Upcoming Storytimes!

Every Saturday morning from 10 to 11 am, the library hosts a storytime in our children’s room geared towards kids 8 and under accompanied by an adult.  Join us for books, crafts, science experiments, and songs.  Here are the themes for this fall:

Saturday, September 23rd:  StoryWalk at Trailhead Park

Saturday, September 30th:  Fall Harvest Storytime

Saturday, October 7th:  Monster Storytime

Saturday, October 14th:  Bat Storytime

Saturday, October 21st:  Creepy Crawly Critters Storytime

Saturday, October 28th:  Halloween Storytime

Library StoryWalk!

On Saturday, September 23rd during Houston’s annual Taste of the Trail celebration, the Houston Public Library will be taking our regular Saturday Morning Storytime over to Trailhead Park as we host a StoryWalk featuring Nancy Carlson’s book, “Get Up and Go!.”  Meet us at the bandshell at 10 am.  We’ll then walk along the bike trail reading a book as we go.  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ.

Apollo Music Festival at Storytime!

We host storytime every Saturday morning here at the Houston Public Library, but we only have professional musicians as our guests once a year  — when the Apollo Music Festival comes to town!  The opening concert of the 2017 season starts Friday, August 25th at 7 pm at Cross of Christ Church, but a few of those dedicated musicians will be here in our children’s room bright and early the next morning, at 10 am on Saturday, August 26th, to introduce kids and their parents to the beauty of classical music.  We’ll also be reading a few books about music, too!  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!

Solar Eclipse Party!

Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated the partial eclipse yesterday morning and afternoon with us here in the library’s greenspace.  200 kids and their caretakers enjoyed a magic show and free lunch, thanks to the Meet Up & Eat Up Lunch Program, sponsored by the Houston Community Food Shelf and Cross of Christ Church, then watched the eclipse with special viewing glasses provided by a grant from STAR_Net’s NASA @ My Library Initiative!  We’ll do it again in seven years, so save those precious glasses, everyone!

Magic Show with Greg the Great!

Get ready for another exciting Monday event here at the library as part of our ongoing 2017 Summer Reading Program!  On July 24th from 7 to 8 pm, we’ll explore the amazing world of magic together as Greg the Great  levitates, causes members of the audience to float, cuts his assistant in half, and makes animals appear, disappear, reappear, and even transform!  This family-friendly show, which will be held outside in our greenspace (weather permitting), features Greg’s blend of comedy and magic with lots of audience interaction.   Once again, this event was paid for through the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund through a SELCO Legacy grant.  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!

Kids’ Drawing Class with artist Gary Harbo!

Monday, July 17th at 2 pm at the Houston Community Center,  the library will be hosting a one-hour drawing class for kids with artist Gary Harbo.  In keeping with our 2017 Summer Reading theme of “Build a Better World,” Gary will be teaching kids how to draw machines that have been invented to make the world a better place for us all.  As Gary puts it, “to build a better world in the physical sense requires machines that are designed to do powerful jobs, such as bulldozers to build roads, semi-trucks to haul products to market, tractors to plant and harvest crops, airplanes and trains to move people, as well as cranes to build schools, city buildings, and skyscrapers.”  Recommended for kids going into 2nd grade and up! This program was made possible thanks to fund from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund through a SELCO Legacy Grant.  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!

Book Art for Kids with Pam O’Hara!

Another Monday night, another great kids’ program! Come and learn some clever ways of making books using simple supplies on Monday, July 10th from 7 to 8 pm!  Bookbinder Pam O’Hara will have everything assembled for you to make your own books using a little origami, some folding and gluing, and basic sewing.  We’ll use pretty paper, office supplies, stickers, and canceled stamps for decorating.  You’ll go home with about 5 completed small book projects  —   and the inspiration and skills it takes to make many more.  Recommended for kids going into 2nd grade and up!  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ>

Everett Smithson Band!

Don’t forget to get this on your calendars!  The Everett Smithson band will be out in the library’s greenspace on Monday, June 26th from 7 to 8 pm as part of our ongoing series of Monday night events during our 2017 Summer Reading Program.  This one-hour musical celebration will feature Zydeco, Blues, Hillbilly Hoedowns, and more.  In addition, Everett believes in the importance of keeping his music alive  —  and will do so by teaching up to  50 kids how to play the harmonica at the end of his performance in a special 30 minute class!  Kids get to keep the harmonica, too!

One last thing: since our Summer Reading theme this year is “Build A Better World,” please bring an item for the Houston Community Food Shelf to donate at this free event, if you are able.  Let’s make our community a better place while we are all having fun!

This event was made possible by a SELCO Vetted Performer Grant, with funds from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund!  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ.

Summer Storytimes!

Here is a list of our upcoming Saturday Morning Storytimes, which take place from 10 to 11 am each week in our children’s room.  Hope to see you then.

Saturday, July 1st:  Fourth of July

Saturday, July 8th:  Puppies!

Saturday, July 15th:  Musician and children’s author Gregg Hall out in our greenspace!

Saturday, July 22nd:  Sea Creatures

Saturday, July 29th:  Kittens!

Saturday, August 5th:  Stars

Saturday, August 12th:  Beat the Heat

Saturday, August 19th:  Art Fun

Saturday, August 26th:  Apollo Music Festival at storytime!

Saturday, September 2nd:  Back to School

Saturday, September 9th;  Grandparents’ Day




The first phase of our Little Free Library project is completed, with five beautifully decorated structures back from their assigned artists, on display at the library, and ready to be put into action around the city of Houston early this summer!   On Monday, June 19th, we’ll be hosting an official Launch Party out in our greenspace next to the Little Free Library that will be installed there.  The four others will be installed at the time in the city park, the Nature Center, the Owen Onsgard Court, and the new ballfield.  Thanks to the talents of Liz Micheel, Diane Crane, Mary Thompson, Denise Rostad, Ann Kramer, and Judy Schultz for painting this Little Free Libraries for us.  Thanks also to the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund for providing the funding for this project.