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Book It to the Library: February 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.

Special HMCPL Events in February

‘I Have a Dream’: Share Your Dream!
Main – Youth Services
February 2015
To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during Black History Month, we’re asking children to visit our ‘I Have a Dream’ board in Youth Services and share their dreams at the library during the month of February.
For more information please contact Annie Matthys at 256-532-5982 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

Great Beginnings Book Club
BRANCH: Monrovia Library
DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 4:00 p.m.
INFO: Middle Schoolers come enjoy reading the first of series in this monthly book club. This month’s book is School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari. For more information contact Mandee Farley at 256-489-3392 or mfarley@hmcpl.org

Kids’ Club – All About Birds
BRANCH: Main – Youth Services
DATE: Wednesday, February 4th @ 3:30pm
INFO: At this month’s club meeting you can make your own bird feeder to share with your feathered friends out of simple materials! For more information please contact Annie Matthys at 256-532-5982 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

Teen Writers’ Group
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Thursday, February 5th at 5:00
INFO: Swapsies time! Bring an excerpt of something to share with another TWG member. Receive constructive feedback and have an opportunity to discuss any writing road blocks you might have. No RSVP necessary, but if you have questions, email Doom at rdoom@hmcpl.org.

Garden Rangers (Beaks & Barks)
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Thursday February 5th @ 4pm
INFO: Through games and other interactive activities students will be able to name at least three foods that birds eat and name three adaptations birds have for survival. This special session will be hosted by the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.
RSVP recommended. Contact mallen@hmcpl.org for more info!

Half Day Movie
BRANCH: Main Branch – Youth Services
DATE: Wednesday, February 6th @ 2pm
INFO: It’s a half day of school, so enjoy a movie at the library!
For more information please contact Annie Matthys at 256-532-5982 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

Handmade Valentines
BRANCH: Bessie K. Russell Library
DATE: February 7, 2015 at 11AM
INFO: Make your own special valentine(s) to give to your special valentine! Family friendly event. Free. Call branch to register (256) 859-9050.

Create Your Own Love and Anti-love Valentine Cookies
BRANCH: Bessie K. Russell Library
DATE: February 7, 2015 at 2PM
INFO: Love is in the air here at the library and we want to share it! Design your own valentine cookies with your love/hate message. Tween and teen friendly event. Free. Call branch to register (256) 859-9050.

Elementary Spanish Lesson and Activities
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Saturday, February 7, 2014
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, Feb. 9, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m.
INFO: Each month at our Nonfiction Connection meetings, school age children (K-5th grades) are invited to explore a different subject with books, activities and crafts. During our February session, we’ll learn about germs. RSVP Required. Please contact Teresa at tallison@hmcpl.org or call 256-461-0046 to register.

Middle School Book Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Monday, February 9, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
INFO: Book, “Iron King” by Julie Kagawa. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org

I Love Books Puppet Show
BRANCH: Eleanor E. Murphy
DATE: Tuesday, February 10 at 4:00pm
INFO: Children of all ages are invited to join our puppet pals for this fun show about our love of books, featuring 3 stories and a fun craft. Call 256-881-5620 or email hwhaley@hmcpl.org for more info.

Kids Movie Day
BRANCH: Showers
DATE: February 10th @3:30pm
INFO: Come by for a free movie and fun. Call 256-851-7492 for more information.


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Valentine Craft Day
BRANCH: Main-Youth Services
DATE: Wednesday, February 11th
INFO: Stop by Youth Services anytime on the 11th to make your own Valentine crafts to share.
For more information please contact Annie Matthys at 256-532-5982 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

We Love Books Puppet Show
BRANCH: Bailey Cove Library
DATE: Wednesday, February 11 at 9:15 am and 10:30 am
Thursday, February 12 at 9:15 am and 10:30 am
INFO: A fun, interactive puppet show featuring three of our favorite story time books, lots of music, rhymes, and a craft.

Fandom Fest
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Thursday, February 12th @ 6pm
INFO: February’s Fandom Fest will explore the Vampire Slayer universe with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. No RSVP required, but if you have questions contact rdoom@hmcpl.org for more info!

Black History Program
BRANCH: Showers
DATE: February 12th at 4pm
INFO: This year is a musical theme! Mr. Carl Parker Jr. will play Black History music.

Family Movie Night
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Friday, February 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.

Saturday Family Story Time in Madison
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: February 14, 2015 and February 28, 2015 @ 10:00 a.m.
INFO: Can’t come to story time during the week? No problem! Join Ms. Teresa for a special Saturday story time.

Celebrating and Embracing Diversity
BRANCH: Triana Public
DATE: Saturday, February 14 at 12 Noon
INFO: Children of all ages will construct crafts related to the Chinese New Year that will culminate with a celebration the following Thursday the 19th 256-772-9943

Home School Story Time
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, February 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.

