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Library to offer workforce development lab

  • Posted on: 9 August 2018
  • By: Melanie Thornton

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library proves once again that it is not only serving the needs of the community, but doing so in a technologically-driven environment. The library was recently awarded a $7500 Digital Inclusion Fund Grant by the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, sponsored by Google Fiber.

The grant funds will be used to create a Workforce Development Lab for those who need digital assistance to secure employment or job advancement. The lab will be located on the second floor of the Downtown Huntsville Library. The Technology Training Center will manage the lab during scheduled times.

The lab will offer the following services:

New Madison Children's Garden Coming

  • Posted on: 7 August 2018
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Rotary Club of Madison to create children’s garden at the Madison Public Library

The Madison Public Library will soon welcome a new addition to its state-of-the-art campus with a children’s learning garden. The Rotary Club of Madison, along with the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library announced plans for what they are describing as “a space for hands-on exploration of science and nature.”

Book Review: The Shadow of Black Birds

  • Posted on: 19 July 2018
  • By: Shalis Worthy

In the fall of 1918, 16 year old Mary Shelley Black steps off a train in California and into a macabre adventure. Her story takes place as World War I rages, mutilated soldiers are shipped home from the front lines of the War to End All Wars, and Americans die in droves from the Spanish influenza. Death is a daily occurrence and Mary Shelley’s constant companion.

 

Community Cultures: The Mississippi Delta Chinese

  • Posted on: 19 July 2018
  • By: Connie Chow


Connie with her brother 
at their family-run grocery
store in Greenwood, MS

Each community has its unique cultural makeup. Some groups may be just arriving, and others may have lived in the area for decades. An example of this is the Mississippi Delta Chinese who migrated to the Mississippi River Delta over a century ago and prospered in the region by operating small grocery stores. The population grew as relatives of early migrants also joined them.  Their existence in Mississippi led to a mixture of both Chinese and Southern culture that can be seen in the cuisine and Southern accents of the Chinese who hail from that area.

 

Tour of The British Library, London

  • Posted on: 29 June 2018
  • By: Kiran Badyal

My name is Kiran Badyal and I work as a library assistant at the Eleanor E. Murphy Branch in Huntsville. I greatly enjoy my work and particularly like helping patrons with their questions and research. My husband and I recently traveled to London on vacation. We spent time enjoying the customary tourist sights like the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. We also visited the remarkable British Library. It was fascinating experience that I would like to share with our patrons.

Top 10 Reasons to visit the library this summer!

  • Posted on: 21 June 2018
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Summertime at the library is exciting! We like to shake things up a little as the weather gets warmer and offer many entertainment, educational and cultural enrichment opportunities for our patrons. There is truly something for everyone at the library. 

Our librarians compiled a list of the top 10 reasons to visit your library this summer:

  • Live music in the air conditioning..… Our indoor concert series is one of the most popular in town. And it happens every other Tuesday through September.

 

Reading in the Wild

  • Posted on: 6 June 2018
  • By: Amanda Campbell

Hiking in Fall Creek Falls State ParkWhen you think about working in a library, you might picture a typical day filled with books and reading. While we are technically surrounded by books, the public library is really about people. Whether it’s connecting someone to their next great read or helping with a job application, the meaningful interactions are why I love coming to work every day. 

So when it’s time for a vacation, I like to get out in the wilderness. I recently spent a week hiking and camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Fall Creek Falls State Park, and South Cumberland State Park. I found some great trail guides here at the library that helped me plan the hikes.

HMCPL to offer book club for veterans

  • Posted on: 31 May 2018
  • By: Melanie Thornton

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library and the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) are proud to announce a new book club to serve our veteran population called “Literature and the Veteran Experience,” a humanities-based reading and discussion program for area veterans.

For many veterans, humanities can play an important role in expressing their unique issues and concerns that may arise from their experiences. The program’s goal is to create an opportunity for veterans to connect with one another, build relationships and reflect upon those issues through literature.

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