Changes for storytimes for Thanksgiving Break

  The Toddler Time and Book Babies storytimes will meet only one time next week during Thanksgiving Break.  Toddler Time will be held on Monday, November 19 at 11:15 am.  Toddler Time is for children 18 months to 3 years old.  Book Babies will be held on Wednesday, November 21 at 11:15 am.  Book Babies is for children newborn to 18 months old.  However, Preschool Storytime will be held at its regular time of 1:30 pm on Tuesday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 21.  Preschool Storytime is for children 3-5 years old.  Tickets are required for each storytime.  They are free and given out from the Kids Information Desk starting 30 minutes before each program. 

Museum of Fine Arts Houston Visit

Now's your chance for a free visit to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston - you don't even have to worry about getting yourself to the museum district!  As part of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s community partnerships/outreach program and their traveling library exhibit, A Passion for Glass, they are providing free general admission and bus transportation to the museum.  

Diwali Storytimes

     Join us for Toddler Time and Preschool Storytime on November 12-14 as we feature books, songs, and an activity about Diwali.  We'll learn about some of the ways that children in India and other countries celebrate this holiday. 

The Toddler Time program is for children 18 months through 3 years old.  It is held on Mondays at 11:15 am and Tuesdays at 10:15 and 11:15 am.  The Preschool Storytime program is for children 3-5 years old.  It is held on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 pm.  Tickets are required for each of these programs.  They are free and available from the Kids Information starting 30 minutes before each program.  Tickets for 10:15 am programs are given out as soon as the library opens.

Free Film Screenings with a Modern Day Marco Polo

HCPL hosts filmmaker Francis O’Donnell and free screenings of his Emmy®
Nominated Documentary, In the Footsteps of Marco Polo.

Still Photo from the documentary: In the Footsteps of Marco PoloWhat happens when two ordinary guys—one working as a wedding photographer, the other a former Marine turned artist--decide they need a little adventure in their lives? If they are Denis Belliveau and Francis O’Donnell, a 25,000 mile trek across Eurasia retracing the journey of 13th Century adventurer Marco Polo, and a PBS documentary that earns an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming.

This month, Harris County Public Library will host one of those intrepid travelers, Francis O’Donnell, for two free screenings of the film In the Footsteps of Marco Polo to be followed by lively discussions of the journey and the making of the film.
During the two-year journey from Venice to China and back, the pair traveled on foot, horseback, camelback, in jeeps, trucks, boats and trains, and survived everything man and Mother Nature threw at them, including the forbidding Taklamakan Desert, Tajik soldiers, bureaucrats, and border guards.

"Mindful Art" in the Internet Cafe

Over the next few months, local artist Eugenia Algaze Garcia will have her works titled "Imagination Unleashed" in her larger "Mindful Art" series on display in the Internet Cafe.  Hidden within each beautiful piece are special symbols, figures, and images that provide a different perspective on what you perceive at first glance.  Be sure not to miss this imaginative series while it is here!