TAG/Teen Meeting
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Tuesday, February 17, from 4:15-5:00
INFO: For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Anime Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Tuesday, February 17, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm
INFO: Watch anime movie,”Patema Inverted”, draw manga, and snacks. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

X Factor Book Club
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Thursday, February 19th @ 4pm
INFO: Are you a 3rd – 5th grader who’s always looking for the next great read? Join us at our book club aimed at advanced Juvi readers. No RSVP required. Questions? Call Maggie at 256-461-0046.

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

Kids Movie Day
BRANCH: Showers
DATE: February 19th @ 3:30pm
INFO: Come by for a free movie and fun. Call 256-851-7492 for more information.

Afternoon Movie- “Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Thursday, February 19, at 4:00 PM
INFO: For more information contact Alisa Watson at 256-776-2102 or awatson@hmcpl.org.

Family Fun Game Day
BRANCH: Oscar Mason Library
DATE: Friday, February 20, Friday, March 20 &Friday, April 17
INFO: Come join Oscar Mason Librarians for a fun day filled day with board games, video games, and computer games. All family members welcome to join us.

Elementary Spanish Lesson and Activities
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Saturday, February 21, 2014
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.

Homeschool Jam-Food Science (Steve Spangler Style)
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Monday, February 23, from 10:00 until 11:30
INFO: For more information contact Alisa Watson at 256-776-2102 or awatson@hmcpl.org.

Elementary Series Book Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Monday, February 23, from 3:30-4:30 pm
INFO: We are discussing the book, “Who Was Harriet Tubman?” by Yona Zeldis McDonough. Craft and refreshments included. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

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Teen Toss Up – Divergent Party!
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Tuesday February 24th @ 6pm
INFO: Get together to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of the popular Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. We’ll play games, eat snacks and even make crafts inspired by the books/films.
Contact mallen@hmcpl.org for more info!

Inventor Celebration Stations!
BRANCH: Main-Youth Services
DATE: Wednesday, February 25th, 2:30pm-4:30pm
INFO: Let’s celebrate Black History Month by learning about African American inventors! Each inventor station will feature an inventor and allow for hands-on activities, crafting, and even TASTING experiences! A great educational opportunity for all ages.
For more information please contact Annie Matthys at 256-532-5982 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

Teen Night
BRANCH: Triana Public Library
DATE: Saturday, February 28 at 6:00
INFO: Teens ages 13-18 come together to chat with their friends, listen to music watch a movie and play games while enjoying light refreshments. 256-772-9943

African Sunset Plains Art Class
BRANCH: Bessie K. Russell Library
DATE: February 28, 2015 at 11AM
INFO: We are visiting the plains of Africa in this family friendly class. We will make beautiful landscapes and animals. Free. Call the branch to register (256) 859-9050.


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Regularly Occurring Events

Story Time: Opposites
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
INFO: Join Mrs. Tina for stories, songs, and a craft. February 11 – Hearts & Kisses; February 18 – Mice; February 25 – Cats. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Family Movie Night
BRANCH: Triana Public Library
DATE: Friday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m.
INFO: Family oriented movie. Refreshments available

Storytime
BRANCH: Triana Public Library
DATE: Each Thursday Morning at 11:00 a.m.
INFO: Children ages 3-5 come and listen to stories, participate in activities and get excited about books and their imagination inspired. Ms. Wanda 256-772-9943

Teen Takeover: Gaming Daze
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Mondays @ 4pm
INFO: Test your gaming chops with weekly game competitions. From ERS to Mario Kart, card games, board games and video games are all possibilities. Get your game face on and compete to be number 1. No RSVP needed. Questions? Call Mags or Doom at 256-461-0046.

Ukulele 101
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Tuesdays @ 4pm
INFO: Young people are invited to the YA room at the Madison Library to learn the basics of playing ukulele. Bring your own ukulele, or use one of the ten ukuleles in the teen room. But beware, the library’s instruments are first come, first serve. No RSVP required, but if you have questions, please call Doom at 256-461-0046.

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

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
BRANCH: Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
INFO: 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.

Spotlight on African American Authors for Children
BRANCH: Main – Youth Services
DATE: Wednesdays in February @ 10:30am
INFO: Each Wednesday during our 10:30am story time we will feature a picture book by a different African American author. Ezra Jack Keats and more: there are so many great books to explore!
For more information contact Melissa Shuman at 256-532-5949 or mshuman@hmcpl.org

 


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  • I LOVED the library as a kid but our neighborhood librarian is so dang mean that all three of my kids hate it.

    • I am so sorry to hear that Paula! I’m not even going to ask which branch you live near but may I suggest you try going to another branch. We’ve heard awesome things about many of the youth librarians in town including the Madison Branch a 2014 Rocket City Mom Family Favorite!

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