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Book It to the Library, March Edition

EDITOR’S NOTE: We 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.

Be sure to visit the HMCPL Event Calendar for even more kid-friendly programs offered at the library.

Library Special Events

Be a part of the biggest book club around – Madison County Reads is happening this month!
Get all the details HERE.

Madison County Reads Scavenger Hunt
BRANCH: All locations and online!
DATE: March
INFO: Join our system-wide, month-long scavenger hunt and play along with MCR 2015: Ready Player One. Complete challenges to earn prize entries. Pick up challenge booklets at any branch or online at guides.hmcpl.org/MCRHunt. Email mcr@hmcpl.org for more information.

Retro Puppet Show
BRANCH: Eleanor E. Murphy
DATE: Tuesday, March 10 at 4:00pm
INFO: Children of all ages are invited to join our puppet pals for this 80s picture book themed show that ties in with our Madison County Reads program, featuring 3 stories and a fun craft. Call 256-881-5620 or email hwhaley@hmcpl.org for more info.

Ready Player Book Discussion 
Monrovia Public Library
Tuesday, March 10, 1:00 p.m.
Join us for a book discussion of the adult selection for Madison County Reads. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Family Movie Night
Monrovia Public Library
Friday, March 13, 6:00 p.m.
Families enjoy a free movie in a kid-friendly environment. Pick up tickets at the Monrovia check out desk. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Retro Game Day
BRANCH: Madison
DATE: Saturday, March 14 all day
INFO: We’re turning the library into an arcade! Patrons of all ages are invited to come play retro arcade games provided by Hale Gaming. For more info call 256-461-0046, visit guides.hmcpl.org/mcr or email mcr@hmcpl.org

Comic Paper Flowers
BRANCH: Main – 2nd Floor Events
DATE: Sunday, March 15 at 2:00pm
INFO: Teens and adults can join Amanda Banks of Designs by Banks and learn to make flowers using comic book paper. For more info visit guides.hmcpl.org/mcr or email mcr@hmcpl.org

Swan Lake Preview w/ Alabama Youth Ballet
BRANCH: Eleanor E. Murphy
DATE: Tuesday, March 17 at 4:00pm
INFO: Children and families are invited to the library for this preview of Swan Lake presented by Alabama Youth Ballet. For more info call 256-881-5620 or email hwhaley@hmcpl.org

Home School Story Time- Science and Math of Food 
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, March 17, 1:00 p.m.
INFO: Home School students from Kindergarten to Fourth grade enjoy stories, games, crafts and more, while we learn how to use the library. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Monrovia Masterminds Science Club – Color Spectrum 
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Thursday, March 19, 4:00 p.m.
INFO: Students from 2nd to 5th grades enjoy hands on science experiments and more. January’s topic is forensic science. For more information contact Mandee Farley at 256-489-3392 or mfarley@hmcpl.org.

80’s Family Bash
BRANCH: Bailey Cove
DATE: Friday, March 20 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
INFO: Come back to the future with us at the Bailey Cove Library for a night of retro fun! We’ll have crafts for all ages, refreshments, a special storytime with Chuck E. Cheese, Teen video games, a photo booth, meet and greets with 80’s characters including a Ghostbuster and Marty McFly, and more! For more info call 256-881-0257, visit guides.hmcpl.org/mcr or email mcr@hmcpl.org

Recurring Monthly Events

Tuesday Tales
BRANCH: Eleanor E. Murphy
DATE: Tuesdays at 10:30am
INFO: Join Ms. Haley for stories, songs, and a craft. For more information contact Haley Whaley at 256-881-5620 or hwhaley@hmcpl.org


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Tween Hour
BRANCH: Eleanor E. Murphy
DATE: Wednesdays at 4:00pm
INFO: Tweens ages 10-14 can join Ms. Haley each week for a new craft, movie night, game, or event. For more information contact Haley Whaley at 256-881-5620 or hwhaley@hmcpl.org

Supernova Science Club
BRANCH: Eleanor E. Murphy
DATE: Thursdays at 4:00pm
INFO: Children ages 5-11 can join Ms. Haley each week to explore a new scientific topic with hands-on projects and experiments. For more information contact Haley Whaley at 256-881-5620 or hwhaley@hmcpl.org.
RSVP REQUIRED. Signups open the Monday before.

