Harris County Public Library Adminstrative Offices (Map
March 23, 2018, 10:00 am

The agenda includes

♦ The State of the Library Report and Harvey Recovery Update by Library Director Edward Melton
♦ A presentation on the upcoming Summer Reading Program by Linda Stevens, Division Manager, Programs Partnerships and Outreach
♦ A discussion about increasing our Friends of the Library memberships, fundraising and other items of general interest.

All members of branch Friends groups are encouraged to attend, and anyone interested in the future of Harris County Public Library is welcome.

Join us and bring your ideas!

 

Work on the library is progressingAs of January 15, 2018, the Harris County Friends of the Library have received $6,095 in donations from all over the U.S. This generous outpouring of support deserves a big THANK YOU!  These donations will be distributed among the four most flood-damaged HCPL branches: Barbara Bush, Kingwood, Bear Creek and Baldwin Boettcher. 

At this time, all four branches remain closed. It is not too late help in the recovery. Monetary donations of any size are the most effective way to help. You can choose to donate to your local branch's Friends group or to the umbrella group, Harris County Friends of the Library. Either way, your contribution will be put to work rebuilding branch collections and to support library programming. Any donations that come through the Harris County Friends of the Library (HCFOL) will be distributed to the four libraries that were damaged during Hurricane Harvey. HCFOL is a 501c3 charitable organization.

Monetary donations by check or online

Make checks payable to HCFOL and write Harvey in the momo line. Mail to

Harris County Friends of the Library
ATTN: Linda Stevens
5749 South Loop East
Houston, TX 77033   

Online: via Network for Good.                                                                                                                                              

Volunteer: Equally effective is to donate your time to become an active member of any of the friends groups.

Finally, the Friends want to thank you all for your support and good thoughts. We will provide periodic progress reports as the Library System continues to move closer to reopening these libraries.

Thank you,

The Harris County Friends of the Library Board of Directors

The Annual gathering of Friends from every corner of the county was held at Harris County Public Library's Administrative Offices on March 23. Business included the State of the Library Address by HCPL Director Edward Melton, a presentation on the upcoming Summer Reading Program by Division Manager of Programs, Partnerships & Outreach Linda Stevens. The culmination of the event was the presentation of checks to representatives of the four libraries that were most heavily damaged by Harvey. The funds were donated by branch friends groups and other generous contributors, and will help rebuild flood-damaged collections.
Photo 1: (l to r) Friends of the Freeman Library's Marilyn Plett talking with HCPL Deputy Director Garrette Smith and Freeman Branch Manager Christina Thompson.
Photo 2: Division Manager for Branch Services Theodora Muokebe chatting with Friend Chad Greer
Photo 3: Bear Creek Branch Manager Amy Campbell talking with Friends of the Bear Creek Library's Linda Romer
Photo 4: Peggy Kruckemeyer of Barbara Bush Library Friends
Photo 5: Representatives from the four closed branches with their checks. (Back l to r) Carolyn Allen, Amy Campbell, Cathy Clark, Chad Greer, Harris County Friends of the Library President Susan Greer, Maryann Kolar (Front l to r) Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library Branch Manager Christie Yerby and Friends of Baldwin Boettcher's Bonnie Langan.
Photo 6: Katherine Tyra Branch Library @ Bear Creek Branch Manager Amy Campbell accepting the check from the Friends to help rebuild the branch's collection. (l to r) Kingwood's Carolyn Allen, Barbara Bush's Cathy Clark, Bear Creek's Amy Campell and Friend Chad Greer.

Photo 7: HCPL Director Edward Melton giving the State of the Library Address
Photo 8: Edward Melton talking with retiring Friends board member Ross Koile 

 

Harris County Public Library continues to make steady progress toward reopening libraries shuttered by Hurricane Harvey.

We will continue to give you periodic progress reports, and when we finally do have firm reopening dates, we will shout them from the rooftops.

In recognition of the twelfth annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week (October 2017), the Harris County Friends of the Library awarded a $150 mini grant to 16 of our member Friends groups. They were allowed to use it for whatever benefited their library. They were given to thank them for all of their contributions of time and expertise that significantly enhance the programs and services at each of their libraries. Some of the projects that were funded are listed below:

LaPorte - supplies to produce Thermochromic Slime

Parker Williams -- mini drones so that the library can have drone races for the teens over the summer

Evelyn Meador - ESL materials

Spring Branch - Purchase a Bare Conductive Touch Board Starter Kit. This kit will be used for STEM programming for children and teens.

Fairbanks - Purchase a canopy to use at outreach activities

The Harris County Friends of the Library recently awarded two $500 scholarships to library staff who are attending graduate  school to earn their Master’s Degree in Library Science.

They are:
Namila Tolle (r), Library Specialist at West University. She is in her first semester at the University of North Texas (online).
Amanda Hickey (l), Children’s Specialist III at LSC-Tomball. She is specializing in Youth Services at the University of North Texas (online).

Congratulations to both of these staff members. 

The rains had not yet stopped before many of you began offering Harris County Public Library your help and support. We were not surprised; we know you. Still, we cannot adequately express our gratitude for your generosity.

When the scope of the damage became apparent, many of you told us how your library has been a constant in your lives and in your children’s lives—a source of pleasure and growth, as well as a refuge. We know that when you saw the damage and heard that Baldwin Boettcher, Barbara Bush, Kingwood and Katherine Tyra at Bear Creek will be closed indefinitely, it was not unlike losing someone close to you. We want to assure you that Harris County Public Library intends to bring back all of these libraries better than ever.  Also, our 22 other branches returned to normal operating hours on Monday, September 11.  Click on this link to find the branch closest to you: http://www.hcpl.net/location/locations.

How you can help:

For those of you who have generously offered assistance to any of the four branches that remain closed here is what you should know.

Monetary donations: the most effective way to help the four closed branches is a donation of any size to your branch’s friends group, or to the umbrella group, Harris County Friends of the Library. Friends groups will put your contribution to work helping to rebuild branch collections that were lost in the floods, and to support library programming.

Any donations that come through the Harris County Friends of the Library (HCFOL) will be distributed to the four libraries that were damaged during Hurricane Harvey. HCFOL is a 501c3 charitable organization.

To donate send a check payable to HCFOL and mark it Harvey or flood in the memo line.

Send to:   Harris County Friends of the Library, ATTN: Linda Stevens
                 5749 South Loop East     Houston, TX 77033

Volunteering: Equally effective is to donate your time to become an active member of any of the friends groups.

Finally, the Friends want to thank you all for your support and good thoughts. We will provide periodic progress reports as we move forward.

Thank you,

The Harris County Friends of the Library Board of Directors

About HCFOL

Harris County Friends of the Library are a group that is active in providing funds for programming and materials for the Harris County Public Library. The Friends are an active volunteer group that raises money for the library through books sales, volunteer-sponsored programs, Friends memberships and sales of library t-shirts and other memorabilia. These monies provide Harris County Public Library assistance with supplies and other costs for programming, library materials, and a variety of other library needs.

Contact the Librarian at your nearest Branch Library for details.