Book It to the Library: January 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 Weekly Occurring Events!

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

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: http://hmcpl.org/2013/09/supernova-science-club. For more information contact Ms. Haley @ 256-881-5620 or handerson@hmcpl.org

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

Fandom Fest

BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: January 14th 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

NOTE: Each library branch has their own weekly storytime schedule. Access your neighborhood library’s storytimes here: hmcpl.org/events

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January Events

Monthly Drop-In Craft
BRANCH: Main Library
Dates: January 2014
Ages: All ages
INFO: Drop-in anytime during the month of January to complete our monthly craft! Leave your craft for our wall display with your name and phone number on the back and you may win a prize in the end-of-month drawing.

Family Story Time
BRANCH: Eleanor Murphy Public Library
TIME: Saturday, January 4 @ 3:30 pm
AGES: 2-5
INFO: Can’t make it during the week? Not to worry, join Ms. Haley for Preschool Story Time; stories are for ages 3-5 but the whole family is welcome. We’ll read stories, sing songs and make a fun craft! For more information contact Ms. Haley @ 256-881-5620 or handerson@hmcpl.org

Garden Rangers Club
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: January 6th @ 4pm
AGES: Ages K-5th
INFO: Want to help out in the garden and learn at the same time? In January, we’ll create indoor terrariums, and in February, we’ll create birdfeeders. RSVP required.
For more information contact Miss Maggie (mallen@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046


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Teen Writers Group
BRANCH: Bailey Cove
DATES: January 7th; or twice a month on the first Tuesday night at 6:00pm and the second Saturday at 11:00am
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

Party with a Plan
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, January 7th @ 5:30pm
AGES: Teens
INFO: 2014 has officially begun, and it’s time to party & plan for a great New Year! We’ll create art inspired by our resolutions while we mingle and snack. No RSVP required, but let Ms Maggie know if you’re interested, so we have enough supplies. For more information contact Miss Maggie (mallen@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Story Time: Bob Shea Books
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Wednesday, January 8, 10:30 AM
INFO: Join Mrs. Tina for stories, songs, and a craft. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Homework Haven
BRANCH: Madison Public Library, YA room
DATES: each Wednesday and Thursday; 4:00-6:00 PM
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

Tween Afternoon: Anime Club
BRANCH: Bailey Cove
DATE: January 9th, 4pm
AGES: Tweens
INFO: Join us to watch one of our favorite Anime shows and make candy sushi! Contact Julia Hendon for more info: jhendon@hmcpl.org

Teen Writing Group
BRANCH: Madison
DATE: Thursday, January 9th 5pm
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

Movie Afternoon: “Despicable Me 2”
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Friday, January 10, 3:30 PM
INFO: Join us for an afternoon movie on our big screen. For more information contact Alisa Watson at 256-776-2102 or awatson@hmcpl.org

MLK Essay Contest
BRANCH: Triana
DATES: Entry delivered or mailed to Triana Public Library by January 13, 2014
AGES: Grades 6 – 12
INFO: Essay a minimum of 500 words Topic: What is your dream for making the world a better place? Use Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech as a guide. For more information, please contact Ms. Blanche at 256-772-3677


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Middle School Book Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Monday, January 13, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
INFO: We will be discussing the book,”Michael Vey : The Prisoner of Cell 25” by Richard Paul Evans. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org

Nonfiction Connection
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: January 13th @ 4pm
AGES: School age children (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

YA Book Club: 13 Reasons Why
BRANCH: Bailey Cove
DATE: January 14th, 6pm
AGES: Teens
INFO: On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. Contact Julia Hendon for more info: jhendon@hmcpl.org

Story Time: Nursery Rhymes
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Wednesday, January 15, 10:30 AM
INFO: Join Mrs. Tina for stories, songs, and a craft. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

YA Book Club in Madison
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: January 16; or 3rd Thursdays @ 5:00
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. (For this month’s selection, contact Ms. Rebecca!) No RSVP required, event is free. For more information contact Miss Doom (rdoom@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Fandom Tuesday: Adventure Time
BRANCH: Bailey Cove
DATE: January 21st, 6pm
AGES: tweens and teens
INFO: Join Jake and Finn at the library for an awesome adventure. Contact Julia Hendon for more info: jhendon@hmcpl.org

Anime Movie Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Tuesday, January 21, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
INFO: Watch anime movie, “From Up on Poppy Hill”, draw manga, and snacks provided. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Story Time: Moon and Stars!
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Wednesday, January 22, 10:30 AM
INFO: Join Mrs. Tina for stories, songs, and a craft. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.


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Teen Tinkers
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: January 23; or 4th Thursdays @ 5 pm
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

Teen Pinterest Passion
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATES: January 23rd; and every 4th Tuesdays @ 6pm
AGES: Teens
INFO: Light your way through the dark winter months with your new Glitterarium! In January bring a wide mouthed large jar (pickle jars would be stellar), and we’ll supply the rest. 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

Chinese New Year Family Craft
BRANCH: Eleanor Murphy Public Library
TIME: Monday, January 27, 4:00p.m.
AGES: All Ages
INFO: Join Ms. Haley and learn to make paper lanterns for Chinese New Year! For more information visit our blog: http://hmcpl.org/2013/09/holiday-family-craft -or- contact Ms. Haley @256-881-5620 or handerson@hmcpl.org

Children’s Chinese New Year Celebration with Huntsville Chinese Village
BRANCH: Main Branch – Auditorium
DATE: January 27th at 3:30pm
AGES: All ages
INFO: Experience Chinese culture! To celebrate Chinese New Year, Huntsville Chinese Village will offer an afternoon of music, dance and games! Learn about Taichi through the Lion Dance, watch a live martial arts demonstration, see a hulusi (a traditional Chinese musical instrument), practice Chinese yo yo and more! A great cultural experience for children of all ages.

Elementary Series Book Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Monday, January 27 from 3:30-4:30 pm
INFO: We are discussing the book, “The Sixty-Eight Rooms” by Marianne Malone . Craft and refreshments included. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Teen Movie Time
BRANCH: Bailey Cove
DATE: January 28th, 6pm
AGES: Teens
INFO: Time again for Miss Julia to pick one of her favorite “blast from the past” movies for your enjoyment!! Contact Julia Hendon for more info: jhendon@hmcpl.org

Story Time: Colors
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Wednesday, January 29, 10:30 AM
INFO: Join Mrs. Tina for stories, songs, and a craft. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

As always, be sure to call ahead if an event requires an RSVP, or if you want to check to make sure there have been no changes or cancellations.