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  Weather permitting, we’ll be out on the sidewalk in front of the library from 8 am to noon with donated and withdrawn materials for sale.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

Apollo Music Festival at Storytime!

We host storytime every Saturday morning here at the Houston Public Library, but we only have professional musicians as our guests once a year  — when the Apollo Music Festival comes to town!  The opening concert of the 2017 season starts Friday, August 25th at 7 pm at Cross of Christ Church, but a few of those dedicated musicians will be here in our children’s room bright and early the next morning, at 10 am on Saturday, August 26th, to introduce kids and their parents to the beauty of classical music.  We’ll also be reading a few books about music, too!  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!

Solar Eclipse Party!

Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated the partial eclipse yesterday morning and afternoon with us here in the library’s greenspace.  200 kids and their caretakers enjoyed a magic show and free lunch, thanks to the Meet Up & Eat Up Lunch Program, sponsored by the Houston Community Food Shelf and Cross of Christ Church, then watched the eclipse with special viewing glasses provided by a grant from STAR_Net’s NASA @ My Library Initiative!  We’ll do it again in seven years, so save those precious glasses, everyone!

Eagle Bluff StarLab Planetarium!

With the solar eclipse coming up in mid-August, we thought it might be a great time for kids in the area to learn a little more about that big mysterious world up above us in the sky!  Join us at 2 pm on Monday, August 7th at the Houston Elementary School gym for an exciting program featuring an inflatable planetarium that showcases 3,000 stars of different colors and sizes, as well as the constellations.  Space is limited to 60 people, so don’t be late!  This special Summer Reading event was paid for through a SELCO Legacy Grant through the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.  And thanks to the elementary school for providing a space big enough to hold the planetarium!  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!

Magic Show with Greg the Great!

Get ready for another exciting Monday event here at the library as part of our ongoing 2017 Summer Reading Program!  On July 24th from 7 to 8 pm, we’ll explore the amazing world of magic together as Greg the Great  levitates, causes members of the audience to float, cuts his assistant in half, and makes animals appear, disappear, reappear, and even transform!  This family-friendly show, which will be held outside in our greenspace (weather permitting), features Greg’s blend of comedy and magic with lots of audience interaction.   Once again, this event was paid for through the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund through a SELCO Legacy grant.  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!

Kids’ Drawing Class with artist Gary Harbo!

Monday, July 17th at 2 pm at the Houston Community Center,  the library will be hosting a one-hour drawing class for kids with artist Gary Harbo.  In keeping with our 2017 Summer Reading theme of “Build a Better World,” Gary will be teaching kids how to draw machines that have been invented to make the world a better place for us all.  As Gary puts it, “to build a better world in the physical sense requires machines that are designed to do powerful jobs, such as bulldozers to build roads, semi-trucks to haul products to market, tractors to plant and harvest crops, airplanes and trains to move people, as well as cranes to build schools, city buildings, and skyscrapers.”  Recommended for kids going into 2nd grade and up! This program was made possible thanks to fund from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund through a SELCO Legacy Grant.  Questions?  Call the library at 896-READ!