Attention, all kids who accumulated 20 stamps in their passports in June, July, and August during our 2018 Summer Reading Program: we JUST put out a cartload of books for you to look over and choose one to take home to keep, as your reward for reading and participating this summer! There is a little bit of everything, from picture books to YA fiction! Make sure to bring your passport along when you stop in to browse. First come, first served. Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ!
As sad as it is to announce, our 2018 Summer Reading Program is ALMOST at an end. Please make sure your kids turn in any completed weekly reading challenges on or before Friday, August 31st. (You can put them in our outdoor book return box if we are not open when you stop by, just as long as we find them on Saturday morning before we open for business!) This deadline also means that kids have today (Tuesday, August 28th), tomorrow (Wednesday, August 29th), and Thursday, August 30th to stop by during our normal hours of operation, check out a book or two, then put their names into the final drawing for four free ice cream cones, generously provided by our sponsor, Sub Zero Pizza & Ice Cream. Remember that either one of these activities gets you one more stamp in your reading passport — and kids who earn 20 stamps or more this summer will get to choose a free book to take home and keep! Questions about this or any other library program? Give us a call at 896-READ!
What’s it like to live and work as a Peace Corps volunteer in a very different part of the world? Find out as former Peace Corps volunteer, Ashley Dress, now the director of the Caledonia Public Library, shares a slideshow and stories about her life-changing years of service in Thailand. This event takes place on Monday, August 20th from 7 to 8 pm in our children’s room. Questions? Call the Houston Public Library at 896-READ!
Join us at the Houston Public Library on Monday, August 13th at 7 pm for a presentation on incredible India during our 2018 Summer Reading Program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” Experience the wonder of India through stories and photographs with Kim Hammer, world traveler and owner of SUTRA global imports in Dakota, MN. Questions? Call us at 896-READ!
On Wednesday, August 8th from 1 to 2 pm out in our greenspace, the library will be hosting a very special Summer Reading event featuring “Music of the Congo” with Congolese guitarman, Siama,along with his partner, Dallas Johnson! Siama has toured the world and recorded hundreds of radio hits from 1971-1995. His music combines elements of traditional Congolese music and sounds from East African dance floor, with familiar elements from Delta Blues and even reggae and calypso. Everyone’s encouraged to play African hand percussion and to sing along in Kikongo, Swahili, and Lingala. This event was paid for with funds from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund through a SELCO Legacy grant! Questions? Call the library at 896-READ!
On Monday, August 6th from 7 to 8 pm in our children’s room, come and listen to Southeastern Minnesota kids talk about living abroad on an Exchange Families International program. Our speakers for the evening, ages 9-16, have lived in France, Germany, Spain, and Singapore — and have plenty of tales to tell and adventures to share. This is an event for the entire family! For more information, call the library at 896-READ or check out www.exchangefamilies.org!.
It’s summer, which means that the Bookhounds are back in action on most Tuesday nights at the library from 6 to 7 pm. Stop by the children’s room and read to one of our beloved reading therapy dogs and their human, thanks to a ongoing partnership with Touching Moments Animal Assisted Activities of LaCrescent. Bring your own book or choose one from our collection! Here is a list of dates and dogs:
Tuesday, July 10th: Loki and Tina
Tuesday, July 17th: Loki and Tina
Tuesday, July 24th: Lost and Margie
Tuesday, August 7th: ChaCha and Lisa
Tuesday, August 14th: Lost and Margie
Tuesday, August 21st: Loki and Tina
Questions about this or any other library program? Call us at 896-READ!
Stop by the library’s greenspace on Monday, July 9th from 7 to 8 pm for an evening of African Drumming! “Uncle Kwesi” was born in Ghana and raised in Togo with parents from both countries. In this exciting class/presentation, he will share his life-long love of drums and drumming with kids, as they learn about the kenkeni, sangba, dun dun, and djembe. Kwesi ensures that everyone will get a hands-on lesson in traditional African drumming which will resonate within each student for years to come. In case of inclement weather, we will meet up over at the Houston Community Center. This event was paid for with funds from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund through a SELCO Legacy Grant. Questions? Call the library at 896-READ!
Join us in the library greenspace on Monday, June 25th from 7 to 8 pm for an evening of Celtic Music with Laura MacKenzie! “Celtic” can describe music from a number of areas, including Ireland and Scotland, regions of France, Northern Spain, Wales, and Nova Scotia. Laura MacKenzie will play traditional music on a fascinating array of wind-powered instruments, including a variety of wooden flutes and tin whistles, various types of bagpipes (bellows and blown), concertina, gemshorn, and voice. This event was paid for with funds from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund through a SELCO Legacy Grant. In case of inclement weather, we’ll meet up over at the Houston Community Center. Questions? Call the library at 896-READ!