5 free library events around Houston for book-loving families

Put down your phones, turn off the TV and start a story-book adventure


HOUSTON – Take a tech break with your family this weekend and pick up a book at your local library. From Pearland to Atascocita, we've rounded up five free family-friendly events for you and the gang to embark on.


1. ¡Música! A History of Hispanic Sounds in Houston

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¡MUSICA! A History of Hispanic Sounds in Houston opens Saturday August 24 in the Julia Ideson Building Exhibit Hall. Hispanics have made and continue to make contributions to the Houston music scene in every genre and every decade. The exhibition, ¡Música! A History of Hispanic Sounds in Houston, captures key moments through the decades of their vast impact on the Bayou City and its music. Journey back to dances at the Pan American and good times at the first Chicano and Conjunto Festivals. Learn about Lydia Mendoza, the “First Lady of Tejano;” Ventura Alonzo, the “Queen of the Accordion;” and the gifted Houston Symphony pianist, Patricio Gutierrez. Also showcased are the Ricky Diaz Orchestra and the Zenteno family. This exhibition features oral histories, archival photographs, posters, and items from the Hispanic Archival Collections at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) and from those who played, promoted, and participated behind the scenes. #HispanicHeritageMonth #HHM

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15. To celebrate, the Houston Public Library is putting on an exhibition titled "¡ Música! A History of Hispanic  Sounds in Houston" that highlights historical moments of the musical movement within our city. The showcase includes original photos, pieces from the Hispanic Archival Collections and so much more.             

When: August 24th, 2019 - November 9th, 2019
Where: Julia Ideson Building 550 McKinney St. Houston, Texas 77002
Link: ¡Música! A History of Hispanic Sounds in Houston

2. Fun with Family


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Get the kids out of the house and into the world of books year-round at Lone Star College Cy-Fair Library's Fun with Family sessions. Get ready to enjoy everything from singing, crafts, performances and of course stories. The event is always free, but tickets are required due to limited space.             

When: Thursday, September 26, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Where: Lone Star College Cy-Fair Library 9191 Barker Cypress Rd. Cypress, TX 77433
Link: Fun with Family

3. Tales for Tots


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Is your tot ready to jump into reading? Tales for Tots is aimed to help toddlers boost their reading skills. Each session revolves around a particular theme and in addition to reading includes play-time, songs, crafts and more. Please note, all participants much register one week in advance. Late arrivals risk losing their slots to walk-ins.             

When: Thursday, September 26, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Where: Atascocita Branch Library 19520 Pinehurst Trail Dr. Atascocita, TX 77346
Link: Tales for Tots

4. STEM @ Your Library

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Get your STEM on at Moody Library this Friday. Participants can enjoy an interactive learning experience with all types of science, technology, engineering and math fun. Get ready to experiment with different gadgets and create explosive concoctions. Libraries are for all kinds of learning.             

When: Friday, September 27, 4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Where: Moody Neighborhood Library 9525 Irvington Houston, TX 77076
Link: STEM @ Your Library

5. Puppy Dog Tales (Read to a Dog!)

We celebrated #InternationalDogDay early last Saturday with a visit from Faithful Paws Pet Therapy. We had so much fun...

Posted by Pearland Westside Library on Monday, August 26, 2019

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Pearland Westside Library is teaming up again with Faithful Paw Pet Therapy for another session of "Puppy Dog Tales (Read to a Dog!)" The event allows children to improve their reading skills by practicing with a furry friend. Reading out loud to dogs helps boost the confidence of the reader, since pups never judge or correct them.             

When: Saturday, September 28, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Pearland Westside Library 2803 Business Center Dr. # 101, Pearland, TX 77584
Link: Puppy Dog Tales (Read to a Dog!)


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