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Posted on: September 30, 2021

October programs at HPL

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The Huntsville Public Library has some programs for all ages in October!

Library Closure 

The Huntsville Public Library will be closed on Saturday, October 2 for Fair on the Square. The Library will reopen at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 4. 

Story Time 

Come to Story Time, a fun early literacy program for kids six and under. Join us for interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts. The early literacy practices featured each week help build a foundation for the lifelong love of reading and learning. For parents and caregivers, Story Time offers an opportunity to experience early literacy strategies in action, discover great books and resources for home use, and socialize with other parents afterward. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday sessions all share a theme with something new and exciting each week. Sign-up is not required. Story Time is held Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:45 a.m. in the Staggs Community Room. October dates are October 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 26, 27, and 29. Story Time will not take place on October 19, 20, and 22. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Baillie Pretzer at 936-291-5910.

 Mother Goose Lapsit

 Bubbles, rhymes, and books--oh my! You won’t want to miss Mother Goose Lapsit at the Huntsville Public Library. This program is a storytime designed for children two years of age or younger. Enjoy this early literacy initiative at 10:45 a.m. Mondays in the Rex Children’s Room. Sign-up is not required. October dates are October 4, 11, and 25. Mother Goose Lapsit will not take place on October 18. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Baillie Pretzer at 936-291-5910.

 Attention Youth of Walker County: Preserve 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. What did you learn that you want the next generation to know? What memories did you or your child(ren) make when plans were suddenly canceled? Sleepovers, birthdays, and even school were all disrupted, but each of us has a different story to tell! Join us on Saturday, October 16 in the Staggs Community Room at 1:00 PM for a Writing Workshop to record your and/or your child’s memories of the pandemic. The Walker County Genealogical Society will preserve these stories in their archives for future generations as a part of Walker County history. Alternatively, you may email your story to info@wcgen.com or mail it to WCGS, P.O. Box 1295, Huntsville, TX 77342-1295. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Baillie Pretzer at 936-291-5910.

 KidsScape

Are you too old for our Story Time but still want to do something fun and crafty? Then come on over to KidsScape! Perfect for kids ages 7-10, KidsScape offers the opportunity to broaden interests, develop skill sets, and build new friendships. Topics and activities will vary week to week and sign-up is not required. KidsScape will meet every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. in the Staggs Community Room. October dates are October 7, 14, and 28! KidsScape will not take place on October 21. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Baillie Pretzer at 936-291-5910. 

Scare on the Square OoOooOoOoo!! 

Are you looking for a fun and safe way to celebrate the Fall holiday? Then BOOGIE on over to Scare on the Square for a beWITCHing time on Saturday, October 30 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Come dressed to impress, play games and win some candy with your favorite librarians! Children are invited to explore a FANGtastically thrilling sensory Wolf’s Den. Teenagers are encouraged to try their hand assisting the surgeon in our BONE-CHILLING Frankenstine’s booth! For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Baillie Pretzer at 936-291-5910. 

State-Wide 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! 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 and 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. The event is FREE, but registration is required. Register online at myhuntsvillelibrary.com or call Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471. Orders may be placed at the door for $8 Gumbo/Chili plates from the Forrest Masonic Lodge #19 fundraiser. 

Piney Woods Page Turners 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 Staggs Community Room from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 14 or you may join via Zoom at the same time. The book selection for October is The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. 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. 

Sittercise

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.

 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 Wednesdays. Sessions are offered 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 Adult Program Coordinator Mary Kokot , at 936-291-5471. Sign-up is required. This program is for adults 17 and older.

 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 info@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 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 mkokot@huntsvilletx.gov. 

Free Basic Computer Class

 Want to get more comfortable with computers or update your skills? If so, then register for our Free Basic Computer Classes held at the Huntsville Public Library. Classes will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 6 p.m Thursdays in October. These classes will discuss using the mouse, typing, emailing, and internet browsing. 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 for classes online at myhuntsvillelibrary.com or call the IT Reference Desk at 936-291-5485. Book-A-Tech Do you need help with technology? The Huntsville Public Library is now offering the "Book-a-Tech" program. Please register online at myhuntsvillelibrary.com 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 936-291-5485.

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