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Get the books you want at your branch! Starting October 1, you'll be able to place a hold on a book through our online catalog and have that book delivered to your local branch for you to pick up. Stay tuned for details!
April 2008's big library technology event is "going live" with our public wireless network. Free public wireless isn't a new concept, providing a free wireless network for the public has been in each of the Library's technology plans since 2001. But riding the teeter-totter of public sector implementation means continual adjustment of plans in the face of competing priorities. (No IT project ever dies, some are just delayed a while.)
Running Linux on the desktop can save money for an organization. Given time and staff, ITS could certainly implement thin client Linux desktops for the public, and move from Microsoft into the open source realm. Open Office, Scribus, TheGIMP, all good "no-cost" substitutes if you are interested in the finished product, not the process.
Dave Ballard of Animal Trax was the special guest at Madison's "Chet Gecko party" -- and he brought his own geckos! We've got photos of the party up on our flickr account, or you can take a look at all of our Big Read photos.
(We're HMCPL on flickr -- don't forget to add us as a contact so you can see what's going on at your library!)
What is Readers to the Rescue?
Readers to the Rescue is an altruistic incentive-based program that encourages children to read to support a cause in their local community.
What is the 2008 cause?
This year, the Huntsville Madison County Public Library has partnered with The Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama to support local conservation efforts. Hence, the theme: It’s Easy To Be Green! As children read, our sponsors will donate resources to The Land Trust for conservation of green space.
If you are an educator or homeschooler in Madison County and would like to receive a Teacher's Resource Kit for The Big Read, use this form to contact Annie Phillips or call her at (256) 532-5993. Our teacher's resource kit contains the same materials as the Book Club cit (see above) plus a Teacher's Guide containing lesson plan ideas, essay topics, project ideas, and handouts. You can also download the Teacher's Guide online in PDF format from the NEA's main site.