Parent Resource Library

Parent Resource Library

Houston Public Library has a branch in the museum. Join us for daily storytimes and get hooked on books!

Ages
All
Admission
Included with General Admission
Free to General Public
Free to General Public
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Location
First Floor
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Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12.
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About the Exhibit

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.

Check out a book today!

Educators

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.

More for Educators
Ages
All
Admission
Included with General Admission
Free to General Public
Free to General Public
Perfect For
Make Believers
Puzzle Solvers
Scientists
Location
First Floor
Accessibility
See Accessibility
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12.
TEKS
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What Parents are Saying

“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.”

Shannon G.

Parent

What Parents are Saying

“This library is so convenient—and such a great tool to support early reading and for teaching responsibility to kids.”

Selma B.

Parent

“Top Museum and Landmark to Visit in Houston”

2017

Exhibit Features

There’s a lot to see and do in this exhibit—check out some of these unique activities!

FLIP

Family Literacy Involvement Program

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.

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Storytime

Every day is a story day!

Our daily Storytimes feature books, songs, poems, rhymes, and fingerplay in English or Spanish (or both).

Storytime Schedule

Read Strong All Year Long

presented by Phillips 66

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.

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What Can My Family Do?

Here are activity suggestions for specific age groups in this exhibit.

Toddler Activities

  • Board and picture books.
  • Interactive storytimes for ages 0-3 years.
  • Educational toys and reading lists.
  • Pick up a Family Literacy Involvement Program (FLIP) kits.

Preschooler Activities

  • Easy fiction/non-fiction picture books.
  • Hands-on puzzles, activities and reading lists.
  • Interactive storytimes for kids ages 3-5 years.
  • HPL access for books, DVDs and more.
  • Pick up a Family Literacy Involvement Program (FLIP) kits.

Lower Elementary Activities

  • Picture books, easy chapter books, I Can Read books.
  • Recommended reading lists.
  • Summer and winter reading programs.
  • Access to HPL services and databases. 
  • Pick up a Family Literacy Involvement Program (FLIP) kits.

Upper Elementary Activities

  • Chapter books, magazines, fiction and non-fiction.
  • Access to HPL digital media.
  • Summer and winter reading programs.
  • Computer use, databases and homework help.
  • eBooks, book lists, test prep.

Exhibit Guidelines and Rules

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.

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