Annie Phillips's blog

Having a Blast with Local Music

  • Posted on: 21 April 2021
  • By: Annie Phillips

Music in Huntsville and North Alabama has always had strong roots and a far-reaching legacy. WC Handy, Mervyn Warren, Rose Maddox, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Jim Nabors, Spooner Oldham, GMANE, Rick Hall, Brittany Howard, Patterson Hood, Jason Isbell, Dave Anderson, Susanna Phillips, the Oakwood Aeolians. These names and so many more represent just a fraction of the talent that has come out of North Alabama and continues to be a gift to the world.

Supported by the Marguerite Cartwright Hawthorne endowment bequeathed to HMCPL, we are proud to announce the launch of Blast, a platform built specifically for our library to showcase and stream local music.

Staff Favorites of 2020

  • Posted on: 3 December 2020
  • By: Annie Phillips

2020 has been a difficult year in a lot of respects, but if there is something to celebrate, it's the books that came out. Our well-read HMCPL staff has put together a list of their best-loved books published in 2020. As the year draws to a close we hope you can take time to discover some new favorites for yourself.

Adult Fiction

Will My Device Lose Access to OverDrive after October 30, 2020?

  • Posted on: 21 October 2020
  • By: Annie Phillips

OverDrive is the platform the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library uses to provide the Digital Media Zone's collection of eBooks and audiobooks for checkout. You typically access these books through dmz.overdrive.com or the Libby or OverDrive apps.

If you use the Libby or Kindle App, please disregard this article.

On October 30, 2020, OverDrive is making necessary security upgrades to protect the privacy of user data. These updates mean certain devices with older operating systems will lose access to the OverDrive app and OverDrive websites. If you see a message about losing access to the digital library after October 30, your device is affected by this change.

Reese's Book Club October Pick Available on Hoopla

  • Posted on: 2 October 2020
  • By: Annie Phillips

“Elikem married me in absentia; he did not come to our wedding.” - His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

Reese's Book Club - Hello Sunshine has just announced their October pick, His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie. While we order more physical copies for HMCPL and if you can't wait another day to read it, head over to Hoopla for an instant checkout!

Read it here.

Listen to it here.

Get Social with the New Libby Update

  • Posted on: 26 September 2020
  • By: Annie Phillips

Have you been so excited by a book that you need to share it right away with someone else you know will love it as much as you? If you read eBooks and audiobooks with the Libby app, now you can! Read on for information from OverDrive on how to share titles directly with friends or on social media, as well as exporting your book list for further use.

Sharing titles

Readers can now share titles on social media or directly with friends, using the Share button found in a title’s Reading Journey and details screen. A shared title page shows the book’s summary, basic details, and nearby libraries that offer the title through Libby. This new option encourages users to socialize their favorite reads with family, friends, and followers while spreading awareness of your library’s digital collection.

New Fiction On Our Hoopla Wishlist

  • Posted on: 5 September 2020
  • By: Annie Phillips

As librarians, one of the best parts of the job is when we get to find out about all the amazing, interesting books that are always coming out. One of the most difficult parts is when we realize we can't buy them all! Below is a list of adult fiction that has been published in the last six months that we couldn't get for our shelves inside the library, but are available right now on Hoopla! All you need is your HMCPL card to get started on this pile of great reads.

 

Hot HMCPL Holds Found on Hoopla

  • Posted on: 29 August 2020
  • By: Annie Phillips

If you're eagerly waiting for a title but you're stuck on a holds list, take a look here to see if it's on Hoopla. Hoopla has thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, movies, television, and music. Everything is ready to check out and download immediately with your HMCPL card - no waiting.

Adult Fiction

If I Were You by Lynn Austin

The Last Flight by Julie Clark

Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle

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