The Cure for the Summertime Blahs. Upcoming Programs @ Your Library

srp at hcplLet's see...the kids have been out of school for a couple weeks now. That means they're probably bored stiff and you're nearing your wit's end when it comes to keeping them occupied. Well, here at HCPL, we have programs for your kids and teens--and some for you, too—that’ll chase away the summertime blahs.

Below are just some of the programs we have coming up...

Oh! Don’t forget: it’s not too late to sign up for Kids, Teen and Adult Summer Reading Fun!

[Click on the your branch’s name for a full schedule of programs and events]

La Porte Community Library
Braveheart XVIII Water Balloon Battle 
A tradition unlike any other. Don’t miss it.
Thu. June 19. 2pm.
Children, 6 & up

Northwest Branch Library
Dissection Lab 
Guided by a Health Museum educator students will work in pairs to dissect a cow eye. This TEKS-based lab activity is a great way to address systems interactions, adaptations and lab safety.
Thu. June 19, 1pm
Teens & tweens, 11 and up.

Fairbanks Branch Library
Texas Snakes @ Your Library 
Mr. Clint knows Texas snakes and he’ll introduce you to some.
Thu. June 19. 3pm.
School-age children & tweens.

Kingwood Branch Library
CreativeSpace for Adults 
Calling all artists, crafters, writers and all other creative types! Bring your projects to the library. Work, chat, get inspired by your peers and maybe inspire someone else.  
Thu. June 19. 5 – 8pm
Adults, 18 & up

Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library
Altered Books Workshop
Find out what you can do with a book besides reading it. Note: No library books will be harmed in the making of this craft.
Fri. June 20. 2pm.

Northwest Branch Library
Chill Skills 
Cy-Fair Community Youth Services specialist, Theresa Williams, will help kids learn anger management strategies, to deal with bullying, to raise self-esteem, and other life skills.
Fri. June 20. 2pm
Children, tweens & teens

Barbara Bush Branch Library
Ask a Master Gardener 
A member of the Harris County Master Gardener Assoc. will be here to answer all your gardening questions.
Sat. June 21. 10am

Cy-Fair College Library 
Fingerprint Kits from Harris County Sheriff’s Office 
Free fingerprint kits while supplies last.
Mon. June 23 – Wed. July 16. 10am-11am.

Atascocita Branch Library 
Carranza Puppets present Beauty & the Beast
The beloved fairy tale by these master puppeteers.
Mon. June 23. 11am

Aldine Branch Library 
Low Tech for Teens & Tweens 
Can’t afford speakers for your phone or mp3 player? Learn how to make some with stuff laying around the house.
Mon. June 23. 1pm
Teens & tweens

Katy Branch Library
Zentangle Fun 
Learn the art of zentangle from a certified zentangle instructor.
Mon. June 23. 2:30pm
Children, 10 & up

Parker Williams Branch Library
Mad Science 
Discover how much fun you can have learning the basics of physics and chemistry.
Mon. June 23. 2:30pm

Crosby Branch Library 
Ms. Frizzle’s Fun Science 
The Magic School Bus’ Ms. Frizzle visits the library
Tue. June 24. 10:30am
All ages

South Houston Branch Library
Storytime with Southwest Dairy Farm 
Learn about dairy farming and meet a real live cow.
Tue. June 24. 11am
Children, 3 & up

Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library
A Minute to Win It for Tweens 
Compete in a variety of one-minute challenges.
Tue. June 24. 1:30pm

Katherine Tyra Branch Library @ Bear Creek
Space Center Houston: We Have Liftoff! 
Ever dream of hurtling through space in zero gravity? Learn what it takes to do it.
Tue. June 24. 2pm
School-age children

High Meadows Branch Library
Dungeons & Dragons 
Take on another life for an afternoon with this classic fantasy RPG.
Tue. June 24. 3pm

Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
What Do I Read Next? 
There are so many choices! Learn about HCPL's readers advisory database so you can narrow down the choices and stop wasting time on books you don’t really like.*
Tue. June 24. 3pm
*Space is limited. Register here

Spring Branch Memorial Library
Living in Space 
How do astronauts do it? What does the food taste like? Find out!
Tue. June 24. 3pm & 4pm
School-age children

LSC – Tomball Community Library
The Capitol Ball 
Put on your best Hunger Games-inspired attire, grab some friends and dance the night away.
Tue. June 24. 6:30pm
Teens & tweens

Stratford Branch Library
Summer Potluck 
Bring in sample sizes of your favorite recipe from a cookbook and share. 1st & 2nd place prizes awarded to best recipes.
Wed. June 25. 11am
Adults & teens

North Channel Branch Library
Jungle Jim’s Bugs of the World 
There are more bugs in your backyard than there are people in the entire county. It’s probably a good idea to make friends with them. This program is a good place to start.
Wed. June 25. 2:30pm

Jacinto City Branch Library
The Traveling Naturalist 
Cool science and real live critters to meet, Traveling Naturalist presented by Harris County Precinct One’s Challenger 7 Park’s Learning Center.
Wed. June 25. 3pm.

West University Branch Library
Ferrets at the Library
Houston Area Ferret Assoc. will share their love of these amazing mammals.
Wed. June 25. 3pm
Pre-school & school-age children

Evelyn Meador Branch Library 
Bongo’s Balloon Adventure with Mark Shepherd 
Join Mark and his talking orangutan for silly summer fun.
Wed. June 25. 3:30pm.
School-age children & tweens

Octavia Fields Branch Library
Eggstronauts Away! 
Build a space capsule for your eggstronaut, then test it out to see if he survives reentry.
Thu. June 26. 1pm
Children, 7 – 12

Galena Park Branch Library
Marble Mazes 
Join us for a fun brain-bending experiment. Create a marble maze and put it to the test.
Thu. June 26. 3pm
Children & tweens

All programs are free and open to the public. For information about the branch nearest you, visit our locations page or call 713-749-9000