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.

July
August
September
October


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.

Will you be joining us?


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


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.

Habitantes
July 2 - July 31, 2018

Central Library | 1st Floor Gallery Area
Exhibit Opening Reception:
Saturday, July 14, 2018 | 2 PM – 5 PM


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.


The Living Room at HPL: "A Taste of Africa"
Join us as we celebrate the African Diaspora through culture, cuisine, and entertainment.  Bring your taste buds to sample different African food, explore various African culture and art and be entertained by African inspired music.  

Saturday, July 28 | 1 PM
Henington-Alief Regional Library

Houston Shakespeare Festival Kids’ Day
Shakespeare comes to HPL this summer! Bring the kids to learn and enjoy the world of the renown William Shakepseare with UH and the Houston Shakespeare Festival. 

Wednesday, July 25 
Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library | 10 AM
Collier Regional Library | 2 PM


Hip Hop for Literacy

Saturday, July 28, 2018 | 1 PM - 4 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Auditorium
Register Now!


Harry Potter Week
Celebrate the Magic at HPL

Vinson Neighborhood Library is celebrating Harry Potter and it's wonderful world of magic!
Monday, July 30- Arts & Crafts 4PM: Make Your Own Cloak
Tuesday, July 31- Harry Potter Birthday Bash 2PM - 4:30PM: Celebrate Harry's birthday by being sorted into your own Hogwart's house, horcrux scavenger hunt, make your own wand, and win prizes


August

Harry Potter Week
Celebrate the Magic at HPL

Vinson Neighborhood Library is celebrating Harry Potter and it's wonderful world of magic!
Wednesday, August 1- Video Gaming 3:30PM: Lego Harry Potter Game 
Thursday, August 2: Arts & Crafts 4:30PM: Make Your Own Slime Potions Class


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
Will you be joining us?


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
Will you be joining us?


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


September

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 TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov 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 22 | 10 AM
Vinson Neighborhood Library 

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


OCTOBER

Hispanic History Loteria Night!
Saturday, October 6th | 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 TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov 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!

Thursday, October 4 | 5 PM
Mancuso Neighborhood Library