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!


Well, according to this chart, staff at the Houston Public Library are “Cheapy McCheapfaces,” but then we are on a tight budget and tomorrow night will be our third Halloween event in five days! If you and your kids are out on the 31st trick-or-treating, makes sure to stop in for the candy most appropriate for libraries to hand out: Smarties! We’ll be open until 8 pm! And remember:  the Houston Lions Club will be over at the Community Center handing out treats as well from 5 to 7 pm.

November Storytimes!

Stop by the library from 10 to 11 am every Saturday for our regularly scheduled Saturday Morning Storytimes.  We’ll read books based on a theme, with a craft, songs, animals, science experiments, or other surprises!  Geared to kids 8 and under accompanied by an adult!  Here are the themes for November:
Saturday, November 4th:  Shadows
Saturday, November 11th:  Dots, Spots, Lines, and Squiggles
Saturday, November 18th:  Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 25thL  Plenty of Yetis!

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  Weather permitting, we’ll be out on the sidewalk in front of the library from 8 am to noon with donated and withdrawn materials for sale.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!

Upcoming Storytimes!

Every Saturday morning from 10 to 11 am, the library hosts a storytime in our children’s room geared towards kids 8 and under accompanied by an adult.  Join us for books, crafts, science experiments, and songs.  Here are the themes for this fall:

Saturday, September 23rd:  StoryWalk at Trailhead Park

Saturday, September 30th:  Fall Harvest Storytime

Saturday, October 7th:  Monster Storytime

Saturday, October 14th:  Bat Storytime

Saturday, October 21st:  Creepy Crawly Critters Storytime

Saturday, October 28th:  Halloween Storytime

Explore Houston, Minnesota!

Last week,  the library got a beautiful new map of Houston and the surrounding area installed on the west side of our building, thanks to a S.H.I.P (Statewide Health Improvement Program) grant and our hardworking city maintenance team. The map was created by local business, Wild Exhibit. Stop by and check it out!

Library StoryWalk!

On Saturday, September 23rd during Houston’s annual Taste of the Trail celebration, the Houston Public Library will be taking our regular Saturday Morning Storytime over to Trailhead Park as we host a StoryWalk featuring Nancy Carlson’s book, “Get Up and Go!.”  Meet us at the bandshell at 10 am.  We’ll then walk along the bike trail reading a book as we go.  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!