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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).

Book Hunters in Brief #45: TV's Grimm and Fairy Tales for the Big Kids

For a long time, most of us thought of fairy tales as pure kidstuff, but it wasn't always thus. They started out as folk tales and they were decidedly un-Disney-like. Now, they've come full circle and you can find fairy tales for grown-ups all over TV, as well as, on the shelves of your favorite library. HCPL's Book Hunters thinks that's a good thing.

Book Hunters in Brief #44: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

We've all had bad days, and we all can probably agree that it is far better to read about one than to actually have one. This week Book Hunters offers some recommendations for those I-got-up-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-bed days.

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: 

Book Hunters in Brief #42: Further Reading for Gulf Coast Readers

BHinB#42Book Hunters is joining a whole bunch of readers across Southeast Texas in reading Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan for Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page.

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.

Book Hunters in Brief #41: Gone Girl

BHiB #41Gillian Flynn's blockbuster novel has been adapted for the screen (for good or ill) and the movie, starring Ben Afleck and Rosamund Pike, opens next Friday, October 3. Whether you plan to see it or not, Book Hunters think you'll enjoy these readalikes.

Book Hunters in Brief #40: Banned Books Week 2014 - Graphic Novels

In Brief #40 GraphicHarris County Public Library and Book Hunters support your right to read what you want to read. The free exchange of knowledge is one of the foundations of this nation. To understand why, you need only look at a history book. The accepted idea and the unquestioned notion often turn out to be wrong for any number of reasons. What you read may not be to another person's liking, and vice versa, but both of you have the right to make up your own mind. 

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