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How to do Things: Make a Halloween Costume

Get creative and low-cost ideas for making a unique Halloween costume this year, at the next "How to do Things" program on October 11.

Tammy McCarthy from the BERNINA Sewing Center will present fun ideas, and teach some basic techniques for creating a variety of fun, homemade Halloween costumes.

This program is appropriate for all ages. It's free and open to the public. It will begin at 6:30 pm in the second floor events room of our Main branch. Read more about How to do Things: Make a Halloween Costume

Search & Rescue

Explore the science behind Search and Rescue with Youth Services on October 18!


The Main Library Youth Services will be hosting a special edition of the Super Duper Science Club, The Science Behind Search & Rescue.  

Come out and meet the search and rescue dogs from SARtec!    Learn how Search and Rescue Dogs find people, how are they trained, and what to do if you're lost!   The search dogs and their handlers from SARTec will be on hand to explain and answer any questions you might have. Read more about Search & Rescue

Friends only book sale at Main

The members of Friends of the Library are invited to a 50% OFF FALLING LEAVES SALE on Saturday, October 15, held in the Friends Book Store in the Main Library from 10 am until 4 pm. 

All proceeds from the FOL Book Store and the FOL book sales go directly to the Huntsville Madison County Public Library System.


Not a Friend member yet?  You can join and help support your local branch! Read more about Friends only book sale at Main

Rocket City Rock & Soul: Huntsville Musicians Remember the 1960s

Join us November 15 at the Main Branch for this author event and book signing!

On November 15, 6:00pm Huntsville author, Jane DeNeefe, will discuss and read excerpts from her new book, Rocket City Soul: Huntsville Musicians Remember the 1960s in the HMCPL Main Branch Atrium. 

Music will be provided by Ivy Joe Milan and Jim Cavender and special guests, performing some of Huntsville’s musical greats from the 50s through the present.  Copies will be on sale at the event at $20 each, and books will be available online and in book stores beginning November 2.


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Celebrate the kickoff to National Arts & Humanities Month with the Huntsville Art Council and HMCPL's ARTucopia October 1

Come out and celebrate the kickoff to ARTucpoia:  Huntsville's Month of Plenty!

A partnership between Huntsville-Madison County Public Library and The Arts Council, Inc.

Lowe Mill Arts Center

Saturday, October 1, 2011




9am – SPACE Sculpture Tour Recycled Art Project

10am – Panoply’s Homegrown Talent FINALS Read more about ARTucopia

Volunteers Make the Library Go Round!

MPL loves our volunteers!

All those books, DVDs, and audio books that get checked out find their way back to us. Then we want them back on the shelves quickly and correctly. Thank goodness for our volunteers that do that for us every day of the week! Their efforts make a huge difference to your library services. Yesterday, library staff at the Madison Branch Library thanked our volunteer corps with a delicious homemade lunch. It was super yummy!

How can you get lunch from your library staff? Be a volunteer! Read more about Volunteers Make the Library Go Round!

National Chess Day Celebration

Celebrate National Chess Day on October 9 by learning the basics, or by playing a challenging game with members of the Huntsville Chess Club.

Chess is one of the most popular games in the world. It is strategic, tactical, and a great mental exercise for all ages, not to mention fun!

The Huntsville Chess Club will be at the Main branch of the library throughout the afternoon to teach chess basics to beginners, or to challenge more advanced players. Read more about National Chess Day Celebration

TEEN Feltie Night

They're adorable. They're crafty. They're here in Madison. Learn how to make a new feltie each month. RSVP required. Call 256-461-0046 for more info. Read more about TEEN Feltie Night

Playaway Views are Here!

Uh, oh!  We've done it again!  Another cool product by HMCPL! Read more about Playaway Views are Here!

Job Club @ Madison

Do you need help on any aspect of your job search? What about an opportunity to network? Let the experts from the Job Club point you in the right direction.

Herb Hayes and his team of experts are here to help you at Madison Public Library on September 28 from 6pm to 8pm. To learn more go to the Job Club or contact Sarah Sledge at 256-461-0046 or ssledge@hmcpl.org. Read more about Job Club @ Madison