Book It to the Library: February Edition

We’ve sung the praises of the Huntsville Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) system before and with it pointed out all the awesome things they do for the community – and how almost everything they do is FREE. But we still feel that we can’t emphasize enough the critical importance that a great library system plays in the educational and mental health of the area it serves. Both children and adults benefit from the classes, story times, and events that occur within its walls. Each month we’ll bring you highlights of upcoming family events from the libraries within HMCPL.

NEW & Special Events

Baby Sign Storytime
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: Mondays @ 9:30am
AGES: Birth – 18 months
INFO: Caregivers & babies (up to 18 months) are invited to Madison Public Library for a special new baby signing storytime. Each child must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and RSVP is required. For more information contact Ms Rebecca (rdoom@hmcpl.org) 256-461-0046

Little Gym at the Library!
BRANCH: Main Branch
DATE: Friday, February 7th @ 1:30pm
AGES: All ages
INFO: It’s time to get moving with our friends from Little Gym! Join us for an afternoon wiggling, jumping, and other physical activities. For more information contact Youth Services @ 256-532-5949 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

I Love Books Puppet Show
BRANCH: Eleanor Murphy Public Library
TIME: Tuesday, February 11, 4:00pm
AGES: Children
INFO: Join Ms. Haley and Ms. Betty for a puppet show that brings to life our favorite books! After the show, join us in the children’s section for a fun craft. For more information contact Ms. Haley @ 256-881-5620 or hwhaley@hmcpl.org

We Love Books Puppet Show
BRANCH: Bailey Cove Library
DATES: Wednesday, February 12 @ 9:15 am and 10:30 am
Thursday, February 13 @ 9:15 am, 10:30 am, and 4:00 pm
Ages: 1 – 7 years
INFO: Join us for fun puppets, stories, music, and a craft. Call 256-881-0257 or bpate@hmcpl.org for more information.

Tween Afternoon: Anti-Valentine’s Day
BRANCH: Bailey Cove
DATE: February 13th, 4pm
AGES: Tweens
INFO: Before we celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate everything it’s not with games, crafts, and yummy snacks. Contact Julia Hendon for more info: jhendon@hmcpl.org

A Visit with Harriet Tubman
BRANCH: Main Branch
DATE: Thursday, February 20th @ 6pm
AGES: All ages
INFO: See history come to life as Renee Mobley, PhD., embodies the role of Harriet Tubman. Dr. Mobley has performed this one-woman act during Black History Month for schools, churches and public facilities all over the nation for more than 10 years. During the month of February we recognize the roles of African Americans and their contribution to our communities and the nation. For more information contact Youth Services @ 256-532-5949 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

Scholastic Book Fair
BRANCH: Main Branch
DATES: February 24th-28th during business hours
INFO: Great books buys all week in the Youth Services Department! For more information contact Youth Services @ 256-532-5949 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

Gaming Unplugged! Sponsored by The Deep Comics and Games
BRANCH: MAIN
DATE: February 27th
TIME: 4:30pm
AGES: Teens
INFO: Pizza and drinks will be provided. Contact Ms. Melissa at 256-532-5949 or mshuman@hmcpl.org for more information.

Teen Tinkers
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: 4th Thursdays @ 5 pm (Feb. 27th)
AGES: Teens
INFO: Tinkering teens, travel to the library to test your talents toying with tidbits and things. This steampunk styled crafting hour will bring clockwork crafts and various Victorian ventures. No fee, but please, please, please RSVP. For more information, contact Doom (rdoom@hmcpl.org) 256-461-0046.

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No matter where you live in Madison County, there’s a story time this week at a library near you!

Weekly Events at a Library Near You

Anytime Activity: We Love Mo Willems Craft!
BRANCH: Main Branch
DATES: Anytime during the month of February
AGES: All ages
INFO: We love author Mo Willems of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! fame! To celebrate Mo’s birthday (Feb. 11th), we’ll have a cool Mo-themed craft for you to make in Youth Services during the month of February! For more information contact Youth Services @ 256-532-5949 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

Tuesday Tales
BRANCH: Eleanor Murphy Public Library
TIME: Tuesdays @ 10:30 am
AGES: 2-5
INFO: Join Ms. Haley for Preschool Story Time; each week has a new theme. We’ll read stories, sing songs and make a fun craft! For more information contact Ms. Haley @ 256-881-5620 or handerson@hmcpl.org

Preschool Story Time
Branch: Monrovia Library
Times: Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Ages: Birth-5 years
Info: Join Mandee for stories, songs, games and crafts for preschoolers. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.


