Children's 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. June dates are as follows: June 4, 11, 18, and 25.  

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. 

First Friday Book Club

The First Friday Book Club will be discussing Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder on Friday, August 10.  Nominated for the National Book Award, Orphan Island will leave readers trying to solve the mysteries of the island.  Interested 3rd-7th graders are encouraged to complete the necessary registration at  For more information, please contact Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

Visit the First Friday Book Club page for more information. 

Family Movie Night

Did you miss a movie in theaters? The Huntsville Public Library has you covered. July’s Family Movie night will feature the animated film Paddington Bear 2. Join us at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 6 for this all ages event in the Community Room. Enjoy complimentary popcorn during the movie and remember to bring your own child-friendly drink and pillow or blanket. 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

Texas Summer Reading Program

Having a hard time occupying your child or teen’s time over the summer break?  The Huntsville Public Library is here to help with our annual Texas Summer Reading Program for all ages.  Start your break at our Summer Reading Kick-Off Party from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9.  Sign up for the Summer Reading Program, print off your Book Squares Reading Log, and get busy reading.  The first day to turn in your completed Book Squares Reading Log is Monday, July 23. The last day to turn in your completed Book Squares Reading Log is Saturday, July 28.  Children (ages 0-12) and Teens (Ages 13-17) who turn in completed logs will receive a prize packet of coupons to local Huntsville restaurants, a free book sponsored by the Huntsville Kiwanis, and a ticket to enter our raffle to win even more exciting prizes.  Adults (ages 18+) can also participate by playing Book Squares to receive a chocolate bar and a raffle ticket for the Adult Summer Reading grand prize.

Summer of Shakespeare Theater Boot Camp

There’s no business like show business! Is your teen interested in flexing his or her theatrical muscles? Does the idea of your teen engaging in intellectual activities throughout the summer appeal to you? Huntsville ISD teachers Rolando Salazar and Ian McPhail have volunteered to lead a “Summer of Shakespeare Theater Boot Camp” for students ages 12-17 years old at the Huntsville Public Library. Auditions will take place from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 with rehearsals being held from 4-6 p.m. on June 14, 26, 28, and July 3, 5, 9, 12, 17, and 19. Witness the culmination of the participating students’ hard work by attending the exclusive performances at 5:30 p.m. on July 24 and 26. Registration is required and can be found here. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.

Junior Genealogists

Is your student interested in becoming a family history sleuth? Are you interested in developing their researching skills over the summer? The Huntsville Public Library is pleased to host five weeks of “Junior Genealogists,” a family tree researching program for children ages 9-12. Under the tutelage of Johnnie Jo Dickenson, students will learn how to successfully research their family history, develop a binder of records, and receive a certificate of completion. Sessions will be held from 3-4:45 p.m. with a fifteen-minute snack break in the middle. The library will provide snacks. Join us for “Junior Genealogists” on Thursday, June 21, June 28, July 12, and July 19. Sign-up is required, and space is limited to twenty children and Registration is required and can be found hereFor more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910 or visit to register. 

Circuit Maker Workshop

Need a fun and educational activity for your kids this summer? Allow them to discover the joy of making electronics in the Circuit Maker Workshop at the Huntsville Public Library! This series of four sessions from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays begins July 3rd in the Community Room. In this class, students will learn the basics of working with electrical circuits through 40 different projects, including launching glow fans, investigating inline and parallel circuits, and completing functional experiments. This FREE program for ages 8-12 truly challenges your imagination, creativity, and analytical skills. Supplies will be provided, and registration is required for this FREE program. Registration is closed.


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.