Events at HPL

See What's upcoming at HPL this Fall!

October | November | December

 


October

New Exhibit!
A Taste from the Archive: Mexican American Food History in Houston

September 15 - October 15, 2017
Central Library | Flores Neighborhood Library | Jungman Neighborhood Library | Park Place Regional Library

From the chili stands in downtown Houston during the early 1900s to the fusion restaurants of today, Mexican and Mexican American food have played a significant role in Houston history. The archival documents and images on display reflect the entrepreneurial spirt of many early Mexican American Houstonians and their contributions to Houston’s food history. 

*Archivist Mikaela Selley, Hispanic Collections Archivist


The Living Room at HPL!
Celebrate family and home this fall in The Living Room @ HPL

Central Library | Saturday, September 23, 2017
Park Place Regional Library | Saturday, September 23, 2017

Join us in sharing favorite food traditions, recipes, and kitchen memories. Mikaela Selley, Hispanic Collections Archivist, will introduce the exhibit “A Taste from the Archive: Mexican American Food History in Houston” at libraries across Houston. Guest speakers include experts in Mexican American Food History and Mexican Indigenous Culinary Arts. Hear also from local restaurants like Taqueria Del Sol, who will share how they came to Houston, the origins of their restaurant, and their favorite kitchen memories.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage!
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting some of our very own prominent Houstonians. Visit our HHM page to find book lists, programs and activities at your nearby libraries and read more on exceptional Hispanic Americans right here in our city.
Visit the Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the historic Julia Ideson Building to learn more about Houston's rich Hispanic history and culture, or visit http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/hmrc/index.html.

#hmrc #HHM #HoustonHispanicHeritage


Literacy in the Bag

McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 10 AM - 2 PM

Join this fun kick-off event for an annual book drive with Texas Tamale Company, IWrite and Houston Literacy partners. Have fun with games and crafts while contributing to the drive to foster and promote literacy in Houston’s children’s and adults.


It's a teen thing… SCREAM IN!

Julia Ideson Building | Central Library
Saturday , October 21, 2017 | 7PM - 10PM

Join us for an evening of chills, thrills, and fun…if you dare!  Kids ages 10-15 are invited to a screamingly good time games, crafts, and contests. Parents are invited to explore the historic and haunted Julia Ideson Building.


NEW EXHIBIT!
Mosquito Mayhem Traveling Exhibit


Even the tiniest of monsters can cause mayhem.  Meet some mini monsters up-close in a traveling mosquito exhibit, presented by Harris County Public Health & the Houston Museum of Natural Science that is sure to make your skin crawl.  Learn how mosquitos choose their victims and their lairs, while getting equipped with the best defenses to keep these monsters away.


The Living Room at HPL!


Celebrating family and home with your neighbors.

En nuestra cocina: Join us to share your favorite family recipes and kitchen memories, while enjoying food and stories from the chefs of some of Houston's beloved Latino restaurants.

Park Place Regional Library
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 11 AM - 1 PM

Jungman Neighborhood Library
Saturday, October 14 | 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


JUST FOR KIDS!

Storytime for the Little Ones! It's MONSTER MAYHEM!
The kiddies will love the monster stories to get them ready for trick-or-treating


-Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
-Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson

*Check our calendar to find locations, dates and times


Explore the world of art! Decorate for Halloween!
Decorate your home with the colorful, hand-made crafts that your kids will make!

- Monster Handprints
- Monster Jaws
- Monster Bookmark
- Spooky Tea Lights
- Mad Scientist Experiments!

*Check our calendar to find locations, dates and times


Sensory Storytime

Ring Neighborhood Library | October 10, 2017

This welcoming, friendly, and inclusive storytime will nurture your child through songs, stories and activities in a small, comfortable setting. Geared towards children with special needs or those on the Autism Spectrum.  Hosted monthly by the Monarch School.  PreSchool 3-5y. Kids 5-10y.


