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Sweet treats for sweet reads

The Friends of the Library at the Showers Center Public Library will host a dessert fundraiser on Saturday, November 3, starting at 11 a.m., at the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 915 Monroe St.

A variety of homemade treats will be available. Proceeds will purchase new picture books and other items to make the Showers Center Public Library’s children’s department that much sweeter. Contact Lillie Cawthron, Showers branch manager, at 256-851-7492 or lcawthron@hmcpl.org, for more information. Read more about Sweet treats for sweet reads

Classic Films in Focus

Jennifer Garlen, author of Kermit Culture: Critical Perspectives on Jim Henson’s Muppets, will present a film/lecture series on two classic films from Hollywood’s golden age. This is the first event of an ongoing series exploring movies from her new book, Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Films Worth Watching. Read more about Classic Films in Focus

Enter the 2013 Teen Design Contest

Attention teen artists: The Youth Services Council at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is taking submissions for the 2013 Teen Design Contest. The winning graphic design will be featured on the Summer Reading 2013 book bags.

The artwork must reflect one of the Summer Reading 2013 themes: “Underground” or “Beneath the Surface.” Participants may submit artwork to be used as a background on the logo or design the logo to include the words: “Summer Reading 2013.” Read more about Enter the 2013 Teen Design Contest

Axis 360 expands ebook offerings

Axis 360, offered through Baker & Taylor book distributor, is a great resource for readers of ebooks. Patrons can log in at http://hmcpl.axis360.baker-taylor.com; they need their library card number and PIN to access this free service. Read more about Axis 360 expands ebook offerings

Meet the Author: Beck McDowell

A man with a gun threatens a classroom of first-graders. It’s a horror straight out of the headlines. But it’s also the plot of local author Beck McDowell’s debut novel for young adults, “This Is Not a Drill.” Hear her talk about her work during a Meet the Author program on Sunday, October 28th, at 2 p.m. at the Main Library.

Beck is also the author of the nonfiction book "Last Bus Out," a tale of heroism set in and around New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Find out more about her work at beckmcdowell.com. Read more about Meet the Author: Beck McDowell

Nonprofit Lunch & Learn: “Online and Social Media for Nonprofits”

Nonprofit Lunch & Learn: “Online and Social Media for Nonprofits” will be held on Thursday, October 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Main Library.

Larkin Grant of Our Valley Events will discuss how to use the online calendar and promotional tool, Our Valley Events, as well as social media tools for maximum impact.

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Write Right Lunch & Learn: "Creating Compelling Characters”

The best plot in the world will fall flat without characters your readers love (or love to hate). Learn to create realistic, three-dimensional characters readers will never forget on Tuesday, October 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 915 Monroe St.

Popular romance novelists Rhonda Nelson and Kimberly Lang will offer tips and inspiration.  Read more about Write Right Lunch & Learn: "Creating Compelling Characters”

Falling Leaves Book Sale

The Falling Leaves Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FOL Bookstore in the Main Library, 915 Monroe St. The 50-percent-off sale is for Friends of the Library members only, so this is a great time to become a Friend. Read more about Falling Leaves Book Sale

We're a good place for families

We're a Family Place Library. If you'd like to learn more about this, a representative from the national Family Place Libraries organization will visit the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 13, at noon.

During her visit, she will present a short program about the importance of Family Place Libraries and their role in the community in the Main Library auditorium. Please RSVP to Lexie Robinson Austin at Lexie@HMCPL.org or 256-532-5949. Read more about We're a good place for families

9/11 Write-In

On the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry are invited to spend one hour writing about memories, impressions and emotions evoked by this tragedy. 

The program is part of the Main Library's Write Right Lunch & Learn series and will be held on Tuesday, September 11, from noon to 1 p.m. in the second-floor events room. Drinks, refreshments and a quiet place to reflect will be provided. Please bring your own writing supplies. Read more about 9/11 Write-In

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