Gulf Coast Reads The Promise.

Book discussions, special events, author appearances and more all across southeast Texas. Visit our Events Calendar for the full schedule and for special features starting October 1. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @gulfcoastreads

Gulf Coast Reads Author Ann Weisgarber at MFAH on Sunday, Oct. 4. 3 - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for The Promise: A Conversation with Author Ann Weisgarber, a special Gulf Coast Reads event at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Sunday, October 4, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Following a reading from her novel, Gulf Coast Reads 2015 selection, The Promise, Ann will sit down for what promises to be a lively conversation with Lisa Gray, lead columnist for the Houston Chronicle’s Gray Matters series.

For more information about Gulf Coast Reads including additional author appearances and special programs, visit and follow GCR on Facebook or Twitter @gulfcoastreads

Building Community One Page at a Time

Each October, for Gulf Coast Reads, libraries throughout southeast Texas encourage residents to read and discuss a selected book as a way of building stronger, more connected communities. This year’s title should be of particular interest to people who call the Texas Gulf Coast their home. The Promise is set on Galveston Island before, during and after the devastating hurricane of 1900 and tells the story of a young woman who is forced by scandal to flee her home in Ohio to a farm on the Island and a marriage of convenience where she struggles to adjust to her new life and family.

September 18 is Read an eBook Day

OverDrive's Read an eBook Day is Friday, September 18, and this year we are encouraging everyone to check out an all-time favorite book in digital format and to share the story behind it with us--because that is the great thing about great books: there is always a story behind the story. Maybe your favorite book lit your way out of a dark time in your life, maybe it helped you see the world a little more clearly, or maybe it was the first book that just grabbed you and wouldn't let go until you finished it. Whatever that story is, share it with us in the comments section below or on social media, using the hashtag #ebooklove.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 @ HCPL

In any direction you wander on the cultural landscape of this country, you won't go very far before you see the ways--large and small--that people of Hispanic descent have transformed it. This week Book Hunters in Brief offers some reading recommendations written by Hispanic authors. Some are old favorites; others are new voices, still others are ones you might have missed.

HCPL Director Edward Melton on Fox 26 Morning News

In case you missed it, HCPL Director Edward Melton appeared on Fox 26 Morning News Tuesday morning to talk about our new iKnow Digital Access Card with reporter Ruben Dominguez.

HCPL Introduces a New Kind of Library Card

If you do not already have a Harris County Public Library Card, our new iKnow Card will give you instant access to online content and services.

Harris County Commissioners Court has adopted a resolution designating September 2015 Library Card Sign Up and Literacy Month, and Harris County Public Library is marking the occasion by unveiling its new iKnow Digital Access Card. Starting September 1, county residents will, for the first time, be able to apply for and receive a library card completely online and gain immediate access to a wide range of digital content including streaming movies, eBooks, online research tools, even complete digital editions of popular magazines. The iKnow Card does not replace HCPL’s full service Knowledge Card which gives you access to all of HCPL's materials and services including all digital content. The iKnow Card is meant for new patrons who want immediate access to online services.

Join Us for the Harris County Job & Career Fair, Sept. 10 at NRG Center!

Anyone who has ever been unemployed or underemployed will tell you that looking for a job is very hard work. Harris County and HCPL want to make your search a little easier. Join us for the Harris County Job & Career Fair at NRG Center on Thursday, September 10, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to meet with hiring managers and representatives from many Harris County departments, including HCPL, as well as from other organizations such as the Texas Workforce Commission, Harris Health Systems, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation & Employment Services and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Whether you are looking for an entry level position or seeking new challenges, you owe it to yourself to attend. Admission is free. Parking is free. (print parking pass).

A Former "Library Skeptic" Tells You What You May Be Missing

We, at HCPL, are the first to admit that we google ourselves perhaps more often that is healthy—or at least more often than is seemly. The results invariably show that we write about ourselves an awful lot: we blog, we facebook, we tweet, we send out press releases…you get the picture. But every once in a while we find that someone else has written nice things about us. Such was the case recently when we ran across a post entitled “the best thing in life that's free that you might not be using” on the Eat, Drink & Be Lauren blog.

Stay Safe, Keep Cool @ HCPL

I was going to make a joke about the heat, but it's just too hot for anything that strenuous, and besides, weather like we've been having (and will be having for the foreseeable future) is serious business, and can be dangerous, especially to those whose bodies may be more vulnerable to its effects: the very young, seniors and those who are ill. Harris County Public Library asks that you take a little time to check on your neighbors who might be at risk, lend a helping hand if needed, and always keep in mind that HCPL branches are great places to beat the heat.

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