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Happy 235th birthday to our flag!

Enjoy a day filled with patriotic programs on Thursday, June 14, at the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library courtesy of LearningQUEST.

Children’s activities will be held in the Youth Services department from 9:30 to 11 a.m., including a showing of the DVD “George Learns the Pledge” plus refreshments, crafts and more provided by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 237.

Boy Scout Troop 400 will show a flag retirement ceremony in front of the library at 11 a.m. Read more about Happy 235th birthday to our flag!

Hot summer reading nights!

The library’s Summer Reading programs go nocturnal for 2012 with Dream Big READ for children, Own the Night for teens and Reading Under a Starry Night for adults. Read more about Hot summer reading nights!

Poet shares "Pieces of Myself"

Acclaimed local poet Anne Rutledge and a few of her friends will read selections from her new book, Pieces of Myself, on Sunday, June 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 915 Monroe St. Read more about Poet shares "Pieces of Myself"

"Proposal Writing Basics"

Employees of nonprofit organizations can learn key components of making a grant proposal to a foundation during “Proposal Writing Basics,” the next program in the library's Nonprofit Lunch & Learn series.

This Foundation Center webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the second-floor events room of the main library, 915 Monroe St. Admission is free.

Bring a sack lunch; drinks will be provided. For details, contact Mary Moore, 256-532-5972 or mmoore@hmcpl.org, or visit hmcpl.org/reference. Read more about "Proposal Writing Basics"

Raw Materiel's got rhythm

Raw Materiel, the Army Materiel Command’s rhythm and blues band, will perform classic R&B and rock 'n' roll on Thursday, September 13, at the Concerts at the Library series.

The program will start at 6 p.m. in the atrium of the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 915 Monroe St. Admission is free. Read more about Raw Materiel's got rhythm

Lincoln at the library

Historian Susanna Leberman of the library’s archives department will give a PowerPoint presentation depicting life in Huntsville during the Civil War on Sunday, June 3, from 2 to 3 p.m., in the atrium of the main library, 915 Monroe St. 

Leberman's program, which will feature photographs from the library’s special collections, is being held in conjunction with "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," a traveling exhibition on view through June 8 in the atrium. Admission is free. Read more about Lincoln at the library

Women of the Civil War

Local historian Nancy Rohr will discuss the role of women in the Civil War during two lectures: “Incidents of the War: The Civil War Diary of Mary Jane Chadick” on Monday, May 7, and “Huntsville Heroes of the Civil War – Heroines All” on Tuesday, May 8. Read more about Women of the Civil War

Microwave Dave heats up the library

The Thursday evening Concerts at the Library series continues with Microwave Dave Gallaher and his classic blues guitar on May 10  at 6 p.m. in the atrium of the Main Library, 915 Monroe St. Admission is free.

Other concerts in the series offer the popular Celtic band SlipJig on May 24, and the annual Dancing with the Library Stars contest over two evenings in June. Sentimental Journey begins the big band showcase on June 7, and the Moondust Big Band takes dancers through the final round on June 21.

Here is a list of other concerts in the series: Read more about Microwave Dave heats up the library

TV Time Machine takes action

May's TV Time Machine takes you back to two popular 1970s action shows, Hawaii Five-O and The Rockford Files.

Go back to the islands on May 14 with Hawaii Five-O and its iconic soundtrack. “Book ‘em, Danno!” was the familiar phrase in this long-running police drama set in Hawaii and starring Jack Lord and James MacArthur.

The May 21 program focuses on The Rockford Files. James Garner plays hard-luck detective Jim Rockford in this popular series from the late '70s. Read more about TV Time Machine takes action

Jefferson Bass turns the "Key"

Dr. Bill Brockton is back with a new forensic puzzle to solve – but this time the clues are 2,000 years old and the solution may be earth-shattering. Find out more about his latest adventure, The Inquisitor’s Key, when his creators, journalist Jon Jefferson and forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass, the writing team Jefferson Bass, return to Huntsville on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. Read more about Jefferson Bass turns the "Key"

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