Holiday Cheer @ HCPL

Whether you're gung-ho for the gift-giving and gatherings that mark this most festive of seasons, or you're struggling to work up even a modicum of that ever-illusive holiday cheer, Harris County Public Library is here for you. We have lots of seasonal programs ranging from choral concerts and puppet shows, to crafts for all ages and  holiday movie screenings guaranteed to gladden even the grinchiest heart. Santa himself will be stopping by from time to time for pictures and naughty/nice list updates.

But maybe best of all, we'll be here when you need to take a step back from all the ho-ho-ho hubbub, or just want to browse shelves filled with a very different kind of holiday magic. We'll be here when you absolutely must find a recipe that will make your mother-in-law swoon, we'll be here to help you find the right sources for that project you want to finish up so it won't be hanging over your head like some evil parody of mistletoe, and we'll be here when you just need a calm place to sit and breathe.

Harris County Public Library is your one stop shop for holiday cheer! Below are just some of the happenings around HCPL this month!

Atascocita Branch Library
Polar Express Train Display
All aboard! Four sets of model trains move through this 12 x 6 foot winter wonderland.
December 1 - 31
Trains run on a daily schedule 
All ages program

Jacinto City Branch Library
Holiday Storytime with Mayor Anna Diaz
Join Jacinto City Mayor Anna Diaz for holiday stories and refreshments
Thursday, December 5
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
All ages program

Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
Share Your Holidays Food Drive
This year marks our 20th anniversary participating in this worthy cause. Please help us make it the best ever.
Friday, December 6
6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
All ages program

Katy Branch Library
Holiday Kick-Off with Santa
Take your picture with the big guy and stick around for snacks, dancing, magic and our fabulous furry friends from R.E.A.D.
Saturday, December 7
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
All ages program

Barbara Bush Branch Library
11th Annual Community Open House
The Barbara Bush Library Friends invite you to enjoy great food, entertainment, crafts, children's holiday movies and more! Bring your camera--Santa's going to be there!
Saturday, December 7
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All ages program

Spring Branch Memorial Library
A Visit with Mrs. Kringle: A Holiday Storytelling Event
Come get an infusion of holiday cheer with sing-alongs, stories and holiday magic
Monday, December 9
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
School-aged children's program

Kingwood Branch Library
KPHS Madrigals
Enjoy holiday music performed by the Kingwood Park High School Madrigals.
2 Performances:
Monday, December 9
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
All ages program

South Houston Branch Library
Meet the Grinch
Watch a short movie and then meet the green guy. Don't forget your camera!
Monday, December 9
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Children's program

Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library
Santa Visits the Library
Bring your camera for this special appearance by the man in red. Free tickets are required for this event and are available from the Children's Info Desk 30 minutes before the program begins.
Monday, December 9
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Children's program

La Porte Community Library
Friends' Annual Open House Holiday Party
The Friends of the La Porte Library host this evening of holiday refreshments and carols performed by the La Porte Junior High School Choir.
Monday, December 9
6:30 p.m.
All ages program

North Channel Branch Library
Ms. Carolyn's Storytime
Multicultural holiday fun with a special guest storyteller and an easy craft
Tuesday, December 10
1:30 p.m.
Preschool-aged children's program

Octavia Fields Branch Library
Holiday Open House
Celebrate your community and the holidays with music and refreshments.
Tuesday, December 10
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
All ages program

Cy-Fair College Library
Christmas in Curaçao
The tiny island of Curaçao boasts a wildly diverse cultural heritage. Come learn more about this fascinating place and its traditions.
Wednesday, December 11
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Adult program

La Porte Community Library
Annual Christmas Puppet Show
It's back and better than ever! Performed by La Porte Community Library Puppet Committee.
Wednesday, December 11
4:00 p.m.
School-aged children's program

Kingwood Branch Library
Santa Claus is Coming!
Come say hello to the Jolly Ol' Elf himself!
Thursday, December 12
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Toddler program

Evelyn Meador Branch Library
Holiday Reception
Worn down by the holiday hubbub already? Come recharge your spirit with festive music and light refreshments.
Thursday, December 12
1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Adult program

Parker Williams Branch Library
Movie Madness: Holiday Edition
Join us for a holiday-themed flick the whole family can enjoy.
Thursday, December 12
4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
All ages program

Atascocita Branch Library
Nerdflakes: Fandom Holiday Decorating
Create awesome paper and acrylic snowflakes featuring your favorite fannish pursuit. Fandoms include Doctor Who, Star Wars, Homestuck, Minecraft, various anime, and more!
Thursday, December 12
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Teen & tween program

Kingwood Branch Library
Dulcimer Society Holiday Performance
Holiday tunes like you've never heard them, performed by the North Harris County Dulcimer Society.
Thursday, December 12
5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
All ages program

Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library
Canopy in Concert
Ed & Alicia Motter-Vlahakos entertain with seasonal music
Friday, December 13
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
All ages program

LSC - Tomball Community Library
Holiday Celebration
Meet Santa, enjoy some cookies, and help us bring the holiday spirit to the library! Presented by the Friends of Tomball Library.
Saturday, December 14
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All ages program

KIngwood Branch Library
Kingwood High School Madrigals
Music of the season to stir your (perhaps) flagging holiday spirit.
Tuesday, December 17
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
All ages program

Fairbanks Branch Library
Fun4Seniors Bus Trip to Santa's Wonderland
Join friends for this short holiday jaunt presented by Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle and HCPL. Registration required.
Wednesday, December 18
2:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Seniors program (50 years and up)

Stratford Branch Library
The Christmas Tree: A Puppet Show
The incomparable Nitsana Lazerus returns with this holiday-themed performance.
Thursday, December 19
10:45 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Children's program

Galena Park Branch Library
Winter Celebration
Enjoy hot cocoa and holiday snacks and a visitor from the North Pole.
Thursday, December 19
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
All ages program

Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
Santa's Ranch Open House
Visit Santa, enjoy holiday music and join the elves in the workshop for crafts and other treats.
Friday, December 20
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
All ages program

Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library
Christmas Ornament Craft
Drop-in and make something to hang on your tree.
Saturday, December 21
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
All ages program

Northwest Branch Library
Marionette Playhouse presents "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"
The gang's all here--Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves and Rudolph--in this special holiday show.
Monday, December 23
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Children-of-all-ages program

All HCPL branches will be closed December 24 - 25 and January 1.