How the Cecil Ashburn Project affects your library

  • Posted on: 7 January 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

On Monday, January 7, 2019, Cecil Ashburn Drive will close for critical updates. Here is some handy information from the City of Huntsville on the project:

City's Cecil Ashburn Info Page

Restore our Roads

 

Traveling to and from your library may be difficult during this closure. If you typically visit the Bailey Cove Branch Library, the Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library or the Downtown Huntsville Library, you can elect to visit the Gurley Public Library or the Elizabeth Carpenter Public Library of New Hope.

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Start your New Year at the Library!

  • Posted on: 2 January 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Happy New Year! This is the time of year where we reflect on our goals and aspirations and resolve to make changes. A great place to start is the library! Whether you want to pick up a new skill, brush up on your finances, or read up on health and meditation, your local branch has something for you. Welcome to Self-Improvement Month at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library!

Improve Yourself at Bailey Cove

Fridays in January at 11:00 am

Bailey Cove Branch Library

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Celebrate the holidays at your local library

  • Posted on: 27 November 2018
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Join us this December to celebrate the holidays at the library! Whether it is a story time, a craft night, or live music, we have many programs that will delight the old and young alike. And the best part is that all of them (with the exception of a small supply fee for some), are FREE. 

Tween Time: Gingerbread Houses

December 2  2:00 p.m.

Madison Public Library

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Network improvements at HMCPL

  • Posted on: 12 November 2018
  • By: Aaron Sakovich

In case you’ve not figured it out yet, we don’t just do books at the Library.

It was about this time of year in 2010, late fall eight years ago when I started working at the Library. At that time, the LibraryNet was all copper — analog T1 lines (think: old-style phone-grade) from our branches, a MetroEthernet for our Internet connection, and all the cabling within our Downtown Branch’s Computer Room were typically 100 megabit per second (Mbps) Ethernet links. Improving this infrastructure was quickly identified as one of my primary goals to improve service in the Library.

Here’s that story.


HMCPL network timeline of usage and bandwidth

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Into the Archives!

  • Posted on: 3 November 2018
  • By: Heather Adkins

“It’s out of paper!” You scream in terror as your printer (leisurely printing your homework), grinds to a stop. You look around, but there is no extra paper to be found. These days, a simple run to the office supply store can solve your paper needs. However, paper has not always been as accessible.

In the 19th Century, letter-writing was a surprisingly expensive task. Producing paper was not cheap, and buying quality paper came at a cost. Early in the century, postmasters began charging for distance traveled and the weight of paper. Combine the price of paper with the budding idea of paying for postage – writing to loved-ones suddenly became a line item in the family budget. This added expense led many to find ways to save on paper.

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