September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.

Marc Brown

If you are an active library user, congratulations on having that most important card in your wallet! If you do not have a card, now is the time to get one. And if you have a card, but haven’t used it lately, give your library a call to make sure it is active. When you can’t get to the library there are so many items you can borrow digitally. Check out the HCPL homepage and visit the eBooks & Online Resources page for more information.

What better time to give thanks and celebrate your library card than by donating this month to the Harris County Friends of the Library. Consider donating $1 for each year you have had a library card! If you don’t have one or are just getting one, any donation is appreciated. Funds collected during the month will go toward HCFOL’s support of HCPL’s literacy programs for all ages.

You can donate three ways:

  1. Text YOURFRIEND to 44-321
  2. Go to our website
  3. Send a check made out to HCFOL to:
Harris County Public Library / HCFOL
5749 South Loop East
Houston, TX 77033
Grants and Awards

Best Buy Grant for A/V Club!

Many thanks to Best Buy for supporting young adult programming at Atascocita Branch Library! The grant, applied for through FOAL, will provide funds for audio visual equipment including microphones, cameras, computer, and more to bring our upcoming A/V club for teens to life! Best Buy of Atascocita is a great supporter of the library; not only do they volunteer their time during FOAL book sales, but they also volunteer in teaching tech courses to our patrons.

Beth Krippel, library Branch Manager; Becky Berry, FOAL President; Darla Pruitt, Young Adult Services Librarian; Claudia Washington, Best Buy #1397 Back Office Lead;
R. Tera Vilchez, Best Buy #1397 General Manager
Book Sale, Fundraising

FOAL Annual Book Sale August 18!


The Friends of the Atascocita Library(FOAL) will hold a used book sale Saturday, August 18, from 10AM – 5PM at the Atascocita Library, 19520 Pinehurst Trail Dr.  Individuals with disabilities may shop from 9AM -10AM. Preview sale for FOAL members is Friday evening from 5PM-7PM, with memberships available at the door. There is a large selection including teaching materials, children’s, fiction and nonfiction, hard backs and paperbacks, 25¢ music CD’s, 25¢ magazines, and much more. Most are priced at $.50 – $1.00. FOAL reusable book bags are available for $3. Donations of used books & magazines are welcome anytime during regular library hours. No wheeled carts or strollers due to space limitations. Visit for library hours or email All proceeds benefit the Atascocita Branch Library.