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Library Board of Directors Hires Cindy Hewitt to lead the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library System

  • Posted on: 27 July 2021
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Library Board of Directors Hires Cindy Hewitt to lead the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library System

 

The Board of Directors for the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) voted during its July meeting to hire Cindy Hewitt to lead the 10-branch library system as the new Executive Director. Hewitt has been the Interim Executive Director since October 2020, when Laurel Best retired after 12 years.

 

Introducing the new North Huntsville Library

  • Posted on: 20 April 2021
  • By: Melanie Thornton

The new North Huntsville Library is now open!

The City of Huntsville debuted its latest public amenity on Sparkman Drive to benefit residents living in North Huntsville.  

Mayor Tommy Battle and District 1 Council Member Devyn Keith hosted a ribbon-cutting on April 7 to open the Dr. Robert Shurney Legacy Center, an eleven-acre campus featuring the new North Huntsville Library and recreation facilities. The $11 million project was funded by the City of Huntsville and donations from private and government partners.  

“We are so glad to be investing in such a worthy project for our community,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “Transforming this site and creating live, learn and play facilities are among the best ways we enhance quality of life.” 

The Library introduces its new #Libraryonwheels

  • Posted on: 27 October 2020
  • By: Melanie Thornton

The Library introduces its new #Libraryonwheels

Library’s outreach services play role in connecting services to communities

 

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) unveiled its new Outreach vehicle, thanks to a funding gift from Madison County Commission Chairman Dale W. Strong. The new van joins the Bookmobile in the Library’s fleet of vehicles that brings Library services to the community.

Voting Services at your Library

  • Posted on: 5 October 2020
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Did you know that the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) offers certain voting services at their 11 locations? Here is a breakdown on how the Library can help you navigate the voting process:

Voter Registration

Available at all 11 locations of the HMCPL, you can fill out a paper registration form and our librarians will deliver them to the Madison County Courthouse. There are deadlines to this that are important if you chose to register this way. 

Executive Director Laurel Best to Retire

  • Posted on: 28 September 2020
  • By: Melanie Thornton


Laurel speaking with Mayor Tommy Battle at the South Huntsville Library
groundbreaking in February 2020.

After a 45 year career in public libraries, The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) Executive Director Laurel Best is retiring at the end of September. Laurel has been with the HMCPL system for 12 years. She announced her plans to retire to the library staff and board of directors in July.

 

Library Foundation receives joint donation as demand for children’s print books soar amid pandemic

  • Posted on: 17 September 2020
  • By: Melanie Thornton

 

The Huntsville Library Foundation (HLF) announced today that Dynetics and Mayor Battle’s Book Club donated $15,000 each to its Launchpad to Literacy Fund. The fund will purchase children’s print books for the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL). 

Launchpad to Literacy Fund was developed after the Library faced a huge increase in demand for children’s print books since the pandemic, as more children are spending time and learning at home.

 

HMCPL Keeps You Connected

  • Posted on: 25 March 2020
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Dear Library Patrons,

There are many ways that the library can still serve you during this unprecedented time. The Huntsville-Madison County Public library is here for you even when our doors are currently closed to the public.

Resources available:

Blast Off Book Festival returns to the Madison Public Library

  • Posted on: 5 March 2020
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Blast Off Book Festival returns to the Madison Public Library on March 7

The author of Lunch Lady, Jedi Academy series Jarrett Krosoczka is guest author

 

MADISON, Ala. (March 5, 2020) - The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is pleased to host the second annual Blast Off Book Festival on Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Madison Public Library, 142 Plaza Blvd. Jarrett Krosoczka will be the guest speaker at this free event aimed for children of all ages.

 

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