Despite the pandemic, the Friends of the Library will be hosting their 5th Annual Valentine’s Day Quilt Raffle to support our upcoming 2021 Summer Reading Program. The raffle will take place on Sunday, February 14th at 7 pm; you need not be present to win. Tickets are $2 each and are on sale at the library during our regular hours of operation. This year’s quilt measures 49 inches x 55.5 inches — perfect for a baby! Thanks to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for providing a mini-grant to get this project started. Thanks also to Janelle Kelleher for creating this year’s quilt once again.
Our latest Story Stroll, featuring a Halloween theme, is up in front of Valley View Healthcare & Rehab. Make sure to walk over and read “One Witch” by Laura Leuck as part of your holiday weekend fun.
You still have a few days to get out and enjoy the library’s current Story Stroll down along the sidewalk in front of Valley View Healthcare & Rehab, featuring the book “Mary Wears What She Wants” by Keith Negley. On Thursday, October 29th, we’ll be changing over to a Halloween-themed book entitled “One Witch” by Laura Leuck. Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ!
The Houston Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday, October 12th in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Well see you on Tuesday!
Weather permitting, on Saturday, September 19th from 8 am to noon, the Friends of the Library will be hosting their annual fall book sale on the sidewalks to the north and west of the library. As usual, it will be a Take-What-You-Want, Pay-What-You-Want event, with all proceeds going to support our 2021 Summer Reading Program. Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ!
The summer is over, school is about to start, and the Houston Public Library is returning to our normal hours of service, starting Tuesday, September 8th. For those of you who need a little refresher, our hours of operation will once again be as follows:
Monday: 2-8 pm
Tuesday: 2-8 pm
Wednesday: 9-1 pm
Thursday: 10-8 pm
Saturday: 10-4 pm
The library been through a number of different stages since COVID-19 hit Minnesota in March: completely closed to the public early on, followed by curbside pick-up only for a number of weeks, and then, most recently, a combination of curbside service, home delivery in city limits, and appointments for browsing or computer use. For the moment, despite our return to normal hours, we’ll remain in this last phase for the health and safety of our patrons, library staff, and our community. Call us to set up an appointment to come in or simply knock on the front door at your convenience..
With a state mask mandate in place, we do require anyone over 2 years of age to wear a mask at all times while in the library building. If you have a medical issue that prevents you from wearing a mask, please contact us ahead of your visit, so we can work to accommodate your needs while respecting the concerns of other patrons.
In addition, take advantage of library services this fall and winter by using our digital collection at meet.libbyapp.com and/or by ordering physical items online at www.houston.lib.mn.us, by calling us at 896-7323, or by sending us a private Facebook message (Houston MN Public Library). The times may be challenging, but library service should not be. Let us know how we can best help you as we move forward. Questions? Give us a call at 896-READ.
The Houston Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day. We wish you a safe and happy holiday, everyone.
As part of our revised 2020 Summer Reading Program, we’ve been distributing kits to local kids with instructions and materials every week from 11:15 to 11:45 am during Meet Up & Eat Up on Wednesday mornings at Cross of Christ Church. Any “leftover” kits are available out on our curbside pick-up table during hours of operation. To date, themes have included: Nature, Music, Color & Light, Puzzles, Science Tricks, Cards & Dice, Paper, Logic Games, Flight, and Build Your Own. Themes for our final three weeks will be All About the Numbers, Space, and Party in a Bag. An enormous thanks to our sponsors for making this project possible: Friends of the Library, Houston Area Community Foundation, SubZero Pizza & Ice Cream, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Have you been keeping up with the library’s Story Strolls? We’ve been hosting them around the city of Houston this summer to keep kids and their families active, outside, and reading, all at the same time. We started over at the Houston Nature Center with “Up, Down, & Around” by Katherine Ayres, then moved to Cross of Christ Church with “Mixed: A Colorful Story” by Arree Chung. Currently, we are hosting “Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-By-Pose Wake Up Story” by Mariam Gates in front of Valley View Healthcare & Rehab. Starting on Monday, August 17th, we’ll be moving on over to the elementary school with the book, “All Are Welcome Here” by Alexandra Penfold. Weather permitting, we’ll keep setting up Story Strolls into fall. Stay tuned here or go to our Facebook page for more details
Junie and Aurora were in this morning doing their own book shopping. It actually feels like a party hosting patrons inside the library — and it is so heartwarming to see everyone, no matter their age, graciously cooperate with wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and following social distancing in the building so that we can continue to open the doors to the public during this pandemic. Make YOUR appointment to come in and browse our collection or use the computers by calling 896-7323, sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, contacting us via a private Facebook message, or simply knocking on our front door during hours of operation! The library is currently open M/W/F from 10-2 pm and T/TH from 3-7 pm. For the record, we are still offering curbside service and home delivery within city limits. Hope to see you soon.