November

Citizenship Month - Be Proud to be a Citizen

In honor of the City of Houston’s Citizenship Month, libraries are celebrating what makes Houston home for every member of our community—from parks to playgrounds, family traditions to city-wide events, to the teacher or bus driver who always makes you smile. What makes you proud to live in Houston? How do you uniquely contribute, and what makes it home?


The Living Room at HPL!


Celebrate family and home this fall in The Living Room @ HPL

Celebrate family and home this fall in The Living Room @ HPL. Meet your neighbors over coffee, tea and food from all over the world, and share your favorite stories and hangouts that make Houston home for the most diverse city population in the United States. Check HPL’s calendar for a Living Room near you.


HPLQ


Houston Public Library Quarterly author series presents Houston’s own Chitra Divakaruni as she reads from and discusses her latest novel Before We Visit the Goddess

HOUSTON CHRONICLE BUILDING
Wednesday, November 8 | 7 PM


Liftoff Houston Pitch Day

Julia Ideson Building
Friday, November 11, 2017 | 6 PM - 9 PM

See edge-of-your-seats pitches from the finalist in our annual Liftoff Houston business plan competition. Nine entrepreneurs compete “shark-tank” style to win cash prizes to get their business started!


JUST FOR KIDS!
Storytime for the Little Ones! Make Houston Home!

Read along with us about stories of what makes someone's house or neighborhood their home.

-Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora
-If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen
-Home by Carson Ellis

*Check our calendar to find locations, dates and times


Explore the world of art! Take a Journey through Your Country

Let your creativity flow as you learn about the different parts of the United States.

- Create a Civic Map
- Write Your Own Stories
- Build the Houston Skyline

*Check our calendar to find locations, dates and times


Sensory Storytime

Ring Neighborhood Library | November 11, 2017

This welcoming, friendly, and inclusive storytime will nurture your child through songs, stories and activities in a small, comfortable setting. Geared towards children with special needs or those on the Autism Spectrum.  Hosted monthly by the Monarch School.  PreSchool 3-5y. Kids 5-10y.


My Doll and Me

It’s tea time and you’re invited! Bring your favorite doll as we meet historical dolls whose journey includes a move to the U.S. We’ll sip tea, share stories, and meet new friends, all while learning about these dolls and their adventurous lives.    Kids 5-10y., Tweens 9-12

*Check our calendar to find locations, dates and times


December

Season's Readings! Indulge in sweet stories during the holiday season with HPL.

Winter Reading Program

It’s the holiday season and sweet treats are all around. Satisfy your sweet tooth with deliciously good reading over the Winter Break. Read 10 minutes a day for 10 days to earn a sweet prize. Prizes will be awarded at your neighborhood library, January 2nd - 13th. *while supplies last.


Candy Cane Cinema Celebration 

Julia Ideson Building | Auditorium
Sunday, Dec 3 | 2 PM - 4 PM

Bring your wish list and your sweet tooth to HPL’s first ever Candy Cane Castle this holiday season. Indulge in a super-sweet film screening, of imaginative, animated short films, curated by Aurora Picture Show, that celebrates reading and the art of creative storytelling. Stir up fun with a sugary sweet ballet performance, delightful cookie decorating, and a visit from the cookie king himself, Santa! At the Candy Cane Castle, your holidays are sure to be delish!


Santa at Your Library 
Check our calendars online to find which library Santa will be visiting! 

Ho! Ho! Ho! He's here! Santa has stopped in at the Houston Public Library and he needs your Christmas wish list. Bring your list and your biggest smile to meet the jolliest elf himself, Santa. Parents, don't forget your camera!


Ballet Talks: The Nutcracker 

See the magic behind the movement in this Houston Ballet presentation, where participants learn how The Nutcracker is told through the art of ballet. This interactive hands-on experience includes costumes, props and pointed shoes for students to examine. Recommended for kids ages 6 and up.


The Living Room at HPL!
Celebrate family and home this fall in The Living Room @ HPL.

Join your neighbors for some of their favorite holiday sweets and treats while sharing and learning about how everyone celebrates the holidays.