Preschool Story Time
Monrovia Public Library
Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, crafts and more for children birth to age five. For more information contact Mandee Farley at 256-489-3392 or mfarley@hmcpl.org.

Family Storytimes
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Saturdays (March 14th & 28th), 10am
INFO: Can’t come during the week? No problem! Join Ms. Teresa for a special Saturday story time at 10:00 a.m.

Celebrate Seuss!
Monday, March 2nd at 3pm
Main Branch – Youth Services
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a reading of Cat in the Hat and a craft!

Special Guest: Music Together of TN Valley
Main – Youth Services
Monday, March 2nd at 4pm
A fun program with special guest Music Together of the TN Valley featuring songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrumental play.

Wacky Science Club- Color Science
BRANCH: Showers Center Library
DATE: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 4:00pm
INFO: Learn about the science of color with a hands-on project for each child. Recommended for elementary age children.

Jr Readers- Dr Seuss Day
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Tuesday March 3rd, 4pm
INFO: K-2nd graders are invited to come out on Tuesday (March 3rd) at 4pm to celebrate Dr Seuss. We’ll read stories and make a craft.

Lunch and Love Romance Book Club
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, March 3, 11:00 a.m.
INFO: Members meet to discuss a romance and enjoy a brown bag lunch at the Monrovia Community Center next door to the library. Our book for March is Hot Pursuit by Lynn Rae Harris and includes a visit and discussion with the author! For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Great Beginnings Book Club- The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, March 3, 4:00 p.m.
INFO: Middle schoolers from 6th-8th grade are invited to this book club that explores the firsts of great series. This month we are reading and discussing Hourglass by Myra McEntire. For more information contact Mandee Farley at 256-489-3392 or mfarley@hmcpl.org.

Kids’ Club with Guests from Sarrell Dental
DATE:Wednesday, March 4th at 3:30pm
BRANCH: Main Branch – Youth Services
INFO: This month we will be joined by special guests from Sarrell Dental to teach us about dental health!

Community Read Movie Day
BRANCH: Showers Center Library
DATE: Tuesday, March 5, 2015, 3:30pm
INFO:. Come enjoy a great family friendly movie “Boxtrolls”.

Monrovia Friends of the Library First Annual Read-A-Thon
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
INFO: Come help raise money to support the programs and activities at Monrovia Library. Participants can read the week before and the week after and/or come in anytime on Saturday. You can donate money based on the minutes you read or collect money from donors. We will have special reading times and activities all day at the library with snacks and drinks provided. Children are welcome to come in their pajamas and bring a favorite pillow or animal and read. All ages may participate. Look for links soon at hmcpl.org/monrovia for our reading logs and donor forms. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Elementary Spanish Lesson and Activities
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Saturday, March 7, 1:00 p.m.
INFO: Children of all ages can learn basic Spanish words and skills. Sponsored by Sparkman High Spanish Honor Society. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Nonfiction Connection
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Monday (March 9th), 4pm
INFO: School age children (K-5th grades) are invited to explore a different subject each month with books, activities & crafts. Our March topic will be the RAINFOREST.
RSVP please at tallison@hmcpl.org or 256-461-0046!

Teen Night at Monrovia – Pixel Art 
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Monday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.
INFO: Teens enjoy a night of crazy crafting with Pixel Art. For more information contact Mandee Farley at 256-489-3392 or mfarley@hmcpl.org.

Ready Player Book Discussion 
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, March 10, 1:00 p.m.
INFO: Join us for a book discussion of the adult selection for Madison County Reads. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Spring Puppet Shows @ Bailey Cove Library
BRANCH: Bailey Cove
DATE: March 11 and 12, 9:15 am and 10:30 am
INFO: Please join us for fun puppets, rhymes, music, and a craft.

