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LearningQUEST Lunch & Learn: Why Bear Creek/Why Nickajack?

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Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 11:45am to 1:00pm
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Lunch & Learn: Why Bear Creek... Why Nickajack?

Instructor: David Robb
Dates: Thursday, November 10
Time: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM (program begins at noon and ends by 1PM)
Location: Main Library Auditorium

Learn how early settlement attempts by Alabama’s long-forgotten, founding scoundrel Zachariah Cox, together with colorful maps of the colonial and federal eras, provide enlightening clues about the historical origins of these two major landmarks in Alabama’s quirky angled borders with Mississippi and Georgia. Read more about LearningQUEST Lunch & Learn: Why Bear Creek/Why Nickajack?

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LearningQUEST Lunch & Learn: Huntsville Air and Space

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Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 11:45am to 1:00pm
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Lunch & Learn: Huntsville Air and Space

Instructor: T. Gary Wicks
Dates: Thursday, 20 October
Time: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM (program begins at noon and ends by 1PM)
Location: Main Library Auditorium

T. Gary Wicks will present a program based on his book Huntsville Air and Space. The Air Age in Huntsville Alabama began a century ago with Will Quick’s design and construction of a Flying Machine, which he demonstrated in 1908 for patenting and manufacture. The Space Age began in Huntsville a half a century later with the Von Braun rocket team’s design and construction of the Redstone Jupiter C, which, in 1958, places the free world’s first satellite, Explorer I, into the Earth’s orbit. A decade later in 1969, the Huntsville team performed human kind’s greatest technological achievement of the century with its Saturn V rocket – manned landings on the moon. Read more about LearningQUEST Lunch & Learn: Huntsville Air and Space

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LearningQUEST Lunch & Learn: Nogginology

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Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 11:45am to 1:00pm
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Lunch & Learn: Nogginology - Maintaining Your Brain

Instructor: Amit Arora, M.D. Neurologist
Dates: Thursday, September 22 (program begins at noon and ends by 1PM)
Time:11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Main Library Auditorium

Madison and Huntsville are located in the center of what doctors call the "Stroke Belt." This includes most of the Southeast, and people raised in this area have a much higher risk of stroke than anywhere else in the country. Because area residents are more likely to have a stroke, it is important for everyone to recognize stroke symptoms in themselves or a loved one. When it comes to stroke, seconds count! Thirty-two thousand brain cells die every second a stroke goes untreated. Fast, effective treatment is crucial to get the best possible outcome for a patient experiencing a stroke. Read more about LearningQUEST Lunch & Learn: Nogginology

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LearningQUEST Lunch & Learn: It's a Thick Book

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 11:45am to 1:00pm
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Lunch & Learn: "It's a Thick Book" - Overview of the 1901 Alabama Constitution and its Ongoing Impact

Instructor: Chuck May
Dates: Thursday, August 18
Time: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM (program begins at noon and ends by 1PM)
Location: Main Library Auditorium

Featured is the video, "It’s a Thick Book" produced in 2007 by Lewis Lehe under the auspices of the ACCR Foundation. The video is a humorous look at the Alabama Constitution and the racist and undemocratic motivations behind its enactment. A question-and-answer time will follow the video screening. Read more about LearningQUEST Lunch & Learn: It's a Thick Book

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LearningQUEST: Flights of Fancy in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Repeats every week until Thu Nov 17 2011 .
Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
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Instructor: Dr. Angela Balla and Dr. Chad Thomas
Dates: November 3, 10 & 17
Time: 5:00 to 6:15 PM
Location: UAH-UC Room 126

In three sessions, the class will explore a number of the imaginary possibilities proposed by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sessions will focus, in turn, on the pagan and classical mythology that ground the play, the inventive and descriptive language that Shakespeare uses in writing the dialogue, and the performative challenges inherent in this romantic comedy. Through a directed survey, the instructors will prepare the participants to attend – and more thoroughly appreciate – the American Shakespeare Center’s February 2012 performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Working with two instructors, participants will listen to lecture, share their own ideas about the play in discussion, learn about historical and cultural contexts of the play, watch video clips from cinematic and theatrical productions, and perform a staged-reading of a portion of the play. For this final element, no memorization is necessary, but all participants are asked come prepared to have fun!

