Just a few of the library’s adult programs include Genealogy, gardening tips, health, and fitness.
“Tails and Tales” Texas Summer Reading Program
Don’t forget! The deadline for the Texas Summer Reading Program at the Huntsville Public Library is Friday, July 23. Participants must conclude recording their reading progress on READsquared by the end of this day. Children who have earned prizes with their Reader’s Passport must redeem their rewards with participating businesses by Saturday, July 31. The Library’s raffle prize drawings will be held during the first week of August. Raffle prizes must be picked up no later than Monday, August 16. Registration is required and you can register here or For more information, please contact Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471.
The summer growing season is waning and that means it’s time to prepare for the fall garden. Join the Walker County Master Gardeners from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday, August 30 in the Huntsville Public Library Staggs Community Room and get some tips about garden pests, what to plant, and an introduction to Hugelkultur, pronounced hoo-gul culture, which is a fancy way to say raised bed gardening.
Texas Master Gardeners are members of the local community who have completed the Texas Master Gardener training program in Walker County. The Walker County AgriLife Extension Office offers this program to the community. The group is committed to educating others in the community about a variety of horticulture-related topics. Door prizes will be awarded.
Sign up is not required, Contact Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471 with questions or for additional information.
Microsoft PowerPoint Classes
Learn how to create a presentation with animation, narration, images, videos, and much more! Huntsville Public Library will offer free Microsoft PowerPoint classes from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays starting Tuesday, August 3 in the Monday Computer Room. Topics to be covered will include the Ribbon, Quick Access Toolbar, and Backstage View. Class size is limited. Adults 18 years and older can register for classes, you can register here or for more information, call the IT Desk at 936-291-5485.
Summer Genealogy Weekend
The Huntsville Public Library and the Walker County Genealogical Society will host the annual Summer Genealogy Weekend on July 30 and July 31, 2021.
Coffee and light refreshments will be available at 9:30 a.m. on both days at the Huntsville Public Library. Programs will be presented from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 30 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. A light supper will be provided on Friday and the library will remain open until 8 p.m. for further research for attendees only. A silent auction of books and genealogical materials will be held during the weekend and will end at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is free, but advance registration is required and there will be limited occupancy. Contact Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471 or sign up here. Due to Covid-19 concerns, please be advised that the event is subject to cancellation.
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 Wednesdays. 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 Program Coordinator, at 936-291-5471. Sign-up is required, sign-up here. This program is for adults 17 and older.
Be part of the book club at Huntsville Public Library. All interested persons are welcome to join virtually or in person. The in-person meeting will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Staggs Community Room at the library on August 12. The virtual meeting will take place at the same time via Zoom. The book selection for July is Remember by Lisa Genova. Current and future book choices can be found on the library website at myhuntsvillelibrary.com. Book Clubs are an excellent way to enjoy books, challenge one’s mind, and socialize with other book lovers! They can also encourage one to read more often or read books one might not otherwise choose. We have fun reading a wide variety of books, making friends, meeting like-minded people, and stimulating the brain cells! Please contact Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at (936)291-5471 for additional information.
Get fit while you sit with Sittercise! Everybody’s favorite exercise program is being 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 illnesses. Sittercise 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. Class is limited to 25 so social distancing can be maintained. Please contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471 for additional information.
Do you need help with technology? The Huntsville Public Library is now offering the "Book-a-Tech" program. Please register here and one of our IT staff members will contact you to schedule your free 30 minute appointment in which you can bring your personal devices to the library for a one on one session. Remember, your appointment is not confirmed until a staff person contacts you. If you need assistance or have any questions, please call the library at 936-291-5472.
Preserving Your Story
The Walker County Genealogical Society (WCGS) and the Huntsville Public Library are beginning a joint, community-wide project to preserve the local history of the Covid-19 Pandemic. A major health and historical event, the pandemic has touched the lives of everyone in Walker County, and its aftermath will continue to affect our citizens well into the future. What have we learned that the next generation needs to know? We want to record your personal stories so today’s experiences can become part of tomorrow's collective memory.
WCGS president Johnnie Jo Dickenson reminds us, “Many of us have lost cousins or other family members and were unable to attend their funerals. We have had to cancel annual family reunions. Let's involve the children. They have missed sleepovers, birthday parties, and their school life has been so different than years before. Let them tell their stories. Each of us has a different story to tell. It is important to the history of our community that these stories be recorded for future generations. Please help us with this project. Your story is important.”
The Walker County Genealogical Society will preserve these stories in their archives for future generations as a part of Walker County history. Email your story to wcgen.com or mail it to WCGS, P.O. Box 1295, Huntsville, TX 77342-1295. If you need help writing down your memories, contact the Adult Services Coordinator, Mary Kokot, at the library, (936) 291-5471 and she will arrange for someone to help record your thoughts and have them transcribed. Alternatively, drop it off at Huntsville Public Library or email firstname.lastname@example.org.