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Updates on website upgrade

We're still working on a few issues from our migration to hmcpl.org. The 'My Account' page is still currently disabled. To renew items or place holds, visit our catalog directly. Access to Heritage Quest is back! Go here to learn how to access it from home using RocketSearch.

Meet the author: ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Saturday, March 6: meet Essense bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley, author of The Pastor's Wife and The Devil is a Lie. Book signing to follow. 2-4pm, Main Library auditorium. Tickets $10 each; purchase yours at the Main Library downtown or by calling (256) 532-5950. Presented by the Sister 2 Sister / Brother 2 Brother book club.

Ancestor Searching: Volume 4, #10

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) annual conference is set for April 28th thru May 1 of this year. The theme this year is 'Follow Your Ancestral Trail' and will be hosted by the Utah Genealogical Association in Salt Lake City, UT. Information and registration can be made by calling 1-800-473-0060 or emailing conference@ngsgenealogy.org.

Egyptology in the Valley of the Kings

Monday mornings: A series of six lectures by Dr. Bill Stephens focuses on the hidden and mysterious tombs of the Pharaohs that lie in the Valley of the Kings. Lectures are free to the public. Main Library auditorium, 10:30a to noon, Mondays from February 1 - March 8 except February 15. Call (256) 532-5950 for more info.

Meet local author Frank Griffin

Tuesday, Feb. 9: Author Frank Griffin will speak about and sign copies of his memoir, Touched by Fire, an account of growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in a family of Alabama migrant farm workers. Frank's father, Johnny Frank Griffin, was knifed in 1954, a day after he'd told a Phenix City grand jury of what he'd seen in the moments after Attorney General-designate Albert Patterson's assassination. 10am - noon, Main Library 2nd Floor public meeting room. Call (256) 532-5950 for more info.

Meet illustrator Harry Bliss at the Great Big Book Bash

Friday, Feb. 19 & Saturday, Feb. 20: Bring your kids to the library for a knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud funny event that will spark their creativity! Bliss is best known for his illustrations in books like A Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin and A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech. In his presentations, Mr. Bliss will explain how he turns stories into art and then he will teach you how to create your own art. Presentations are at 10:30am and 2:30pm in the Main Library auditorium.

Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Tiger

Saturday, February 13: Family-friendly event with lots of activities for kids. See Chinese music, art and dance as well as martial arts demonstrations, fashion shows, and a wide variety of children's activities. Many of Huntsville's Chinese restaurants will provide food for the evening. Tickets are $15 for adults (age 16 and up), $10 for teens (ages 11-15), and free for kids 10 and under.

Our new teen website: The Pulse

We're proud to release our new teen website, The Pulse, at teenpulse.net. With interactive forums, polls, news about events at HMCPL, and a health database especially for teens, there is something for everyone. The Pulse: your thoughts, your questions, your world.

Keep track of your books with Library Elf

Need help keeping track of what library materials your family checks out? Library Elf can help. Learn more about it

Digital Media Zone goes mobile!

Now you can check out audiobooks directly to your phone!

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