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Organizing your child's home library

  • Posted on: 20 November 2020
  • By: Guest Writer

By Marti Fuerst, HMCPL Systems Librarian


When we are cooped up inside, many of us look at reorganizing our spaces. We often turn to shows like Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and Organize It, along with the books written by their stars, to help us face the chaos on our shelves and in our drawers.

 

Marie Kondo’s simple minimalism isn’t for everyone, and the extravagant container-based systems of The Home Edit can easily be out of someone’s financial reach. But watching the ladies of The Home Edit organize the books in an after-school center by color got to me.

 

All Americans deserve a safe, affordable place to call home, says coalition director

  • Posted on: 19 November 2020
  • By: Guest Writer

Editor Note: The week of November 15 is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. We asked Lineise Arnold, Executive Director of the North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. (NACH) to guest write for our blog to talk about homelessness in the Huntsville/Madison County area. NACH has a satellite office at the Downtown Huntsville Library.


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The Library introduces its new #Libraryonwheels

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

The Library introduces its new #Libraryonwheels

Library’s outreach services play role in connecting services to communities

 

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) unveiled its new Outreach vehicle, thanks to a funding gift from Madison County Commission Chairman Dale W. Strong. The new van joins the Bookmobile in the Library’s fleet of vehicles that brings Library services to the community.

Will My Device Lose Access to OverDrive after October 30, 2020?

  • Posted on: 21 October 2020
  • By: Annie Phillips

OverDrive is the platform the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library uses to provide the Digital Media Zone's collection of eBooks and audiobooks for checkout. You typically access these books through dmz.overdrive.com or the Libby or OverDrive apps.

If you use the Libby or Kindle App, please disregard this article.

On October 30, 2020, OverDrive is making necessary security upgrades to protect the privacy of user data. These updates mean certain devices with older operating systems will lose access to the OverDrive app and OverDrive websites. If you see a message about losing access to the digital library after October 30, your device is affected by this change.

Technology Training Center provides free online classes

  • Posted on: 20 October 2020
  • By: Adrienne Bone

Like so many public institutions and services, the Technology Training Center is adapting to all of the changes in the world to keep serving the Huntsville community. These changes have resulted in our department to increase our online presence. During July and August, we started offering online instruction for Excel and Word, our more popular classes. We have since expanded our online catalog to include PowerPoint and advanced Excel classes.

5 Things to Know about our Interim Executive Director

  • Posted on: 13 October 2020
  • By: Melanie Thornton

On October 1, Deputy Director Cindy Hewitt stepped in as Interim Executive Director for the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) after Laurel Best retired. She will serve as Interim for up to a year until the board of directors can safely conduct a search for the Library's new Executive Director.

Voting Services at your Library

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

Did you know that the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) offers certain voting services at their 11 locations? Here is a breakdown on how the Library can help you navigate the voting process:

Voter Registration

Available at all 11 locations of the HMCPL, you can fill out a paper registration form and our librarians will deliver them to the Madison County Courthouse. There are deadlines to this that are important if you chose to register this way. 

Executive Director Laurel Best to Retire

  • Posted on: 28 September 2020
  • By: Melanie Thornton


Laurel speaking with Mayor Tommy Battle at the South Huntsville Library
groundbreaking in February 2020.

After a 45 year career in public libraries, The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) Executive Director Laurel Best is retiring at the end of September. Laurel has been with the HMCPL system for 12 years. She announced her plans to retire to the library staff and board of directors in July.

 

Get Social with the New Libby Update

  • Posted on: 26 September 2020
  • By: Annie Phillips

Have you been so excited by a book that you need to share it right away with someone else you know will love it as much as you? If you read eBooks and audiobooks with the Libby app, now you can! Read on for information from OverDrive on how to share titles directly with friends or on social media, as well as exporting your book list for further use.

Sharing titles

Readers can now share titles on social media or directly with friends, using the Share button found in a title’s Reading Journey and details screen. A shared title page shows the book’s summary, basic details, and nearby libraries that offer the title through Libby. This new option encourages users to socialize their favorite reads with family, friends, and followers while spreading awareness of your library’s digital collection.

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