Events at HPL

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


FEBRUARY


SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

African-American Heritage Day with Guest Speaker Tim Pinnick
Friday, February 23, 2018 | 10:30AM - 3:15PM
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research | 5300 Caroline, 77004 | 832-393-2600
Clayton Library is pleased to present Tim Pinnick - book author, article writer, and national speaker with more than 30 years of research experience.  Since 2008 he has been an associate instructor in the biennial “Researching African American Ancestors” course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.  He is at the intersection of history and genealogy, having presented historical papers at four large conferences and served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Federation of Genealogical Societies. Space is limited. Reservations required. Space is limited. Please call 832-393-2600 with questions. Adults/Teens.


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
Friday, 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!


The Living Room at HPL

This Is Our Home, It Is Not for Sale Screening | Conversation with Jon 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!

A SECOND SHOWING SCHEDULED!

Reel Life--a documentary film series at The Central Library
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 2 PM - 5:30 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 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.
 

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
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MARCH

Houston Poet Laureate D.E.E.P. Presents Writing Workshops for Women
Thursdays 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.

*No class on Thursday, March 15, 2018


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.
 


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: ETHICS - The PATHWAY
Tuesday, March 27 | 6:30 PM
University of St. Thomas
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Annual African American Celebration and Essay Contest Award Program

Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 10 AM
Beulah Shepard-Acres Homes Neighborhood Library

Applaud the winners of the annual essay contest sponsored by the Acres Homes Community in honor of African American History Month and legendary Acres Homes community leaders, past and present.
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