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Library Events for Kids in January

It’s no secret we LOVE the Huntsville Madison County Public Library and all of it’s many branches! There’s no shortage to quality community programs they host for kids and families. We like to list them here every month, but you can see all of their other events on the HMCPL website.

Special Library Events in January

Board Game Night – Mice and Mystics
Tuesday, January 10 @ 5:30 p.m.
Branch: Monrovia Library
Info: For adults and children age 12 and up. Enjoy the challenge of board game strategies. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt @ 256-489-3392 or email her at chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Movie Afternoon: The Secret Life of Pets
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Thursday, January 12, 3:30 PM
INFO: Join us for a movie on the big screen. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Do Re Mi Music Class
Thursday, Jan. 12 at 4 PM
Branch: Madison Library
Info: Beginning music class. RSVP required at lwhitaker@hmcpl.org or 256-461-0046; Ages 5-8

Family Movie Night – Pete’s Dragon
Friday, January 13 @ 6:00 p.m.
Branch: Monrovia Library
Info: All ages enjoy a free movie at the library. Popcorn and water served for 25 cents each. Pick up your free tickets at the Monrovia Library check out desk. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or email her at chewitt@hmcpl.org.

Kylie Meet Cooley Book Party
January 14 at 10 a.m.
Branch: Downtown Huntsville Library
Info: Meet the authors of Kylie Meet Cooley, a new picture book at the library!

Build It With Bricks – Lego Club
Saturday, January 14 @ 1 p.m.
Branch: Monrovia Library
Info: Children 6-12 can build Lego creations for fun and prizes. A $2 non-refundable registration fee is required at sign up. This event is limited to 20 participants. Sign up at the Monrovia Library check out desk. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or email her at chewitt@hmcpl.org. Reservations are not accepted via email.

Tween Time
Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 PM
Branch: Madison Library
Info: Tweens unite! We’ll meet in the YA room to enjoy a craft or game, snacks and a movie. Ages 10-14

TAG/Teen Meeting
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Tuesday, January 17 @4:15 to 5:30
INFO: Chinese New Year Celebration-The Year of the Rooster. We’ll be painting Chinese lanterns, playing games, and eating fortune cookies. For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.


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Anime Club-“Princess Mononoke”
BRANCH: Gurley Public Library
TIME: Tuesday, January 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
INFO: Anime Club gives teens a place to gather, watch, and talk about Japanese animation. Films include classics as well as new releases. Come check out the latest anime shows and anime/manga magazines or come and share your own fan fiction (writing) and fan art (drawing). For more information contact Tina Wright at 256-776-2102 or twright@hmcpl.org.

Booktopia Book Club
Wednesday, Jan 18 at 4 PM
Branch: Madison Library
Info: Calling book lovers! Come join our book club for middle grades readers. We explore a variety of literature from fantasy to historical fiction. Snacks will be provided! January’s selection is “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson. Ages 10-14

Monrovia Masterminds Science Club – Animal Food Chains
Thursday, January 19 @ 4:00 p.m.
Branch: Monrovia Library
Info: Children in 2nd-5th grades learn hands-on science at our after school science club. For more information contact Mandee Farley at 256-489-3392 or email her at mfarley@hmcpl.org.

The X Factor
Thursday, Jan 19 at 4 PM
Branch: Madison Library
Info: Are you always looking for the next great read? Join us at our first book club aimed at advanced Juvi readers. January’s selection is “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan. Grades 3-5

Family Movie Night in Monrovia
Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Branch: Elizabeth Carpenter Public Library of New Hope
Info: Free Family Movie Night at New Hope Library. We’ll be showing Storks on the big screen. Feel free to bring a blanket and pillow. Refreshments will be provided.

Family Art Class
Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10 AM
Branch: Madison Library
Info: RSVP required at 256-461-0046 or mallen@hmcpl.org; All ages

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

Do Re Mi Music Class
Thursday, Jan. 26 at 4 PM
Branch: Madison Library
Info: Beginning music class. RSVP required at lwhitaker@hmcpl.org or 256-461-0046; Ages 5-8

Kiwanis Little Learners
Starts January 27 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.
Branch: Downtown Huntsville Library
Info: Kiwanis Little Learners is a five week session where your librarians create a play center for parents and caregivers to bring their young child, birth-age three, to play and informally meet with family resource professionals. During our five weeks we learn about early literacy; nutrition; speech, hearing, and language; and child development. Our play area materials were purchased with generous gifts from Huntsville Library Foundation and Rocket City Mom. Sign-ups are required. For more information please contact the Youth Services Department at 256-532-5949, or by e-mailing Melissa Shuman at mshuman@hmcpl.org. Sessions last for an hour and fifteen minutes. Space is limited to sixteen children between the ages of birth to three. Read all the details here! 

