Children's Programs

Programs


The Children's Department of Huntsville Public Library strives to provide educational, culturally-enriching, and entertaining materials and activities for children of all ages. Please view the list of our current programs for children as well as other related information. 


Summer Reading Program

 

The Huntsville Public Library welcomes you to “A Universe of Stories!” at this year’s Summer Reading Program held from Saturday, June 1 through Friday, July 12. The last official day to turn in your reading log is Friday, July 19. For every three books read or for every library program attended, participants will receive a raffle ticket.  Participants can use that raffle ticket to enter for a chance to win a raffle prize. Those who read at least three books will win a guaranteed prize while supplies last. To participate in this all-ages program, Click here for sign up or sign up in the library. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.


Come to the Huntsville Public Library’s Summer Reading Kick-off Party from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. Attendees can register for the Summer Reading Program and start checking out books for the reading logs.

Yuck Game Show

 
The Huntsville Public Library will be hosting the Yuck Game Show at Saturday, June 1. An interactive science based game show featuring competition and learning. Attendees are encouraged to wear clothing designed for play and mess as this learning is hands on. The Yuck Game show will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. and is generously sponsored by the Friends of Huntsville Public Library. For more information, please contact Children's Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

​Animate a Name


With just a few clicks, you can learn how to animate!  Whether it’s making a character dance or talk, you can make a character come to life in endless ways by learning the basics of computer science with animation. Come to “Animate a Name,” a fun, first introduction to animation for ages 5 to 10 years from 11 to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays in June in the Nash Board Room at the Huntsville Public Library. Participants will learn events, sequencing, loops, and more!. Space is limited and registration is required for this FREE event. This class requires no previous coding or animation experience and is designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics of computer science. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptop or use a library laptop. Register here or call Jalpa Shah at 936-291-5485 for more information.


Texas A&M Chemistry Roadshow

 

Engage your brain with the fascinating side of chemistry at the Huntsville Public Library.  Dr. Jim Pennington will bring the Texas A&M Chemistry Roadshow to the library at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 7. This presentation uses “chemical wonders that turn ordinary objects and events into exciting learning experiences.” This presentation is best suited for second grade students to adults. Sign up is not required but limited seating is available. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

​Adventure Stories

Teacher and storyteller Randall Beaird will be at the Huntsville Public Library at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 10 to tell some exciting stories to elementary and junior high students. You won’t want to miss his exciting tales about shark fishing and other adventures! Registration is not required for this free event. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

​My Grownup and Me


Are you a parent or caregiver looking for tips to style your child’s hair?  Are you looking for new ideas for children’s hair styles? Come to “My Grownup and Me” for hair styling classes for children and their caregivers at the Huntsville Public Library. Classes will be taught by Tonya Collum, local salon owner, and will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 and Tuesday, July 9.  “My Grownup and Me” is best suited for ages 12 and under with an adult. Registration is required and Click here for registration. Please bring your own hair care supplies and tools.

Wild Things Zoofari 


Get wild at the Huntsville Public Library! Learn about exotic animals with Wild Things Zoofari at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 14 in the Staggs Community Room. Live animals will be present for this educational safari.  Seating is limited for this all ages program. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

All About Butterflies

Appreciate the beauty of nature at “All About Butterflies” with the Houston Museum of Natural Science presentation at the Huntsville Public Library. Learn about metamorphosis and more in this interactive program with caterpillars and butterflies. Join us on Wednesday, June 19 in the Staggs Community Room.  The Houston Museum will present six 30 minute presentations for up to 30 children and their accompanying adults per session. The sessions will be held at 1 p.m. and will end at 4 p.m. This program is best suited for ages 2 and up. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

​The Texas Poison Center Network Presentation

The Texas Poison Center Network will be at the Huntsville Public Library at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 for an informative presentation on the venomous snakes of Texas. This preschool and elementary school-age presentation will discuss ways to stay safe from snakes as well as tips to avoid ingesting household products that may look appetizing. No live snakes will be at this event. Join us in the Staggs Community room for this free event. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

​All About Birds


The Huntsville Public Library is pleased to host the Huntsville Audubon Society as they lead two exciting all ages programs in the library over the summer.  At 1:30 p.m.on Tuesday, June 25, the Huntsville Audubon members will present an “All About Birds!” program featuring an introduction to birds and a hands-on activity in the Staggs Community Room. Registration for these programs is not required. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910. 


​The Youth Book Club

The Youth Book Club is back at the Huntsville Public Library.  Interested 3rd-7th graders are invited to attend the book club at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 and Wednesday, July 24 to discuss their favorite reads of the summer. Registration is required and click here for registration. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.


​Art Contest

The Huntsville Public Library Friends’ Art Contest will be held during Summer 2019. This year’s theme is “Heroes and Villains.” The contest is open for all five through 18 year olds and fifteen winners will be selected.  Correctly filled out submission forms are required to be eligible as is artwork that adheres to the submission guidelines. The deadline to submit your artwork is Monday, August 12. Winners will be announced in September. Click here for more information or please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

​Homework Help


Stumped by math homework? The Huntsville Public Library will be offering Math Homework Help for elementary and junior high aged students on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Nash Board Room.  Participants can use library laptops or ask a library staff member for help. Registration is not required. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.


Mother Goose Lapsit

Do you have children ages 2 or under?  If so, then Mother Goose Lapsit is a story time designed for you! Enjoy a half-hour of developmentally appropriate activities featuring stories, songs, and rhymes Mondays at 10:30 a.m. This program introduces little ones to the story time experience and is perfect for developing language and vocabulary. Sign-up is not required. May dates are as follows: May 6, 13, and 20. This program will not be held on Monday, May 27 due to the Memorial Day holiday. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

Story Time 

Story Time is a fun early literacy program for kids 5 and under at the Huntsville Public Library.  Join us for interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts three times a week in the Staggs Community Room.  The early literacy practices featured each week help build the foundation for a lifelong love of reading and learning.  Story Time offers caregivers and parents an opportunity to experience early literacy practices in action, discover great books and resources for home use, and socialize with other parents after Story Time.  There is something new each week! Sign-up is not required. Story Time is held on Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings, and Friday mornings. Morning sessions are at 10:45 and evening sessions are at 5:30 p.m. May dates are as follows: May 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, and 31. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

Family Movie Night

Start your weekend off with a fun, free family event at the Huntsville Public Library. Due to scheduling conflicts with the Texas A&M Chemistry Road Show, Family Movie Night has been rescheduled to Friday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a free family-friendly movie and refreshments and beat the heat!  For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

Bird Migration


The Huntsville Public Library is pleased to host the Huntsville Audubon Society as they lead two exciting all ages programs in the library over the summer.  At 1:30 p.m.on Tuesday, July 16, and is called “Bird Migration: How, Why, and Where.” Registration for these programs is not required. Join us in the Staggs Community room for this free event. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.




Visit the Family Movie Night page for a list of upcoming movie titles.