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Supernova Science Club
BRANCH: Eleanor Murphy Public Library
TIME: Thursdays @ 4:00 pm
AGES: K-5
INFO: Join Ms. Haley for hands-on science experiments and demonstration as we explore a new scientific topic each week! For a list of upcoming topics
visit our Supernova Science Club page. For more information contact Ms. Haley @ 256-881-5620 or handerson@hmcpl.org

Teen Writers Group
BRANCH: Bailey Cove
DATES: February 7th and February 11th
AGES: Teens
INFO: Are you looking for a way to improve your creative writing skills? Want feedback on the work you have been working on? Then the South Huntsville Teen Writers Group might be for you! Teens will meet twice a month on the first Tuesday night at 6:00pm and the second Saturday at 11:00am from January through April. Attendance for this program is mandatory, since sign-ups are limited. Contact Julia Hendon for more info: jhendon@hmcpl.org

Homework Haven
BRANCH: Madison Public Library, YA room
DATES: Wednesdays and Thursdays; 4:00-6:00
AGES: Teens & Tweens
INFO: Need a place to study for that test? Missing that final bit of research for that project? Is it too noisy where you normally study? Head to the YA area of the Madison library to enjoy a low-key study area. Study music will play while you have a place to work on homework, projects, and pick up new study tips. There will be special monthly sessions to highlight different library services in resources. Those will take place in the meeting room. No RSVP required, and it is free to the public.For more information contact Miss Doom (rdoom@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Garden Rangers Club
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: February 3rd @ 4pm
AGES: Ages K-5th
INFO: Want to help out in the garden and learn at the same time? In February, we’ll create birdfeeders. RSVP required. For more information contact Miss Maggie (mallen@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Tremendous Toddlers Storytime: Featuring Go Build Alabama!
BRANCH: Main Branch
DATE: Monday, February 3rd @ 10:30am
AGES: 2-3 years
INFO: Join us for a big truck and construction-themed storytime with our special guests from Go Build Alabama, a campaign created to educate students about the construction industry. All children in attendance will be eligible to register to win tickets to Big Machines Day, courtesy of Go Build Alabama. For more information contact Youth Services @ 256-532-5949 or amatthys@hmcpl.org .

Girls-Only Book Club
BRANCH: Main Library
DATE: February 4th, 4:00 PM
AGES: Teens
INFO: Tonight we’ll be discussing The Selection by Kiera Cass. Call 256-532-5949 or mshuman@hmcpl.org for more information.

Home School Story Time
BRANCH: Monrovia Library
DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1:00 p.m.
AGES: K-4th
INFO: Home schoolers grades K-4th learn all about Black History Month with stories, games, crafts and more with special guest, local storyteller, William Hampton. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Story Time: Library Tales
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
DATE: Wednesday, February 5, 10:30 AM
AGES: Preschool
INFO: Join Mrs. Tina for stories, songs, and a craft. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Teen Writing Group
BRANCH: Madison
DATES: February 6th @ 5:00
AGES: Teens
INFO: Young aspiring writers will have the opportunity to gather with other wordy teens to share their pieces, complete writing challenges, and expand their wordsmith abilities. Writers are encouraged to bring pieces they’ve already written. This event is free, no RSVP required. For more information contact Miss Doom (rdoom@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Masking Tape Painting
BRANCH: Main
TIME: February 6th at 4:30pm
AGES: Teen
INFO: Join Ms. Melissa to create your own funky painting using masking tape to create geometrical layering techniques. Call 256-532-5949 or mshuman@hmcpl.org for more information.

Family Movie Night
Branch: Monrovia Library
Time: Friday, Feb 7, 6:00 p.m.
Info: Enjoy a free, family-friendly movie in a casual, relaxed setting. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.


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Weekend Family Storytime
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: February 8th & 22nd (Saturdays) @ 10am
AGES: Ages K-5th
INFO: Can’t come during the week? Join Ms Teresa for a special Saturday storytime twice each month. For more information contact Miss Teresa (tallison@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Valentine Family Craft
BRANCH: Eleanor Murphy Public Library
TIME: Monday, February 10, 4:00p.m.
AGES: All Ages
INFO: Join Ms. Haley and learn to make a unique Valentine’s card for Valentine’s Day! For more information visit our Craft Blog -or- contact Ms. Haley @ 256-881-5620 or handerson@hmcpl.org

Middle School Book Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Monday, February 10, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
AGES: 6th – 8th grade
INFO: Book to be announced. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org

Teen Night – Divergent Party
BRANCH: Monrovia Library
DATE: Monday, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.
AGES: Teens
INFO: Teens enjoy a night of crafts, games and challenges. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Nonfiction Connection
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: 2nd Mondays @ 4pm (Feb. 10th)
AGES: K-5th grades
INFO: Explore a different subject each month with books, activities & crafts. RSVP required. For more information contact Miss Teresa (tallsion@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

YABC: Name of the Star
BRANCH: Bailey Cove
DATE: February 11th, 6pm
AGES: Teens
INFO: In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities. Contact Julia Hendon for more info: jhendon@hmcpl.org

Mo Willems Day!
BRANCH: Main Branch
DATE: Tuesday, February 11th
AGES: All ages
INFO: Happy Birthday, Mo Willems! Our 9:15am and 10:30am storytimes on the 11th will be all about Mo and his fantastic books! We may even have a guest appearance from a few puppet friends! A super cute Pigeon craft will be available all day to create and keep. For more information contact Youth Services @ 256-532-5949 or amatthys@hmcpl.org .