This program is co-sponsored by the Huntsville Literary Association.

Participants will need any standard edition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and should read Acts 1 & 2 for the first class, Acts 3 & 4 by the second class, and Act 5 for the final class. Read more about LearningQUEST: Flights of Fancy in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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LearningQUEST: Galaxy of Lights

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
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Instructor: Lynn Carden and Nick Mangus
Dates: Wednesday, 7 September
Time: 9:30 to Noon
Location: 2nd floor meeting room

Over the last 15 years, the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s “Galaxy of Lights” has evolved into a traditional holiday season evening’s entertainment for the regional community. This is an all-volunteer operated 50-day event that was created to provide a source of winter revenue for the private not-for-profit garden. Information on the origin and development of this unique show will be presented. The principals of operation, creative processes, and scheduling of activities reveal a yearlong activity for the volunteers. The technology used to light and animate the displays will be demonstrated. Read more about LearningQUEST: Galaxy of Lights

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LearningQUEST: The Basics of Parliamentary Procedure

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
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Instructor: Arthur Henderson
Dates: Thursday, 21 July
Time: 9:30 to Noon
Location: Auditorium

Leaders should always encourage, embrace, and enforce their respective organizational rules of order. A clear and concise “code of ethics” should also be adhered to. Leaders, first and foremost, are decision makers. Arthur, fellow and lady members are also active and important participants in this same decision making process. Come and learn how to better apply parliamentary procedures in your respective businesses, civic assemblies, and volunteer organizations – and anywhere two ‘or’ more are gathered. Read more about LearningQUEST: The Basics of Parliamentary Procedure

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LearningQUEST: Rally Day

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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RALLY DAY

Thursday, July 14, 2011
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Huntsville Main Library Auditorium

Learn about the term’s programs, pick up a catalog, and register for courses on a wide variety of topics:

Book Reviews, Geology, Photography, Tombs of the Pharaohs, Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi, Spanish, Writing Your Life Story, Four Cultures of Huntsville, Broomstick lace, Art Across the Ages, Film Festival: Classic Gangsters, Fabulous 50’s, Religion in Fiction, Knitting, Drawing, Gentle Art of Philosophical Conversation, and MORE

Upcoming programs that are open to the public:
•    Basics of Parliamentary Procedure Thursday, July 21 9:30 –Noon
•    “It’s a Thick Book” (1901 Alabama Constitution) Thursday, Aug 18 11:45-1PM Lunch & Learn (bring a brown bag lunch; presentation begins promptly at noon and ends by 1PM)

2011 Membership Fee:  $10
Jul-Dec Term Fee:  $25 for unlimited courses during the term

More information at:  http://hmcpl.org/learningquest Read more about LearningQUEST: Rally Day

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Celebrate the 234th Birthday of our Flag with Betsy Ross!

Enjoy the patriotic festivities at the Main Branch Auditorium with Betsy Ross and her friends on Tuesday, June 14! Read more about Celebrate the 234th Birthday of our Flag with Betsy Ross!

A Personal Story of My Life During the 1950s (Life Story Presentations)

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Monday, April 25, 2011 - 10:45am to 12:15pm
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Community Wide Read - LearningQUEST Series

  • The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Life in the 1950s
  • April 25 Life Story Presentations (10:45-12:15) in 2nd Floor Events Room
  • Presenters: Various (TBA- from community stories written and submitted about life in the 50s)

Title: A Personal Story of My Life During the 1950s

Hear personal stories about life in the 50s.

Click here to view the program flyer. Read more about A Personal Story of My Life During the 1950s (Life Story Presentations)

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