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Fit for the New Year

Get off to a strong start on your healthiest year yet!  The Help Yourself to Health Initiative presents a special program about how you can get fit and enjoy a healthier lifestyle on January 11.

Local fitness expert Robert McAdory will speak about and demonstrate healthy habits that will make a big difference. Bring all your fitness related questions.

All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a free fitness consultation with Mr. McAdory! Read more about Fit for the New Year

Don't Stress: A Special Stress Reduction Workshop

Resolve to have the happiest and least stressful year of your life! You'll learn practical techniques to reduce stress and anxiety during this program on January 12.

Dr. Marilyn Lands, a professional counselor, will speak about ways we can cope with and reduce the negative effects of stress and other common mental health problems year round, and will answer your questions.

This program is free and open to the public. It will take place at noon on January 12, in the auditorium of the Main branch. Read more about Don't Stress: A Special Stress Reduction Workshop

How to do Things: Tai Chi

We're  on the path to a healthier lifestyle this new year, with Steffan de Graffenried from the Taijiquan Center of Huntsville who will introduce us to the practice of Tai Chi on January 24.

Tai Chi is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching, which the Mayo Clinic for one, recommends as an effective way to reduce stress and help with a variety of health conditions.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes (no high heels.) Read more about How to do Things: Tai Chi

Teen Anime Cosplay Workshop

Join the Teen Anime Club at the Madison Branch for a Cosplay workshop on Thursday, January 5, 2012.  The fun begins at 5:30 pm.

Get together and share ideas, techniques, and sewing machines (please bring your own sewing machine to this event). Read more about Teen Anime Cosplay Workshop

Library hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

All branches will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, December 26.  Have a safe and happy holiday weekend! Read more about Library hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

New Year Classes for Nonprofits

Learn to find funders for your nonprofit,  and maximize social media at our Nonprofit Lunch & Learn events in January and February.

Nonprofit Lunch & Learn: “Introduction to Finding Funders”

Thursday, January 12, 2012

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Free Webinar presented by The Foundation Center Read more about New Year Classes for Nonprofits

Sign-up for Madison Mega Marathon

Looking for a New Year’s Resolution?  Try the Madison Mega-Marathon to whet your reading appetite! Let 2012 be the year you read a book a week.

The challenge will begin on Sunday, January 1, 2012 and end December 31, 2012.

You get to choose which books you want to read, but to give you more ideas, we’ll have mini-challenges throughout the year.  We ask that you write a blog post to tell us your thoughts on the book and/or rate the book.  This will help us know who has completed the monthly and quarterly reading goals. Read more about Sign-up for Madison Mega Marathon

Bead Crochet with Lorna Mazzone at Madison

Sign up and come out to Madison to learn how to bead crochet with Lorna Mazzone on Friday, December 30, 10am-2pm. Read more about Bead Crochet with Lorna Mazzone at Madison

Library Giving Tree at HMCPL

Be a Library Angel!  During the month of December, several of our libraries will feature a Library Giving Tree.

This tree will contain paper ornaments with donation requests from the library*. These are books that the library will catalog and put in their collection, so only new items are requested.  Specific titles that the library needs, as well as requests for favorite books will be listed. This is a great way to give back to the library!

Current locations with Library Giving Trees: Read more about Library Giving Tree at HMCPL