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New, simpler checkouts at Madison Public Library

How do I use the new RFID checkouts?Madison Public Library reopens with new RFID system to speed up checkouts. Work has been going on behind the scenes for some time to place RFID (Radio-frequency identification) tags in every item in the Madison Public Library, and MPL was closed on Monday and Tuesday of this week (March 8-9) to finish the installation. As a result, checking out books at MPL is much simpler! Read more about New, simpler checkouts at Madison Public Library

Land the job of your dreams with ReferenceUSA!

Tuesday, March 30: Looking for a new job or need job hunting tips? This class can help! 

ReferenceUSA provides in-depth information on more than 14 million U.S. potential employers nationwide! Join us on March 30, 2010 from 6:00PM - 7:00PM at the Main Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room for a presentation on how ReferenceUSA can be utilized as a job searching tool. After the presentation, Bill Carlson, a ReferenceUSA Representative, will be glad to answer your questions about researching all phases of your job search. Read more about Land the job of your dreams with ReferenceUSA!

Heritage Quest is back!

We've prepared a quick tutorial on how to access Heritage Quest at home using your library card number and PIN. Read more about Heritage Quest is back!

Plotting the Perfect Murder: meet crime writer D. P. Lyle

Saturday, April 3: join crime writer D. P. Lyle, MD for a book signing and presentation. Tickets on sale now.

Author D. P. Lyle will have a book signing and presentation, "Plotting the Perfect Murder," to celebrate the release of his latest book, Stress Fracture.

Tickets are $25 each and are on sale: Read more about Plotting the Perfect Murder: meet crime writer D. P. Lyle

Can you plan the perfect murder?

Saturday, April 3: Free workshops for aspiring crime writers. Reservations encouraged.

Join the Main Library and writer D. P. Lyle, MD, a frequent advisor to published mystery writers, for a night of crime, forensics, and mystery writing.

  • Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010.
  • Time: 2-5pm
  • Reservations encouraged:  Call (256) 532-5950 for your spot.

We'll cover: Read more about Can you plan the perfect murder?

Ancestor Searching: Volume 4, #11

The LDS has filmed all of the birth, marriage, and death records for the state of New Jersey for the period 1848-1900. There are a total of 290 microfilms, including indexes, that can be ordered through the local Family History Centers. Also, available on their web site is a work in progress of Arkansas marriage records. The records date from 1837 to 1957 and include a searchable index linked to digital images of the original marriage certificates. Read more about Ancestor Searching: Volume 4, #11

A Public Square Conversation on Terrorism

Tuesday morning: Join LearningQUEST for a discussion on terrorism where we will explore this current issue from its genesis to its results. 9:30am, Main Library. (See event details or learn more about LearningQUEST) Read more about A Public Square Conversation on Terrorism

Get on our mailing lists!

Our email lists help keep you up with library events: kid-friendly events, book clubs, genealogy, book suggestions, and more. Learn more and sign up at hmcpl.org/lists Read more about Get on our mailing lists!

Website focus groups

We'll be traveling to various library branches and departments through February 26 to get your feedback about our new changes to the website, and feedback on our future website plans. The focus groups will be thirty minutes long and held  Read more about Website focus groups