Another Successful Library Book Sale!

Thanks to an army of volunteers and customers, the Friends of the Library’s annual fall book sale was a success despite the cold grey weather!  We earned $365 which will all be spent on programming or collection development.  Not bad for a half a day’s work!  Thanks go out as well to all those of you who donated books for us to go through  —  some donations make it into our library collection, some are used to fill the five Little Free Libraries we host in town, and the rest form the basis of our two yearly book sales.  Questions about this or any other library activity?  Give us a call at 896-READ!

Incredible India with Kim Hammer!

Join us at the Houston Public Library on Monday, August 13th at 7 pm for a presentation on incredible India during our 2018 Summer Reading Program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere!”  Experience the wonder of India through stories and photographs with Kim Hammer, world traveler and owner of SUTRA global imports in Dakota, MN.  Questions?  Call us at 896-READ!

MUSIC OF THE CONGO!

On Wednesday, August 8th from 1 to 2 pm out in our greenspace, the library will be hosting a very special Summer Reading event featuring “Music of the Congo” with Congolese guitarman, Siama,along with his partner, Dallas Johnson!  Siama has toured the world and recorded hundreds of radio hits from 1971-1995.  His music combines elements of traditional Congolese music and sounds from East African dance floor, with familiar elements from Delta Blues and even reggae and calypso. Everyone’s encouraged to play African hand percussion and to sing along in Kikongo, Swahili, and Lingala.  This event was paid for with funds from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund through a SELCO Legacy grant!  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!

GLOBAL GAMES!

Join us at the library on Monday, June 18th from 7 to 8 pm as we learn all about global games!  We’ll explore the fun side of world cultures as kids are introduced to a variety of toys and games from different countries.  There’s plenty of time for everyone to play and show off what they’ve learned through featured mini-performances of their own.  Global Games helps kids develop skills and build self-esteem while gaining new respect for world cultures.  In case of inclement weather, we’ll meet up at the Houston Community Center.  This event was paid for in part by funds from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund thanks to a SELCO legacy grant.   Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!

Library CLOSED on Memorial Day!

The Houston Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.  Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone.  We’ll see you during our regular hours of operation on Tuesday!

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.

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.

Holiday Hours

Holiday hours for the Houston Public Library are as follows this year:

Saturday, December 23rd:  10 am to noon

Monday, December 25th:  CLOSED

Saturday, December 30th:  10 am to noon

Monday, January 1st:   CLOSED

Weather permitting, all other days will follow our regular schedule.  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!  Happy Holidays!

Annual Fall Book Sale!

This Saturday, October 7th, the Friends of the Library will be hosting their annual Fall Book Sale in conjunction with Houston’s city-wide garage sale .  Weather permitting, we’ll be out on the sidewalk in front of the library from 8 am to noon with donated and withdrawn materials for sale.  As usual, it’s a Take-What-You-Want, Pay-What-You-Want event with all proceeds going to support our 2018 Summer Reading Program.  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!

The End of 2017 Summer Reading!

They say that all good things come to an end, and it’s true: our 2017 Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World,” finishes up at 4 pm on Saturday, September 2nd.  Kids need to turn in any completed weekly reading challenges by then to be included in our final drawing of the summer for a $10 Barns & Noble gift certificate.  We’ll also be hosting one last drawing for four free ice cream cones from Sub Zero for all the kids who stop by this week and check out one last book (or two or three!)!  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!