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. 

Jurassic Crafts

What type of tool does a prehistoric reptile carpenter use? A dino-saw! The Huntsville Public Library will be hosting "Jurassic Crafts" from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, December 11th. Enjoy making your own "take home fossil" as well as dinosaur grid art. This program is best suited for elementary ages. Registration is not required. For more information, please call Rachel McPhail at 936-291-5910.  

Jurassic crafts

Special Winter Programming

"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel." Join us in the Children's Room for a special Afternoon Movie showing of "Elf" (PG). Enjoy a comical holiday classic about a human raised as an elf who comes to New York City.  This program will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 19th at the Huntsville Public Library. No sign-up required.

How does Rudolph know when the holidays are coming? He looks at his calen-"deer!" Make your own decorative reindeer at 12 p.m. Wednesday, December 20th at the Huntsville Public Library during a "Crafty Afternoon."  This program is best suited for ages 5 and up.  Sign-up is not required. 

What happens when you introduce heat to wax? ART. Join us for Melted Art at 3 p.m. Thursday, December 21st at the Huntsville Public Library. This program is best suited for ages 5 and up. No registration is required.

How do snowmen travel? By icicle! Drive, walk, or bike to the Huntsville Public Library's “Crafty Afternoon” to make your own snowman mosaic at 12 p.m. Friday, December 22nd. This program is best suited for ages 5 and up. Sign-up is not required.

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.

Story Time 

See more on the Story Time page.

3-D Printing

Full class details on the 3-D Printing page.

First Friday Book Club

“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?”   In the children’s novel The Mysterious Benedict Society the children of the city of Stonetown read these mysterious words from a newspaper advertisement.  Only 4 children pass the test and embark on an adventure…but we won’t spoil the ending.  December’s session of the First Friday Book Club will be discussing Trenton Lee Stewart’s exciting mystery which is full of puzzles and riddles for the reader to solve.  The First Friday Book Club is designed for 3rd-7th graders and will next meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, December 8th due to scheduling conflicts.  Participants can pick up printouts of the first few chapters at the library to read before the club meeting.  Registration is required here

Family Movie Night is BACK!

Do you dream of dancing like a ballerina?  Did you miss out on a fun family movie?  The Huntsville Public Library has you covered.  Join us for Family Movie Night at 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 8th as we watch Leap!, an uplifting movie about an orphaned girl who moves to Paris to achieve her dreams of dancing ballet at the Grand Opera House.  Dance through our complimentary popcorn line during this all ages program.  Sign- up is not required.  Please bring your own child friendly drink, a pillow and /or a blanket.

The Beauty & The Beast Royal Ball

Be our guest, be our guest, put our service to the test.  Tie your napkin round your waist, cheri, and let us provide the rest…at the Huntsville Public Library!  Come one and all to the Beauty and the Beast Royal Ball from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, December 1st in the Community Room.  Enjoy magical activities, royal food, and a dancefloor! All ages are welcome but registration is required for this special event.  Royal attire is encouraged! Register here


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.