Just a few of the library’s adult programs include Genealogy, gardening tips, health, and fitness.
State-Wide 2021 Genealogy Lock-in
The Huntsville Public Library, in cooperation with the Walker County Genealogical Society, will host the State-Wide 2021 Genealogy Lock-In in celebration of Family History Month. This event takes place from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15 at the Huntsville Public Library.
Join us in the Staggs Community Room for this unique genealogical event. There will be presentations from other libraries around the state that will also be participating. This is the second year Huntsville Public Library will be participating in this event so please come and help make it a huge success! The event is FREE, but registration is required. Register here or call Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471. Reservations made at the door for Gumbo/Chili plates for $8 will be available from the Forrest Masonic Lodge #19 fundraiser. The programs are provided by the Genealogy Network of Texas (GNT), a state-wide initiative to connect libraries/genealogical societies and provide educational and research opportunities that is spearheaded by the Genealogy Center of the Waco- McLennan County Library. Co-sponsors include the Central Texas Genealogical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.
New Writers Group Beginning in November
Are you passionate about writing? Join the Piney Woods Writers Group to socialize with others who share your passion. The Piney Woods Writers Group will meet in person through the month of November. While not associated with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the group will support writers who participate in this annual event. The first meeting will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 6 in the Staggs Community Room of the Huntsville Public Library. For more information, please contact Resource Coordinator Linda Huff at 936-291-5912, registration is required and you can register here or visit the group’s Facebook page “Piney Woods Writers Group.”
Over the course of history, more than 25 different countries around the world have had citizens emigrate to Texas. These folks chose emigration for a variety of reasons such as religious freedom, cheap land, investments, failed revolutions at home, overpopulation, adventure, etc. But the promise of a better life was, and still is, the overriding reason immigrants leave their homelands and travel to the unknown. That is what happened with many Polish immigrants who came to Texas. Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz will share some of their stories with us from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, November 8 in the Huntsville Public Library Staggs Community Room. Mazurkiewicz, President of the Polish American Council of Texas, will present “Polish Texans - The History of Texas Polonia.” Light refreshments will be provided, but audience members are encouraged to bring a sack lunch as well. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required at the library or register here. This program is sponsored by the Helen Wheat Cultural Enrichment Fund. For additional information, call Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471.
Climate change, primarily caused by the burning of fossil fuels, is increasing the frequency and severity of wildfires in California as well as all over the world. These megafires are not only fueled by climate change, but also contribute to it by releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Dr. Marcus Gillespie, an authority on climate change, will present “Climate Change: Evidence, Causes, and Consequences” on Monday, November 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the Huntsville Public Library Staggs Community Room. Dr. Gillespie, who is a retired Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University, will discuss the scientific consensus regarding climate change. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required at the library or register here. For additional information, call Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471.
Microsoft Word Classes
Want to create and edit professional resumes, newsletters, and documents? The Huntsville Public Library is offering Free Microsoft Word Classes. A series of 4 classes will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 6 p.m Thursdays in November. These classes will feature activities on typing and how to make corrections, formatting text, working with pictures and graphics, and using tables and outlines with bullets. Class size is limited and registration is required. A library card is needed to participate in the classes. If you don’t have a library card, bring your ID. Adults 17 and older can register here or call the IT Reference Desk at 936-291-5485.
Piney Woods Page Turner Book Club
Be part of the Piney Woods Page Turners Book Club at the Huntsville Public Library. All interested persons are welcome to join virtually or in person. The in-person meeting will take place in the Nash Board Room at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 11 or you may join via Zoom at the same time. The book selection for November is The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. Current and future book selections can be found at www.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 to 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.
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.
Get fit while you sit with Sittercise! Everybody’s favorite exercise program is being offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Huntsville Public Library in conjunction with Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Class dates are October 5, 7, 12, 14, 26, and 28. There will be no class on Tuesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 21. 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 Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot 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.
Are you looking for a way to help others in your community? The Huntsville Public Library is seeking volunteers to tutor adults who need help with GED preparation, English as a Second Language, or basic literacy skills. Volunteers will receive training and materials will be provided. Please contact Resource Coordinator Linda Huff at 936-291-5912 if you are interested in volunteering.
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 email@example.com or mail it to WCGS, P.O. Box 1295, Huntsville, TX 77342-1295. If you need help writing down your memories, contact the Library Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471 and she will arrange for someone to help record your thoughts and have them transcribed. Alternatively, you may drop your story off at Huntsville Public Library or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.