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. 

Mother Goose Lapsit 


Do you have children ages 2 and under? Then Mother Goose Lapsit is a story time designed for you! Held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m., enjoy a half hour of developmentally appropriate play featuring stories, songs, and rhymes. This program introduces little ones to the story time experience and is perfect for their language development and developing vocabulary. Sign up is not required. April dates are as follows: April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.  

Story Time 

Come to Story Time – a fun early literacy program for kids 5 and under.  Join us for interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts.  The early literacy practices featured each week help build the foundation for a lifelong love of reading and learning.  For parents and caregivers, Story Time offers 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.  Held on Wednesdays with identical sessions on Fridays, there is something new each week!  Sign-up is not required.  Story Time is held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:45 a.m. This program will not be held on March 28 due to the Easter Egg Hunt event.

Coding for Girls Club

Want to learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code? Come join the Huntsville Public Library’s Coding for Girls Club! The club is a free after-school activity for 6-12th-grade girls, where members can learn computer science skills, such as coding and programming. Meetings will be held every Thursday of the spring semester from 5:15 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required. Register here. Visit the Coding for Girls Club page for more information.

First Friday Book Club


Have you ever heard a tale so far-fetched that there was no earthly way it was true?  In Neil Gaiman’s comical whopper of a story Fortunately the Milk, a father explains to his children exactly why it took him so long to return from shopping. The First Friday Book Club will be discussing Fortunately the Milk at 1 p.m. Friday, April 6 at the Huntsville Public Library.  Interested 3rd-7th-grade students are encouraged to complete the required registration here. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

Visit the First Friday Book Club page for more information. 


Family Movie Night

What would you do to be reunited with your family? May’s Family Movie Night at the
Huntsville Public Library discusses this question with the film Ferdinand. Join us at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 4 in the Community Room and enjoy complimentary popcorn during the film. Bring your own pillow, blanket, and child-friendly beverage. Sign-up is not required. 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.

​Upcoming Summer Programs



Up, Up, and Away—with Mad Science!


Explore the properties of air pressure with a series of scientifically magical experiments. Mad Science will be at the Huntsville Public Library from 1-1:45 p.m. Saturday, June 9th with gadgets, gizmos, and a hovercraft. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Huntsville Public Library and is best suited for elementary ages and up. Registration is not required but space is limited due to fire code rules. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

Nature Discovery Story Time


 Is your little one interested in bunnies? Children 5 and under can enjoy a special Nature Discovery Story Time with live rabbits along with stories and animal facts at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13. Sign-up is not required, but this program can only host 60 children due to animal safety concerns. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Huntsville Public Library. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

“Back to the Bone”


The Huntsville Public Library will have more spines than usual at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. The Nature Discovery Center will be visiting the library to talk about all things with backbone in their “Back to the Bone” presentation. Learn about fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and animals with both specimen and live animals. No sign-up is required but this program can only host 175 people due to animal safety needs. This all ages program is sponsored by the Friends of the Huntsville Public Library. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

Huntsville Audubon


The Huntsville Audubon Society is bringing two exciting programs to the Huntsville Public Library for elementary aged children. Join us at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 and July 18 for programs “TOPIC NEEDED.” Sign-up is not required. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

Southwest Dairy Farmers


Did you know that a cow can produce an average of 6.3 gallons of milk each day?  That’s more than 2,300 gallons each year! The Huntsville Public Library invites families to learn more about the bovine family at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21 at Kate Barr Ross Memorial Park during a special presentation by the Southwest Dairy Farmers.  This program will feature a traveling milk parlor, live cows, and a discussion about milking and food safety.  For more information about this all ages event, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.  

Walker County Beekeepers


The Walker County Beekeepers are back at the Huntsville Public Library with another informative presentation from 3-4 p.m. Monday, June 25. Learn about bee colonies, hives, and conservation in this exciting program. No live bees will be at the program.  No sign-up required, but space is limited. All ages are welcome. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

Cathy’s Critters


A Ruby Macaw, Pot Bellied Piglet, Prairie Dog, Kangaroo, Lemur, and their friends will be at the Huntsville Public Library to meet YOU! Learn about these exciting animals and see them in person. Cathy’s Critters will be at the Huntsville Public Library from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 10. This program is partially funded by the Helen Wheat Fund and is best suited for children aged 5 and up. Sign-up is not required, but space will be limited. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.




Contact


For more information about the Children's Department, please call Children's Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

 The Huntsville Public Library strives to make the Children's Room and the Teen Area welcoming, safe places for children, teens, and their caregivers. Please review the Children's Room and Teen Area policies (PDF) for information about appropriate use of the rooms and the equipment therein.

For a variety of suggested reading lists created by the Texas Library Association for readers of all ages and levels, visit TLA's website.

Help Out


If you would like to help out the Children's Department, there is a wish list of supplies (PDF) that are always needed.