Events at HPL

See what's upcoming at HPL this season!
January | February | March


JANUARY

The Power of Words!

The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered on the 50th anniversary year of his passing (April 4, 1968). Through the power and inspiration of poetry, documentary films, live performances and critical conversations, we honor and celebrate the heritage, culture and contributions of notable individuals.


Just For Kids!

It's National Brainteaser Month!
The month of January at participating locations
All HPL locations

Exercise Your Mind while you celebrate National Brainteaser Month with the Houston Public Library. 
Storytimes riddled with laughter, puzzles and activities to mystify the mind, games and movies that'll leave you asking, "Who done it?".  These are just some of the brainteaser activities happening at a library near you.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance
The month of January at participating locations
All HPL locations

Let's pay homage to the man who inspired a nation and worked tirelessly to create peace and equality with our dedicated activities and displays throughout our libraries.


It's A Teen Thing...

Escape Room!
The month of January at participating lcoations

Do you enjoy finding hidden messages and solving clues? We’re breaking out our decoder rings and black lights to unlock the ultimate library escape experience!  Intended for youth 9-18.

Select Locations
Jungman Neighborhood Library
Moody Neighborhood Library
Park Place Regional Library
Pleasantville Neighborhood Library
Ring Neighborhood Library
Stella Link Neighborhood Library

 

Prom Attire Donation
January 8, 2018 - March 2, 2018

Ready to play fairy godmother/father to some Houston area teens?  Donate your formal wear to help make Prom an affordable and memorable experience for well deserving students.

Select Locations
Central Library
Carnegie Neighborhood Library and Center for Learning
Tuttle Neighborhood Library
Northeast Multi-Service Center


Celebrating Our Heritage at Our Special Collections Libraries

Cajun Heritage Day
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Join us for a taste of gumbo and a showing of the movie Belizaire the Cajun as we celebrate Cajun heritage.  Intended for adult and teen audiences.

Daughters of the American Revolution Day
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Ever wonder how to join the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)?  Representatives from local DAR chapters will be available for consultation and research help in preparing lineage papers for submission to the DAR. Intended for adult and teen audiences.
 

Connecting Communities for Critical Conversations
Where Do We Go from Here? Looking to 2036 in 2018 through a three-part series on equality, equity and ethics 

TOPIC: EQUALITY
Friday, January 25 | 6:30 PM
Children's Museum of Houston
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Show and Tell: Items from the HMRC Vault
Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM 
Julia Ideson Building, Texas Room

HMRC will be showcasing rare, interesting, and unique items from their mysterious, secret vault.  Get  exclusive, insider access to materials that are normally hidden from public view.  This is a rare opportunity for our customers to see, touch, and learn about some of the most precious treasures in our collection. For questions, please contact HMRC at TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1662.


FEBRUARY

HPL Quarterly Author Series

Nikki Giovanni, poet, activist and author
A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter

Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 7PM
Cullen Performance Hall at University of Houston central campus
4300 University Drive, 77204 | Register here!


Film Documentary Series

King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 1 PM
Collier Regional Library

Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, this documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. This program is part of  Reel Life--a documentary film series. Don't miss special presentations of groundbreaking documentaries at your library.
 

I Am Not Your Negro
Saturday, February 8, 2018 | 5 PM | Carnegie Neighborhood Library & Center for Learning
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 1 PM | Collier Regional Library
Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 2 PM | The African American Library at the Gregory School

I Am Not Your Negro film combines James Baldwin manuscript with footage of depictions of African-Americans throughout American history,  to illuminate the pervasiveness of American racism and the efforts to curtail it, from the civil rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter.


A Night at the Theater

Bright Star Theater presents Frederick Douglass
Three presentations showing on Saturday, February 24, 2018

11 AM | Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library
2 PM | The African American Library at the Gregory School
4 PM | Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library

Experience the powerful story of the life and legacy of abolitionist, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglass on the 200th anniversary year of his birth.
 

Bright Star Theater presents Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 3 PM | Mancuso Neighborhood Libary
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 6 PM | Bracewell Neighborhood Library
Saturday, February 23, 2018 | 3:30 PM | Moody Neighborhood Library

The stories behind famous and forgotten hymns, work songs, and musical styles are brought to life by an energetic cast of actors!
 

Sample the Ensemble at a library near you!
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 3:30 PM | The African American Library at the Gregory School

Ensemble Theater presents sneak-peeks of main stage productions at the Houston Public Library. Fetch Clay, Make Man explores the friendship of historical icons - Muhammad Ali & Stepin' Fetchit  on the even of Cassius Clay vs Sonny Liston rematch during the heart of race relations in 1960s America.


The Living Room at HPL

Celebrating the Lunar New Year!

