children's programs

Celebrate Diwali!

  Celebrate Diwali "the festival of lights" on Tuesday, October 24th at 5pm!  This fun and FREE program will take place on the 1st floor of the Tomball library in the lobby area.  Learn about Diwali, look at displays, complete crafts and enjoy snacks!  All ages are invited!

Work Smarter, Not Harder!

  Summer Reading is off to a great start and the fun continues on Monday, June 12th at 3:00 pm, when Julian Franklin presents his "Work Smarter, Not Harder" program.  Kids of all ages (and their parents) will have hands on fun learning about wheels, pulleys, levers, wedges, incline planes and screws!  Come to the children's area for this FREE program and find out just how much fun learning about these things can be!  For more information, call the library at 832-559-4235.  Don't forget to register for the Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World" and read books, log minutes, complete activities, write reviews and earn incentives and prizes! 

May Programs in the Children's Department

Please join us for some of these upcoming programs in the Children's Department.  The programs normally require tickets.  They're free and available 30 minutes before the program except for 10:15 am programs - tickets are given out when we open at 10:00 am.

Regular storytimes: Book Babies for infants-18 months old  (Wednesdays at 10:15 & 11:15 am); Toddler Time for 18 months-3yrs (Monday at 11:15 and Tuesday at 10:15 & 11:15 am) and Preschool Storytime for 3-5 yrs (Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:30 pm).

Maker Mondays - This afterschool program is for 5-12 year olds on Mondays at 4:30 pm;  We'll have Straws & Connectors on 5/1; Create with Foam on 5/8; Lego Free Play on 5/15; and a Marble Run on 5/22.

Bi-Lingual Chinese English Storytime on Monday, May 1 at 6:00 pm for all ages.

April showers...bring fun programs at Freeman!

Looking for something free and fun to do with the children in April?  Join us for one of these programs:

Saturday, April 1 - Family Storytime at 11:00 am.  No tickets are needed for this storytime featuring books, songs, and fingerplays.  We normally have this program on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.  We will be closed on Saturday, April 15, so April 1st will be the only Family Storytime this month.

Monday, April 3 - The Bi-Lingual Chinese/English Storytime is moving to a 6 pm timeslot starting on April 3.  This program features stories & songs in Chinese and English.  It includes a craft.  It is recommended to children 3 yrs. and older.  Tickets given out at 5:30 pm.

Children's Weekly Run-Down


CHILDREN’S WEEKLY RUN-DOWN! Love is in the air as February starts! Our first book buddies meeting is this Tuesday the 7th and you can still sign up at the Children's Reference desk. Join us this week on Thursday the 9th of February @ 4 PM for our World Tour Book Club to explore different countries and their traditions and stories.

Our Story times continue as normal! Be here for Toddler Time** on Tuesday @ 10 AM and @ 10:30 AM, Preschool Storytime on Tuesday @ 2 PM, and Infant Lapsit Storytime @ 11:15 AM on Tuesday and @ 11 AM on Thursday. We also have our Family Storytime presented on Saturday @ 10:30 where you can enjoy stories and a craft!

February Events in the Children's Department

    February has no shortage of holidays and the Children's Department has no shortage of  programs to celebrate some of those holidays.   Here's some upcoming storytimes and other programs to celebrate the shortest month of the year:

  Pajama Storytime - Thursday, February 2 at 6:00 pm.  This storytime for the whole family requires tickets.  They're given out at 5:30 pm.

Friday, February 3 at 4 pm - Tween craft for children 8-12 years old.a  Tickets given out at 3:30 pm.   Children will make a decoupage tile coaster.

Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 am - Family Storytime - another fun storytime for the whole family.  No tickets are needed for this storytime.

Hey, Chocolate Lovers!

 Registration is now open for our very first Chocolate Olympics!  Children (ages 8 - 12) can participate and have fun in easy-to-win tabletop games, challenges and relays – all involving chocolate!
This yummy program will meet on Thursday, February 9th at 5:00 pm in the Children's Area and is limited to 20 children.  Please call 832-559-4235 to register.
*not recommended for children with peanut allergies

January Events in the Children's Department

Looking for something fun for your children to do in January?  We kick off the New Year with lots of returning programs and some new ones.   We start off this Thursday, January 5 with Pajama Storytime at 6:00 pm.  We give out tickets at 5:30 pm and children are welcome to wear pajamas or bring a cozy blanket.  On Saturday, January 7, we have Family Storytime at 11:00 am.  No tickets are needed for this program.  We'll have this program again on Saturday, January 21.   On Monday, January 9, we have the bilingual Chinese/English storytime at 10:15 am.  We'll give out tickets when we open at 10:00 am.  This fun storytime features books and activities in English and Chinese.  It is recommended for children 3-5 years old.

Spring Break @ HCPL

Spring Break @ HCPL graphicSpring Break is coming up soon and if you're looking for fun, free ways to keep your kids and teens engaged and entertained, Harris County Public Library is just the ticket. In addition to their regular slate of programs, many HCPL branches will host special events the week of March 11 - 16. There will be music, puppet shows, giant bubbles, everyone's favorite big red dog, and much more. Below are just some of the highlights. For a full schedule of programs, visit our Events Calendar.

Marsha’s Petting Zoo
Marsha Smiley will bring a llama, goat, bunnies, piglets, ducks, chicks, deer, and a mini-donkey for you to see and pet.
Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
Monday, Mar. 11
2:30 – 4:30 PM
Children’s program

Spring Break Spectacular
Camel rides, bounce house obstacle course and make-your-own ice cream.
Northwest Branch Library
Monday, Mar. 11
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Children’s program

A Heap o' Holiday Cheer: Programs for All Ages @ Your Library

Original illustrations from Dicken's A Christmas CarolChances are good that at some point between now and the ceremonial breaking of the first New Year's resolution, each and every one of us will temporarily give in to the bah-humbuggery that is as much a part of the season as the mistletoe, the eggnog and the annual Black Friday Feast of Immaculate Consumption. It’s natural and nothing to be ashamed of. A Christmas Carol remains so popular not because we are a nation of Tiny Tims, but because we all have at least a little Scrooge in us and we want to be reminded of the fact before the ghosts start waking us up at all hours to go flitting around the space-time continuum.

Luckily for all of us, Harris County Public Library offers a little oasis—actually twenty-seven little oases—from the hurly-burly that is the holidays, a place where you can find a nice quiet corner and comfortable chair in which to unwind and let some of the frenetic festivities go on without you, a place where you can browse the aisles and not hear the exOriginal illustration from Dickens' A Christmas Carolhausted whimpering of your credits cards in your wallet, a place to reconnect with the handmade spirit of the holidays, a place to join with others in song, and a place to sit with your child or grandchild in your lap and be dazzled again by a tale of the season.

Remember, all branches will be closed Saturday, December 22 – Tuesday, December 25 in observance of the holidays, so don’t forget to stock up on books, DVDs and music for those cozy evenings.

Below are some of the holiday programs still in store at HCPL.

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