Events at HPL

What's hot this summer at HPL!

Summer Reading Program
Build a better summer with the John P. McGovern Summer Reading Program (SRP).  Earn reading and activity badges to beat summer boredom and unlock awesome prizes! 
Join us at our Summer Block Parties throughout the summer. 

Summer Reading for Grown-Ups
It's not just for kids! This year, celebrate books, BBQ and Baseball!
Whether you're 18 or 88 years of age, you can sign up to read and review books, attend library events, and earn a chance to win local restaurant and Brazos Bookstore gift certificates.

June
July
August


JUNE

Summer Reading Block Parties
Celebrate the John P. McGovern Summer Reading Program with games, crafts and your neighbors at one of our library block parties.

Saturday, June 30
Central Library | 11 AM


Open Play Hour!
Tuesday, June 26 | 12 PM
Carnegie Neighborhood Library & Center for Learning

HPL has won the Kaboom Play Everywhere Challenge! We would like to invite everyone to celebrate and enjoy the winning playground equipment that we will now have at select library locations!


Story to Screen
Thursday, June 28 | 7 PM
Central Library | Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza

Free flicks at the library, under the night sky and the glow of City Hall. Fifth Ward Men of Distinction will perform their award winning Black Panther Step show. Bring your dancing shoes! A Wakanda Dance Challenge will be held for prizes.

Parking is available in the library garage (entrance located on Lamar) and on the street. Parking is $2/hour in the garage, and street parking is free after 6 PM. All HPL events are free.


Swedish-Norwegian Genealogy
Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 12 PM 
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Get started with the basics of Scandinavian genealogy and learn how to explore parish records and censuses from the ‘Old Country’.  This course will focus on the historical development of the region, the types of records available for beginning research, patronymic naming conventions, and an overview of the Digital Archives of Sweden and Norway. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600.


July

Hurricane Season: The Unforgettable Story of the 2017 Houston Astros and the Resilience of a City
With author Joe Holley
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | 6:30 PM
Julia Ideson Building

An inside look at the 2017 Houston Astros championship season, focusing on the epic seven-game World Series, the front office decisions that built a winning team, and the resilience of the city in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.


Summer Reading Block Parties
Celebrate the John P. McGovern Summer Reading Program with games, crafts and your neighbors at one of our library block parties.

Friday, July 20
Kendall Neighborhood Library | 2 PM
Bear Creek Pioneers Park - Pavilion 6
3535 War Memorial St, 77084

Thursday, July 26
Morris Frank Library, an HPL Express Location | 12 PM

Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library | 5:30 PM

Saturday, July 28
Henington-Alief Regional Library | 2 PM


Upcoming Exhibits

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 
July 5, 2018 – August 4, 2018
Julia Ideson Building

Featuring Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members in Houston who have held national and regional positions within the sorority.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 
July 5, 2018 – August 4, 2018
The African American Library at the Gregory School

Beautiful display highlighting Houston area Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority chapters and their community service projects.


Cool History, Facts and More at Our Special Collections

Insane Asylum Research: Tips and Tricks
Saturday, July 14, 2018 | 10:30  – 11:30 AM
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

People were committed to asylums for a variety of reasons, ranging from mental illness to elder care to people who just didn’t conform to society’s standards.  Learn how to find information about your family member by using census records, commitment papers, newspaper articles, cemetery records, death records and more. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

 

August

Author Talk and Book Signing!
With Mimi Swartz in conversation with Maggie Galehouse
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Julia Ideson Building

Discussing her latest book Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart


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

Fashion inspired by Oscar de la Renta and fun with HCC fashion designers and MFAH.


HPLQ Featuring Attica Locke
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Houston Chronicle Building

Edgar award winner Attica Locke to discuss her latest book, Blue Bird, Blue Bird


Cool History, Facts and More at Our Special Collections

Genealogy Online: Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com, 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