The Living Room at Park Place Regional Library
 Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 11AM – 1 PM

The Living Room at Walter Neighborhood Library
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 2 PM – 4 PM

The Living Room at Henington-Alief Regional Library
 Friday, February 16, 2018 | 1 PM – 4 PM
 

This is Not Our Home Movie Screening | Conversation with John Schwartz following screening

The Living Room at The African American Library at the Gregory School
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 6 PM – 9:30 PM
Register to attend!


Just for Kids!

The African American Poetic Voice
February 1 - 28, 2018 | All HPL locations

From Leo Dillon to Maya Angelou, hear the voices that have influenced our nation through their poetic words.  Engage in African American poetry through storytimes, writing exercises, and workshops.


Celebrating Our Heritage at Our Special Collections Libraries

African-American Genealogical Research
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Clayton Genealogical Center for Research Library

Learn tips for African-American genealogical research from Clayton Library staff member and author Franklin Smith.  Intended for adult and teen audiences.

African-American Heritage Day
Saturday, Febrauary 24, 2018
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Join us as we welcome guest speaker Tim Pinnick for a day of research sources and methods celebrating African American heritage.  Intended for adult and teen audiences.

Living in Freedman’s Town: African American Collections

Thursday, February 15, 2018  | 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM 
The African American Library at the Gregory School

The Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) and the African American Library at the Gregory School will discuss how life in Freedman’s Town, the historical center of African American cultural and professional life in Houston, is saved in several of our archival collections through the personal and family papers, photographs, and mementos of General S. and Mary Johnson, the Reverend Jack Yates, and Olee Yates McCullough amongst others. For questions, please contact please contact HMRC at TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov or the Gregory School at 832-393-1440.
 

Connecting Communities for Critical Conversations
Where Do We Go from Here? Looking to 2036 in 2018 through a three-part series on equality, equity and ethics 

TOPIC: EQUALITY
Friday, February 28 | 6:30 PM
Julia Ideson Building
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Annual African American Celebration and Essay Contest
In honor of African American History Month, students in Pre-k through 12th grade are encouraged to research and write an essay about Acres Homes leaders (past and present) who are community legends.

Submit Entries:
Beulah Shepard-Acres Homes Neighborhood Library
8501 West Montgomery Rd., 77088
Learn More

 


MARCH

Houston Poet Laureate D.E.E.P. Presents Writing Workshops for Women
Wednesdays in March at 6 PM | Smith Neighborhood Library

At the heart of our society is a hard-working woman. Join the Poet Laureate for a series that celebrates the challenges women face, the struggles we overcome, and the impact we have to make. Connect with women in your community and find a safe space here.


The Living Room at HPL

Family Game Day

The Living Room at Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library
Saturday, March 31, 2018 | 12 PM - 2 PM


Just for Kids

Read Across America
The month of March at participating locations
All HPL locations

Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers. Engage books and authors that mirror the diverse population that is Houston.  Encourage a child to explore themselves and others through literature as we create a love of reading through storytimes and activities at your neighborhood library.


It's a Teen Thing...

Teen Tech Week. Teens, Technology, and The Library
March 4 - 10, 2018 | All HPL locations

Prom Prep
March 10 - 18, 2018 | select HPL locations

The clock is ticking.  Prom is quickly approaching.  Are you prepared?  Let the Houston Public Library help you prep for prom with classes on everything from etiquette to fashion, to grooming tips.  Attend at least 2 sessions and be entered into a raffle to win some fab Prom prizes.  Check out our calendar to see which locations are hosting this session!

Select locations
Central Library
Carnegie Neighborhood Library and Center for Learning
Tuttle Neighborhood Library
Northeast Multi-Service Center
 


Celebrating Our Heritage at Our Special Collections Libraries

Fáilte (welcome), to your Irish ancestry!
Saturday,  March 10, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

We will explore 21st century methods of finding and understanding the records created by your Irish ancestors.  Civil registration, census, and church records in Eire and Northern Ireland will be explored. Many databases, both free and paid, which contain Irish records will be touched upon. Intended for adult and teen audiences.


Betty Jo Jones Collection Spotlight
Thursday, March 15 | 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Julia Ideson Building, Norma Meldrum Room 

Come view the Betty Jo Jones Collection, currently the only architectural collection at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center featuring the work of a female architect.  Jones, born Betty Jo Lackey, was a 1947 graduate of the Rice Institute.  Creating her own firm in the 1950s, Betty Jo Jones was one of Houston’s earliest female architects.  Her collection is primarily comprised of architectural drawings for small residential properties, typically in the suburbs surrounding Houston.  This presentation will highlight some of her work in the area, as well as her role in a male-dominated field. For questions, please contact Samantha Bruer at samantha.bruer@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1376.

Texas History Month Lecture
Date and Time TBD

 

Julia Ideson Building, Norma Meldrum Room 

 

Please join us in celebrating Texas History Month with a lecture by Dr. Raul Ramos from the History Department at the University of Houston.  Parking is available under the Central Library building, with entry on Lamar Street. For questions, please contact HMRC at TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1662.