Events at HPL

What's hot this summer at HPL!


Fashion Fusion Exhibit Opening
Sunday, August 19
Central Library | 1st Floor Gallery Area

This exhibition features garments from Fashion Fusion, an annual competition presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the award-winning Fashion Design Program at Houston Community College. Fashion Fusion challenged students and alumni to design original outfits inspired by the Museum’s recent exhibition, The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta. The students and alumni entered their designs into one of four categories inspired by major influences on de la Renta’s life: Eastern, Garden, Icons, and Spain.

Meet the designers who created the 15 beautiful pieces for this exhibition and hear their stories on how they were inspired by the legendary Oscar de la Renta. Local fashion designer, David Peck,participates as part of the panel discussion to provide insights on the fashion industry and his experiences. 

HPLQ Featuring Attica Locke
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Juila Ideson Building | Auditorium

Edgar award winner Attica Locke to discuss her latest book, Bluebird, Bluebird
Will you be joining us?

Cool History, Facts and More at Our Special Collections

Genealogy Online: Library Edition
Saturday, August 4, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Join us for an introduction to the website, the Library Edition, available for use at all Houston Public Library locations.  Learn to navigate the home page and find the records you need out of Ancestry’s 16 billion digitized records and indexes.  Bring a laptop if you wish to follow along during the class. Class size is limited. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600.  Adults/Teens.

Get Graphic: Teens Comic Creation Contest

Are you an artist? Are you into creating comic style short stories? Here’s your chance to show-off your great talent! 
Enter by August 31st


7th Annual LibroFest
Saturday, September 29th  
Central Library | Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage through fashion, books and fun! Attend the annual fest to learn about the beauty of the Hispanic culture with activities and sights that the entire family will enjoy. 
Activities with our Houston Metropolitan Research Center during LibroFest:

Book Snake Craft  
Make a Book Snake with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center! A Book Snake is a weight for holding books open. Children and their families will enjoy this fun and easy craft while learning basic techniques for handling books with care. 

Anthropoesia, Writer's Workshop 
Searching  for a story? Find inspiration in the archive! Join us for a writer’s workshop at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. Archivists will share the hidden gems among family records and historical documents.  Hear from Lupe Mendez, poet and founder of Tintero Projects, as he  shares how a diary, a map, and newspaper clippings inspired his  anthropoesia. 

Show & Tell: Stories of Houston’s Mujeres      
Thursday September 20th | 6 PM - 7:45 PM 
Juila Ideson Building | Meldrum Room & Reynolds Room

Hispanic women have shaped Houston in significant, and often under-appreciated, ways. Join HMRC to see unique items that reflect the vibrant history of Hispanic women in Houston. This pop-up exhibit is a special opportunity to see, touch, and learn about the Hispanic Archival Collections. A discussion of the items on display will begin promptly at 7 PM. This showcase is a part of a series of events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Parking is available under the Central Library building, with entry on Lamar Street. For questions, please contact HMRC at or 832-393-1662.

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!

Saturday, September 15 | 12 PM
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
Collier Regional Library

Saturday, September 29 | 10:30 AM
Heights Neighborhood Library


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