Adult Programming

Just a few of the library's adult programs include Genealogy, gardening tips, health, and fitness.  

Pathway to Citizenship 

The Huntsville Public Library, in conjunction with the Sam Houston State University
(SHSU) Law, Engagement, and Politics (LEAP) Center and the Boys and Girls Club of
Walker County will present a free Citizenship Preparation Course. The class will be
held from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning March 21st through April 25th in
the Huntsville Public Library’s Staggs Community Room. The course is designed to
prepare immigrants for the U. S. Naturalization Test and will cover the application
process, oral interview, and exam. All necessary materials will be provided. The classes
are taught by Mike Yawn, Political Science Professor at SHSU. Space is limited
and registration is required, so sign up at the library early. Register here or contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471, for more information.


Whether you’re an adoptee or just looking to break down that brick wall, learn more about the fascinating world of DNA from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at the Huntsville Public Library. Janet Miller discusses how to read DNA results, how to contact others to share your DNA, and how to use it as a research tool. The next class is planned for Wednesday, May 15 for those who miss the first class or want to delve further into the subject. Please register here or call 936-291-5471 for more information.

Genealogy Tips and Tricks

When researching your family tree, there are several tips and tricks that can save you time and trouble. Come to the Huntsville Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 to find out more. Walker County Genealogical Society member Emmy Bushman will share some secrets that will help you with your research. Future meetings will be May 21 and June 18 in the Huntsville Public Library’s Dickenson Genealogy Room. Registration is required and register here. The sessions are sponsored by the Walker County Genealogical Society. More information about dates and times can be found at or contact Mary at 936-291-5471.


Pilates is a great way to strengthen your abs, reduce back pain and hone your focus.
Pilates student teachers from the SHSU Department of Dance will teach a weekly class
from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM starting Monday, February 11 in the Community Room at the
Huntsville Public Library. The Huntsville Public Library is partnering with the SHSU
Center for Community Engagement for this program. Pilates classes build strength,
flexibility and lean muscle tone with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning
the spine. Benefits include production of muscle tone that doesn’t create bulk, overall
slimming, greatly improved flexibility and increased mobility, even in just a short time.
Please bring your own towel or mat. Consult your doctor before starting any new
exercise program. Liability waivers are required to participate and are available from the
instructor. Class size is limited and registration is required. Register here or call Mary Kokot at (936)291-5471 for more information. 

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

Six workshops with a focus on helping you to self-manage your Diabetes begin at 1
p.m. on Mondays on May 13 and continue through June 24 in the Staggs Community
Room in the Huntsville Public Library. Sponsored by Texas A&M Center for Population
Health & Aging and the Houston Galveston Area Council’s Area Agency on Aging and
hosted by Huntsville Public Library, they are designed to help participants deal with the
symptoms of Diabetes, such as fatigue, pain, stress and frustration. Other topics
covered include: healthy eating, medication use, and working with health care providers.
Limited to 12 participants, classes are hands-on and highly interactive. Cecilia “Ce”
Schlicher, Master Trainer, works under the Texas A&M Center for Population Health &
Aging license. For more information and registration contact Ce Cowart  936-436-0442.

FamilySearch Workshop

The Huntsville Public Library is pleased to announce an opportunity for genealogy enthusiasts and newcomers alike to meet with experienced and qualified genealogical researchers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. One-hour sessions will be offered weekly on Thursdays. Sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attendance will be limited to no more than four researchers. The small group will allow each participant to receive individual attention. Interested persons should contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471. Sign-up is not required. This program is for adults 17 and older.

If your family tree is missing some branches, then sign up for “Exploring”, a
workshop devoted to teaching the basics of this online family history resource. The workshop will be held from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Future classes will be held on the first Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  Develop the skill sets needed for online genealogical research. Learn how to navigate the different learning centers and databases. Discover family tree members using tools such as vital, census, military, and immigration records. The site is free to library patrons when used on the library’s computers. Limit 4 per session. This program is for adults 17 and older. Register here or contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471.

Book Club

Be part of the adult book club at the Huntsville Public Library! All interested persons are welcome to join in the fun from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Book clubs are an excellent way to enjoy books, challenge one’s mind, and socialize with other book lovers! Have fun reading a wide variety of books, making friends, meeting like-minded people and stimulating the brain cells! For membership, register here.


Get fit while you sit with Sittercise! It’s an exercise program offered from 10 to 11 a.m. on
Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Huntsville Public Library in conjunction with Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Sittercise is designed to help those who are aging and/or dealing with chronic and other illnesses. It 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. Register here or contact Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator, at 936-291-5471 with questions or for additional information.  

Computer Classes

Please clickhere to find adult computer classes available at HPL.

Genealogy Programs

Please click here to find genealogy programs available at HPL.

Book Clubs

Please click here to find the different book clubs available at HPL.