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. February dates are as follows: February 5, 12, 19, and 26.
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. February dates are as follows: February 14, 16, 21, 23, and 28. This program will not be held on February 7 and 9 due to the Huntsville Public Library Sneaker Program.
What did Michelangelo say to the ceiling? “I got you covered.” If you are an art enthusiast, participate in the Huntsville Public Library’s 8th Annual Friends of the Huntsville Public Library Art Contest this spring. This contest is open for students aged 5-18 years, and the deadline to submit is Friday, February 23, 2018. Winners will be formally announced at the Artwork Unveiling Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2018. Come to the library to pick up your entry form and contest rules today! Completed entry form required for eligibility.
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis is the 2000 Newberry Award book and the 2000 Coretta Scott King Award book. Curtis’ book tells the story of ten-year-old Bud Caldwell, an orphan living through the Great Depression in Flint, Michigan. Bud, Not Buddy is also February’s book for the First Friday Book Club at the Huntsville Public Library. The Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018to discuss this fascinating story of family, forgiveness, and perseverance. Register here.
Does your family like ninjas? Or did you miss a movie in theaters? The Huntsville Public Library has you covered with our monthly Family Movie Night! March's selection is The Lego Ninjago Movie which will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Community Room. Enjoy complimentary popcorn during the film but don't forget to bring your own child-friendly beverage and pillows/blankets. Registration is not required for this all ages event.
A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying, tie-sporting baby partners with his 7-year-old brother to stop a dastardly plot…Find out more during Movie Afternoon at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at the Huntsville Public Library. To learn more about this event, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910. No sign-up is needed for this all ages showing of Boss Baby.
What’s the best pancake topping? More Pancakes! If you are a fan of eating breakfast for dinner while supporting literacy programs at the Huntsville Public Library, come to the Huntsville Kiwanis Annual Pancake Supper Fundraiser! Held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Huntsville Public Library, the Supper will include a $5 all-you- can-eat feast of pancakes, sausages, milk, coffee, and orange juice. Attendees may purchase tickets beforehand or during the event itself but only cash will be accepted. For more information or to purchase your ticket in advance, please call Bryan Matthys at 936-650- 7311.
As fortified castles became widespread during the Middle Ages war technology was developed to tear down the fortifications. One such technology was a siege engine called a catapult. Come to STEAM Day at 12 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Huntsville Public Library and make your own miniature catapult that flings marshmallows. Who knew science could be so delicious? This program is best suited for elementary and junior high ages. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.
Fragile Wildlife Center
Can’t make it to the zoo during Spring Break? Let the Huntsville Public Library bring the WILD to you! The Fragile Planet Wildlife Center will bring a selection of live, exotic animals at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 to the Huntsville Public Library for an exciting presentation. This program is best suited for ages 5 and up. Sign-up is not required but space is limited. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Huntsville Public Library.
Birds, Book, and Beyond
Soar into the world of birds and discover how amazing our feathered friends truly are. “Birds, Books and Beyond” is a lively presentation sponsored by the Huntsville Audubon Society. Join in the fun at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16 at the Huntsville Public Library. This program features live birds, bird song and dance, and much more! Come see a hawk, owl, and a “mystery bird!” This program is geared for elementary grades and younger audiences. Registration is not required but space is limited. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.
Artwork Unveiling Ceremony
The fifteen winners of the 8th Annual Friends of the Huntsville Public Library Art Contest will be announced and their artwork revealed at the Artwork Unveiling Ceremony at 5:45 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the Huntsville Public Library. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Huntsville Public Library.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Hop, hop, hop on over to the Huntsville Public Library’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This event will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28 on the lawn at City Hall. Please bring a bag or basket to hold the treats your children find. This event is best suited for ages 5 and under. Due to this annual event, Story Time at the Library will not be held on this day. For more information, please contact Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.
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.