Chinese Language and Culture for Kids with Confucius Institute
LEVEL 1 Begins January 27 at 4 p.m.
Branch: Downtown Huntsville Library
Info: An opportunity for children to learn the language and culture of China with teachers from the Confucius Institute of Alabama A&M. This class will meet weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m.- 5 p.m. from January 27-May 11. There will be a $5 charge for the course booklet once classes begin. Parent or guardian has the option of the remaining in the room during the class but will be required to stay at the library during the duration of the program. This program is limited to 20 children (ages 6-18 years). You will be contacted before the start date of the program as a courtesy reminder. If you are wait-listed, you may be contacted in the event that another student is unable to attend all sessions. To sign up, please complete the online registration forms. Questions? Please call the Youth Services Department at 256-532-5949.

Chinese New Year Crafts
January 28 All Day
Branch: Downtown Huntsville Library
Info: Stop by for make and take crafts in celebration of Chinese New Year!

Teen Takeover Night: Gaming Daze
Monday, Jan. 30 at 4 PM
Branch: Madison Library
Info: Every Monday, test your gaming chops with weekly competitions. ERS to Mario Kart, board games to card games – all are possibilites. Ages 10 and up

Groundhog Puppet Show
January 30 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
February 2 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Branch: Downtown Huntsville Library
Info: Join us to celebrate Groundhogs day with a puppet show! The loop only goes so many times so don’t miss it.

Storytime Scoop

Monrovia Storytimes
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday @ 10:30 a.m.
Branch: Monrovia Library
Info: Preschool story time resumes Tuesday, January 3 after a short holiday break. Preschoolers from birth to five years old enjoy games, songs, stories, crafts and more for our interactive story time. Themes for January include penguins, polar bears, mice, clothing and owls. For more information contact Mandee Farley at 256-489-3392 or email her at mfarley@hmcpl.org


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Madison Storytimes
Branch: Madison Public Library
Date: Toddler Storytime, Tues. Wed. Thurs. at 9:30 AM; Preschool Storytime Tues. Wed. Thurs. at 10:30 AM; Baby Sign Storytime Mondays at 9:30 AM; Family Storytime, 2nd & 4th Saturdays at 10:00 AM.
Info: The Madison Library hosts nine storytimes a week!

Bailey Cove Storytimes
Branch: Bailey Cove Public Library
Date: Wednesdays – Book Buddies at 9:!5 AM, Mother Goose Storytime at 10:30 AM; Thursdays – Mother Goose Storytime at 9:15 AM, Book Buddies at 10:30 AM; Fridays – Little Bits Lapsit at 9:30 AM.
Info: There’s always a fun story to be had at Bailey Cove!

Main Storytimes
Branch: Huntsville Public Library Downtown
Dates: Wiggles & Walking, Tuesdays at 10:30; Rockin’ Storytime, Wednesdays at 10:30; Tremendouse Toddlers, Thursdays at 10:30
Info: There’s a storytime for every child’s age at the Main Library Downtown!

Tuesday Tales
Branch: Eleanor E. Murphy
Date: Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Info: Story Time for ages 2-5, featuring stories, rhymes and music followed by a simple craft. A typically
smaller story time held in the children’s section so younger toddlers may wander as needed. Siblings
welcome! Contact Ms. Haley at hwhaley@hmcpl.org for more info.

Storytime in Gurley
Branch: Gurley Public Library
Date: Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
Info: Join Ms. Tina every Wednesday morning for a fun filled time of stories, music, & crafts. January’s story themes in January are: 1/9 – Milk & Cookies, 1/11 – Blankets, 1/18 – Snowmen, 1/25 – Wolves

New Hope Storytime
Branch: Elizabeth Carpenter Public LIbrary
Date: Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
Info: Stories, songs, and crafts each Tuesday morning for preschoolers.

Preschool Story Hour in Triana
Branch: Triana Public Library
Date: Thursdays at 11:00 AM
Info: Storytime for children ages 3-5

More HMCPL weekly Storytimes for kids can be found HERE.


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