Events and Programs

SATURDAY MORNING STORYTIME

Our regularly scheduled Saturday Morning Storytime takes place from 10-11 am every Saturday morning in our children’s room.  Join us for stories, music, games, science experiments, and fun geared at young children and their families.

 SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Every year from the beginning of June to the end of August, the Houston Public Library is proud to host our annual Summer Reading Program with the support of the Friends of the Library and Sub-Zero Pizza and Ice Cream.

Join us for the Houston Public Library’s

2024 Summer Reading Program!

This is just a partial list of our summer events! Check our Facebook page and website often for updates.

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Wednesday, June 5: Birdwatching Adventure with Amy Simso Dean

10 am     Houston Nature Center/Trailhead Park

The library, along with the Friends of the Houston Nature Center, bring you a hands-on birdwatching adventure! Following a brief presentation at the picnic shelter, you have the option of joining a guided walk through the park. Binoculars will be provided, or bring your own. There will be other activities provided for anyone who prefers to sit out the walk.

Wednesday, June 12: Munchkin the Mini Horse

10 am     City Park (rain site: Community Center)

Munchkin is a certified therapy animal, and Amanda is his licensed handler. Munchkin isn’t just a miniature horse – he has dwarfism, too. This makes him extra small, and he and Amanda love to spread the joy of celebrating differences. Munchkin and Amanda will read the book “Munchkin Celebrates Differences,” as we learn how our differences make us special. We’ll also get a chance to pet Munchkin and make some horse-themed art.

Wednesday, June 19:  Tales by Terry

10 am     City park (rain site: Hurricane Hub)

Turn on your imagination with Terry’s energetic performance. She tells folktales, fairy tales, creepy stories, environmental stories, and will take us around the world through the magic of stories. We’ll have craft projects, too!

Wednesday, June 26:  The Magic of Isaiah Presents:  The Adventures of Reading

10 am     City Park (rain site: Hurricane Hub)

Isaiah brings an interactive comedy magic show that will have guests engaged, amazed and rolling with laughter! Enjoy this fast-paced, high-energy magical performance that is sure to please all ages.

Wednesday, July 3: Library Olympics

10 am     City Park (rain site: Hurricane Hub)

In celebration of the 2024 Summer Olympics to be held in Paris in July and August, let’s have our own Library Olympics! This will be a friendly, cooperative effort where everyone wins. We’ll make a torch to signal the start of our games, play some library-themed games, then have an awards ceremony. Athletic or not, you’ll have fun!

Wednesday, July 10: Snakes of the Blufflands with Whitewater State Park

10 am     City Park (rain site: Hurricane Hub)

Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen kinds of snakes live in the Blufflands, including the timber rattlesnake.  Learn how we can live, work, and play in the southeastern Minnesota while still protecting these awesome creatures. A naturalist from Whitewater State Park will be with us to share interesting information about area snakes.

Thursday, July 11: Doug Ohman presents: Looking Back—Minnesota 150 Years Ago

6:30 pm Library

Have you ever wondered what everyday life was like for the pioneers? Enjoy a nostalgic look back at life on the Minnesota frontier 150 years ago. Doug will share images and stories of our state, during its early beginnings. 

Saturday, July 13: Storytime with Silver Creek Rustlers 4H Club

10 am     Library

Join the Silver Creek Rustlers 4H Club for a special storytime! Kids and adults are welcome to learn something new and have fun with a local 4H club.

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Wednesday, July 17: National Eagle Center

10 am     Hurricane Hub

Join us as the National Eagle Center stops by to help us learn about eagle biology, ecology, natural history, and cultural connections in an engaging and entertaining presentation by one of their naturalist interpreters.  This program features a live eagle ambassador! 

Wednesday, July 24: Will Bjorndahl

10 am     City park (rain site: Hurricane Hub)

Will performs original songs for young people of all ages! Driven by audience participation, Will’s songs are guaranteed to get kids moving, grooving, laughing, and singing. A naturalist by trade, many of Will’s tunes are environmentally themed, but many are just plain fun! This high energy performance focuses on positivity, joy, and learning through curiosity.

Wednesday, July 31: Brodini comedy magic show

10 am     City park (rain site: Hurricane Hub)

Laugh until you cry at Brodini’s amazing magic tricks, where kids are a part of every show! Scarves, coins, cards, balls, ropes, and ordinary items become animate objects of wonder and curiosity in Brodini’s hands, but never without some help from children and adults in the audience.

Wednesday, August 7: International Owl Center

10 am     The International Owl Center (right across the street from the Library)

Learn first-hand about owl adaptations by picking out the pieces and parts that belong to an owl and putting them into a “magic” box. If correct, a live owl comes out from under the magic box for a visit. 

Wednesday, August 14: Siama’s Congo Roots with Dallas and Siama

10 am     City park (rain site: Hurricane Hub)

On this engaging musical journey, renowned Congolese musician Siama Matuzungidi sings and plays guitar and traditional African instruments such as Mbira (thumb piano) and Balafon (marimba) while Dallas Johnson encourages everyone to sing along to Siama’s happy songs in Kikongo, Lingala & English. Their stories really bring Siama’s charming rural hometown to life!

Saturday, August 17: Storytime with Apollo Music Festival

10 am     Library

The Apollo Music Festival is back in town for their annual series of free performances in Houston. In addition, the library is lucky enough to have them stopping by for storytime, sharing their love of classical music with local kids and their adults. Get up close and personal with a violin, viola, and cello.  

Wednesday, August 21: RAD Zoo

10 am     City Park  (rain site: Community Center)

Marvel at the amazing creatures of the reptile and amphibian world during this fun, safe and educational program. RAD Zoo is dedicated to connecting people to nature through engaging, interactive experiences. The program includes turtles, lizards, snakes, and a small alligator.

Other events planned but not yet scheduled:

  • The Bookhounds Therapy Dog Program
  • Horse Storytime with Rocking N Ranch
  • An evening with the Fire Department
  • Craft Nights for kids and caregivers
  • STEM Nights for kids and caregivers
  • Outdoor Library Olympics Night for kids and caregivers
  • Maker and Breaker spaces


Storytime: every Saturday at 10 am

Check our Facebook page and website often for additional events!

The Houston Public Library’s 2024 Summer Reading Program is sponsored by: Houston’s American Legion Post #423, Friends of

the Houston Public Library, SELCO Legacy grants from the Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Sub-Zero Pizza and Ice Cream, and generous donations from the public. Our thanks go out to everyone for making this schedule of events possible!