Houston

Local Tourist

Why not take a mini-vacation around town? These books will give you a new view of Houston and give you ideas for quick weekend trips.

28th Annual Houston Art Car Parade--Saturday, May 10, 2014

Saturday, May 10th is the 28th annual Houston Art Car Parade.  It is the oldest and largest art car parade in the world.  The parade features mobile masterpieces from the surreal to the sublime.  Other events associated with the parade are the Art Car Ball and Sneak Peek.  An estimated 250,000 people will be in attendance.

Go to www.orangeshow.org or 713-926-6368 for more information.

Houston's Ever-Changing Cityscape

Last Sunday, 70 years of history disappeared in ten seconds.  What was once the downtown Houston Foley's (and later Macy's) department store was demolished in ten seconds to make way for an office tower. Foley's opened its doors in the 1940s and was a popular place to shop for many Houston locals. Its popularity as a shopping destination slowly declined as the decades passed and the land was purchased by an outside company. It is just one of many changes to the downtown Houston landscape through the years. If you're curious about Houston's architectural history, these books will lead you on a tour back down the streets of the past.

True Crime Houston

Some of Houston's local crime stories have made national headlines over the years. If you're a true crime buff, you can read more about a few of the city's infamous crime cases with these titles:

End of Summer Celebrations! Free Family Fun for All Ages.

 

Get Ready To Celebrate! 

As part of the end of summer celebrations we have scheduled two extremely fun special programs for families. Tickets are not required for these events and they are open to people of all ages. So, we expect to see all of our friends there. A great time will be had by all, but please be aware that the library will be noisier than normal.

The Heritage Society presents "176 Years of Houston History"

Houston 1943 a rainy dayDo you have a passion for history and love learning? If so, you won't want to miss this! This Thursday, June 27th, The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park will visit Kingwood Branch Library to do a special presentation on Houston History, from the Austin colony to present. All ages are welcome to attend. This one-hour presentation begins at 10:30am in the 1st Floor Meeting Room. No registration is required. For more information, please call 281-360-6804 or visit 4400 Bens View Lane, Kingwood TX 77339.

Image: "Houston, Texas. A rainy day." Courtesy of Library of Congress

Sightseeing for Seniors!

 Come join the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau as they share tips for Seniors on touring Houston on a budget.  This free presentation will be held in the library's Meeting Room on Tuesday, April 30, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.  All ages are welcome!  For more information, contact the library @ 281-360-6804.

World Class Performances Are Closer Than You Think

Houston’s Theater District Open House is this Sunday, August 26 from noon - 4 pm!  You can sample some of the many performances offered right here in Houston for free!  There’s something for everyone, from STOMP to ballet, and the whole family is welcome.  It’s also a great time to buy tickets for future performances because many are offered at a reduced price.  Check out the website for complete details and a schedule.  Houston has excellent performers and productions so don’t miss this great event! 

 

Gotta Go

Sure, we love Houston and all it has to offer, but sometimes it's nice to get away for a little bit. But what if you don't have the time or the ability to go on a big adventure to a faraway place? That's when you pick up a copy of Quick Escapes from Houston. Choose your direction of escape and jaunt off on a two day Texas journey to places like Brenham,  Fredricksburg, or Port Aransas.

Get on the Bus! FREE trip to the Museum of Fine Arts!

MuseumOn Saturday, March 17th, a charter bus will pick up the first 50 people and take us to the Museum of Fine Arts. We will have free admission upon arrival! No driving, parking or admission hassles; just fine family fun!
Library Departure - 9:30 AM
MFAH Arrival - 10:30 AM
MFAH Departure - 1:15 PM
Library Arrival - 2:15 PM
All are welcome to attend. Spaces are limited. First come, first seat! Tickets will be issued starting at 9:00 AM. Parental supervision is required for under 18.

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