Owl Counting Contest!

It’s the 18th Annual International Festival of Owls here in Houston from March 6-8, which means it is time to count the owls on display here in the library! Two winners will be chosen on Monday, March 9th at 8 pm: the person who has the exact count and another chosen at random from all entries in the contest.

The prize? One of these adorable purple and blue owl beanie boos.

The Rules? Count all owl stuffed animals and owl statues on display throughout the library. Do NOT count owl artwork or owls on bookcovers! Write your first and last name, along with your phone number, on your entry. Limited to kids 18 and under!

Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ!

Owl Art Exhibition!

Every year, just prior to Houston’s annual International Festival of Owls, the Houston Public Library is lucky enough to get to display some of the amazing owl artwork submitted by kids around the world. Stop by and check them out! Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ!

Valentine’s Day Raffle Results

On Friday, February 14th, the Friends of the Library hosted their 4th Annual Valentine’s Day Quilt and Basket Raffle.  This year’s successful event raised over $1400 to support our upcoming 2020 Summer Reading Program for area kids.  Baskets were donated by members of the Friends group and the library board, while the handmade quilt was created by Janelle Kelleher.  Seed money for the project came from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  


Angie Weisbrod, pictured here with her three children, was the lucky winner of the Crossroads quilt.  Winners of the 17 baskets that were up for grabs are as follows:

1.  Dreaming of Summer Basket:  Bekki Rohweder

2.  Winter is Coming Basket:  Jon Evenson

3. Relax, Rewind, and Rejuvenate Basket:  Pam Orr

4.  Gardening Basket:  Katie Kabat

5.  Winter Survival Basket: Gene Lundak

6.  Watkins Away Basket:  Taylor Laschenski

7.  Just Color Basket:  Mike Kabat

8.  Family Science Basket:  Mona Feller 

9.  Halloween Food Fun Basket:  Theresa Gavin-Kubitz

10.  Girl’s Night In Basket:  Sarah Erdmann

11.  No Place Like Space Basket:  Sandy Erickson

12.  Be My Valentine Basket:  Shane Loken

13.  Diary of a Wimpy Kids Basket:  Jean Carlson

14.  Puzzle Basket:  Sandy Erickson

15.  Birding Basket:  Evelyn Bartsch

16.  Cozy Weekend Basket:  Irmi White

17.  Reading in Style Basket:  Jean Carlson


Our thanks go out to everyone who participated. It takes a village to run a library!  Questions about this or any other library project?  Give us a call at 896-READ!

4th Annual Quilt & Basket Raffle!

The Friends of the Library will be holding their 4th Annual Valentine’s Day Quilt and Basket Raffle on Friday, February 14th at 7 pm at the library. Need not be present to win! Tickets for the handmade quilt, created by Janelle Kelleher, are $2 each. Entitled “Crosswalk,” it measures 67 x 80 inches. Sixteen different baskets are also on display at the library, each developed by members of the Friends of the Library. Tickets are $1 each. All proceeds from this event will go to support our upcoming 2020 Summer Reading Program. Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ!

Valentine’s Day Quilt & Basket Raffle

The Friends of the LIbrary are hosting their 4th Annual Quilt & Basket Raffle. Need not be present to win! The drawings will take place on Friday, February 14th at 7 pm at the Houston Public Library. Tickets for the quilt are $2 each, while tickets for the baskets are $1 each. The handmade quilt in the Crosswalk pattern measures 67 x 80 and was created by Friend of the Library Janelle Kelleher. Thanks to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for seed money for this project through their mini-grant program. All proceeds go to support our upcoming 2020 Summer Reading Program. Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ!

Library Closings!

The Houston Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday, October 14th in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. We will also be CLOSING EARLY on Thursday, October 17th at noon, due to staffing challenges. Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ!

Labor Day!

The Houston Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone! We’ll see you on Tuesday!

Closing Early!

The Houston Public Library will be closing early on both Thursday, August 28th and Saturday, August 31st to allow staff and volunteers to attend Houston’s annual Apollo Music Festival, a series. Doors will close at 6:15 pm on Thursday and 1:45 pm on Saturday. If your children have Summer Reading challenges or reviews to turn in, please place them in the outside library drop box if we are closed. Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ!

SPACE PARTY!

The Houston Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program is coming to an end.  Staff, young readers, and their parents have all had a wonderful time learning about outer space with our theme this year, “A Universe of Stories,” which honored  the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.  


Early on this summer, we challenged our community, both young and old, to read our way to the moon just for fun by logging in over 238,885 minutes of reading  —  one minute for every mile it takes to travel there.  Guess what?  We made it to our destination!   Now it is time for a little reward:  an End-of-the-Summer Space Party here in the library’s greenspace on Monday, August 26th, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.   


Highlights will include:


4-8 pm:  Rocket Bounce House

4-8 pm:  Space Chalk Art

5-? pm:  Hotdogs, chips, and lemonade

5-8 pm:  STEM activities and space crafts for kids

6:45 pm:  performances by our Uke-Can-Do-It classes 

7-7:30 pm:  performance by the Cheez Land Uke Band

7:30 pm:  HS FRC Robotics Team demonstrations

8 pm:  Drawing for the winner of our Space Clothing Contest.


One final note:  wear space clothing to our party and get your name entered into the drawing for a $10 gift certificate to Barista’s Coffee House and a special space prize!   
Questions about this or any other library event?  Give us a call at 896-READ.