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Houston in Harmony

Enjoy live piano music from talented musicians, featuring James Palmer, Alex Navarro and students from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, weekdays at Central Library!

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Scout's Honor: Black Boy Scouts in Houston, 1940s - 1970s

This exhibition features photographs, ephemera, and newspaper clippings from the Harrison Family Collection.

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Family Winter Fest

We're creating a Winter Wonderland for Houston families! Join us for winter-themed crafts and activities, caroling, live reindeer photo op, and the man in the red suit!

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Gregory School Historical Marker Unveiling: New Date!

Join us Monday, December 12 at 11 AM at the African American History Research Center for the unveiling and dedication of the Gregory School state historical marker.

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Indulge in an unlimited digital magazine newsstand – anytime & anywhere! PressReader gives you access to a catalog of 7,000+ U.S. and international newspapers & magazines for endless reading. Sign in now by selecting HPL as your library then entering your HPL library card number or explore other free streaming services.

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Newspapers & Magazines 

PressReader is the best place to read more than 7,000 newspapers and magazines from around the globe with no limits or expirations!


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Loved by millions of readers worldwide, read your library books with Libby! Borrow e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and more for free!


E-books & E-Audiobooks 

Discover, read, browse, and listen to e-books and digital audiobooks. Get the app for a seamless mobile experience! 


Movies, TV shows & Music 

Digital media and streaming for audio books, e-books, movies, comics, music & TV. Up to 8 checkouts per month, videos for 72 hours, & music for 7 days.


Critically-Acclaimed Movies 

Check out up to 8 award-winning foreign films, inspiring documentaries, educational & how-to videos per month. Kanopy Kids includes the Sesame Street catalog & animated storybooks.

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Music Lovers 

Gain access to over 9.5 million songs and 15,000 music videos including the Sony Music catalog. Get up to 5 hours of streaming music per day and 5 MP3 song downloads per week.


Read Comics 

Unlimited access to digital comics, manga, and graphic novels from top creators! No holds or wait lists so starting enjoying today in browser or with the Library Pass Comics Plus app.

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Borrow Google Chromebooks

Finish homework assignments or start your next bestselling novel using Google Docs! Wow colleagues with presentations creating Google Slides and more with Google apps all for free with your MY Link library card! Built-in Wi-Fi, 4G LTE mobile data, and Zoom to use just about anywhere for up to 3 weeks!

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