STARLAB Planetarium and Eclipse Viewing Party!

August is a long way away, but we want everyone to get this great Summer Reading event on their calendar now: on Monday, August 7th at 2 pm over at the Houston Community Center, the library will be hosting STARLAB, an inflatable planetarium which showcases 3,000 stars of different colors and sizes, as well as the constellations. Whether it’s telling the stories behind the stars or focusing on the stars of the seasons, this program is great for all ages. You’ll want to be one of the lucky 60 kids who participate, as we’ll also be learning all about the August 21st Eclipse Viewing Party the library will also be hosting out in our greenspace, complete with free eclipse glasses! More info later. This event is made possible by the Space Science Institute and funds from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Fund’s Vetted Program

Upcoming Storytimes

Here’s a list of upcoming themes for Saturday Morning Storytimes at the Houston Public Library.   We meet from 10 to 11 am in our children’s room.

Saturday, February 11th:  Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 18th:  Robots

Saturday, February 25th:  Dinosaurs

Saturday, March 4th:  Owls

Little Free Library Project!

Thanks to a partnership between the five Houston County Public Libraries and a SELCO Legacy grant through the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, 25 Little Free Libraries will be installed this spring throughout Houston County!  Five of them will be located within the city of Houston at the following high-traffic public sites:  Bluffview Community Ballfield, Houston City Park, Houston Elementary School, Houston Nature Center, and the greenspace of the Houston Public Library.

In addition, local artists from HARC (Houston Arts Resource Council) will be decorating the exteriors of each library to march up with their permanent homes.  The Little Free Libraries will be stocked by our Friends of the Library group with donated materials and withdrawn library books.  This project, which encourages people of all ages to “take a book or leave a book,” ties back to our upcoming 2017 Summer Reading Program, entitled “Build A Better World!”  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ.

Valentine’s Day Quilt and Baskets Raffle!

At 7 pm on Tuesday, February 14th, the Friends of the Library will be hosting a quilt and basket raffle to support our upcoming 2017 Summer Reading Program.  Tickets for the quilt are $2 each; tickets for each of the 13 different baskets are $1 each.  You need not be present to win, but we’ll be serving lemonade and cookies, just in case you feel like stopping by for the fun.   Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ.


Here’s a list of upcoming storytime themes for this fall!  Storytime at the library is from 10 to 11 am every Saturday.
Saturday, October 15:  Spooktacular Storytime
Saturday, October 22:  Creepy Crawly Critters
Saturday, October 29:  Halloween
Saturday, November 5:  Election Day
Saturday, November 12:  Sweater Weather
Saturday, November  19:  Thanksgiving
Saturday, November  26:  Winter is Coming

Upcoming Summer Storytimes!

Join us for our Saturday Morning Storytimes from 10 to 11 in our children’s room.  Here’s a list of what we’ll be reading about each week over the summer:
Saturday, July 9th:  Camping and Hiking
Saturday, July 16:  Bees
Saturday, July 23rd:  Swimming
Saturday, July 30th:  Beat the Heat
Saturday, August 6th:  Fishing
Saturday, August 13th:  Picnics
Saturday, August 20th:  Fun at the Fair
Saturday, August 27th:  We All Scream for Ice Cream
Saturday, September 3rd:  Vacations
Saturday, September 10th:  Back to School

2016 Summer Reading Program: EXERCISE YOUR MIND!

The Houston Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program , EXERCISE YOUR MIND, begins on Tuesday, May 30th and runs until Saturday, August 27th.  Our theme this year is all about health, wellness, and exercise.  We’ll be hosting special events from 2 to 3 pm every Monday from June 13th through August 15th introducing kids to everything from juggling, hula hooping, and yo-yoing to t’ai chi, yoga, and qigong.  We’ll also have our popular Bookhounds program in our children’s room on Mondays from 7 to 8 pm.  And be on the look-out for the library’s new Book Bike!  Thanks to a SELCO Legacy Community Collaboration grant, staff will be pedaling around town attending outdoor community events with books for kids to check-out on site.  We’ll be posting more about our upcoming Summer Reading Program as the launch date approaches.  In the meantime, call the library if you have any questions!