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30 Days of Kindness Books for Kids

  • Posted on: 1 November 2020
  • By: Jon Schafle

Thanksgiving is the time of year when our thoughts should turn to togetherness, unity, and appreciation for each other and our love towards our family and friends. It's a great time to share these ideas with your kids and explore what it means to be a kid and thoughtful person and to help out and celebrate the season I've put together a list of 30 books from our Youth Services collection that show off these ideas of thankfulness, empathy and kindness:

 

♦ Picture Books ♦

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Graphic Novels

  • Posted on: 3 October 2020
  • By: Jon Schafle

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month I wanted to showcase some of the amazing Hispanic comic creators that we have available in print in our adult graphics collection system wide as well as digital editions that are available through Hoopla which you can also access with your library card. There's a huge amount of talented creators in the industry but I limited it to some of my personal favorite stories (I do have a soft spot for silver/bronze age comics) and I hope you'll find some new some titles to explore:

José Luis García-López

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.

Celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in the U.S. with two exhibits at the Downtown Library

  • Posted on: 13 August 2020
  • By: Lauren Lucas

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2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, granting that no one could be denied the right to vote because of their sex. Could women vote before the 19th amendment? Yes, but not in every state.  Could all women in America vote after the 19th amendment? No, immigrants, Puerto Ricans, and women of color could still be denied the right to vote.  The movement to give all women the right began a lifetime before it was ratified in 1920 and continued to go on for decades still. This history and the stories of the men and women who fought to bring us this right are well documented in our collection. 

Blast Off Book Festival returns to the Madison Public Library

  • Posted on: 5 March 2020
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Blast Off Book Festival returns to the Madison Public Library on March 7

The author of Lunch Lady, Jedi Academy series Jarrett Krosoczka is guest author

 

MADISON, Ala. (March 5, 2020) - The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is pleased to host the second annual Blast Off Book Festival on Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Madison Public Library, 142 Plaza Blvd. Jarrett Krosoczka will be the guest speaker at this free event aimed for children of all ages.

 

Art in Flamingo fosters creativity, art appreciation

  • Posted on: 27 February 2020
  • By: Melanie Thornton

It is Monday morning at the Triana Public Library. It is quiet inside of the building, but soon, as children of all ages start to trickle in, the library’s small meeting area will transform into an art studio and sounds of excitement will be heard throughout. It is time for Art in Flamingo Park, the moniker for the library’s art appreciation class, funded by the Huntsville Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library Triana.

Library wins grant for community history project

  • Posted on: 24 January 2020
  • By: Heather Adkins

In Spring 2020, the Special Collections Department will begin a new community digitization project, and we need your help!

The project, “Huntsville in Retrospect,” focuses on scanning and photographing family records and other items of historical value. However, instead of you coming to us, we are going to you. We plan to schedule six locations around Madison County – at community centers, churches, libraries, and anywhere else we can find – where you can bring in personal family records for us to digitally copy for the archive. The best part? You get to keep your family records!

The first scanning day will be held at the Historic Huntsville Depot on March 3 and 4, 2020. 

Glow in the Dark Poetry Night

  • Posted on: 23 December 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

When Marquez McClinton was in third grade, he discovered his interest in poetry could possibly be something more than just a way to get a girl’s attention. His teacher noticed it too and encouraged him to keep writing. It was the same year that he also performed his first spoken word poem.

Today (and over 100 poems later), he has a new band with bassist Michael Cummings called the SPINSHIPS. They recently performed their first TEDx program in Huntsville last year and produced their first music video (see below).

 

He is a performer on the rise as well as a part of our library family- Marquez can usually be seen greeting and assisting patrons at the Madison Public Library as a Library Clerk.

 

Lawyers in the Library

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

 Lawyers in the Library: Free legal aid clinic comes to Downtown


Starting in December, the Downtown Huntsville Library, through a partnership with the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program (MCVLP) will offer regular legal aid clinics to the public called “Lawyers in the Library.”  The clinic will be held on the third Thursday of the month, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in meeting rooms C and D on the second floor.

 

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