Just a few of the library’s adult programs include Genealogy, gardening tips, health, and fitness.
Free Canva Classes
Want to design your own personalized Christmas Card? Do you need to create social media images for work, school, or your personal life? Canva is a free online graphic design tool, which allows you to quickly produce eye-catching creations. Come learn this user-friendly tool at Huntsville Public Library from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 14 as well as from 5 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 9, and Thursday, December 16 in the Monday Computer Room. This FREE two day course will introduce the basic tools used in design, the strategic use of color and font, how to make the best of layouts, and advanced tips to expedite your design process. This program is for adults 17 or older and a library card is required to attend the class. Class size is limited and registration is required. You can register here. For more information, call the IT Reference Desk at 936-291-5485.
Love Shouldn't Hurt
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, in any community. Are you fleeing domestic violence? Did you grow up witnessing domestic violence in your family? Do you need confidential help and want to make a brave decision for yourself? Join us at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 16 in the Staggs Community Room. For more information, please contact IT Coordinator Jalpa Shah at (936) 291-5485.
Hour of Code Classes
Isn’t coding fascinating? We think so too! Coding can be used for anything from computers to smartphones to automobiles, video games, and so many more things you might not even imagine! Join us for a free “Hour of Code” class for ages 12 to 17. The class will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21. Participants will learn the basics of designing games, apps, soundboards, and more with interactive, self-paced tutorials. No coding experience is necessary but registration is required. Sign-up here or call the IT Reference Desk at 936-291-5485.
The Piney Woods Writers Group
If you are a writer looking for other writers for encouragement and support, Piney Woods Writers Group meets the second Saturday of each month in the Boardroom of the Huntsville Public Library from 2 to 4 PM. Come and check us out! 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.”
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, December 9 or you may join via Zoom at the same time. The book selection for December is The code breaker by Walter Isaacson. 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, and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays at the Huntsville Public Library in conjunction with Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Class dates are November 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, and 30. No class will be held on Thursday, November 25 or Friday, November 26. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.