Book Review - 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood

  • Posted on: 20 August 2018
  • By: Brian Bess

A female dystopia mutated to its logical extreme Margaret Atwood wrote ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in 1984, a very important year in the history of dystopian fiction. Perhaps the number of the year inspired her; most definitely, the leanings toward theocratic authoritarianism expressed by organizations at that time such as the Moral Majority. The dystopian framework was the best suited for a novel about events that had happened multiple times throughout human history, projected into a possible recurrence in the U.S. Atwood has repeatedly insisted that she invented none of the developments in the novel; everything that happens in the novel has occurred at some point in the past. So here we are in 2018 and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ along with ‘1984’ and several other dystopian novels have seen a not very surprising increase in sales.

Librarians on Vacation: I have a book problem

  • Posted on: 13 August 2018
  • By: Suzanne

Hi my name is Suzanne, I’m the Adult Programs Librarian at the Downtown Library and I have a book problem.

I love reading and I read fast, a combination which has caused me many difficulties. Mainly back pain from very heavy bags filled with books. If I don’t carry with me 25 books, how on earth will I survive a two week beach vacation?

Digital books are my new favorite thing. Now I can have all of the books I want in my pocket. I can read in line at the super market. I can read while I walk from one end of the building to the other (warning: this ability to walk and read has been cultivated over many years of practice; don’t try this at home!). I can read in the car while my husband drives and when I finish a book I CAN DOWNLOAD ANOTHER ONE WITHOUT STOPPING!

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:

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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.”

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