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Check out our Summer Reading Websites for Kids and Teens!

At Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, we LOVE summer.  And we LOVE reading!  So Summer Reading is one of our favorite times of year.  It's a time where we invite kids across the community to read for fun!   Check out our Summer Reading webpages!  For kids:  and For teens:

Photos from HMCPL Pirate Day

ARG!  Check out our piratey photos from June 10, 2010, HMCPL Pirate Day!  A jolly good time was had by all.  The slideshow can be seen at:

Teen Schedule Update for Tillman Library: DJ event on June 8 instead of July 13!

A small update to our Teen Schedule: My LIfe as a DJ (ft DJ Kandy) will be held at the Tillman Hill Library on June 8 @ 6pm.  The previously scheduled Capture the Flag will be held on July 13 @ 6pm.  We apologize for the inconvenience!

Teens: submit your book reviews

Teens: have you read a cool book lately?  Tell us about it! Post a review at and recommend it to your friends!

Join us for an evening with “Riverboat John” Ferguson!

Tuesday, July 6: Listen to songs, stories, anecdotes, quips and snippets from the life and travels of “Riverboat John” Ferguson, Americana folkorist, singer, storyteller, musican, author, and letcurer. Ferguson will be performing original songs and stories centered around his book "The Adventures of “Riverboat John” Ferguson-“Glimpses of Huntsville in the 1950’s." His book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Book Sale at Bessie K. Russell Library

Friday, June 11 - Saturday, June 19: The Friends of the Bessie K. Russell Branch Library will sponsor a book sale and most items will be $.25.

Glen Browder discusses his new book, "Stealth Reconstruction"

Former U.S. Representative and Professor Emeritus of American Democracy at Jacksonville State University, Glen Browder, will discuss his new book, "Stealth Reconstruction: An Untold Story of Racial Politics in Recent Southern History."  July 27th, Tuesday, 7:00PM, Main Library Auditorium.

Celebrate Pirate Day with the Library!

Thursday, June 10: Ahoy ye library lubbers! Join HMCPL for our first ever "Pirate Day!" All programs throughout the day will be pirate themed and library employees will be dressed in their finest pirate gear. Practice your very best "ARRGS!" and come join the fun. 

What is Summer Reading?

During the school year you have to read for homework.  You have to read during class.  When do you get to read for fun?  During the summer!  We want you to have a summer free to read whatever you want. We hope that you will join us this summer as we Make Waves @ your library.

Required reading?

Not ready for fun?  Have to read those books on your Required Reading list? Check out our "Required Reading" page.  It has the lists for every school in the county.  Then check our library catalog.  We have almost all the books on these lists.  Start early in the summer for the best availability.