a neighbor's life. All we ask is that you attend one training session, and set aside 1 1/2 to 2 hours a week. We will supply all the materials you will need and a space at the library to meet with your student. No teaching experience is necessary. Please register for one of our upcoming tutor training sessions: 

Change in DVD Renewal Policy, Effective Oct. 1.

Beginning October 1, 2014, DVDs may be renewed only one time.
Books and CDs may still be renewed up to two times.
Renewal periods for all materials are 14 days.
DVDs requested by other customers may not be renewed.

Complete Harris County Public Library Circulation Policy can be found here.

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
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