On this page, you'll find links to arts, crafts, writers' workshops, exhibits by local artists, our annual Art Camps presented by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and much more.
Each summer, HCPL, in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, offers Art Camp at libraries across the county. MFAH Art Camp is for children 6 - 12 years old. Art Camp typically is a 4 - 5 day program lasting about two hours each day. Children learn art concepts and art history, create their own original artworks and take a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
This program is free. Space is limited and registration is required.
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HCPL believes crafts programs, for people of any age, are important. They jumpstart the imagination, encourage problem-solving and innovative thinking, create connections between different types of learning, provide a sense of accomplishment and, maybe most importantly, are just plain fun. Most HCPL branches offer a variety of craft programs both as stand-alone workshops and as integral parts of programs like storytimes and holiday or heritage month celebrations.
Whether you're a novice just starting out or a nimble-fingered knitting ninja. HCPL has a program for you. We're passionate about the needlecrafts. To us, knitting is not a pastime. It's a great creative outlet that allows us to make useful things for ourselves and handmade presents for loved ones. It relieves stress, increases dexterity, and best of it's a social activity. Needlecraft programs at HCPL are all getting together with others, talking, listening and sharing.
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In the same way that books allow us to understand the world through the imaginations of their authors, visual art lets us see the world through the eyes of others. That is why many HCPL branches present exhibits by local artists. It's about starting conversations, making connections between the written word and other media and building pride in the community.
If you're an aspiring writer, you know that it can be a lonely and frustrating business. How do you know if your plot is on the right track or if your characters are believable? Writer's group and workshops are tried and true tools to banish the writer's block blues and get constructive feedback from other writers. Many HCPL branches host writers groups, journaling programs and month-long National Novel Writing Month (#NaPoWriMo) events to help keep your words flowing.