Joe Formichella, author of Here's to You, Jackie Robinson, will speak about the importance of baseball for the black community in general and how it changed the lives of a generation of young black boys in Mobile in particular. He will answer questions, and will have books for sale at this event.
This program will take place in the second floor events room of our Main branch. It is free and open to the public.
This program is presented in conjuction with the "Pride and Passion: African American Baseball Experience" exhibit on display in the atrium of our Main branch until April 29. Please read more about the exhibit below.
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is one of only 25 libraries in the United States selected to host the traveling exhibition, which was organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y., and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Chicago.
Based upon original documents, photos and artifacts in the collections of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and other institutions across the United States, the exhibition examines the remarkable story of how African-American baseball players in the late 19th century, shut out of major league baseball, formed their own professional leagues and barnstormed around the country, playing an exciting style of fast-running and power-hitting baseball that attracted huge audiences. Negro league players such as Rube Foster, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, James “Cool Papa” Bell and Satchel Paige became famous, and black teams such as the Chicago American Giants, Kansas City Monarchs, St. Louis Stars, Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays were a focus of pride for the African-American community. The exhibition also looks at the career of Jackie Robinson, who broke the 20th-century color barrier in baseball and led the way to integrated teams in the 1950s.
The “Pride and Passion” traveling exhibition is made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based upon a permanent exhibition on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. For more information, please visit http://web.baseballhalloffame.org/index.jsp
Sister 2 Sister Brother 2 Brother will have our Local African American Author’s Expo on September 17, 2011 at 2:00PM at the Main Library, 915 Monroe Street, Huntsville AL 35801.
Are you an author? Do you have your book published? Do you need to get the word out about you book? Then this Local African American Author’s Expo is the ideal place for you. You will have the opportunity to talk about your book and answer questions about your book. A table will be available for you to set up a display and sell your book.
Ace Atkins, author of Wicked City and Pulitzer Prize nominee, will discuss his inspiration for developing the story and his process for writing the book. Refreshments will be served and author book signing will follow. Read more about A Wicked Time with Ace
Discover your inner artist! This intro level painting class is family friendly and appropriate for everyone- whether you’ve been creating art for years, or can barely draw a smiley face.
All painting supplies are provided by the library. It’s free to the public, but we appreciate a small financial donation at this session from those who are able, to help us offset the cost of supplies.
Warning: Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, and an apron if you have one. Acrylic paints can stain!
This class will take place in the second floor events room of the Main branch.
In the How to do Things! series on the second and fourth Tuesday evening of every month, the instructor will teach the basics of a useful skill, craft or task, and then provide participants with resources or information to further pursue the skill. Find out more by visiting the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library's programming and events calendar at http://hmcpl.org/events.
Our Black History Month celebration in February kicks off with a special appearance by author John F. Baker Jr. whose beautifully written book The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family’s Journey to Freedom has been hailed as “a groundbreaking work of history and a deeply personal journey of discovery.”
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library's archivist, Ranee’ Pruitt, credits the book as being "better than Alex Haley's Roots.”
This event will take place at 1 pm in the Main branch auditorium.
Our guest speaker, "God's Cheerleader" Vanessa Davis Griggs, is an author and motivational speaker who adores the power of words both written and spoken. At the end of 1996, this former BellSouth employee left 18 years of service stepping out on faith and decided to pursue her purpose and passion--writing. Vanessa pens a column May I Have a "Word" With You? that appears weekly in The Birmingham Times. Vanessa is the author of novels: Destiny Unlimited, The Rose of Jericho, Promises Beyond Jordan, Wings of Grace, Blessed Trinity, Stongholds, If Memory Serves, Practicing What You Preach, Goodness and Mercy, and The Truth Is The Light. Released in December 28, 2010 is "Ray of Hope" and coming soon is "Redeeming Waters" on July 28, 2011. Griggs will speak, followed by a question & answer period, book signing, and author reception. Read more about Meet the Author: Vanessa Davis Griggs