Beans for Bags! Vote for us at the LaCrosse Co-op!

Those of you who shop at the People’s Co-op in LaCrosse, please make sure to take your own bags with you every time you stop in, so you can participate in their Beans For Bags program:  for every reusable grocery bag you use, you are given a bean which allows you to vote to support a community program of your choice.  The Friends of the Houston Public Library are an option for the next few months or so.  We receive five cents for every bean you put in our jar!  All money received goes to support our library collection or library programming.  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!

 

Upcoming Storytimes!

Here’s a list of upcoming themes for our Saturday Morning Storytimes, which run from 10 to 11 am every week.  Join us for stories, crafts, science experiments, games, songs, and a baby animal every once in a while!

Saturday, March 31st:  Mud Storytime

Saturday, April 7th:  April Showers Storytime

Saturday, April 14th:  All About Wind Storytime

Saturday, April 21st:  Earth Day Storytime

Saturday, April 28th:  All About Ants Storytime

Saturday, May 5th:  Flower Power Storytime

Saturday, May 12th:  Mother’s Day Storytime

Spring Booksale!

Weather permitting, the Friends of the Houston Public Library will be hosting their annual Spring Booksale on Saturday, April 28th from 8 am to noon, in conjunction with the city-wide garage sale!  As usual, it’s a Take-What-You-Want, Pay-What-You-Want sale, with all proceeds going to support the purchase of new books and dvds for the library.  Questions?  Call us at 896-READ!

New Computers/Printers!

Thanks to grants from the Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation and the Money Creek/Houston Snowriders, the library was able to purchase new computers, printers, headphones, etc!  The tech team from SELCO was down bright and early this morning for installation  —  and everything is up, running, and ready for use by our patrons.  So exciting!

Owl StoryWalk

Thanks to beautiful weather during the 16th Annual International Festival of Owls last weekend, we had another wonderful Owl StoryWalk around town on Saturday, March 3rd.  This year, our owl storywalk featured the book, “The Barn Owls,” by Tony Johnston, with pages posted in the windows of businesses in our commercial district.  We so appreciate all those who allowed us to use their space for this fun event!

Winners of our Valentine’s Day Quilt & Baskets Raffle

On Wednesday, February 14th at 7 pm, the Friends of the Library held their 2nd Annual Quilt & Basket Raffle, raising over $1500 to support our upcoming 2018 Summer Reading Program! Our thanks go out to everyone who participated, whether you made a basket or purchased a ticket. We are so lucky to have such wonderful community support.

Here is a list of the individuals who won baskets:
1. Showtime Basket: Bekki Rohweder
2. Peter Rabbit Basket: Kayla Coil
3. All Things Owl Basket: Kari Charboneau
4. Road Trip Basket: Amy Kulas
5. Serve It Up Basket: Sarah Erdmann
6. Candy & Flowers Basket: Twyla Peterson
7. Stone Soup Basket: Kristi Frickson
8. Today I Made A Difference Basket: Steve Kanz
9. Gratitude Basket: Jenna Niena
10. American Girl Doll: Mary Ihrke
11. American Girl Horse: Sandy Erickson
12: Coloring Is Not Just For Kids Basket: Eileen Hegland
13. Backyard Birding Basket: Beth Peterson-Lee
14. Tea Time Basket: Jill Doll
15. Hearth & Home Basket: Ron Evenson
16. Mitford Snowman Basket: Jean Carlson
17. Needlework Basket: Jean Carlson
18. Cat Lovers Basket: Sue Fletcher
19. Winter Survival Basket: Barb Swenson

The winner of the beautiful hand-made quilt is Kate Evenson!

A special thanks goes out to Friend of the Library, Janelle Kelleher, for making and donating the quilt once again this year AND to Thrivent Financial For Lutherans for providing the seed money for this fundraising project through their mini-grant program.

Valentine’s Day Quilt & Baskets Raffle!

The Friends of the Library are once again hosting a Valentine’s Day Quilt and Baskets Raffle to support our 2018 Summer Reading Program.  Currently on display at the library right now are around 20 different themed baskets and one beautiful hand-made quilt, all of which will be raffled off at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018.
Tickets for the baskets, which were made and donated by members of the Friends’ group, cost $1 each; tickets for the quilt, made and donated by Janelle Kelleher, are $2 each.  Financial assistance for this project was made possible by a mini-grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ.

Upcoming Storytimes!

Here are the themes for our next few storytimes!  Join us from 10 to 11 am every Saturday morning as we read books, make a craft, sing a song, do a little science experiment, etc!  Geared towards children 0-8 and their parents!

Saturday, January 27th:  Sniffling Sneezing Storytime

Saturday, February 3rd:  Stinky, Smelly, Slimy Storytime

Saturday, February 10th:  Valentine’s Day Storytime

Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ.

Upcoming Storytimes!

Join us every Saturday morning from 10 to 11 am for Storytime!  Books and a craft for kids 0-10, accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Saturday, December 16th:  Plenty of Penguins

Saturday, December 23rd:  Home for the Holidays

Saturday, December 30th:  Happy New Year’s!