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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
The holiday season is a fun time to visit your local library. We have many amazing programs and events happening throughout December that will not stretch your wallet! Check them out below (and click on the link for more information). Please note that some events require registration and may fill up.
Monday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.
Madison Public Library Makerspace
Thursday, December 5, 4:30 p.m.
Tillman D. Hill Public Library of Hazel Green