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Into the Archives!

  • Posted on: 17 June 2019
  • By: Cait Monroe

One of the things I love most about my job is that I am involved in a variety of tasks, which allows me to learn and exercise many different skills. Lately, my focus has been on creating exhibits for the state bicentennial which will be on display for the rest of the year. This has been an incredibly rewarding challenge. With each exhibit, I feel I am learning so much, and the exhibits are improving as a result. One that I am particularly pleased with is the exhibit on World War II.

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HMCPL employee wins poetry award

  • Posted on: 17 May 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Our library loves to showcase its talent when the opportunity arises! 

Emeka Barclay Marshall, an educator with the Huntsville City Schools, as well as a part-time employee of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, won a prestigious award for her self-published book of poetry.

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) and BiblioBoard announced the winners of the 2019 Self-Publishing EBook Award on April 30. Following the model of the current BCALA Literary Awards, the award honors the best self-published EBooks in fiction and poetry by an African American author in the United States. This is the fourth time BCALA and Biblioboard have given this innovative award.

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May the Fourth Be With You

  • Posted on: 3 May 2019
  • By: Jon Schafle

    May the Force be with you, always. It's become a tradition to celebrate all things Star Wars on May the Fourth (get it?), and we have lots of materials available to help you get into the spirit of a that galaxy long ago and far, far away whether you're feeling nostalgic, looking to jump back in, or curious and just starting fresh we have the perfect places for you to start!

Libraries strengthen their communities: celebrate National Library Week April 7-13

  • Posted on: 5 April 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

This editorial was written by Laurel Best, Executive Director of the HMCPL.

This week, the Huntsville Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.

April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.

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A review of The Public

  • Posted on: 4 April 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Our volunteer and training coordinator, Dorothie Linton, attended the American Library Association’s mid-winter meeting in Seattle and had the opportunity to prescreen The Public.

Here is her review-

In The Public, filmmaker Emilio Estevez invites viewers to observe a fictional yet plausible example of the struggle to preserve public libraries as one of the last indoor communal spaces. The film tackles this issue through the story of a Cincinnati public library as it and its patrons endure a bitter winter.         

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Library offers services for patrons in need

  • Posted on: 25 March 2019
  • By: Connie Chow

March is Reach Out to Your Neighbor Month and throughout the Huntsville-Madison County Library system we aim to be a steady source of information and resources for our neighboring communities.

At the Downtown Huntsville Library, due to our centralized location and numerous services, we serve a diverse patron base.  Patrons experiencing homelessness utilize our branch’s services often.  Our free public computers, free Wi-Fi, and plentiful reading materials are available to them during their visits to the library. We also offer a free phone in our patron lounge that may be used for short outgoing calls.

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Library receives grant for STEM programming

  • Posted on: 21 February 2019
  • By: Melanie Thornton

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library received a grant from The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). LSTA is the only federal program exclusively for libraries. It is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). With the funds provided by the grant, the Library is providing meaningful opportunities for school-aged children and teens throughout Madison County in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

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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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