The Parent Resource Library provides parents and educators with resources found at any Houston Public Library (HPL) branch—books, ebooks, DVDs, hot spots, databases, and more! Books located in HPL branches may be placed on hold to be delivered to the Parent Resource Library.
The unique design features books and activities that inspire curiosity and nurture love of reading, and educational toys that promote social skills and creativity.
The Parent Resource Library is focused on encouraging literacy in children and providing adults helpful parenting resources. Children accompanied by adults are welcome to visit the library to read/check out books, audiobooks, and FLIP kits, or to use HPL on-line resources. Adults without children are admitted free of charge after passing a background check.
“My children love to visit the library. Each week we check out 10-15 books and FLIP kits that we use at home. Both of my children use their own library cards to check out books and to put books on hold.”
“This library is so convenient—and such a great tool to support early reading and for teaching responsibility to kids.”
FLIP is a multilingual program for children birth to 8 years that pairs a family-centered activity kit with a book to instill a love of reading and learning. FLIP kits are available in the Parent Resource Library.
Our virtual story time features books, songs, poems, rhymes, and fingerplay in English or Spanish (or both).
Jump Into Stories (All Ages)
Basics Houston (Toddlers)
Let’s get on the same page. Literacy is important.
The Children’s Museum Houston wants to get all children hooked on books! Our Read Strong All Year Long initiative aims to engage kids in interactive literacy-related activities throughout the museum.
For the safety of our young visitors, adults unaccompanied by children must pass a background check in order to be allowed in the Parent Resource Library. They are not permitted access to any other part of Children’s Museum Houston. Children younger than 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. There is no eating or drinking in the library.
Special funding for this library has been provided by the Brown Foundation, Inc., the Bill and Sara Morgan Family Foundation, the Eric and Karen Pulaski Philanthropic Fund of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, the Rockwell Fund, Inc., the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation and SBC.
Storytimes for Free Family Nights are funded by Pi Beta Phi Foundation.
This innovative library is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Funding support was provided by M.D. Anderson Foundation and Kathryn and Richard Rabinow.