Children's Programs

Programs


The Children's Department of Huntsville Public Library strives to provide educational, culturally-enriching, and entertaining materials and activities for children of all ages. Please view the list of our current programs for children as well as other related information. 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

An elephant, giraffe, and a hippo walk into the library… On Wednesday, May 31st, the Huntsville Public Library will be hosting a Stuffed Animal Sleepover.  Drop off one stuffed animal at the Library.  Watch our Facebook page to see what shenanigans they get into after the library closes.  Pick up your stuffed animals on Thursday, June 1st.  This program is for ages 17 and under.

Walker County Beekeepers

Do you know that bees are the only insect that produce food humans can eat?  Learn more about these fascinating insects at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 6th at the Huntsville Public Library during a FREE presentation from the Walker County Beekeepers.  All ages are welcome and sign up is not required.  No live bees will be at this event.  For more information, contact Rachel McPhail, Children’s Coordinator at 936-291-5910.

Wild Things Zoofari

Jump, hop, or fly to the Huntsville Public Library for a wild program!  Courtney Cortina-Pineda, operator of Wild Things Zoofari, will bring exotic animals such as a toucan and a kangaroo to the library at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 15th.  All ages are welcome to attend this FREE educational event.  Sign up is not required but limited seating is available.  This program is generously sponsored by the Helen Wheat Fund. For more information, contact Rachel McPhail, Children’s Coordinator at 936-291-5910.

Texas A&M Chemistry Roadshow

Engage your brain with the fascinating side of chemistry at the Huntsville Public Library.  Dr. Jim Pennington will bring the Texas A&M Chemistry Roadshow to the library at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 22nd.  This FREE presentation uses “chemical wonders that turn ordinary objects and events into exciting learning experiences.” This presentation is best suited for third grade students to adults.  Sign up is not required but limited seating is available. For more information, contact Rachel McPhail, Children’s Coordinator at 936-291-5910.

Huntsville Audubon Society

“Find the Birds in Your Own Backyard!” Join us for a special presentation by the Huntsville Audubon Society from 2-3 p.m. Monday, June 26th at the Huntsville Public Library. Discover the fascinating world of birds and learn what to look for to help identify them.  Make a pine cone bird feeder with peanut butter and bird seed to use at home.  This FREE program is best suited for elementary children through adults.  Sign up is not required. For more information, contact Rachel McPhail, Children’s Coordinator at 936-291-5910.

Kid Forensics

Is your student interested in forensic science?  Come to the Huntsville Public Library on Wednesday, June 28th for a mystery! The times for this program are TBD. Mary Lou and Brian Gedelian will lead an exciting program on “Kid Forensics,” and participants will use fingerprinting kits and other analytical skills to solve it. This FREE program is best suited for ages 7 and up.  Sign up is not required but supplies are limited.  For more information, contact Rachel McPhail, Children’s Coordinator at 936-291-5910.

Dance Classes

Does your child like to dance?  The Huntsville Public Library will offer FREE Xpress Vibe Dance Classes for ages 7-15.  Learn a variety of dance genres from talented instructors Jarell and Madeline Rochelle from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays in June.  Sign up is required. Parent/legal guardian consent form and waiver also required. For more information, contact Rachel McPhail, Children’s Coordinator at 936-291-5910.

Mommy & Me Art Class

Bring your child to Mommy and Me Art Classes at the Huntsville Public Library from 2 to 2:40 p.m. on Thursday June 15th and June 29th as well as July 6th and July 20th.  Create masterpieces and memories throughout the summer!  Registration for this program is required.  These FREE art classes are best suited for ages 5-12.  For more information, contact Rachel McPhail, Children’s Coordinator at 936-291-5910.

Comic Book Club

Join Comic Book Club at the Huntsville Public Library!  This free monthly program is held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and is for ages 17 and under.  Do you like Comic books? Enjoy games, crafts, raffles, and a speaker from the world of Comic Books.  Bring a comic book to trade with.  This FREE program is sponsored by Annette Tubbs and the Comic Book Stop and Trade group. Summer 2017 dates include June 24th, July 22nd, and August 19th.  Sign up not required.  For more information, contact Rachel McPhail, Children’s Coordinator at 936-291-5910.


Creative Writing Seminar

Tell the story you’ve always wanted to write…whether it’s a comic book, short story, novel, or a poem.  Learn how at the Huntsville Public Library’s Creative Writing Seminar from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 7th to July 12th. Poet and author Christopher Holmes will be leading this FREE course for ages 8-17 with weekly writing prompts and activities designed for creativity and fun.  Enter the writing contest at the end of the program and win a prize!  Sign up is required.  For more information, contact Rachel McPhail, Children’s Coordinator at 936-291-5910.

Mother Goose Lapsit

Do you have children ages 2 and under?  Then Mother Goose Lapsit is a story time designed for you! Held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m., enjoy a half hour of developmentally appropriate play featuring stories, songs, and rhymes.  This program introduces little ones to the story time experience and is perfect for their language development and developing vocabulary. Sign up is not required.

Story Time 

See more on the Story Time page.

Contact

For more information about the Children's Department, please call Children's Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

The Huntsville Public Library strives to make the Children's Room and the Teen Area welcoming, safe places for children, teens, and their caregivers. Please review the Children's Room and Teen Area policies (PDF) for information about appropriate use of the rooms and the equipment therein.

For a variety of suggested reading lists created by the Texas Library Association for readers of all ages and levels, visit TLA's website.

Help Out


If you would like to help out the Children's Department, there is a wish list of supplies (PDF) that are always needed.