Book It to the Library: January 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.

Special HMCPL Events in January

NEW! Kiwanis Little Learners Series
BRANCH: Main Branch
DATE: Sign-ups are for 5 Friday sessions, beginning January 23rd at 10:30am, with the last session being on Friday, February 20th at 10:30am.
INFO: A unique play-based, child-centered workshop for parents/caregivers and children ages 0-3 (strict age restrictions). Sign-ups are for 5 Friday sessions, beginning January 23rd at 10:30am, with the last session being on Friday, February 20th at 10:30am. This program is limited to 12 families per term to ensure a quality experience. Each week a new resource professional from the community will be on-site to discuss a variety of early childhood topics, from nutrition to speech/language. Sign up at the Main Branch in Youth Services or by calling 256-532-5949. For more detailed information, please contact Annie Matthys at amatthys@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5982.

Great Beginnings Book Club at Monrovia Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, January 6, 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.

LEGO Club in Madison
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, January 6th @ 6pm
INFO: Join us for our monthly LEGO club. No reservation is necessary, but we’ll only have supplies while they last! See Ms Maggie for more details.

Lucky for you there's a library location near your neighborhood in Madison County!
Lucky for you there’s a library location near your neighborhood in Madison County!

Story DATE: Winter is Here!
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
DATE: Wednesday, January 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.

Mad Scientists
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Thursday, January 8th @ 4pm
INFO: Hands on science experiments for 3rd-5th graders on 2nd Thursdays @ 4pm. Please RSVP for this event with Ms. Maggie at mallen@hmcpl.org.

Fandom Fest
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Thursday, January 8th @ 6pm
INFO: Our first Fandom Fest of 2015 will rediscover the Avatar universe with the Legend of Korra series. No RSVP required, but if you have questions contact rdoom@hmcpl.org for more info!

Family Movie Night at Monrovia Public Library
BRANCH: Monrovia
DATE: Friday, January 9, 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.

Middle School Book Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
DATE: Monday, January 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
INFO: Book, “Legend” by Marie Lu. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org


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Story time: Winter Animals
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
DATE: Wednesday, January 14, 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.

X Factor Book Club
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Thursday, January 15th @ 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.

Family Painting Class
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Saturday, January 17th @ 1pm
INFO: The family that paints together has fun together at the Madison Public Library. This class is appropriate for all ages, and parents are encouraged to paint with their children.
RSVP REQUIRED. Sign up with Ms Maggie at 256-461-0046 or mallen@hmcpl.org

Elementary Spanish Lesson and Activities at Monrovia Public Library
BRANCH: Monrovia
DATE: Saturday, January 17, 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.

TAG/Teen Meeting
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, January 20 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm
INFO: For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

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

Family Game Nights
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, January 20th @ 6pm
INFO: We’ll have the games, and you bring your family! This is a great chance to get out of the house this winter. Plus, enjoy a variety of games and maybe make some new friends while you’re at it! No reservation is necessary. Contact Ms Maggie at mallen@hmcpl.org for more info!

Home School Story Time at Monrovia Public Library
BRANCH: Monrovia
DATE: Tuesday, January 20, 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.


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Story time: Hats & Mittens
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
DATE: Wednesday, January 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.

Monrovia Masterminds Science Club at Monrovia Public Library
BRANCH: Monrovia
DATE: Thursday, January 21, 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.

Homeschool Jam-MaKey MaKey
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
DATE: Monday, January 26 from 10:00 until 11:30
INFO: Electricity: MaKey MaKey is a simple invention kit that teaches electrical circuits. For more information contact Alisa Watson at 256-776-2102 or awatson@hmcpl.org.

Elementary Series Book Club
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
DATE: Monday, January 26 from 3:30-4:30 pm
INFO: We are discussing the book, ”Tuesdays At The Castle” by Jessica Day George. Craft and refreshments included. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Teen Toss Up: 3DS Meetup
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Tuesday, January 27th @ 6pm
INFO: For our first session of Teen Toss Up, don’t forget your Nintendo 3DS!! This is your chance to catch some street passes and battle some new friends at Pokemon, Mario Kart and more! No RSVP necessary…Though if you do, we’ll probably get more snacks!

Story time: Snow
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
DATE: Wednesday, January 28, 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.

Origami Yoda Origami Day
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Thursday, January 29th @ 4pm
INFO: Love Origami Yoda? Or just love origami? Come and create your own origami creations to carry with you or share the “wisdom” with friends.


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Frozen Party
BRANCH: Main – Youth Services
DATE: Thursday, January 29th @ 3:30pm
INFO: Celebrate Disney’s Frozen with our fun, themed party! There will be crafts, sing-alongs, and we’ll even make snow!
For more information please contact Annie Matthys at 256-532-5982 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

Regularly Occurring HMCPL Events

BABY SIGN STORY TIME
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Mondays at 9:30 am
INFO: Parents and babies (aged up to 2 years old) are invited to a special baby sign themed story time. We’ll begin meeting again for the new year on January 12th. No RSVP necessary, but if you have questions, feel free to call Doom at 256-461-0046.

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: A Teen Event
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Tuesdays @ 4pm
INFO: Teens and tweens 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.

Nonfiction Connection
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: Monday, January 12, 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 January session, we’ll learn about grizzly bears. RSVP Required. Please contact Teresa at tallison@hmcpl.org or call 256-461-0046 to register.

Family Story Time
BRANCH: Madison Public Library
DATE: January 10, 2015 and January 24, 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.

Monthly Craft
BRANCH: Main – Youth Services
DATE: January 2015
INFO: Drop into Youth Services anytime in January to make a Winnie the Pooh mask or hand-tracing.
For more information please contact Annie Matthys at 256-532-5982 or amatthys@hmcpl.org.

Preschool Story Time at Monrovia Public Library
BRANCH: Monrovia
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.