Events at HPL

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The Living Room @ Mancuso Neighborhood Library
Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 5 PM - 7 PM
Mancuso Neighborhood Library
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!  Learn about our community’s heritage with live performances, fun activities, and food!  *This event also features a special temporary exhibition of Calaveras Catrinas, celebrating Dia de los Muertos, generously provided by the Consulate General of Mexico.

Hispanic History Loteria Night!
Saturday, October 6 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Discovery Green

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Loteria Night! Questions will relate to Houston Hispanic History and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center's (HMRC) Hispanic Archival Collections. Prizes include reproductions of historic images housed at HMRC. Event is free and open to the public. For questions, please contact HMRC at or 832-393-1662.

Julia Ideson Building Tour 
Saturday, October 6 | 11 AM – 12 PM
Julia Ideson Building 
Join us on the first Saturday of every month for a tour of the historic Julia Ideson Building, the beautiful Spanish Renaissance Revival style library in the heart of downtown. Learn about the building's history and use, its renovations and additions, and the significance of its art and architecture. Tours begin at the reception desk in the lobby and are available on a first come basis with a limit to 20 people. 

Aquatic Rescue: Water Damage Workshop
Thursday, October 11 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM 
Heights Neighborhood Library
Archives Month 
Whether the water damage comes from rain, flooding, or extensive humidity, the effect on your important records can be severe. So what can you do? Join HMRC’s conservationist to learn about preventing and responding to water damage. 

Oral History 101: Family History Interviewing 
Thursday, October 18 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Reynolds Room
Archives Month 
The holiday season is around the corner, a time for family gatherings and family stories. Interested in holding onto your family history? Learn the basics of oral history project development; from project planning, equipment, interviewing, to preserving and sharing your interviews.

Where’s the Book on my House? How to Research a Historic Property
Thursday, October 25 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Meldrum Room 
Archives Month 
Curious about your home’s history? Don’t know where to start? HMRC's Architectural Archivist will give a basic overview of how to research a historic property, highlighting useful resources in HMRC collections. This program includes a tour of the Texas Room to introduce the public to our collections and how to access them through the reference desk.

Houston: the Poetry of Us
Saturday, October 27 | 11 AM - 2 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Meldrum Room
Archives Month 
Does Houston have a poetry scene? Share your experience and perspectives at our collecting event aimed at gathering the voices of Houston poets and perspectives on the history of poetry in the Bayou City. This oral history project is a collaborative partnership between HMRC and Lupe Mendez, poet and founder of Tintero Projects. Staff will be on-site with recording equipment to film brief interviews with attendees. All participants will receive a copy of their interview. 

The Living Room at HPL
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at your neighborhood library! Learn about our our community's heritage, with live performances, fun activities, and food!

Thursday, October 4 | 5 PM
Mancuso Neighborhood Library

Saturday, October 20 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Smith Neighborhood Library
Community Reading with Award-winning poet and author Bao Phi
Saturday, October 27 | 12:30 PM
Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library
Come meet award-winning poet and children’s book author Bao Phi. Hear his stories and his poetry, of growing up a refugee, becoming a father, feeling surrounded by police brutality and the invisibility of Asian-Americans living in poverty.


The Living Room at HPL

Saturday, November 17 | 10 AM – 1 PM
Young Neighborhood Library
Thanksgiving is here! Let's get through the holidays with good health and good cheer! Come learn tips about living healthy in our neighborhood. Learn about gardening, good-for-you recipes, and ways to be active together as a community!
Saturday, November 3 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Collier Regional Library
“Refugees Voices of Houston” brings together a group of diverse people from different countries who have made Houston home. Meet your refugee neighbors and learn about contemporary immigrant and refugee experiences in Houston! 
Saturday, November 10 | 2 PM - 4 PM
Walter Neighborhood Library
Travel around the world with games! Share your favorite games, traditions, and stories that make Houston home to the most diverse population in the United States.