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All library locations will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

Community Outreach

Outreach & Community Engagement

With the generosity from our citizens, The HPL Foundation, and our partners the Houston Public Library offer a wide range of free 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.

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Summer Camp STREAM Registration

Free interactive STREAM activities in Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts & Math. This summer's camp will be in-person with a digital offering at the end of summer. Same great experiences, same cool experiments, and patrons can experience camp in a way they choose!

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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.
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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.

Library on Wheels

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.

Community Initiatives


Four hands stacked one on the other with the top hand holding a clear blue plastic heart photoOutreach

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.

 

Hair CutGroomed 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

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.

A kid getting a book from a Little Free Library wearing a backpack photoLittle 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.
 

Three winners of Liftoff Houston holding big checks with five representatives of the City of Houston Liftoff Houston

Liftoff Houston is 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.

Two teens smiling with the Learning Link logo in front photoLearning Link

Learning Link is a collaborative effort between local ISDs and Houston Public Library to rise to the White House ConnectED Challenge. Linking students to the essential resources they need for achieving success.

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