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Interlibrary Loan

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Don’t see what you’re looking for in our catalog? We may be able to borrow it from another library. For more information, visit our Interlibrary Loan page.

 

 

Sometimes an Encouraging Tail Wag Is All a Reluctant Reader Needs

Cayenne and friendHCPL and Northwest Branch Library are pleased to announce a new program with Tender Loving K-9s Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) designed to help reluctant readers gain confidence in their abilities. The idea behind R.E.A.D. is simple. When it comes to unconditional acceptance and sincere enthusiasm, dogs are a breed apart, so what better listener for a child who may be struggling with reading than a friendly pooch? Starting on November 26, and continuing every third Tuesday each month, registered therapy dog, Cayenne, and her human, Kristin Fitzgerald, will visit Northwest Branch Library. Time slots are limited; call 281-890-2665 or stop by the circulation desk on your next visit to reserve a session.

In addition to Northwest Branch’s new program, young readers have other opportunities:
• Longtime R.E.A.D. buddies from Montgomery County Pet Partners—Sheba, Bailey, Nick & Nora—will make their monthly visit to LSC – Tomball Community Library on Tuesday, November 26, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Katy Branch Library’s Holiday Kick-off Party on December 7, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. will not only feature a visit from Santa, but one from a reader’s best-friend, as well. 

2013 National Book Awards

cover art: Good Lord Birdcover art: The Unwindingcover art: The Thing About Luckcover art: Incarnadine

If you ask me, awarding prizes for works of art--whether they be books, movies or single malt scotches--is pretty silly, if not quixotic. I mean, how can we pretend to objectively declare something as complex as a novel or nuanced as a great pop song to be "better" than another when most of us have our hands full deciding whether M&Ms or Reese's Pieces would go better with our Double Dutch Chocolate frozen yogurt?

Book Clubs @ HCPL

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We have book discussions to fit almost any taste, find yours here.

 

CAC Reader for Military Personnel Now Available @ Tomball College & Community Library

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LSC-Tomball Community Library is proud to announce that we have acquired a Common Access Card reader or CAC reader for military personnel to use in the library so they can access the particular websites that only a Common Access Card will allow. This reader will enable active duty and reserve military to conduct online military business locally instead of having to travel to a military base/facility. With a CAC reader, a service member can access websites to do online training, check military email, create orders and travel vouchers, apply for billets, access unit sharepoint sites, and more.

Needlecrafting @ HCPL

Handmade for the Holidays

For more information and to find the group nearest you, click here.

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Good News! Katy Branch Library to Reopen Tuesday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.

We are delighted to announce that repairs to Katy Branch Library have been completed, and the branch will reopen for all your library needs on Tuesday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m

Important Note: All holds will be transferred back to Katy Branch Library. so even if you were notified that you have a hold waiting at Maud Marks, starting Tuesday, you can pick it up at Katy Branch.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during the repairs.

 

Catalog Upgrade This Weekend. Online Catalog and Circulation Will be Unavailable Starting at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 26

ExclamationHarris County Public Library will be upgrading its catalog this weekend. The online catalog and circulation system will be unavailable starting at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 26. If all goes according to plan, the system will be down only two to four hours. We thank you for your patience.

Tom Clancy (1947 – 2013)

Cover Art: Executive OrdersTo say that Tom Clancy was a creature of his times is not a put-down. It is a sovereign fact that he capitalized in a big way on the resurgence in capital P-style patriotism of the Reagan years, as well as the long-hoped-for healing of the nation’s wounds inflicted by the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and the rise of the Rust Belt where our Industrial Might once stood. But that zeitgeist booster rocket he rode to vast fame and still vaster fortune would not have mattered one bit were Clancy not a first rate novelist—a master of the military thriller, a genre that if he did not invent, he made his own so thoroughly that he might as well have.

Clancy passed away Tuesday of undisclosed causes at the age of 66. To say he was an industry unto himself is not hyperbole. Seventeen of his novels sat atop the New York Times Best Seller List and one hundred million copies of his books are currently in print, but perhaps most culturally significant is that many of the movie adaptations of his books were not only wildly profitable, they were watchable as well (which probably had as much to do with Clancy's signature tight plotting, complex conflicts and memorable characters as anything the film makers did).

Author Peter Heller Kicks off Gulf Coast Reads 2013

An Evening with Peter Heller
Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library
Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Author photo by Tory ReadHarris County Public Library gets Gulf Coast Reads 2013 off to a flying start when Peter Heller, author of this year’s selection The Dog Stars, visits Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library on October 3 at 7:00 p.m. He will give a brief talk about how he came to write the novel, followed by a Q & A, and book signing.

Gulf Coast Reads is an annual regional reading initiative that encourages everyone living near the upper Texas Gulf Coast to read (or listen to) a selected title during the month of October.

Peter Heller’s appearance, made possible by the Friends of Freeman Library and a bequest from the estate of Jocelyn H. Lee, is just one of many events across the area in conjunction with Gulf Coast Reads and related to themes explored in the novel. Programs include sustainable gardening seminars, disaster preparedness workshops, a visit from the Houston Police Department canine unit, and many more—including, of course, plenty of discussion groups where you can share your thoughts on the book. Check your branch's events calendar for complete local listings, and ‘Like’ Gulf Coast Reads on Facebook to keep up-to-date on all the happenings in October.

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