Events at HPL

See What's upcoming at HPL this Fall!

November | December



Citizenship Month - Be Proud to be a Citizen

In honor of the City of Houston’s Citizenship Month, libraries are celebrating what makes Houston home for every member of our community—from parks to playgrounds, family traditions to city-wide events, to the teacher or bus driver who always makes you smile. What makes you proud to live in Houston? How do you uniquely contribute, and what makes it home?

The Living Room at HPL!

Celebrate family and home this fall in The Living Room @ HPL

Meet your neighbors over coffee, tea and food from all over the world, and share your favorite stories and hangouts that make Houston home for the most diverse city population in the United States. Check HPL’s calendar for a Living Room near you.

Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library
Saturday, November 18 | 11 AM -  2 PM


Houston Public Library Quarterly author series presents Houston’s own Chitra Divakaruni as she reads from and discusses her latest novel Before We Visit the Goddess

Wednesday, November 8 | 7 PM

Liftoff Houston Pitch Day

Julia Ideson Building
Friday, November 17, 2017 | 6 PM - 9 PM

See edge-of-your-seats pitches from the finalist in our annual Liftoff Houston business plan competition. Nine entrepreneurs compete “shark-tank” style to win cash prizes to get their business started!

Storytime for the Little Ones! Make Houston Home!

Read along with us about stories of what makes someone's house or neighborhood their home.

-Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora
-If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen
-Home by Carson Ellis

*Check our calendar to find locations, dates and times

Explore the world of art! Take a Journey through Your Country

Let your creativity flow as you learn about the different parts of the United States.

- Create a Civic Map
- Write Your Own Stories
- Build the Houston Skyline

*Check our calendar to find locations, dates and times

Sensory Storytime

Hillendahl Neighborhood Library | November 14, 2017

This welcoming, friendly, and inclusive storytime will nurture your child through songs, stories and activities in a small, comfortable setting. Geared towards children with special needs or those on the Autism Spectrum.  Hosted monthly by the Monarch School.  PreSchool 3-5y. Kids 5-10y.

My Doll and Me

It’s tea time and you’re invited! Bring your favorite doll as we meet historical dolls whose journey includes a move to the U.S. We’ll sip tea, share stories, and meet new friends, all while learning about these dolls and their adventurous lives.    Kids 5-10y., Tweens 9-12

*Check our calendar to find locations, dates and times


Season's Readings! Indulge in sweet stories during the holiday season with HPL.

Winter Reading Program

It’s the holiday season and sweet treats are all around. Satisfy your sweet tooth with deliciously good reading over the Winter Break. Read 10 minutes a day for 10 days to earn a sweet prize. Prizes will be awarded at your neighborhood library, January 2nd - 13th. *while supplies last.

Candy Cane Cinema Celebration 

Julia Ideson Building | Auditorium
Sunday, December 3 | 2 PM - 4 PM


Bring your wish list and your sweet tooth to HPL’s first ever Candy Cane Castle this holiday season. Indulge in a super-sweet film screening, of imaginative, animated short films, curated by Aurora Picture Show, that celebrates reading and the art of creative storytelling. Stir up fun with a sugary sweet ballet performance, delightful cookie decorating, and a visit from the cookie king himself, Santa! At the Candy Cane Castle, your holidays are sure to be delish!

Santa at Your Library 
Check our calendars online to find which library Santa will be visiting! 

Ho! Ho! Ho! He's here! Santa has stopped in at the Houston Public Library and he needs your Christmas wish list. Bring your list and your biggest smile to meet the jolliest elf himself, Santa. Parents, don't forget your camera!

Ballet Talks: The Nutcracker 

See the magic behind the movement in this Houston Ballet presentation, where participants learn how The Nutcracker is told through the art of ballet. This interactive hands-on experience includes costumes, props and pointed shoes for students to examine. Recommended for kids ages 6 and up.

The Living Room at HPL!
Celebrate family and home this fall in The Living Room @ HPL.

Join your neighbors for some of their favorite holiday sweets and treats while sharing and learning about how everyone celebrates the holidays.

Looscan Neighborhood Library
Saturday, December 2 | 11 AM - 1 PM

Carnegie Neighborhood Library & Center for Learning
Saturday, December 16 | 2 PM - 4 PM