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Librarian Book Club for June

  • Posted on: 31 May 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Our June Librarian Book Club pick is the highly-anticipated domestic suspense, "The First Mistake" by Sandie Jones.

Release Date: June 11, 2019

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From Sandie Jones, the author of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller The Other Woman, comes an addictively readable new domestic suspense about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.

HMCPL employee wins poetry award

  • Posted on: 17 May 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Our library loves to showcase its talent when the opportunity arises! 

Emeka Barclay Marshall, an educator with the Huntsville City Schools, as well as a part-time employee of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, won a prestigious award for her self-published book of poetry.

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) and BiblioBoard announced the winners of the 2019 Self-Publishing EBook Award on April 30. Following the model of the current BCALA Literary Awards, the award honors the best self-published EBooks in fiction and poetry by an African American author in the United States. This is the fourth time BCALA and Biblioboard have given this innovative award.

Explore your world in May!

  • Posted on: 30 April 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

We are celebrating the great outdoors during the month of May at our 12 locations! We have partnered with the Land Trust of North Alabama to bring you some great books on the outdoors, as well as some great programs. Check out one of these events, coming to you this month! For our full event calendar, please visit here.


Madison Spring Movie Series

May 3 and 17 · Sunset

Madison Public Library

Join us for a free movie on our patio! May 3- Captain Underpants; May 17- Shrek.

 

April Book List: Grow at Your Library

  • Posted on: 12 April 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Before we start kicking it into beach-read gear, we wanted to share with a list of titles recommended by our librarians for the spring!

 

Practically perfect (in every way) : my misadventures through the world of self-help--and back

By Jennifer Niesslein

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10% happier: how I tamed the voice in my head….

By Dan Harris

Libraries strengthen their communities: celebrate National Library Week April 7-13

  • Posted on: 5 April 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

This editorial was written by Laurel Best, Executive Director of the HMCPL.

This week, the Huntsville Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.

April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.

A review of The Public

  • Posted on: 4 April 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Our volunteer and training coordinator, Dorothie Linton, attended the American Library Association’s mid-winter meeting in Seattle and had the opportunity to prescreen The Public.

Here is her review-

In The Public, filmmaker Emilio Estevez invites viewers to observe a fictional yet plausible example of the struggle to preserve public libraries as one of the last indoor communal spaces. The film tackles this issue through the story of a Cincinnati public library as it and its patrons endure a bitter winter.         

Grow at your Library this April

  • Posted on: 29 March 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton


It is officially spring in the Tennessee Valley. While some of us are still sneezing and wheezing from the explosion of pollen, it isn't enough to keep us from enjoying the beautiful weather. In April, we are celebrating spring with some great programming. Check out what is happening at your local library this month:

Gurley Family Craft Night

April 1• 5:30 p.m.

Gurley Public Library

Beautiful Bookmarks ... come be creative in making a beautiful bookmark in April!

 

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