Book It to the Library: May Edition

EDITOR’S NOTE: We love the quality free programs offered at all the branches of the Huntsville-Madison County Public library. 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.

Programming Break

May is the month most branches of HMCPL take a programming break in order to plan and prepare for their popular Summer Reading Program. Be sure to check the library nearest you before you head over to a regular storytime – we’ve included the definite breaks below.

Main Branch – Youth Services
DATES: May 19th – June 1st
INFO: There will be no regular story times or children’s program from May 19th until June 1st in order to prepare for Summer Reading 2014. For more information contact Annie

Eleanor Murphy Branch
INFO: All regular programs, including storytime will be on break for the month of May. There will be a few special programs (see below).

Madison Library
INFO: All regular programs, including storytime will be on break from May 12 through May 30.

This year's Summer Reading Program is "Fizz, Boom, READ!"
This year’s Summer Reading Program is “Fizz, Boom, READ!”

Library Events in May

Puppet Show at Murphy Branch
BRANCH: Eleanor Murphy Public Library
TIME: Tuesday, May 6 @ 4:00pm
AGES: Families and all ages
INFO: Join our puppet pals for a special ZooTime Puppet Show featuring stories and friends with a safari theme. For more information contact Ms. Haley at hwhaley@hmcpl.org or 256-881-5620


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Parachute Playtime!
BRANCH: Main Branch – Youth Services
TIME: Wednesday, May 7th & 14th @ 4pm
AGES: Families, all ages
INFO: It’s time to bring out the BIG parachute for an interactive parachute play session. Songs, rhymes, and games with the chute! For more information contact Annie Matthys  at 256-532-5949 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

Zoo Time Puppet Show
BRANCH: Bailey Cove Library
TIME: Wednesday, May 7 @ 9:15 am and 10:30 am
Thursday, May 8 @ 9:15 am, 10:30 am, and 4:00 pm
AGES: Preschool – lower elementary
INFO: Zoo Time Puppet Show is a fun,  interactive show featuring zoo animal stories, lots of puppets, rhymes, songs, and a craft.  For more information, please contact Ms. Betty (bpate@hmcpl.org).

Story Time: Pizza!
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Wednesday, May 7, 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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Close Encounters Science Club
BRANCH: Tillman Hill Library
TIME: Thursday, May 8, 4 pm
AGES: 8 and up
INFO: Close Encounters of the Pop-Fizz- Boom Kind We are making our own Soda and then watching Soda erupt Call 256-828-9529 to register for the class

Middle School Book Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME:  Monday, May 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
INFO: Book-“Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater.  For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org

May Flowers in the Library!
BRANCH: Main Branch – Youth Services
TIME: Until May 15th
AGES: All ages
INFO: Design your own flower to put in our flower garden! At the end of the month, we’ll pick a prize-winning flower. For more information contact Annie Matthys  at 256-532-5949 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

Anime Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME:  Tuesday, May 20 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm
INFO: Watch anime movie, “Steam Boy”, draw manga, and snacks. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.


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Story Time: Bedtime & PJ’S
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Wednesday, May 21, 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.

Story Time: Summer
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Wednesday, May 21, 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.

Afternoon Movie-“Lego Movie”
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Thursday, May 30, 3:00 PM
INFO: Watch an afternoon movie.  For more information contact the Gurley Library at 256-776-2102 or gurley@hmcpl.org.