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Houston Public Library’s “Mobile Express” to Provide Lego Robotics, Video Gaming & High-tech Fun to Texas Black Expo

On Juneteenth weekend, June 22 – 23, 2013, thousands of guests from greater Houston and across the state will enjoy FREE admission to the 10th annual Texas Black Expo Juneteenth Summer Celebration, a family-friendly tradeshow and cultural festival.  One highlight of the weekend that serves to re-emphasize this year’s Expo 2013 theme of “Diversity through Technology” is Houston Public Library’s Mobile Express (HPL Mobile Express), a mobile computer training lab featuring interactive activities to engage children and youth in science and technology to help bridge the digital divide.

The HPL Mobile Express will feature Lego Robotics, engaging youth and teen participants to take an interest in science, technology and math through the manipulation and construction of Lego robots. This “computer classroom on wheels” will also feature video gaming, where kids can play with their friends for honor, glory and bragging rights using games and consoles provided by the library. Additionally, young audiences will learn about Tumble Book Library, an online digital story time geared for families and available through the Houston Public Library databases.

“We are excited to offer the community a variety of technology services through our HPL Mobile Express during such a monumental year of celebration for the Texas Black Expo” says Roosevelt Weeks, Houston Public Library Deputy Director. “Working together with organizations like the Expo to increase both interest and access to science and technology for everyone in the community, especially high-need neighborhoods, is the primary goal of the HPL Mobile Express initiative, and we are proud to highlight several services that are designed to advance this goal at the Summer Celebration.”

The Texas Black Expo Juneteenth Summer Celebration will be held June 21 – 23, 2013 at the George R. Brown Convention Center (Hall A). The event provides an opportunity for business owners on all levels to network and display their goods and services to a diverse audience. Further, the Texas Black Expo will offer FREE Expo admission to all guests at the Expo tradeshow and thus anticipates more than 15,000 attendees throughout the course of the weekend.

Expo activities will include a “Living Strong” health and wellness pavilion with free screenings, a real estate forum, a college fair and youth summit, fashion shows, a hair show, a Naturalista event, Diva Dialogue featuring Sybil Wilkes, a Saturday Old School Hip-Hop and R&B Concert at Discovery Green, a dynamic Sunday gospel explosion, and MORE! For more details on Events and Activities, visit

The Texas Black Expo is a popular business and consumer regional event attracting thousands in recent years to Houston, a business-friendly city recognized as one of the country’s top five markets for African Americans to live, work, and own their own business. The Texas Black Expo’s Juneteenth Summer Celebration is the largest African American consumer marketing tradeshow and urban festival in the state.

The Texas Black Expo encourages our neighbors around the state of Texas and Louisiana to visit Houston and the Texas Black Expo. For vendor and visitor information, links to official hotels, and tickets, please visit

The Houston Public Library operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than seven million customers per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.


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