Events at HPL

See what's upcoming at HPL this season!
March

April

May

June


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.


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.


Celebrating Our Heritage at Our Special Collections Libraries

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.

 


April

 

DAR Day (Daughters of the American Revolution)
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research | Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Ever wonder how to join the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)?  Representatives from local DAR chapters will be at Clayton Library for consultation and research help in preparing lineage papers for submission to the DAR.  No reservations required.


Repair Cafe
Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 1-5 pm
205 Roberts Street Houston, TX 77003 | TX/RX Labs

Hosted by TX/RX Labs, a Repair Cafe celebrates fixing through a fun, collaborative, hands-on, fix-n-learn, community event. People bring us their broken items for assessment, disassembly and repair. Bring your toolkit and join us to have fun and learn while helping others troubleshoot and fix their broken stuff! Volunteers assess, take apart, and hopefully -- REPAIR.

Transition Houston is partnering with TX/RX Labs, the City of Houston Green Building Resource Center, Houston Complete Communities, Citizens' Environmental Coalition, Texas Campaign for the Environment, and the Houston Peace and Justice Center in this effort!

Sign Up to Participate online here or contact Steve Stelzer at 832.394.9050.


Cornerstones of Community: Segregated Public Libraries, Carnegie Philanthropy and Houston’s Colored Branch, 1913-1961
April 12, 2018 | 6-8 pm
The African American Library at the Gregory School | Hosted by HMRC (Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Julia Ideson Building)
Dr. Matthew Griffis, Assistant Professor of the University of Southern Mississippi, will present on his IMLS grant funded research on segregated Carnegie libraries as spaces for learning and community-making in pre-civil rights America.  This program is hosted by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.


Book Snake Craft
April 23,2018 | 3:30-4:30 pm
Young Neighborhood Library
Celebrate Preservation Week with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center by making Book Snakes (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. 


Food and Family – Memories on our Taste Buds
April 26, 2018 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Clayton Guest House | Hosted by HMRC (Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Julia Ideson Building)
Food plays an important part in family history.  Traditions and memories are created and passed down around the dining room table.  Staff from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and Clayton Library Center will present a history of food and family, resources for tradition research, and preservation of those books and recipe cards that are passed through generations.


Chasing Perfection: The Work and Life of Architect John S. Chase  
January 23, 2018 thru June 2, 2018
Julia Ideson Building
John S. Chase was the first African American to enroll at a major university in the South and later became the first licensed African American architect in Texas. This exhibition features architectural drawings, photographs, scrapbooks, and objects from his personal collection.
 
Chasing Perfection: The Legacy of Architect John S. Chase
January 23, 2018 thru June 2, 2018
The African American Library at the Gregory School
John S. Chase is considered one of the most important African American architects of the 20th century. This exhibition offers insight into his legacy and highlights the work of several architects who worked with Chase as well as those he influenced over the years.


MAY

Living Room

The Living Room @ Moody Neighborhood Library
Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 10:30AM – 1:00PM
Cinco de Mayo!
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Northline with food, festivities, and fun! In partnership with Avenue CDC.


Indo-American Heritage Day @ Jungman Neighborhood Library
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Indo-American Heritage Day
Celebrate Asian American Heritage Month and immerse yourself in South Asian fashion, food, dance, and music. In collaboration with the Foundation for India Studies (FIS).


The Origins of Mother’s Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research 
Come explore the history of the creation of Mother’s Day and learn about the mother and daughter behind it. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600.


Rare Books Room Showcase
May 10, 2018 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Julia Ideson Building, Texas Room
HMRC will showcase rare, interesting, and unique items from the Rare Books Room/HMRC Vault.  This is a rare opportunity for our customers to see, touch, and learn about some of the most precious treasures in our collection.


Where's the Book on My House? How to Research a Historic Property
May 17, 2018 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Julia Ideson Building, Meldrum Room
HMRC's Architectural Archivist will give a basic overview of how to research a historic property, highlighting useful resources in HMRC collections.  This program includes a tour of the Texas Room.


Houston Asian American Archive
May 19, 2018
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
Learn about the materials in the Houston Asian American Archive, a research archive focusing on Houston's Asian American immigrant experience, as Clayton Library welcomes Program Manager Dr. Anne Chao.  Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600.


JUNE

Welcome to America
Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 2 PM – 4:30 PM
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
Join staff member Irene B. Walters for Crossing the Wide Blue Seas: passenger lists of our ancestors and A Nation of Immigrants: U.S. naturalization and genealogy, two programs designed to help you learn more about your immigrant ancestors. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600.

Crossing the Wide Blue Seas: passenger lists of our ancestors
Since the discovery of the New World ships have been bringing passengers to our shores to start new lives. Some of these voyages were well documented and some were not. In this talk we will be discussing how to find evidence of your ancestors on passenger lists.

A Nation of Immigrants: U.S. naturalization and genealogy
In this talk we will discuss the history of naturalization laws and requirements in the United States and how this affected your ancestors and their naturalizations. We will also discuss using naturalization records for genealogical research, what you may find, and how to find it.


Where's the Book on My House? How to Research a Historic Property
June 14, 2018 | 6:30 to 7:30 
Julia Ideson Building, Texas Room
The Architectural Archivist from HMRC will present on the resources in their collections that are useful in historic property research.  While this talk will cover research material about most of Houston, Heights-specific sources will be highlighted.


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.