Fandom Fest
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: February 11th and every 2nd Thursday @ 5 pm
AGES: teens
INFO: Here ye, here ye, all fans of anime and British TV! The Madison Library is bringing back its Anime Club in a new and improved format. Join us the second Thursday of the month to enjoy and revel in various programs with dedicated fandoms, including but not limited to Doctor Who, Fullmetal Alchemist, Avatar, Sherlock, and Merlin! Snacks and beverages will be provided. No RSVP required. For more information, contact Doom (rdoom@hmcpl.org) 256-461-0046.

Valentine’s Day Stories
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Wednesday, February 12, 10:30 AM
AGES: Preschool
INFO: Join Mrs. Tina for stories, songs, and a craft. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Sci-Lab: Make Your Own Shrinky-Dinks
BRANCH: Main
DATE: February 13th
TIME: 4:30pm
AGES: Teens
INFO: They’re colorful. They’re crafty. And they totally shrink in your oven! Come by and make your own with us! Contact Ms. Melissa at 256-532-5949 or mshuman@hmcpl.org for more information.

Spanish/English Story Time
Branch: Monrovia Library
Time: Saturday, February 15, 1:00 p.m.
Ages: Toddler – 6th Grade
Info: Enjoy a multicultural story time with stories, songs and crafts. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.


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Mad Scientists
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: 2nd Thursdays @ 4pm (Feb. 13th)
AGES: Ages K-5th
INFO: Join us for more exciting, hands-on science experiments at our next meetings. In February, put your thinking caps on – we’ll work on some cracking engineering projects. RSVP required. For more information contact Miss Maggie (mallen@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Anime Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Tuesday, February 18 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm
AGES: Teens
INFO: Watch anime movie, “The Garden of Words”, draw manga, and snacks. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Fandom Tuesday: Star Trek
BRANCH: Bailey Cove
DATE: February 18th, 6pm
AGES: Teens
INFO: Time to become a member of Starfleet and celebrate with the crew of the Enterprise. Contact Julia Hendon for more info: jhendon@hmcpl.org

Fueled Art
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: 3rd Tuesdays @ 5:30pm (Feb 18)
AGES: Teens
INFO: Delve into new creative projects each month as Maggie guides a new theme. In February, we’ll stitch and sew for Love. RSVP required. For more information contact Miss Maggie (mallen@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Story Time: Trucks
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Wednesday, February 19, 10:30 AM
AGES: Preschool
INFO: Join Mrs. Tina for stories, songs, and a craft. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Based on a Book Movie Night: Ender’s Game
BRANCH: Main
DATE: February 20th, 4:30pm
AGES: TEENS
INFO: Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Contact Ms. Melissa at 256-532-5949 or mshuman@hmcpl.org for more information.

YA Book Club
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: 3rd Thursdays @ 5:00 (Feb 20th)
AGES: Teens
INFO: Come out to our YA Book Club! We’ll enjoy books, discuss what elements make other books great or not so great reads, munch on snacks and choose a book for our next meeting. In February, we’ll read ‘Ruby in the Smoke’ by Philip Pullman. No RSVP required, event is free. For more information contact Miss Doom (rdoom@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Elementary Series Book Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Monday, February 24 3:30-4:30 pm
AGES: Grades 2-5
INFO: We are discussing the book,” The Secret of Platform 13” by Eva Ibbotson. Craft and refreshments included. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Teen Craft Night: Flower Crowns
BRANCH: Bailey Cove
DATE: February 25th, 6:00 pm
AGES: Teens
INFO: You have added them to pictures of all your favorite fandoms now it is time to make your own flower crown. Contact Julia Hendon for more info: jhendon@hmcpl.org

Story Time: Tool Time!
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Wednesday, February 26, 10:30 AM
AGES: Preschool
INFO: Join Mrs. Tina for stories, songs, and a craft. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Teen Pinterest Passion
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: 4th Tuesdays @ 6pm
INFO: For our February session, we’ll prepare for Mardi Gras by designing our own masks. RSVP required. For more information contact Miss Maggie (mallen@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046