Adult Programming





Just a few of the library's adult programs include Genealogy, gardening tips, health, and fitness.  

​Full body YOGA workout


Free Yoga classes begin Wednesdays in May, from 5.30 to 6.15 p.m. in the Staggs Community Room at the Huntsville Public Library. Learn breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress. Please bring your own towel or mat. Consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Liability waivers are required to participate and are available from the instructor. Class size is limited and registration is required. Register here or call Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at (936)291-5471 for more information.

​Hour of Code 


Is anyone ever too old to learn how to code? The Hour of Code™ is a global movement that aims to introduce coding to everyone, regardless of age or background. Participate this summer in the Hour of Code™ event - a fun introduction to computer science - at the Huntsville Public Library! This series of four classes for adults  will be held from 11 to 12 p.m. on Thursdays begins May 9 in the Monday Computer Room.The hour-long sessions give attendees an opportunity to learn the basics of coding and aim to instill confidence to learn new technology. Activities require no prior experience and are designed to demystify "code" in a way that shows that anybody can learn the basics of computer science. Register 
here or call Jalpa Shah at 936-291-5485 for more information.

Free Lineage Society Workshop


The Huntsville Public Library will host its 28th annual Lineage Society Workshop on Thursday, June 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Staggs Community Room. Participants will receive assistance in preparation of lineage applications to any patriotic or lineage society. Attendees should bring any genealogical and family materials, i.e. birth, death, and marriage certificates, Bible records, land records, etc. If in doubt, bring it along.  Help will be available to assist in preparing your lineage papers, and worksheets and handouts will be furnished. The workshop is taught by Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson, Professional Genealogist, and is sponsored by the Mary Martin Elmore Scott Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Huntsville Public Library. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.  To attend the workshop and receive the handouts and worksheets, interested parties can register here. For any additional information, call Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471.

Pathway to Citizenship 


The Huntsville Public Library, in conjunction with the Sam Houston State University
(SHSU) Law, Engagement, and Politics (LEAP) Center and the Boys and Girls Club of
Walker County will present a free Citizenship Preparation Course. The class will be
held from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning March 21st through April 25th in
the Huntsville Public Library’s Staggs Community Room. The course is designed to
prepare immigrants for the U. S. Naturalization Test and will cover the application
process, oral interview, and exam. All necessary materials will be provided. The classes
are taught by Mike Yawn, Political Science Professor at SHSU. Space is limited
and registration is required, so sign up at the library early. Register here or contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471, for more information.

DNA


Whether you’re an adoptee or just looking to break down that brick wall, learn more about the fascinating world of DNA from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at the Huntsville Public Library. Janet Miller discusses how to read DNA results, how to contact others to share your DNA, and how to use it as a research tool. The next class is planned for Wednesday, May 15 for those who miss the first class or want to delve further into the subject. Please register here or call 936-291-5471 for more information.

Genealogy Tips and Tricks


When researching your family tree, there are several tips and tricks that can save you time and trouble. Come to the Huntsville Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 to find out more. Walker County Genealogical Society member Emmy Bushman will share some secrets that will help you with your research. Future meetings will be May 21 and June 18 in the Huntsville Public Library’s Dickenson Genealogy Room. Registration is required and register here. The sessions are sponsored by the Walker County Genealogical Society. More information about dates and times can be found at myhuntsvillelibrary.com or contact Mary at 936-291-5471.

Mandarin Chinese


Sightseeing at the Great Wall, visiting the Terracotta Warriors or traveling to Beijing,
Shanghai or Taiwan on business? Study Chinese language and culture before your trip.
Join a FREE Mandarin Chinese class at the Huntsville Public Library from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
on Thursday, May 2, 9, and 16. Beginning level students will learn about the history of
the language, how to draw Chinese characters, and how to read using the Pinyin
spelling system (transcription of Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet). Registration is required. Register here or call Mary Kokot, Adult Program Coordinator, at (936)291-5471.

Pilates


Pilates is a great way to strengthen your abs, reduce back pain and hone your focus.
Pilates student teachers from the SHSU Department of Dance teach a weekly class on
Mondays from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. in the Staggs Community Room at the Huntsville Public
Library. Classes end April 29th. Pilates build strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone
with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine. Benefits include
production of muscle tone that doesn’t create bulk, overall slimming, greatly improved
flexibility and increased mobility, even in just a short time. Please bring your own towel
or mat. Consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Liability waivers
are required to participate and are available from the instructor. The Huntsville Public
Library is partnering with the SHSU Center for Community Engagement for this
program. Class size is limited and registration is required. Register here or call Mary Kokot at (936)291-5471 for more information. 

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop


Six workshops with a focus on helping you to self-manage your Diabetes begin at 1
p.m. on Mondays on May 13 and continue through June 24 in the Staggs Community
Room in the Huntsville Public Library. Sponsored by Texas A&M Center for Population
Health & Aging and the Houston Galveston Area Council’s Area Agency on Aging and
hosted by Huntsville Public Library, they are designed to help participants deal with the
symptoms of Diabetes, such as fatigue, pain, stress and frustration. Other topics
covered include: healthy eating, medication use, and working with health care providers.
Limited to 12 participants, classes are hands-on and highly interactive. Cecilia “Ce”
Schlicher, Master Trainer, works under the Texas A&M Center for Population Health &
Aging license. For more information and registration contact Ce Cowart  936-436-0442.

FamilySearch Workshop


The Huntsville Public Library is pleased to announce an opportunity for genealogy enthusiasts and newcomers alike to meet with experienced and qualified genealogical researchers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. One-hour sessions will be offered weekly on Thursdays. Sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attendance will be limited to no more than four researchers. The small group will allow each participant to receive individual attention. Interested persons should contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471. Sign-up is not required. This program is for adults 17 and older.

Ancestry.com


If your family tree is missing some branches, then sign up for “Exploring Ancestry.com”, a
workshop devoted to teaching the basics of this online family history resource. The workshop will be held from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Future classes will be held on the first Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  Develop the skill sets needed for online genealogical research. Learn how to navigate the different learning centers and databases. Discover family tree members using Ancestry.com tools such as vital, census, military, and immigration records. The site is free to library patrons when used on the library’s computers. Limit 4 per session. This program is for adults 17 and older. Register here or contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471.

Book Club

Be part of the adult book club at the Huntsville Public Library! All interested persons are welcome to join in the fun from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Book clubs are an excellent way to enjoy books, challenge one’s mind, and socialize with other book lovers! Have fun reading a wide variety of books, making friends, meeting like-minded people and stimulating the brain cells! For membership, register here.

Sittercise


Get fit while you sit with Sittercise! It’s an exercise program offered from 10 to 11 a.m. on
Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Huntsville Public Library in conjunction with Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Sittercise is designed to help those who are aging and/or dealing with chronic and other illnesses. It focuses on strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, endurance, and overall improved function. Please consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Liability waivers are required to participate and are available from the instructor. The class is free and open to adults ages 18 and older. Register here or contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471 with questions or for additional information.  



Computer Classes


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Genealogy Programs

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Book Clubs

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