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!


Well, according to this chart, staff at the Houston Public Library are “Cheapy McCheapfaces,” but then we are on a tight budget and tomorrow night will be our third Halloween event in five days! If you and your kids are out on the 31st trick-or-treating, makes sure to stop in for the candy most appropriate for libraries to hand out: Smarties! We’ll be open until 8 pm! And remember:  the Houston Lions Club will be over at the Community Center handing out treats as well from 5 to 7 pm.

November Storytimes!

Stop by the library from 10 to 11 am every Saturday for our regularly scheduled Saturday Morning Storytimes.  We’ll read books based on a theme, with a craft, songs, animals, science experiments, or other surprises!  Geared to kids 8 and under accompanied by an adult!  Here are the themes for November:
Saturday, November 4th:  Shadows
Saturday, November 11th:  Dots, Spots, Lines, and Squiggles
Saturday, November 18th:  Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 25thL  Plenty of Yetis!

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!