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
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
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 The Little Free Libraries will be stocked by our Friends of the Library group with donated materials and withdrawn library books.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.
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.
The Houston Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day. See you on Tuesday. Have a safe and happy holiday.
The Houston Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone! See you on Tuesday.
The Houston Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone. We’ll see you on Tuesday.
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!