Book It to the Library: November 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 and so Rocket City Mom is bringing you a new feature titled “Book It To The Library.” Each month we’ll bring you highlights of upcoming events from the libraries within HMCPL.

Harry Potter’s World Exhibit: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine

BRANCH: Main Library, Youth Services
DATES: November 18th- December 28th
AGES: All ages
INFO: Everyone loves the magical world of Harry Potter, but did you know you can learn some cool things about history, science and medicine from reading the books, too? Were there ever really dragons, unicorns and basilisks? Was there a Sorcerer’s Stone? The magic in J. K. Rowling’s series of Harry Potter novels is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine explores the intersection of these worlds, featuring highlights from the collections of the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine. A special thanks to Huntsville Pediatrics Association for their sponsorship of this event. For more information contact Annie Pendergrass at 256-532-5982 or apendergrass@hmcpl.org

Harry Potter Quote

Garden Rangers Club

BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Monday, November 4th @ 4pm
AGES: Ages K-5th
INFO: Attention school age kids! Want to help out in the garden and learn at the same time? In November, we’ll decorate wreaths for the holidays, and in December, we’ll create fabulous gifts and ornaments perfect for the holidays. Always meets on the first Monday of each month. For more information contact Miss Maggie (mallen@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Alabama Youth Ballet Theater Presents Scenes from The Nutcracker

BRANCH: Main Library, Youth Services
TIME: Thursday, November 7th at 6:30pm
AGES: All ages
INFO: Ballerinas, beautiful costumes, dancing and music! Join us for an exciting presentation of scenes from The Nutcracker by our friends at Alabama Youth Ballet Theater.
For more information contact Annie Pendergrass at 256-532-5982 or apendergrass@hmcpl.org


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Nutcracker Story Time in South Huntsville

BRANCH: Bailey Cove Library
TIME: Thursday, November 7 @ 9:15 am and 10:30 am
AGES: All ages
INFO: Alabama Youth Ballet will give a sneak preview of some dances from their upcoming Nutcracker Performance. Don’t miss the beautiful costumes and dances! A craft will also be provided.

Teen Writing Group

TIME: Thursday, November 7th @ 5:00; Thursday, December 5th @ 5:00
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
AGES: 12-18
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

Family Movie Night @Monrovia

BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
TIME: Friday, Nov. 8, 6:00 p.m.
AGES: All ages
INFO: Please come enjoy a family-friendly movie with free admission and snacks (popcorn and bottled water) for just 25 cents each. For more information contact chewitt@hmcpl.org or 256-489-3392

Home School Story Time – Indians and Pilgrims

BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
TIME: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1:00 p.m.
AGES: Kindergarten through fourth grade
INFO: Home school students from can participate in a home school story time that is educational and focuses on using the library. For more information contact chewitt@hmcpl.org or 256-489-3392

Mad Scientists Meeting

BRANCH: Madison Public Library
TIME: Thursday, November 14th @ 4pm
AGES: Ages K-5th
INFO: Join us for more exciting, hands-on science experiments at our next meeting on Thursday, November 21st (moved to the 3rd Thursday for November only) @ 4pm. For this session, kids ages 5-12 will experiment with ‘Oobleck’, and in December we’ll create some holiday magic and much more! For more information contact Miss Maggie (mallen@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046


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Monthly Family Story Time

BRANCH: Eleanor Murphy Public Library
TIME: Saturday, November 16, 1:30p.m.
AGES: 2-5 (siblings welcome)
INFO: Join Ms. Haley for a special Thanksgiving Preschool Story Time. We’ll read Thanksgiving stories, sing songs and do a fun craft! For more information contact Ms. Haley @ 256-881-5620 or handerson@hmcpl.org

Nonfiction Connection

BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Monday, November 18th @ 4pm
AGES: K-5th grades
INFO: School age children are invited to explore a different subject each month with books, activities & crafts. In November, learn all about Owls, and in December we’ll study constellations. For more information contact Miss Teresa (tallsion@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Thanksgiving Holiday Family Craft

BRANCH: Eleanor Murphy Public Library
TIME: Monday, November 18, 4:00p.m.
AGES: All ages
INFO: We’ll make 3D paper turkeys to decorate for the holidays! See blog post for more info: http://hmcpl.org/2013/09/holiday-family-craft or call 256-881-5620

Fueled Art for Teens

BRANCH: Madison Public Library
TIME: Tuesday, November 19th @ 5:30pm
AGES: 12-18
INFO: Delve into new creative projects each month as we guide a new painting theme. In November, we’ll create a holiday scene. RSVP Required. For more information contact Miss Maggie (mallen@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046


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Nutcracker Preview

BRANCH: Eleanor Murphy Public Library
TIME: Wednesday, November 20, 3:30p.m.
AGES: 4-12
INFO: Join us for a preview of the classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, presented by the Alabama Youth Ballet. For more information contact Ms. Haley @ 256-881-5620 or handerson@hmcpl.org

Young Adult Book Club

BRANCH: Madison Public Library
TIME: Thursday, November 21st @ 5:00
AGES: 12-18
INFO: Come to the first ever YA Book Club! For our first meeting, please bring a copy of your current favorite read. We’ll share why we enjoy these books, discuss what elements make other books great or not so great reads, munch on snacks and choose a book for our next meeting. No RSVP required, event is free. For more information contact Miss Doom (rdoom@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Recycled Decorations Workshop for Teens

BRANCH: Madison Public Library
TIME: Tuesday, November 26th @ 6pm
AGES: 12-18
INFO: Love Pinterest? Have you pinned a million crafts but haven’t made any? We have the group for you! In November, we’ll get ready for the holidays with recycled tree & ornament art. RSVP now! For more information contact Miss Maggie (mallen@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046

Teen Recycled Gifts in December

BRANCH: Madison Public Library
TIME: Tuesday, December 3rd @ 6pm
AGES: 12-18
INFO: Stumped on what to give for Christmas (or without the monetary funds to purchase what you’d like)? Come out on Tuesday, December 3rd @ 6pm and try out some recycled gift & wrapping ideas for the holidays. RSVP now! For more information contact Miss Maggie (mallen@hmcpl.org) or 256-461-0046