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Halloween Horror Flicks: Stephen King Theater

  • Posted on: 3 October 2020
  • By: Robert Freese

Halloween Horror Flicks:

Stephen King Theater 

Halloween and horror movies based on books by Stephen King have been a Halloween tradition in my home since the early days of VHS. There is nothing like lining up a stack of movies based on stories by King Stephen, turning down the lights and letting the creeps run wild. Grab some popcorn, a bowl of candy and let’s stay up until the witching hour with the King of Horror.

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.

Two Librarians Walk into a Shelf with Grady Hendrix

  • Posted on: 1 October 2020
  • By: Robert Freese

In this week’s episode of Two Librarians Walk Into A Shelf, Michelle and Rob had the opportunity to discuss spooky favorites, both old and new, with bestselling author Grady Hendrix. You might remember back to Episode 1 of the podcast in which a discussion of all things Grady Hendrix was had. Clearly, your podcast hosts were thrilled to get a chance to talk horror and its current popularity with Mr. Hendrix.

Hendrix then left us with some book recommendations to check out for people who might be new to the horror genre, and some favorite spooky season movies as well.

Exploring Hispanic Heritage Month with Your Children

  • Posted on: 29 September 2020
  • By: Jon Schafle

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th and is a time when the United States celebrates the contributions and influences of Hispanic Americans have made to the history and culture of the country. It's a wonderful opportunity to teach your children about your own Hispanic roots or to learn about another culture. I was exposed to lots of great Mexican art, music, and culture growing up in California and have put together some suggests to share beyond.

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.

 

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.

Two Librarians Walk Into a Shelf Episode 8 Show Notes

  • Posted on: 25 September 2020
  • By: Michelle Brightwell

In episode 8 of the podcast, Rob and Michelle discuss materials written by authors who came to their subject or their craft in interesting ways. Come for the discussion about books, but stay for the first edition of The Library Game, and a story about wasps at the library!

You might recognize the name Deborah Goodrich Royce from movies and TV, but she’s published her first book, the suspense thriller, Finding Mrs. Ford. Monster, She Wrote is a nonfiction book about all of the women who pioneered the horror and speculative fiction genre. Why Fish Don't Exist is a memoir weaved with the nonfiction tale of a biologist who became obsessive over his work.

Italian Chills and Thrills for Halloween

  • Posted on: 24 September 2020
  • By: Robert Freese

Italian Chills and Thrills for Halloween

At one time, a great deal of films came into the United States for distribution to drive-ins from all over the world. Italy was one of the major countries to export genre films for double and triple features at ozoners across the country. For decades, Italian films of all types graced the giant outdoor screens, as well as hardtops, from the mid '50s through the early ‘80s, but where all but gone by the mid ‘90s.

Drive-in Double Features Part Four

  • Posted on: 22 September 2020
  • By: Robert Freese

Drive-In Double Features #4

Drive-in season is still in full swing. Run to your Kitchen Snack Bar for some ice cold beverages, maybe a piping hot slice of pizza or a pit cooked B-B-Q sandwich, and of course, popcorn and candy or delicious ice cream. The show is about to begin! (Remember, I’m just putting two movies together for the double features, there is no double feature option on Hoopla.)

 

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