News

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

Tags: 

Five Reasons to be a Friend of your Library

  • Posted on: 26 October 2018
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Libraries across the country are celebrating National Friends of the Libraries Week, October 21-27, 2018. Our Friends of the Library groups are vital in expanding our resources to better serve the community through fundraising, volunteer and program support and through advocacy. All 12 branches of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library have a Friends group you can join. Here are five reasons why you should join today:

Tags: 

Book Chat: The Great American Read

  • Posted on: 24 September 2018
  • By: Michelle Brightwell

Humans have always felt the need to share stories. They began telling tales as soon as they developed the capacity for speech. Early civilizations would gather at holy places, around their campfires, to listen and memorize the stories shared with them by the elders and religious leaders of their communities.  Stories were told to communicate their knowledge and experience to other members of their communities – they told stories to warn of danger, to teach how to hunt, explain away terrifying natural events and share the wonder of nature. We have always felt the need to share stories. Sharing experiences and other worlds are as important to humans now as they were in prehistory. Stories bring us together and help us give meaning and make sense of our lives.

Library welcomes community mosaic

  • Posted on: 28 August 2018
  • By: Melanie Thornton

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library welcomed the permanent installation of a community mosaic at the Downtown Huntsville Library on Tuesday, August 28.

"This is one of those wonderful opportunities where we can showcase the talent in our community," said Connie Chow, Downtown's branch manager. "We are honored to be able to display this for all to enjoy."

“Beauty From Brokenness” is a triptych artwork created from glass tiles from the original “Cosmic Christ” mosaic commissioned by Huntsville’s First Baptist Church in the early 1970s. Local artist Stephen Ware was one of three Huntsvillians to assist Texas-based artist Gordon William Smith with the original mosaic installation in the 1970s.

Tags: 

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:

Tags: 

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.”

Tags: