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Check Out the New Features on OverDrive

improved overdriveWhether you're a longtime user of Harris County Public Library’s OverDrive Digital Media Catalog, or  just dipping your toes in for the first time (in which case: Dive in!), we think you'll really like these new features: 

  • Suspend a Hold: If you’re lucky enough to have more books than you can get to at the moment, you can now put your hold on hold, so to speak, without losing your place in the queue.
  • Automatically Checkout your Hold: Now, you can set your preferences to checkout your hold as soon as it is available. You’ll get a notification saying it’s waiting for you on your account bookshelf.
  • “Recommended for You” Collection: When you sign-in, you will see a selection of titles available for checkout based on the books you currently have checked out or on hold.
  • “AND” Boolean Searching: Sounds complicated, but all it means is that when you search the catalog you’ll see more of what you want and less of what you don’t. 

Book Hunters in Brief #33: Awkward Protagonists

Book Hunters in Brief GraphicFor all of you who geek out on the geeks of The Big Bang Theory, the Book Hunters have some reading suggestions that feature some awe-inspiringly awkward protagonists, we think you’ll love.

Book Hunters in Brief #32: Warriors

Book Hunters in Brief GraphicErin Hunter’s Warriors series is great, but there are, unfortunately, a finite number of installments, so sooner or later, you catch up to the author.

Book Hunters in Brief #31: Jane Austen

BHinB#31: Jane AustenChances are pretty good that Jane Austen didn’t imagine the industriousness she would inspire two centuries after she went to that great cotillion in the sky.

Join Us for the Harris County Job Fair!

Everyone is invited to the Harris County Job Fair at NRG Center, September 30, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Representatives from many Harris County Departments will be on hand to discuss career opportunities and accept applications for clerical, technical, professional, mechanical and heavy-equipment operator positions.

Book Hunters in Brief #30: Teen Beach Reads

Here are some cool reads--perfect for a day soaking up the sun with the sand between your toes.

Book Hunters in Brief # 29: Our Founding Fathers...and Mothers

This week, Book Hunters salute the men and women who defined what it is to be an American.

Book Hunters in Brief #28: Armchair Adventures

Armchair AdventuresGas prices are high, and that whole take-off-your-shoes-and-empty-your-pockets thing at airports is getting old. Book Hunters suggest you find a comfy chair and let these writers do the traveling for you.

Book Hunters in Brief #27: Orphan Black

Book Hunters in Brief - Orphan BlackAs fans know, tonight is the season finale of Orphan Black and we’ll be glued to our TV like everybody else, but we’re already worrying about what comes tomorrow and the next day and the next with no new episodes to look forward to. Well, here are some reading suggestions to take the edge off for awhile.

The Cure for the Summertime Blahs. Upcoming Programs @ Your Library

srp at hcplLet's see...the kids have been out of school for a couple weeks now. That means they're probably bored stiff and you're nearing your wit's end when it comes to keeping them occupied. Well, here at HCPL, we have programs for your kids and teens--and some for you, too—that’ll chase away the summertime blahs.

Below are just some of the programs we have coming up...

Oh! Don’t forget: it’s not too late to sign up for Kids, Teen and Adult Summer Reading Fun!

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