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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
        Together
    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

Write with us

NaNoWriMo Write-In

Bring your writing tools and join other National Novel Writing Month participants to write your novel on Mondays in November, 3, 10, 17 & 24, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in the second-floor Events Room of the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library downtown, 915 Monroe St.

Teen Writing Group Read more about Write with us

Help us deck our halls

We’re presenting our annual Festival of Trees at the Downtown Huntsville Library and the Festival of Wreaths at the Madison Library again this year, and your group is invited to help us decorate.

You can view the displays throughout December, but you must to sign up in November to participate. Call Chris Daniels at 256-532-5993 for Downtown Huntsville trees. For Madison wreaths, contact the Friends of the Madison Public Library at 256-461-0046 or email madisonfriendsofthelibrary@gmail.com. Read more about Help us deck our halls

Collecting the Past

Discover a digital path to historic research on November 8 when Chuck Sherrill, Tennessee state archivist, presents “Collecting the Past: A Report from Tennessee’s State Librarian and Archivist” from 10 a.m. to noon at the Downtown Huntsville Library. Admission is free. Read more about Collecting the Past

Meet the Author: Sheryll Cashin

Huntsville native Sheryll Cashin wrote about the struggles of her family in The Agitator’s Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family. Now the Georgetown University law professor will return to her hometown to talk about her latest book, Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America, on Monday, November 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown Huntsville Library. Books will be available for sale and signing. Admission is free. Read more about Meet the Author: Sheryll Cashin

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