TEEN Writers’ Group
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Thursday, March 12th, 5pm
INFO: Teen Writers gather to share their works and learn tips to improve their writing. March’s meeting will be pushed back one week and take place in the YA room on March 12th.

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Half Day Movie
BRANCH: Main Branch – Youth Services
DATE: Friday, March 13th at 2pm
INCO: A half day of school means a free afternoon movie at the Library!
For more information contact Annie Matthys at 256-532-5982 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

Family Movie Night 
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Friday, March 13, 6:00 p.m.
INFO: Families enjoy a free movie in a kid-friendly environment. Pick up tickets at the Monrovia check out desk. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.

TEEN Arcade Games
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Saturday (March 14th), 11:30pm-5pm
INFO: Free arcade games here at the library. FREE! GAMES! LIBRARY! No RSVP necessary, but if you have questions ask Doom!

JF Mad Scientists
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Monday (March 16th), 4pm
INFO: Attention all JR Mad Scientists! We have a science club designed for children in grades K-2. In March we’ll study rainbows. RSVP please at tallison@hmcpl.org or 256-461-0046!


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Booked For Lunch on Tuesdays Book Club at Monrovia Public Library
BRANCH: Monrovia
DATE: Tuesday, March 17, 11:00 a.m.
INFO: Bring a brown bag lunch and join us for a book discussion in the Monrovia Community Center Meeting Room next door to the library. March’s book is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Home School Story Time- Science and Math of Food 
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, March 17, 1:00 p.m.
INFO: Home School students from Kindergarten to Fourth grade enjoy stories, games, crafts and more, while we learn how to use the library. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Monrovia Masterminds Science Club – Color Spectrum 
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Thursday, March 19, 4:00 p.m.
INFO: Students from 2nd to 5th grades enjoy hands on science experiments and more. January’s topic is forensic science. For more information contact Mandee Farley at 256-489-3392 or mfarley@hmcpl.org.

TEEN Paint Teen Class
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: 3rd Thursdays @ 5:30pm
INFO: Teen painting returns to the Madison Library. Join us every 3rd Thursday at 5:30 for a new painting project. Please RSVP with Doom at 256-461-0046.

Spring Break Luau
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Monday, March 23, thru Friday, March 27, 1pm
INFO: Ukuleles are getting closer to circulating. Is your child curious about playing one? Sign them up for Spring Break Luau. We’ll introduce your young ones to the anatomy of the ukulele and how to play them. Keep in mind, we only have 10 instruments to go around, so please RSVP.

Teen Toss Up – Tournament SMASH
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, March 24, 4pm
INFO: Get here early to grab your spot in our Spring Break Super Smash Brothers Tournament. If you’re in grades 6-12 and think that you rule the Nintendo Roost, come out and show off your skills. Number of participants may be limited. Contact mallen@hmcpl.org to reserve your spot.

Community Read Movie Day
BRANCH: Showers Center Library
DATE: Thursday, March 24, 2015, 2:00pm
INFO: Looking for something to do for spring break, when come on out for the movie “War Games”.

FAMILY Movie
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2:30pm
INFO: Enjoy popcorn and lemonade while you watch ‘Lilo & Stitch’!

TEEN Movie
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2:30pm
INFO: If you ‘Ain’t scared of no ghosts’ come to the YA room and watch ‘Ghostbusters’!

Storytime with Chuck E. Cheese
Wednesday, March 25th at 3:30pm
Main Branch – Youth Services
Join us as our friends from Chuck E. Cheese share a story! Chuck E. himself will make an appearance at this special storytime.

Elephant and Piggie Throw a Party – PUPPET SHOW
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Thursday, March 26, 4pm
INFO: Elephant and Piggie are coming to Madison Public Library, and they want to throw a party! Join us for stories (some old and new) and songs.

TEEN Retro Gaming Felt Art
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Thursday, March 26th, 6pm
INFO: Craft some video game classics. RSVP to rdoom@hmcpl.org


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