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Be a reading hero this summer

Battle boredom with our heroic Summer Reading programs for kids, teens, and adults. Evil ennui won’t stand a chance!

“Every Hero Has a Story” is the kids’ program theme, while teens will have a chance to “Unmask!” their reading material. Kids and teens can pick up a Summer Reading packet at any library branch starting Monday, June 1, and grow their own heroic powers by reading great stories in fiction and nonfiction.

Children and teens may also sign up online at www.hmcpl.org/summer.

Read Around the Block in Madison

The Madison Public Library kicks off Summer Reading 2015 with Read Around the Block on Saturday, May 30, at 8 a.m. at the library, 130 Plaza Blvd, in Madison. The free event lasts until 11 a.m.

Activities include fun runs and relay races. We’ll also have a parenting and activities fair, a display of big trucks, and birthday cake for everyone. You can learn about interesting animals and see a few, too.

For more details, contact Madison Public Library at 256-461-0046 or madison@hmcpl.org.

Decoding Nutrition Labels

Ever wonder what the information on those those food nutrition labels really means? Find out during the next session of Healthy Living @ The Bailey Cove Library.

Kavita Kumar will decode nutrition labels and offer five simple tips for healthier shopping on Saturday, May 30, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Bailey Cove Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza. Kumar is a registered pharmacist and certified health coach.

Admission is free. For more information, call the library at 256-881-0257.

Author to discuss "What Stands in a Storm"

Kim Cross will discuss her acclaimed new book, What Stands in a Storm, a chronicle of the devastating April 2011 tornadoes, on Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Downtown Huntsville Library. Admission is free, and books will be available for sale and signing.

Cross is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Birmingham News, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Anniston Star, USA Today, Southern Living and Cooking Light magazines, ESPN.com, Health.com, and CNN.com.

Author to discuss "What Stands in a Storm"

Kim Cross will discuss her acclaimed new book, What Stands in a Storm, a chronicle of the devastating April 2011 tornadoes, on Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Downtown Huntsville Library. Admission is free, and books will be available for sale and signing.

Cross is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Birmingham News, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Anniston Star, USA Today, Southern Living and Cooking Light magazines, ESPN.com, Health.com, and CNN.com.

Find book bargains at Bailey Cove used book sale

The Bailey Cove Friends of the Library will hold a Used Book Sale on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bailey Cove Library.

Shop hardbacks, paperbacks, DVDs and VHS items. Most items are 25 cents with best-sellers priced at $1.

For more information, call 256-881-0257.

Find book bargains at Bailey Cove used book sale

The Bailey Cove Friends of the Library will hold a Used Book Sale on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bailey Cove Library. Shop hardbacks, paperbacks, DVDs and VHS items. Most items are 25 cents with best-sellers priced at $1. For more information, call 256-881-0257.

Gurley Library Challenge honors Sharon C. Cissell

The Friends of the Gurley Library will host the Gurley Library Challenge 5K Sharon C. Cissell Memorial Run on Saturday, May 9, starting at 8 a.m. at the rear of Madison County Elementary School. A one-mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m.

This annual fundraiser has been on hiatus for two years due to the illness and death of the race’s founder and director of 12 years, Sharon Cissell.

For more information, including registration and sponsors, visit gurleylibrarychallenge.com.

Gurley Library Challenge honors Sharon C. Cissell

The Friends of the Gurley Library will host the Gurley Library Challenge 5K Sharon C. Cissell Memorial Run on Saturday, May 9, starting at 8 a.m. at the rear of Madison County Elementary School. A one-mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. This annual fundraiser has been on hiatus for two years due to the illness and death of the race’s founder and director of 12 years, Sharon Cissell. For more information, including registration and sponsors, visit gurleylibrarychallenge.com.

Downtown Huntsville has fun for the whole family

The Downtown Huntsville Library will present another Family Fun Night on Friday, May 1, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

We'll have stories and crafts for kids, games for all ages, and a family-friendly movie.

Sign up at http://tinyurl.com/hmcplfun. Information at 256-532-5946.

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