Valentine's Day

In the Mood for Love (or Not): Valentine's Day @ HCPL

Valentine's Day is coming, and for all of you born-romantics who have been planning the perfect Valentine's Day for months, Harris County Public Library salutes you. You give us all hope. But the fact is that the one day a year that is set aside to celebrate love in all its heart-shaped, chocolate-covered splendor inspires mixed emotions (if not outright disgust) in many of us. It's not just folks who are between relationships and those who have heard the "it's not you; it's me" spiel too many times who mark the February 14 with a big black X.

Make a Date with a Good Book

What’s a holiday without holiday themed reading?  Now is the time to indulge in chocolates, flowers, and romantic reads.  The library is your one stop destination for Valentine themed books, movies, and music.  Browse our seasonal displays for quick picks, or explore our online catalog for more Valentine

Find Your True Book Love with a Blind Date with a Book

Looking for something new this February?  Love? Adventure? Excitement?  Then try our Blind Date with a Book!  The display will be up now until February 22nd (or until there are no more dates left to be checked out).  Books have been chose from a variety of YA genres and age groups from 6th – 12th grade.  Some are new releases and some are oldies, but goodies.  So stop by the Teen Area and check out a Blind Date with a Book.  You know you want to.  Contact Leanne, YA Librarian, 281-360-6804 for more information.

The Ball That Has It All

Pink Broken HeartTeens, what’s better than Valentine’s Day being three days away? Our Broken Hearts Ball is just two.

February can get you down with all the emphasis on Valentine's Day and the joys of coupledom.  We're here to prove that singles have more fun!  So join us for a fun night of games, awkward Valentines, morose poetry and silent raving!

Bring your MP3 player/phone and a pair of headphones to participate in the SILENT RAVE. Friends (platonic & romantic) welcome. We'll see you Thursday, February 13th from 6:30-8:00pm.

It's Time to Play "I Spy @ The Library"

This month, children will have an opportunity to earn a heart die cut, and one prize from the treasure box. Readers and non-reader alike are encouraged to participate!

Valentine's Day Cards

 Kids are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Have you made your Valentine’s Day cards? If not, it is not too late. Join us this Tuesday, February 12th from 4 PM to 5 PM and make a Valentine’s Day card for all the loved ones in your life. Hope to see your there!

Tragic Love Stories

broken heart

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I decided to take a break from Oscar blogging and focus on a more holiday appropriate theme. A couple of February’s ago, I blogged about the twitterpated, lighthearted side of love. Unfortunately, most of us have come to the sad realization that not all love stories end with happily ever after. Some stories are tragic and heart wrenching, while others end with quiet sadness. Yet despite their unhappy end, these movies are, at their core, stories of love found and love lost. And even though we know the relationship playing out on screen will end poorly, we continue watching, a box of tissues by our side and a pint of ice cream at the ready.

If you’re in the mood for a tragic love story this February, browse the HCPL catalog and request a DVD today! Or if you want a lighter love story, browse these posts on classic love stories and romantic comedies!

Kimberly’s Tragic Love Story Picks:

Happy Valentine's Day!

Nest week, we will be celebrating Valentine's Day during our storytimes. These programs are free for children and their families.  We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, Feb. 11th @ 7:00 pm, Family Storytime

Wednesday, Feb. 13th @ 1:30 pm, Toddler Storytime

Thursday, Feb. 14th @ 10:00 am, Pre-School Storytime

If you are unable to attend storytime or would like to extend your experience you can checkout these books.

Valentine's Day & Black History Month at Stratford!

Join us on Monday, February 13th at 4pm for a fun tween program that combines Black History Month and Valentine's Day. Tweens can make Valentine's Day cards and sample some pink peanut butter pie in honor of George Washington Carver who pioneered many new uses for peanuts. Tweens can hang out, make cards, learn about Carver and eat pie.

Hope to see you there!

Love Comes In All Sizes

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it is a holiday that is celebrated by people of all ages. So, I wanted to share a few items that you might enjoy reading together as a family.

I would also like to recommend, checking with your local HCPL Branch Library,  to see what activities or holiday storytime programs they may have to offer. 


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