Holiday Fun (and Solutions to Common Holiday Conundrums) @ Your Library

At Harris County Public Library, you can immerse yourself in holiday cheer if you so desire. Branches will be hosting parties, musical performances, puppet shows, family movies, special seasonal storytimes, crafts for all ages and more. But you can also escape the hustle and bustle of the season with a good book or favorite magazine in a comfortable chair. In fact, HCPL offers solutions to many common holiday conundrums:

  • If your Aunt Freda is visiting and gobbling up all the bandwidth playing Assassin's Creed 24/7, stop by any HCPL branch and use our free WiFi to check your email, surf the web or watch a streaming movie.
  • If you're looking to spice up the tired old Christmas goose this year, check out our large selection of holiday-themed cookbooks!
  • If you have decided you're going to avoid the malls this year and give only handmade gifts, we have hobby and crafts resources!
  • If you can't decide which model of juicer or chainsaw or tablet to buy that special someone on your list, we have Consumer Reports Buying Guides!

You get the picture: HCPL is a go-to resource for holiday headscratchers (and we guarantee that browsing our aisles will not endanger your credit score in any way).

Below are just a few of the holiday programs HCPL branches have in store. 

Atascocita Branch Library
Polar Express Train Display
Dec. 1 - 31
All day (see link for train schedule).
All ages

Atascocita Branch Library
Teen Holiday Hop - attend programs & complete challenges for a chance to win one of four prize packs
Dec. 1 - 31.
All Day
Teens

La Porte Community Library
Annual Christmas Puppet Show
Thursday, Dec. 10.
4:00 pm.
Pre- and school-age children

South Houston Branch Library
Gingerbread House Magnet Craft
Thursday, Dec. 10
4:30 - 5:30 pm.
Children

North Channel Branch Library
MeeTeen! Winter Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 10.
4:30 - 6:00 pm.
Teens & tweens

Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library
Seasonal Music with The Morning Bells Handbell Choir
Friday, Dec. 11
10:30 am - 12:00 pm.
Adults

Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Saturday, Dec. 12.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
All ages.

Kingwood Branch Library
Kingwood Park High School Madrigal Singers
Monday, Dec. 14.
5 - 5:25 pm.
All ages.

North Channel Branch Library
Santa Visits the Library - wear your holiday outfit and don't forget the camera!
Monday, Dec. 14
6 - 7:15 pm.
Children

La Porte Community Library
Holiday Party presented by the Friends of the Library - Carols performed by La Porte Junior High Girl's Choir.
Monday, Dec. 14.
6:30 - 8:00 pm.
All Ages

Kingwood Branch Library
Book Club Holiday Social
Monday, Dec. 14.
7 - 8:45 pm
Adults

Katy Branch Library
Christmas LEGO Challenge
Tuesday, Dec. 15.
3:30 - 4:30 pm.
Tweens (10 years & up)

Stratford Branch Library
Christmas Coloring Extravaganza
Wednesday, Dec. 16.
10:30 - 11:15 am.
Adults

La Porte Community Library
Holiday Cookie Cottages 
Wednesday, Dec. 16
4 - 5:00 pm
Teens & tweens (10 - 17 years).

Evelyn Meador Branch Library
Holiday Reception
Thursday, Dec. 17.
1:30 - 3:00 pm
All ages

High Meadows Branch Library
Jingle & Mingle with Santa
Thursday, Dec. 17.
6 - 5:00 pm.
Children

Atascocita Branch Library
Teen Holiday Party: Snowballs & Nightmares
Thursday, Dec. 17.
5 - 7:45 pm.
Teens

Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
Santa's Ranch
Friday, Dec. 18.
1 - 4:30 pm
All ages

Katy Branch Library
Holiday Puppet Show presented by Carranza Puppets
Saturday, Dec. 19.
1 - 4:00 pm.
All ages

Fairbanks Branch Library
Holiday Time with the Grinch
Saturday, Dec. 19.
2 - 3:30 pm.
All ages

Galena Park Branch Library
Sock Snowman Craft
Monday, Dec. 21.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Adults

Stratford Branch Library
Christmas Family Storytime
Tuesday, Dec. 22.
10:15 - 10:45 am
All ages

Northwest Branch Library
Winter Break DIY - Arm Knitting
Tuesday, Dec. 22.
3 - 5:00 pm.
Teens & tweens

North Channel Branch Library
Holiday Kids' Craft with the Girl Scout Cadettes
Tuesday, Dec. 22.
4:30 - 6:00 pm.
Children, 4 years and up.

Galena Park Branch Library
Pictures with Santa
Tuesday, Dec. 22.
6 - 6:45 pm.
Children

Northwest Branch Library
Winter Break DIY - Snowglobes
Tuesday, Dec 29.
Teens & tweens

Octavia Fields Branch Library
Read It & Eat It Book Club - The Nightingale Before Christmas
Wednesday, Dec. 30.
4:30 - 6:00 pm.
Adults

All programs are free and open to the public. See the Events Calendar for full listings.

HCPL Branches and administrative offices will be closed December 24 - 27 and January 1 - 3 in observance of the holidays. Cy-Fair College Library will be closed December 12 - Jan. 3 for carpet installation.

Your friends at HCPL wish you and yours happy and safe holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year.