Please Participate in our Strategic Planning Survey

Our little library in the city of Houston, along with public libraries across southeastern Minnesota, is currently taking part in a broad-based community needs assessment, thanks to a grant allowing us to work with a library consulting organization. Our goal? To learn what our patrons value, expect, and need from the Houston Public Library. As a result, we are conducting an online survey to find out what you think of our collections, services, hours of service, programming, etc. In addition, we are interested in your ideas on how our library should change and grow in the years to come to better serve our community.


Please take about 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to participate anytime before May 13th by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/NM7K3S5We appreciate your input! Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ or stop by during our regular hours of operation.

CLOSED for Presidents’ Day

The Houston Public Library will be closed on Monday, February 21st in observance of Presidents’ Day. Regular hours of operation resume on Tuesday, February 22nd. We hope to see you then. In the meantime, have a safe and happy holiday, everyone.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

The Houston Public Library will be turning 20 this February! To celebrate, we’ve got a month of special activities lined up, including a FREE THEMED BASKET RAFFLE for our patrons. Every time you stop by and use any library service during the month of February, you can enter your name (or the name of someone you love) into a drawing for one of our ten themed baskets. Take a brief look below at other events taking place during February. Call 896-READ, stop by the library, or visit our Facebook page for more details!

Monday, February 1st: It’s a FINE FREE FUTURE! We’ll no longer charge fines for overdue items for items checked out from our library, only for lost or damaged materials. We’ll also be waiving fines that have accumulated on your account.

Thursday, February 3rd: Our 9 week introductory class on the ukulele starts up, from 6 to 7 pm! We’ll be learning fundamental chords, along with beginning strumming patterns. This class is geared towards tweens, teens, and adults. Registration is required, as are masks for all participants. Ukuleles provided. Call 896-READ if you are interested in registering. Classes are limited to 10 participants.

Saturday, February 5th: Our first of four Storytime at Home Kit will be available for pick-up in our front entryway beginning at 10 am. This week’s kit, entitled “B is for Books and Birthdays,” contains letter and number recognition worksheets, crafts, and STEM activities based on the letter B. Thanks to HelpMeGrowMN, each kit also contains a board book for your young child to keep.

Monday, February 7th: Join us at the library at 7 pm for a slideshow presentation based on the book, “The Libraries of Minnesota.” Published by the Minnesota Historical Society, this book features our little library on the cover! Author, photographer, and historian Doug Ohman will be here to show us the beautiful, unusual, and intriguing libraries of our state. Masks required.

Thursday, February 10th: Beginning Ukulele continues from 6-7 pm.

Saturday, February 12th: Our Storytime at Home Kit this week is called “L is for Libraries and Love,” to celebrate the library’s birthday and Valentine’s Day. Stop by while supplies last, beginning at 10 am, to pick up a kit for your young child. We’ll be including a new picture book in each kit for kids to keep! That’s how much we love our young patrons.

Monday, February 14th: It’s our 6th Annual Valentine’s Day Quilt Raffle at 7 pm. Tickets are $2 each with all proceeds going to support our 2022 Summer Reading Program. Need not be present to win. This year’s quilt is currently on display at the library, is hand-made by Janelle Kelleher, measures 60 x 77 inches, and features the pattern “Farmhouse by Moda: Double Slice Cake.”

Thursday, February 17th: Now that we all know about Maker Spaces, it’s time for our first BREAKER SPACE from 5 to 7 pm for young scientists and their families. Stop by and take apart common household appliances. We provide the appliances, tools, and work tables. Families may come and go anytime during the two hour session. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Masks required.

Thursday, February 17th: Uke class tonight will run from 7-8 pm to accommodate our Breaker Space event. Registered participants only!

Saturday, February 19th: Our third Storytime at Home Kit is entitled “R is for Reading,” featuring crafts, STEM activities, and early literacy worksheets for beginning readers. All kits are available in our front entryway beginning at 10 am, while supplies last.

Saturday, February 19th: We’ll be hosting a second BREAKER SPACE event from 10am to noon. Once again, young scientists can take apart common household appliances. We provide the appliances, tools, and work tables. Families may come and go anytime during the two hour session. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Masks required.

Thursday, February 24th: Intro the Ukulele continues for registered participants from 6-7 pm.

Saturday, February 26th: Our fourth and final Storytime At Home Kit is entitled “S is for Stories.” Kits geared towards emergng readers contain letter and number recognition worksheets, crafts, and STEM activities based on the letter S this week!

Monday, February 28th: Our FREE BASKET RAFFLE takes place at 7 pm, our birthday present to our patrons as we celebrate turning 20. Every time you stop by and use any library service during our birthday month of February, you can put your name (or the name of someone you love) into one of our ten themed basket raffles. Need not be present to win!

CLOSED for Dr. MLK Jr. Day

The Houston Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 17th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our regular hours of operation resume on Tuesday, January 18th. We hope to see you then. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone.

HOLIDAY HOURS

The Houston Public Library will be CLOSED for the holidays on Saturday, December 25, 2021 and Saturday, January 1, 2022. Have a safe and happy holiday season, everyone!

CLOSED on Thanksgiving

The Houston Public Library will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone. We hope to see you on Saturday, November 27th when our regular hours of operation resume.

CLOSED for Veterans’ Day

The Houston Public Library will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 11th in observance of Veterans’ Day. We will return to our regular hours of operation on Saturday. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone.

CLOSED on Labor Day

The Houston Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day. Have a happy and, above all, safe holiday, everyone! We’ll be back on Tuesday and hope to see you then.

Saturday Morning Storytimes!

Saturday Morning Storytimes are back! This summer our storytimes will take place outside in our adjacent greenspace, weather permitting, from 10 to 11 am. Our theme will be “Tails & Tales,” so get ready for some special animal guest stars! Kids will go home with materials to make a craft as well! Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ. Here is a list of upcoming storytime dates and guest stars:

Saturday, June 19: Therapy Dogs

Saturday, June 26: Draft Horses

Saturday, July 3: Rabbits

Saturday, July 10: Donkeys

Saturday, July 17: Mini-horses

Saturday, July 24: Fish

Saturday, July 31: Sheep

Saturday, August 7: Ducks

Saturday, August 14: Goats

Saturday, August 21: Leopard Gecko

Saturday, August 28: Robotic Mice