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Chet Gecko parties!

Dave Ballard of Animal Trax was the special guest at Madison's "Chet Gecko party" -- and he brought his own geckos! We've got photos of the party up on our flickr account, or you can take a look at all of our Big Read photos.

(We're HMCPL on flickr -- don't forget to add us as a contact so you can see what's going on at your library!) Read more about Chet Gecko parties!

Summer Reading 2008

What is Readers to the Rescue?
Readers to the Rescue is an altruistic incentive-based program that encourages children to read to support a cause in their local community.

What is the 2008 cause?
This year, the Huntsville Madison County Public Library has partnered with The Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama to support local conservation efforts. Hence, the theme: It’s Easy To Be Green! As children read, our sponsors will donate resources to The Land Trust for conservation of green space. Read more about Summer Reading 2008

Maryland Land Record Images

A joint effort on the part of the Maryland Judiciary, the Court Clerks of Maryland and the State Archives is now making available online Maryland Land Records. Upon arriving at the site, prospective users can request a password to access the land records. Still a work-in-progress, there are approximately 165 million records covering the entire state of Maryland. An excellent resource for researchers with ancestors in that state. Read more about Maryland Land Record Images

Ohio Death Certificates

Now accessible FREE, Ohio Death Certificate Images for the years 1908-1953. Simply go to FamilySearch Labs and register for a free account. Enter an email address, name, state and country and within 24 hours, receive an activation key to use within seven (7) days. After the first use, the email address will be all that's necessary to search the records. Read more about Ohio Death Certificates

Historical KY State Maps

A GREAT resource for early maps of Kentucky can be found on the Kentucky Land Office web site. The maps cover not only the boundaries and various regions of the state but also the waterways. Animated county maps of different sections of the state can also be found showing the boundary changes as new counties were created. Read more about Historical KY State Maps

Teachers' Resources

If you are an educator or homeschooler in Madison County and would like to receive a Teacher's Resource Kit for The Big Read, use this form to contact Annie Phillips or call her at (256) 532-5993. Our teacher's resource kit contains the same materials as the Book Club cit (see above) plus a Teacher's Guide containing lesson plan ideas, essay topics, project ideas, and handouts. You can also download the Teacher's Guide online in PDF format from the NEA's main site. Read more about Teachers' Resources

Proclamation: Helen P. Lee Day

Helen P. Lee Day

Helen P. Lee

Whereas, Helen P. Lee served as the Branch Manager of the Madison Public Library from June 30, 2003 until her death on January 16, 2008; and

Whereas, Helen P. Lee selected outstanding materials and collections and planned and implemented many programs and services for the Madison community through her leadership and management of the Madison Public Library; and Read more about Proclamation: Helen P. Lee Day

Helen P. Lee Memorial Endowment

Helen P. Lee Memorial Endowment

Helen P. Lee

Helen P. Lee, who highly valued books and the knowledge and enjoyment they offer, served as the Branch Manager for the Madison Public Library from June 30, 2003 until her death on January 16, 2008.

Her love for the Madison Public Library was reflected daily in the well-utilized services to the Madison community. All were made possible through Helen’s outstanding and progressive leadership. Read more about Helen P. Lee Memorial Endowment

Workhouses in the United Kingdom

Researchers who have been collecting genealogy for quite a while, probably have reached the point where records in the United Kingdom are being sought. For many, the trail could lead them to looking for clues in workhouse records. Available on the Internet is a web site with over 2,000 pages of information including maps, photos even a timeline dealing with workhouses. Read more about Workhouses in the United Kingdom

DNA Ancestry

With the addition of DNA testing becoming more widely and actively used by genealogists, many researchers find themselves wanting to know more about testing, and, signing up to be tested. Since there are now more online web sites that offer DNA testing service than there were 6 or 8 years ago, the following list of links are some of the more well known that answer questions and perform the testing for applicants. Fees for each vary, so shop around before deciding.

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