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.
Be part of the Piney Woods Page Turners Book Club at the Huntsville Public Library. All interested persons are welcome to join in virtually via Zoom or in person. The in-person part of the meeting will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Staggs Community Room on Thursday, October 14. The book selection for September will be The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. Current and future book choices 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.
Beginner Microsoft Excel Classes
Need a way to keep track of your schedule or budget? Have you been meaning to learn Microsoft Excel but don’t know where to start? Learn how to organize your data by attending Huntsville Public Library’s free Microsoft Excel classes for beginners. Classes will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays and 5 p.m.to 6 p.m. on Thursdays starting Tuesday, September 2 in the Monday Computer Room. Topics to be covered will include making a new file, data entry, cell formatting, formulas, and manipulating a finished table. 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.
Come Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Huntsville Public Library
Huntsville, get on your dancing shoes! Our local Baile Folklórico team will be here in the Staggs Community Room, at the Huntsville Public Library on Thursday, September 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy an evening of learning about the historical dances of Mexico. Performers will share their skills with the audience and teach us all how to celebrate this rich hispanic heritage. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please register here. For more information, please contact Reference and Resource Coordinator Linda Huff at 936-291-5918.
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. Class dates are September 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30. 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.
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 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 can drop off your submission at Huntsville Public Library or email it email@example.com.