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Boost your investing know-how

You want to take your money to a higher level in 2015. You're eager to buy individual stocks, but you just don’t know how to get started. Boost your investing know-how with a free two-part course at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. Classes will be offered beginning in January.

Basic Stock Valuation is an advanced course presented as an extension of the library’s Mind Your Money financial literacy program. Read more about Boost your investing know-how

No smoking at your library

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library system begins the new year with a new health policy. All 12 library branches – plus library vehicles and grounds – will be smoke- and tobacco-free starting January 1, 2015.

The purpose of this policy is to provide a healthful environment for library employees and visitors. The policy prohibits smoking of any kind, including tobacco-less E-cigarettes and all other electronic smoking devices, and using tobacco products of any kind. Read more about No smoking at your library

Ring and Sing for the Madison Public Library

Enjoy carols and cookies, and boost the Madison Public Library’s budget at the 17th Annual Ring and Sing, hosted by Messiah Lutheran Church and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

The program will be presented Sunday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran, 7740 U.S. 72 West. All donations collected at the door will benefit the library.

A cookie reception will follow the concert, and childcare will be provided.

For more information, call the Madison Public Library at 256-461-0046. Read more about Ring and Sing for the Madison Public Library

Do your holiday shopping here

Have a book-lover on your shopping list this holiday season? We have books for all ages as well as DVDs and other items for a variety of gift-giving occasions at our library bookstores.

The Friends of the Library, Huntsville Main, operates the largest bookstore, just inside the entrance of the Downtown Huntsville Library. Hours are Monday-Thursday, noon-6 p.m.; Friday, noon-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. Call 256-532-5986 for more information. Read more about Do your holiday shopping here

Gifts that keep on giving

A donation to your Huntsville-Madison County Public Library makes our whole community a better place to live, work, and play.

Your dollars help us to put new books, CDs, and DVDs on library shelves, and add ebook titles and other electronic materials. Your support helps us to present educational and entertainment programming for children and adults.

Our library system is ranked No. 1 in the state for the number of items we circulate to our patrons. But our funding per person is No. 127 – about one third the amount of the Birmingham and Hoover libraries. Read more about Gifts that keep on giving

Put a little jazz in your holidays

The U.S. Army Four-Star Jazz Orchestra and the Rocket City Jazz Orchestra will perform holiday favorites during the annual Christmas Concert at the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 915 Monroe St., on Saturday, December 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 256-532-5975. Read more about Put a little jazz in your holidays

Meet the Author: Jonathon Scott Payne

Madison author Jonathon Scott Payne will talk about his book "Mighty Little Man" on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Madison Public Library.

Kirkus Reviews calls "Mighty Little Man" "an upbeat celebration of one man's love for his four-legged feline friend." Books will be available for sale and signing. Read more about Meet the Author: Jonathon Scott Payne

Quilting 101 @ New Hope

Learn how to create your own hand-stitched heirloom during Quilting 101 at the Elizabeth Carpenter Library of New Hope during November and December. Local quiltmaker Linda Solmon will teach classes on Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the library, 5496 Main St.

Here’s the class schedule:
    November 14 – Cutting the Pieces
    November 21 – Sewing the Pieces
    December 5 – Quilting the Block
    December 12 – Hemming the Block
    December 19 – Finishing Read more about Quilting 101 @ New Hope

Free flu shots, screenings

Huntsville Hospital's Mobile Medical Unit will offer free flu shots for adults and children age 9 and older on Monday, November 10, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library downtown, 915 Monroe St.

Hospital personnel also will offer free health screenings for diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol and more. Health screening results are reported to the patient onsite. All test results are completely confidential.

For details, contact Chris Daniels  at 256-532-5993. Read more about Free flu shots, screenings

Speed Crafting @ Bailey Cove

The Bailey Cove Friends of the Library will present Speed Crafting @ Your Library on Saturday, November 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bailey Cove Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza.

We're asking for a $15 donation to participate in this special fundraising event. Participants will receive four craft kits, class instruction, refreshments, door prizes, and more.

Tickets are available at the Bailey Cove Library. Sign up early because space is limited.

For more information, call 256-881-0257 or send email to bcove@hmcpl.org. Read more about Speed Crafting @ Bailey Cove