CLOSED for Thanksgiving

The Houston Public Library will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 26th in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Please have a safe, masked, and very socially distanced holiday, given the current state of the pandemic in our country, our state, and our county.

Valentine’s Day Quilt Raffle

Despite the pandemic, the Friends of the Library will be hosting their 5th Annual Valentine’s Day Quilt Raffle to support our upcoming 2021 Summer Reading Program. The raffle will take place on Sunday, February 14th at 7 pm; you need not be present to win. Tickets are $2 each and are on sale at the library during our regular hours of operation. This year’s quilt measures 49 inches x 55.5 inches — perfect for a baby! Thanks to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for providing a mini-grant to get this project started. Thanks also to Janelle Kelleher for creating this year’s quilt once again.

Halloween Story Stroll

Our latest Story Stroll, featuring a Halloween theme, is up in front of Valley View Healthcare & Rehab. Make sure to walk over and read “One Witch” by Laura Leuck as part of your holiday weekend fun.

Story Stroll: “Mary Wears What She Wants”

You still have a few days to get out and enjoy the library’s current Story Stroll down along the sidewalk in front of Valley View Healthcare & Rehab, featuring the book “Mary Wears What She Wants” by Keith Negley. On Thursday, October 29th, we’ll be changing over to a Halloween-themed book entitled “One Witch” by Laura Leuck. Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ!

Fall Book Sale

Weather permitting, on Saturday, September 19th from 8 am to noon, the Friends of the Library will be hosting their annual fall book sale on the sidewalks to the north and west of the library. As usual, it will be a Take-What-You-Want, Pay-What-You-Want event, with all proceeds going to support our 2021 Summer Reading Program. Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ!

A Return to Regular Library Hours

The summer is over, school is about to start, and the Houston Public Library is returning to our normal hours of service, starting Tuesday, September 8th.  For those of you who need a little refresher, our hours of operation will once again be as follows: 

Monday:  2-8 pm

Tuesday:  2-8 pm

Wednesday:  9-1 pm

Thursday:  10-8 pm

Friday:  closed

Saturday:  10-4 pm

Sunday closed


The library been through a number of different stages since COVID-19 hit Minnesota in March:  completely closed to the public early on, followed by curbside pick-up only for a number of weeks, and then, most recently, a combination of curbside service, home delivery in city limits, and appointments for browsing or computer use.  For the moment, despite our return to normal hours, we’ll remain in this last phase for the health and safety of our patrons, library staff, and our community.  Call us to set up an appointment to come in or simply knock on the front door at your convenience..  

With a state mask mandate in place, we do require anyone over 2 years of age to wear a mask at all times while in the library building.  If you have a medical issue that prevents you from wearing a mask, please contact us ahead of your visit, so we can work to accommodate your needs while respecting the concerns of other patrons.

In addition, take advantage of library services this fall and winter by using our digital collection at meet.libbyapp.com and/or by ordering physical items online at www.houston.lib.mn.us, by calling us at 896-7323, or by sending us a private Facebook message (Houston MN Public Library).   The times may be challenging, but library service should not be.  Let us know how we can best help you as we move forward.  Questions?  Give us a call at 896-READ.

Summer STEAM Bags

As part of our revised 2020 Summer Reading Program, we’ve been distributing kits to local kids with instructions and materials every week from 11:15 to 11:45 am during Meet Up & Eat Up on Wednesday mornings at Cross of Christ Church. Any “leftover” kits are available out on our curbside pick-up table during hours of operation. To date, themes have included: Nature, Music, Color & Light, Puzzles, Science Tricks, Cards & Dice, Paper, Logic Games, Flight, and Build Your Own. Themes for our final three weeks will be All About the Numbers, Space, and Party in a Bag. An enormous thanks to our sponsors for making this project possible: Friends of the Library, Houston Area Community Foundation, SubZero Pizza & Ice Cream, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.