Important Change for Digital Media Catalog Users

A change for our Montgomery County digital customers will go into effect Monday, March 7th. Because of budgetary and eBook licensing issues, HCPL has had to limit access to its Digital Media Catalog to HCPL cardholders. It leaves MCML customers with two options:

You can come into one of our HCPL locations and register for a Harris County Public Library card.

You can access the Houston Area digital media catalog used by Montgomery County Memorial Public Library.

Tweet, Tweet!

Twitter LogoAre you on Twitter? We are! We’ll be tweeting about upcoming events, interesting things happening in the community, tidbits about books and libraries in general, and anything else that strikes our fancy. Come browse through our tweets and, if you have your own Twitter account, follow us to get the latest scoop!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS!

...you may not like “green eggs and ham”, but you’ll like celebrating the 107th birthday of Dr. Seuss on Wednesday, March 2nd in the Children’s Department!  The fun begins  at 10:30 am with a special Preschool Story time (ages 3 – 5) and continues at 4:30 pm       (all ages) with stories, games, snacks and more.

...who knows, you may see a Thing or Two or a Cat in a Hat!

For more information, stop by the Children’s Reference Desk or call 832-559-4235.
 

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

We’ve been told many times that the public library is one of those institutions that people love, don’t think much about, and expect will always be there. Well folks, we’re in trouble. We’re staring into the face of county, state, and federal funding cuts, as soon as a month or so from now.

On the county level, where our staffing and operating budgets originate, we’re looking at a possible 10% budget cut or more. At the state level, where most of our databases, our telecommunications discounts, and a lot of our programs are funded, we’ve been told to expect a 70% reduction. If we lose our state funding, all the matching federal grants will also go away. The federal government sponsors the big IMLF granting program from which we derive money for programs like our Summer Reading Programs.  

Let me put that in dollars. The proposed cuts for 2012-2013 are $28 million plus $5 million for the K-12 programs plus $8 million in federal funding, for a total of $41 million. Given who, across the state, uses library computer services, databases, programs, and other services that this money funds, these cuts will affect every community, school, and institution of higher learning in Texas.

If you’re inclined to help, it looks like sending your comments to your State representative about what the library means to you will make a big difference. Our management went to Austin last week and delivered the comment cards you have written to date. The legislators who saw them were impressed. On behalf of all our customers, we’d appreciate you being the squeaky wheel.

Here’s a link to help you find your state legislator. On the right sidebar, scroll down to "Who represents me?" and put in your address.    

Thanks a million, or forty-one. Barbara Mitchell, Librarian

Yes, We are Open Thursday

Yes, the library is open Thursday, February 17. The college's classes are cancelled today because they are celebrating their Conference Day 2011,  but the library is open for business as usual.

Image from Flickr: cc: Open, by matthileo