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Posted on: May 20, 2021

Library programs in June

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Now that the library is back to normal hours, check out some of the great programs coming in June.

Story Time 

Come to Story Time, a fun early literacy program for kids ages 5 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. June dates are 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, 29, and 30. Due to the library’s closure in observance of the Juneteenth holiday, Story Time will not be held on Friday, June 18. 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 the return of Mother Goose Lapsit at the Huntsville Public Library. This program is a storytime designed for children 2 years or under. Enjoy this early literacy initiative at 10:45 a.m. Mondays in the Rex Children’s Room. Sign-up is not required. June dates are June 7, 14, 21, and 28. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Baillie Pretzer at 936-291-5910. 

2021 Texas Summer Reading Program 

Have fun this summer while preventing the “summer slide” by signing up for the Huntsville Public Library’s Texas Summer Reading Program for all ages. The 2021 theme is “Tails and Tales” and the library has quite the summer planned for everyone. The program will start on Saturday, June 5, and lasts for six weeks. The Library will host a blended hybrid program as participants will log their reading on the READsquared website/app and check-in at the library to receive their prize(s) based on age group. Children (0-12) and Teens (13 to 17) will receive a Reader’s Passport which has coupons to local eateries and attractions for meeting their weekly reading goals. The last day to turn in your Reader’s Passport and log your reading in the READsquared app/website is Friday, July 23. All coupons must be redeemed at the participating businesses no later than Saturday, July 31. Children ages 0-6 who complete the six-week program will receive a prize from our treasure chest, while Children ages 7-12 and Teens ages 13-17 who complete the program will be entered for a chance to win a raffle prize. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Baillie Pretzer at 936-291-5910.

 Need help signing up for our “Tails and Tales'' Summer Reading Program? Want to jump-start your reading by checking out an armful of books? Come to the Summer Reading Kick-Off Launch from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 5 at the Huntsville Public Library. After you register on the READsquared app/website, you will receive your Reader’s Passport for Children and Teens. Happy Reading! For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Baillie Pretzer at 936-291-5910. 

Pirates: History vs. Hollywood

 Ahoy, Mateys! Come to the Huntsville Public Library for treasure, swords, and more! On Tuesday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the Staggs Community Room, Pirates: History vs. Hollywood will answer all the pirate and plunder questions you have always had! Gain a bounty of knowledge as an expert and enthusiast of pirates, Captain Zeph, unveils what is fact and what is fiction. To respect social distancing guidelines, attendance is limited to 50 people. Registration is required and can be found at www.myhuntsvillelibrary.com. Late arrival ten or more minutes after the start time will void registration status. This program is suitable for all ages and is graciously sponsored by the Friends of the Huntsville Public Library. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Baillie Pretzer at 936-291-5910.

 Wild Things Zoofari 

Do you like wild animals? How much do you know about them? This summer the library is bringing the Zoo to YOU! Join us Friday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the Staggs Community Room for a one-of-a-kind show with Wild Things Zoofari. In this program, you will learn about exotic and unique species, their habitats, and what makes them so special. To respect social distancing guidelines, attendance is limited to 50 people. Registration is required and can be found at www.myhuntsvillelibrary.com. Late arrival ten or more minutes after the start time will void registration status. This program is suitable for all ages and is graciously sponsored by the Friends of the Huntsville Public Library. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Baillie Pretzer at 936-291-5910.

 Texas A&M Chemistry Roadshow

 Get your safety goggles on and start your week with some chemistry experiments presented by Dr. Pennington with Texas A&M’s Chemistry Roadshow! Around long before it was ever called Chemistry, Dr. Pennington will share the history of the discipline and show you what makes things bubble, steam, expand, and contract. Join us to see just how much fun you can have without the internet on Monday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the Staggs Community Room for an unforgettable afternoon of science! To respect social distancing guidelines, attendance is limited to 50 people. Registration is required and can be found at www.myhuntsvillelibrary.com. Late arrival ten or more minutes after the start time will void registration status. This program is suitable for all ages. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Baillie Pretzer at 936-291-5910. 2021 

Texas Summer Reading Program

 Don’t let the kids have all of the fun! We know everyone likes prizes, regardless of age! Each year, the Huntsville Public Library participates in the Texas Summer Reading Program designed to keep kids (and even adults) reading throughout the summer. The 2021 Texas Summer Reading Program will be virtual to promote social distancing while still encouraging literacy. The theme this year is "Tails and Tales” and kicks off June 5 at the library. Over the course of six weeks, adult participants need to read a minimum of ninety minutes each week to receive a chocolate bar. Upon completion of the program, adults will also be entered for a chance to win a raffle prize. Reading logs may not be submitted after Friday, July 23. Find summer reading program details and registration information at www.myhuntsvillelibrary.com. For more information, please contact Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471. Need help using READsquared for the Texas Summer Reading Program at the Huntsville Public Library? Come to our Summer Reading Kick-Off Launch on Saturday, June 5 for assistance. For more information, please contact Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471.

 Book Club

 Are you looking for a rousing discussion of excellent literature? Why not join the Huntsville Public Library’s Book Club? Held virtually over Zoom, this book club will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 10. The book selection for June will be American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. 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 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 Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, 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 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Huntsville Public Library in conjunction with Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Class dates are June 1, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 24, and 29. There will be no class on Thursday, June 10 due to scheduling conflicts. 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 attendance is limited to 25 so social distancing can be maintained. Please contact Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936- 291-5471 for additional information.

Lineage Society Workshop

 The Huntsville Public Library will host its 30th Annual Lineage Society Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 in the Staggs Community Room. Attendees will receive assistance in the preparation of lineage applications to any patriotic or lineage society (women and men). Attendees will have an hour for independent lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. “Anyone interested in joining a lineage society is invited to participate,” says Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator. “Bring any genealogical & family materials you have, i.e. birth, death, and marriage certificates, Bible records, land records, etc. If in doubt, bring it along. Help will be available to assist in preparing your lineage papers and worksheets and handouts will be provided.” The workshop is taught by Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson, Professional Genealogist, and is sponsored by the Mary Martin Elmore Scott Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Huntsville Public Library. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To attend the workshop and receive the handouts and worksheets, interested parties can register at the library or online at www.myhuntsvillelibrary.com. For any additional information, call Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at (936)291-5471. Due to Covid-19 concerns, please be advised that the event is subject to cancellation. 

Free Basic Computer Classes

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 June. 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 card, bring your ID. Adults 17 and older can register for classes online at www.myhuntsvillelibrary.com or call the IT Reference Desk at 936-291-5485.

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