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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.

Tuesday Evening Concerts bring music to Downtown

Tuesday Evening Concerts @ The Library return to the Atrium of the Downtown Huntsville Library on April 21 at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Here's the lineup for 2015:

1) April 21, Alexandra Fees, pop and classical favorites

2) May 5, SlipJig, the best of Gaelic/Irish music

3) May 19, BlackMarket Haggis, fun Celtic music and song

4) June 2, Dancing with the Library Stars I, Rocket City Jazz Orchestra & the Huntsville Sing Dance Society, great big band music and dancing. Vote for the best Library Dancers

Buy a book, get a beer!

The Madison Public Library will host a book launch party for local author Michael Guillebeau and his new mystery novel, A Study in Detail. The event is set for Wednesday, April 15, from 3 to 10 p.m. at Blue Pants Brewery, 500 Lanier Road in Madison. Buy a book, get a beer!

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Madison Library.

A Study in Detail involves a death that might be faked, an insurance investigator trying to prove fraud, and a husband seeking the truth about his wife’s disappearance.

Walk-A-Thon will benefit Showers Center Library

The annual Walk-A-Thon fundraiser presented by the Showers Center Friends of the Library has been held on the second Saturday in April, but this year’s event has been moved to the third Saturday, April 18. As in previous years, the Walk-A-Thon will start at 8 a.m. on the grounds of the Richard Showers Center, 4600 Blue Spring Road.

For information on Showers Center Library programs, contact Branch Manager Lillie Cawthorn at 256-851-7492.

Showers presents local poet, author, and lecturer Marc Lacy

The Sister 2 Sister Brother 2 Brother Book Club at the Showers Center Library presents an author program each year. Local poet, author, and lecturer Marc Lacy will be featured on Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Downtown Huntsville Library, 915 Monroe St. Admission is free.

Marc is author of the novel "Curse of the Whiskey House," and his poems have appeared in several anthologies, including Pillow Talk and The Soul of a Man. He has performed across the country at spoken-word venues and literary events.

Connect to the Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library membership drive happens throughout April, a great time to connect to Friends groups at your favorite branches. Our library system is No. 1 in Alabama in circulation, number of programs and program attendance. As a Friends member, you can explore new ways to support your library and help us to create an even better library for our community.

Learn about "Quilts Then and Now" in New Hope

New Hope will host the second annual “Quilts Then and Now” show on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elizabeth Carpenter Public Library, the Northern Lodge, and the New Hope United Methodist Church. Pay the $5 registration fee at the first site you visit.

Quilts will be displayed at all three locations. There will be hands-on quilting at the library, as well as a drawing for a quilt at 2:30 p.m. You can buy a hot dog lunch and shop vendors’ wares at the lodge. The church also will host vendors plus two bed-turning sessions at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Meet local writers at the Southern Authors Expo

Meet local authors and learn about their works during the Southern Authors Expo on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Huntsville Library, 915 Monroe St. Books will be available for sale and signing.

There will be author tables set up throughout the library as well as author talks in the auditorium and the second-floor events room.

Here's the Southern Authors Expo speaker schedule:

10 a.m., auditorium, Charles Farley -- Hotel Monte Sano, a romance/mystery set in Huntsville in 1892.

"My AVL Story" Video Contest

The Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) Council announces its first “My AVL Story” Video Contest. The contest seeks entries from AVL patrons of all ages and locations within the state of Alabama.

Are you the patron that accessed AVL when out of work to find a job, a new mom and dad at home researching delivery methods, the middle schooler researching original works of poetry, the university student finishing a thesis paper, or a homeschooling mom seeking the best information resources for your children? No matter what your story is, the AVL wants to hear it.

What's Your AVL Story?

The Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) Council announces its first “My AVL Story” Video Contest. The contest seeks entries from AVL patrons of all ages and locations within the state of Alabama.

Are you the patron that accessed AVL when out of work to find a job, a new mom and dad at home researching delivery methods, the middle schooler researching original works of poetry, the university student finishing a thesis paper, or a homeschooling mom seeking the best information resources for your children? No matter what your story is, the AVL wants to hear it.

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