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Book Hunters in Brief: James McBride's Good Lord Bird

BH in Brief 10 - Good Lord BirdIf you loved James McBride's NBA-winning Good Lord Bird, we recommend these:

Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks - Another fictional approach to John Brown narrated by his young son.

Beloved by Toni Morrison - a modern classic about a haunted former slave

Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz - a gripping nonfiction account of the raid on Harper's Ferry

Middle Passage by Charles Johnson - A young man is transformed after becoming an accidental stowaway on a slave ship.

OverDrive's Big Library Read at HCPL

OverDrive’s Big Library Read lets you combine two of life’s great pleasures: good books and good food. From February 18 to March 5, OverDrive has made available to participating libraries unlimited digital copies of Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook by Food Network and Cooking Channel host Aida Mollenkamp.

You can download Keys to the Kitchen to any iOS or Android device, as well as your Kindle, Nook or home computer. Just visit our Digital Media Catalog and click on the cover of Keys to the Kitchen to get started. It’s easy and it’s free.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll pick up some new cooking skills and broaden your culinary horizons in the process.

Never downloaded an eBook before? Visit HCPL’s eBook support pages for step by step instructions in plain English.

Bon appetit!

Spread the Word—Literally. Become a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

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If you are visiting this website, it’s a good bet that you know reading’s fundamental value to your day-to-day life. Odds are equally likely that you cannot imagine life without it. But it is a sad fact that 1 in 5 Texans--your neighbors--don’t have to imagine; they are living it—every hour of every day.

Harris County Public Library has long been committed to providing basic literacy classes to all those who want them, but we cannot do that without a team of dedicated volunteer tutors.  On Friday, March 7 at High Meadows Branch Library, we will be holding a tutor training workshop. No teaching experience needed.

Share the gift of reading. Register today.

Adult Basic Literacy Training
High Meadows Branch Library
Friday, March 7, 2014
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
4500 Aldine Mail Route
Houston 77039

For more information and to register for training, please call High Meadows Branch Library at 281-590-1456, or contact HCPL Literacy Coordinator by phone: 713-749-9035 or email: szach@hcpl.net 

Book Hunters in Brief: Sherlock Holmes

Book Hunters in Brief graphic: Have You Been Sherlocked?Every Friday on Facebook and Tumblr, HCPL's award-winning Book Hunters share read-alikes organized around a theme: popular titles or authors, favorite characters, pop culture trends and more--all in a snazzy graphic format with quick links to HCPL's catalog.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Tumblr so you don't miss a single one.

This week, Book Hunters suggest some updates on the Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. Check 'em out!
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
The Scientific Sherlock Holmes by James F. O'Brien
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye
A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman

Not a fan of Sherlock? Book Hunters will make you a customized reading list. Just tell us what you like!

Didn't Know HCPL is doing the social media thing?

Well, we are...in a big way.



 

Celebrate Black History Month 2014 @ Your Library

Image: Celebrate Black History Month @ HCPLAll month long in February, Harris County Public Library will honor African Americans who have enriched the intellectual, artistic and spiritual evolution of our culture. There will be something for all ages and interests: from discussions of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison's Sula to programs about the Gees Bend, Alabama quilters, from the music and traditions of New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indians to the cutting edge of jazz. HCPL branches will celebrate and educate with crafts, movies, inspirational readings and storytimes, as well as performances by Kouman Ke'le' African Dance and Drum Ensemble, and Express Children's Theater. Below is just some of what's in store.

 

All HCPL Branches Will Be Closed Tuesday, January 28.

Due to forecasted severe weather and possibly hazardous driving conditions, County Judge Ed Emmett has announced that all Harris County offices--including all Harris County Public Library branches and administrative offices--will be closed Tuesday, January 28.

Libraries will be open regular hours on Wednesday, January 29.

UPDATE: As of 10 PM on Monday, Lone Star College Campuses, including  LSC - Cy-Fair Branch Library and LSC - Tomball Community will be closed as well.

Book Hunters in Brief: Nordic Noir

Book Hunters in Brief #6: Nordic NoirIf you're a fan of Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole mysteries, Book Hunters recommends these chilly read-alikes.

The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander mysteries) by Henning Mankell

The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström mysteries) by Camilla Läckberg

The Keeper of Lost Causes (The Department Q series) by Jussi Adler-Olsen

If none of these is your cup of glögg, visit Book Hunters, tell us what you like and in a couple weeks or less, we'll send you a reading list customized to your tastes.

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Book Hunters in Brief: Harry Dresden

Book Hunters in Brief - Harry Dresden

If you love the detective/wizard Harry Dresden in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, we're pretty sure you love these too!

Thomas Nightingale, Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

Atticus O'Sullivan, Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Elvis Cole, The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais

None of these to your taste? Visit Book Hunters, your personal reading consultants, for your own customized reading list.

Titles listed above are the first in their series. You can find them all at HCPL.

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