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Friends of HPL Mini-Book Sale at HPL's Books Alive!

  • Central Library 500 McKinney Street Houston, TX, 77002 United States (map)

Join The Houston Public Library for some high-flying fun as we gear up to celebrate this year’s Books Alive! featured author, Grace Lin at our annual Books Alive! Celebration on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at the Central Library located at 500 McKinney for children of all ages.

The Children’s Book Celebration kicks off with a full day of exciting performances, hands-on arts and crafts activities, and special appearances. The highlight of the celebration is the appearance of Grace Lin, author and illustrator of several books including her newest book, When the Sea Turned to Silver. She is also well known for her young children’s books Dim Sum for Everyone!, Ling and Ting adventures and The Ugly Vegetables. The event is free and open to the public.


12:00 – 12:30 PM

Author Presentation Author talk and book signing with Grace Lin (Plaza Stage)

12:30 – 3:00 PM

Arts & Crafts, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Photo Booth, Mini Planetarium, Face Painting, Balloon Animals and Trackless Train Rides (Plaza)


Visit the Friends of the Library’s Book Sale between 12:30 - 3 PM to take home books for your at-home library.


Get ready to “Game On!” through the 2017 Summer Reading Program! Earn books and win prizes!

The Summer Reading Program (SRP) is a free incentive-based program to encourage kids and teens to read and explore various programs. The SRP includes many diverse, free, educational and fun programs for kids and teens up to 18 years of age.

The program runs from June 1 – July 31. You can register at any Houston Public Library location or from your home computer. To participate, read or listen to books, enter book titles or time read on your online reading log either at home or with the help of your librarian, and come to your local Houston Public Library location to pick up your prizes. The top 2 readers at each location will earn an NES Classic Game Console! Additionally, we are offering even more opportunities to win in 2017! For each program attended, you will earn a badge. Attend 5 different programs over the course of the program, and win a bonus prize. Plus, just for registering for the SRP, kids will receive a free book for their home libraries! Parents and caregivers can read this summer, too. If both a child and their parent or caregiver complete the SRP, they will win a family prize pack! For more details on the program and prizes, visit: www.houstonlibrary.org/summer.

Later Event: May 13
Friends of HPL Book Sale