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Community Outreach

With the generosity from our citizens, The HPL Foundation, and our partners the Houston Public Library offer a wide range of free outreach and community engagement initiatives. We firmly believe that the library is for everyone, so we are focused on our neighborhood libraries and their surrounding communities. We provide a wide variety of classes and services including information about the library, early literacy, digital literacy, STEM, workforce development, ESL, and citizenship.

The Community Engagement team serves as the outreach service arm for our library system. We bring the classroom to you! Get library services for all ages, stages, and walks of life from our instructors who have the knowledge and supplies for you to host a group event for kids or teens.

Family Place Libraries at HPL

Family Place Libraries at HPL!

Welcoming our youngest pre-school customers, parents and caregivers to our re-imagined, re-designed, family-centered early literacy program and physical space. Develop your child’s social, emotional and cognitive skills for learning. Join us for engaging, fun and entertaining sessions.

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Bringing the Classroom to You

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We have a full catalog of classes and activities tailored for all ages including for our adult learners.
Request Services
We offer you the needed support so you may sponsor your own learning activity for any age group of 6 or more. Hop on board one of our mobile libraries to teach students valuable skills in unique learning environments or schedule an in-person group activity.

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We offer the needed support so you may sponsor your own learning activity for any age group of 6 or more.

Private Community Events
These events are typically closed to the general public because they are privately sponsored by a group or organization. If you have requested our services, you will find your event on our Community Calendar. HPL Events that are open to the public are found on the main HPL Events Calendar.

Mobile Express Technology Lab

Library services anywhere! Outfitted with high-speed internet, computers, webcams and headsets, wireless printing, and smart TV’s. Our buses are accessible and fun learning spaces!

Gaming Cube

Host small groups while they play on the console of their choice. A dedicated table arrangement makes this mobile great for hands on activities and outreach at your events.

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Community Initiatives


Request for our friendly library staff to setup a table or display with information about the library for your fair, open house, or other community event.


Groomed for Literacy

Groomed for Literacy

The Houston Public Library, Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, and Put It In A Book Foundation have partnered to promote a love for reading and easier access to books for all.


The Memory Project

The Memory Project

A dedicated focus on race, social justice, and COVID-19. The African American Library at the Gregory School and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center are seeking remote interviews from Houstonians.


Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries

Learn how that tiny library you’ve seen in your neighborhood is part of a global book-sharing movement—and you can join! Anyone can join to start sharing in their community.


Liftoff Houston

Liftoff Houston

The City of Houston's annual business plan competition. Its aim is to empower Houstonians with business literacy education and mentorship to start their own business while contributing to the local growth Houston economy.


Learning Link

Learning Link

Collaboration between local ISDs and Houston Public Library to rise to the White House's ConnectED Challenge - linking students to essential resources needed to achieve success.


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