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Our programming goals

All programs at Harris County Public Library are free and open to the public. 

Harris County Public Library's 26 branches and Mobile Outreach Vehicles are constantly striving to offer programs that address the needs and interests of their neighborhoods and Harris County as a whole. HCPL believes strong communities start with well-informed, culturally-aware individuals. Our programs address all segments of the community from infant and toddler early literacy and learning skills programs to events designed especially for seniors. 

  • Support literacy and lifelong learning
  • Inspire reading
  • Foster civic engagement
  • Promote cultural awareness and diversity
  • Spark creativity and innovation.
  • Enrich the life of the community and the lives of the people in it.
Signature Programs and Events

Summer Reading Program

Begun in hopes of combatting the "summer slide" (the tendency for children to lose some reading skills over the long summer break, Harris County Public Library's Summer Reading Program has grown into an annual event for the whole family. Each summer has a theme and all HCPL branches present a wide variety of programs and special events designed to promote reading for pleasure and to spark the imagination. Participants log books or time read and other activities and are award books and other prizes for reaching reading milestones.

Gulf Coast Reads

Because we believe reading is best when it is shared, each October, HCPL along with libraries and partner organizations across the upper Texas coast encourage area residents to read and discuss a selected title. Libraries host book discussions, programs related to themes in the selected title, author appearances and more.

Cultural Heritage Celebrations

Every year HCPL celebrates African American History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, & Hispanic Heritage Month with special programs to recognize the achievements and contributions of those communities.

Library & Literacy Celebrations

National Library Week (April)
Teen Tech/Read Week
Día de los niños/Día de los libros (April)
Library Card Sign-up Month (September)
Banned Books Week (September)
National Friends of the Library Week (October)
Read Across America (March)
National Poetry Month (April)