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Summer Solstice Poetry Festival

Celebrate summer, and let your creativity run free during our special poetry programs on June 14th and June 21st.

We are thrilled to present two special programs conducted by accomplished local poet, Ruth Braswell, of the Limestone Dust Poetry Festival. Both programs will take place in the second floor events room of our Main branch, from 6:30 pm to approximately 8 pm. Both programs are open to the public, free, and no registration is required.

June 14th:  How to do Things: Write poetry Read more about Summer Solstice Poetry Festival

Celebrate the 234th Birthday of our Flag with Betsy Ross!

Enjoy the patriotic festivities at the Main Branch Auditorium with Betsy Ross and her friends on Tuesday, June 14! Read more about Celebrate the 234th Birthday of our Flag with Betsy Ross!

Inkle Loom @ Madison!

Introduction to Weaving with the Inkle Loom!  Join crafter extraordinaire Crystal Kitchens on Friday, May 20 from 9am to 3pm at our Madison Branch! Read more about Inkle Loom @ Madison!

How to do Things: Speak in Public on May 24

Take the first step to conquering your fear of speaking in public at this informative and interactive session led by Lee Demory of the Redstone Toastmasters.

If you're afraid of speaking in public, you're not alone! Fortunately, this common fear can be overcome. And becoming an effective public speaker can lead to greater confidence and success in both your professional and personal ambitions.

This event will take place on Tuesday, May 24 from 6:30 -8 pm in the second floor events room of the Main branch. It is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Read more about How to do Things: Speak in Public on May 24

Memorial Day Documentaries

Join us in commemorating Memorial Day this year with two iconic war documentaries: A classic from the World War II era, and a modern day account of combat in Afghanistan.

The first, on Monday, May 23, is an OSCAR winning classic  World War II documentary, Prelude to War, and the second, Restrepo, on Tuesday, May 31, is an acclaimed, candid account of the current war in Afghanistan. Read more about Memorial Day Documentaries

Non-Profit Lunch & Learn: Philanthropy/In-Sight

Bring your lunch and learn about Philanthropy In/Sight®, a great tool for non-profits in this 1-hour presentation.

Part of our continuing Non-Profit Lunch & Learn series at the Main Branch Library, the latest presentation will focus on Using Philanthropy In/Sight®, an interactive mapping tool that can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships, and is designed for anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world and in your own backyard. Read more about Non-Profit Lunch & Learn: Philanthropy/In-Sight

The Great Big Book Bash

After all the hardships that North Alabama has faced, admission to this year's Great Big Book Bash is now FREE!

The Library Foundation’s Annual Great Big Book Bash program is back again to give children and families a chance to interact with their favorite authors.  This year, the Great Big Book Bash will serve as a kick-off to our Summer Reading Program on May 21, 2011 at the Main Branch Library.    Two sessions will be hosted featuring two different authors.   Read more about The Great Big Book Bash

Healthy Kids Forum

Just in time for summer break, health professionals from the Huntsville-Madison County Health Department will tell you all you need to know about childhood immunizations and other childhood health concerns.

This program is free and open to the public, but we request that you please RSVP using the form provided, so we know how many people to expect. Read more about Healthy Kids Forum

The Healthy Alternative: Facts about alternative medicine

Dr. Wayne Stephens of Rocket City Chiropractic will give an engaging and fascinating presentation about the facts, myths, and benefits of alternative medicine and “naturopathic” healing on May 19.

Dr. Stephens will arm you with the information you need to make decisions about your own alternative health treatments, and answer any questions you have. Read more about The Healthy Alternative: Facts about alternative medicine

How to do Things: Take Better Photos on May 10

Learn tips and techniques, and receive constructive feedback on your own photography in the next session of our How to do Things! series.

In this session of  "How to do Things!" a (former) professional photojournalist will give a brief presentation featuring advice and techniques for improving your photography. Then we'll open things up for disuccsion. Bring your questions, observations, and an open mind.

We'll be focusing on digital photography, but most of our discussion should be applicable for film photography as well. Read more about How to do Things: Take Better Photos on May 10