Adult Programming

Just a few of the library's adult programs include Genealogy, gardening tips, health, and fitness. 

Citizenship Preparation

The Huntsville Public Library, in partnership with the Sam Houston State University (SHSU)
Law, Engagement, and Politics (LEAP) Center, will present a free five-week Citizenship
Preparation Course on Wednesdays in April. The class will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in
the Huntsville Public Library Staggs Community Room. The course is designed to prepare
immigrants for the U. S. Naturalization Test and will cover the application process, oral
interview, and exam. All necessary materials will be provided. The classes are taught by
Mike Yawn, Political Science Professor at SHSU. Space is limited and registration is
required, so sign up at the library early. Register here or contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471, or Professor Mike Yawn at 936-294-1456, for more information.

​Spanish Beginners

Sign up now for free Spanish classes! Instructor Beth Williamson will be teaching Beginners Spanish on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Huntsville Public Library’s Staggs Community Room. Classes begin February 25, 2020 and all materials are provided. Register now to reserve your spot – only 35 students maximum for each class. Register here or call Mary at 936-291- 5471 for additional information.


Whether you’re an adoptee or just looking to break down that brick wall, learn more about the fascinating world of DNA from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19 at the Huntsville Public Library. Janet Miller, Walker County Genealogical Society member, discusses how to read DNA results, how to contact others to share your DNA, and how to use it as a research tool. The classes are planned for the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Please register here or call 936-291-5471 for more information.

Let’s Discuss Your Genealogy Problem

Beginning February 4, “Let’s Discuss Your Genealogy Problem” will be meeting each Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. in February in the Huntsville Public Library’s Dickenson Genealogy Room to seek a group solution to your specific problem. The sessions will be led by Johnnie Jo Dickenson and are sponsored by the Walker County Genealogical Society. Meetings will be held on February 11, 18, and 25. Please contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471 for more information.

Spring Gardening

Huntsville Public Library is pleased to host the Walker County Master Gardeners “Spring Gardening” workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2 in the Library’s Staggs Community Room. The Master Gardeners will discuss tips about soil preparation, mulching, irrigation, propagation, spring vegetables (including tomatoes), Integrated Pest Management and more! Texas Master Gardeners are members of the local community who have been accepted into the Master Gardener training program in Walker County. The group is committed to educating others in the community about a variety of horticulture-related topics. Door prizes will be awarded. Sign up for this free workshop, Register here. Contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471 with questions or for additional information.

Introduction to Mandarin Chinese

Sightseeing at the Great Wall, visiting the Terracotta Warriors or traveling to Beijing, Shanghai
or Taiwan on business? Study Chinese language and culture before your trip. Join a FREE
Mandarin Chinese class at the Huntsville Public Library from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April
2, 9, and 16
. Beginning level students will learn about the history of the language, how to draw
Chinese characters, and how to read using the Pinyin spelling system (transcription of Chinese
characters into the Roman alphabet). Pre-register at or call Mary Kokot,
Adult Program Coordinator, at (936)291-5471.

Intensive Mandarin

Join a FREE intensive Mandarin Chinese class from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays from February 4 to April 28 at the Huntsville Public Library. Students will learn how to speak, write, and read this language. Instructor is a native speaker from Nanging, China. Register here at or call Mary Kokot, Adult Program Coordinator, at (936)291-5471.

​Free Adult Literacy Tutoring

Free walk-in tutoring sessions are available at the Huntsville Public Library for adults (18+ years old). This tutoring program helps with English reading, writing, and speaking skills and preparation for the GED® (high school equivalency test). Walk-in tutoring sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment required for sessions Monday through Friday. Saturday by appointment only. Please call Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471 for more information. 

Tutoría en Literatura 

Gratis para Adultos

Sesiones tutoriales gratis son disponibles en la biblioteca de Huntsville para adultos (18+ años). Este programa tutorial ayuda con la habilidad de hablar, escribir, y leer Inglés y con la preparación del GED (prueba de equivalencia de secundaria). Las sesiones tutoriales son por orden de llegada. No se necesita cita para las sesiones de Lunes a Viernes. Sábados son solo por cita. Por favor llame a Mary Kokot, coordinadora de servicios adultos, 936-291-5471 para mas información.

​Family Search 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 Thursdays. Sessions will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Attendance will be limited to no more than four researchers. The small group will allow each participant to receive individual attention. Sign-up is not required. This program is for adults 17 and older. For more information call Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator at (936)291-5471.

If your family tree is missing some branches, then sign up for “Exploring”, a workshop devoted to teaching the basics of this online family history resource. The workshop will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. The next class will be on Friday, January 3. Develop the skill sets needed for online genealogical research. Learn how to navigate the different learning centers and databases. Discover family tree members using tools such as vital, census, military, and immigration records. The site is free to library patrons when used on the library’s computers. Limit 4 per session. This program is for adults 17 and older. Register here or contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471.

​Book Club

Be part of the adult book club at the Huntsville Public Library! All interested persons are welcome to join in the fun from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Book clubs are an excellent way to enjoy books, challenge one’s mind, and socialize with other book lovers! Have fun reading a wide variety of books, making friends, meeting like-minded people and stimulating the brain cells! For membership, register here.


Get fit while you sit with Sittercise! It’s an exercise program 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 and other illnesses. It 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. For additional information contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471.  


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.

Computer Classes

Please clickhere to find adult computer classes available at HPL.

Genealogy Programs

Please click here to find genealogy programs available at HPL.

Book Clubs

Please click here to find the different book clubs available at HPL.